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  • White Papers // Jun 2011

    Gender, Productivity And The Nature Of Work And Pay: Evidence From The Late Nineteenth-century Tobacco Industry

    Women have, on average, been less well-paid than men throughout history. Prior to 1900, most economic historians see the gender wage gap as a reflection of men's greater strength and correspondingly higher productivity. This paper investigates the gender wage gap in cigar making around 1900. Strength was rarely an issue,...

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  • White Papers // May 2011

    The Impact Of Chernobyl On Health And Labour Market Performance

    Using longitudinal data from Ukraine the authors examine the extent of any long-lasting effects of radiation exposure from the Chernobyl disaster on the health and labour market performance of the adult workforce. The variation in the local area level of radiation fallout from the Chernobyl accident is considered as a...

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  • White Papers // May 2011

    Money And Happiness: Evidence From The Industry Wage Structure

    There is a well-established positive correlation between life-satisfaction measures and income in individual level cross-sectional data. This paper attempts to provide some evidence on whether this correlation reflects causality running from money to happiness. The author uses industry wage differentials as instruments for income. This is based on the idea...

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  • White Papers // May 2011

    Spinning Welfare: The Gains From Process Innovation In Cotton And Car Production

    Economists and economic historians want to know how much better life is today than in the past. Fifty years ago economic historians found surprisingly small gains from 19th century US railroads, while more recently economists have found relatively large gains from electricity, computers and cell phones. In each case the...

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  • White Papers // Mar 2011

    Priors And Desires: A Model Of Payoff-dependent Beliefs

    Whatever a person wants to be true affects what she believes to be true, and consequently the decisions she makes. This paper introduces an axiomatic model of decision making that allows for this possibility, and uses a number of simplifying assumptions to derive a generally applicable formal representation. In the...

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  • White Papers // Feb 2011

    Does High Involvement Management Lead To Higher Pay?

    Using nationally representative survey data for Finnish employees linked to register data on their wages and work histories, the authors find wage effects of High Involvement Management (HIM) practices are generally positive and significant. However, employees with better wage and work histories are more likely to enter HIM jobs. The...

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  • White Papers // Feb 2011

    Seesaw In The Air: Interconnection Regulation And The Structure Of Mobile Tariffs

    Interconnection rates are a key variable in telecommunications markets. Every call that is placed must be terminated by the network of the receiving party, thus the termination end has the characteristic of an economic bottleneck and is subject to regulation in many countries. This paper examines the impact of regulatory...

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  • White Papers // Feb 2011

    Managers~ Mobility, Trade Status And Wages

    This paper investigates whether the arrival of managers with export experience, i.e. experience acquired through participation in the export activity of previous employers, is related to firms' international trade status and to what extent this relationship is of a causal nature. The authors construct a worker-firm matched panel dataset which...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2011

    Immigration And The Occupational Choice Of Natives: A Factor Proportions Approach

    This paper evaluates the impact of immigration on the labor market outcomes of natives in France over the period 1962-1999. Combining large (up to 25%) extracts from six censuses and data from Labor Force Surveys, the authors exploit the variation in the immigrant share across education/experience cells and over time...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2011

    Does Management Matter? Evidence From India

    A long-standing question in social science is to what extent differences in management cause differences in firm performance. To investigate this the authors ran a management field experiment on large Indian textile firms. They provided free consulting on modern management practices to a randomly chosen set of treatment plants and...

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  • White Papers // Dec 2010

    Anatomy Of A Paradox: Management Practices, Organisational Structure And Energy Efficiency

    This paper presents new evidence on managerial and organizational factors that explain firm level energy efficiency and TFP. The authors interviewed managers of 190 randomly selected manufacturing plants in the UK and matched their responses with official business microdata. They find that 'Climate friendly' management practices are associated with lower...

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  • White Papers // Dec 2010

    Import Competition From And Outsourcing To China: A Curse Or Blessing For Firms?

    The authors use Belgian manufacturing firm-level data over the period 1996- 2007 to analyze the impact of imports from different origins on firm growth, exit, and skill upgrading. For this purpose they use both industry-level and firm-level imports by country of origin and distinguish between firm-level outsourcing of final versus...

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  • White Papers // Dec 2010

    Individualisation And Growing Diversity Of Employment Relationships

    At a time when the economic recession is more severe, and trade unions are weaker, than at any time since the War, it would be unproductive to speculate about the extent to which these changes have been imposed, acquiesced, or agreed by the workers concerned. Instead the authors focus on...

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  • White Papers // Dec 2010

    Does Competition Raise Productivity Through Improving Management Quality?

    A classic question in industrial organization is whether competition raises productivity and if so, through what mechanism? The author discusses recent empirical evidence from both large-scale databases and specific industries which suggests that tougher competition does indeed raise productivity and one of the main mechanisms is through improving management practices....

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  • White Papers // Dec 2010

    Communal Responsibility And The Coexistence Of Money And Credit Under Anonymous Matching

    Communal responsibility, a medieval institution studied by Greif (2006), supported the use of credit among European merchants in the absence of modern enforcement technologies. This paper shows how this mechanism helps to overcome enforcement problems in anonymous buyer/seller transactions. In a village economy version of the Lagos and Wright (2005)...

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  • White Papers // Dec 2010

    Financial Crises And Macro-prudential Policies

    Stochastic general equilibrium models of small open economies with occasionally binding financial frictions are capable of mimicking both the business cycles and the crisis events associated with the sudden stop in access to credit markets (Mendoza, 2010). In this paper, the authors study the inefficiencies associated with borrowing decisions in...

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  • White Papers // Dec 2010

    The Evolution Of The Modern Worker: Attitudes To Work

    This paper examines how employees' experiences of, and attitudes towards, work have changed over the last quarter of a century. It assesses the extent to which any developments relate to the economic cycle and to trends in the composition of the British workforce. Many of the findings are broadly positive,...

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  • White Papers // Dec 2010

    The Spatial Organization Of Multinational Firms

    Using six years of firm-level data covering 224 regions of the enlarged European Union, the authors evaluate the importance to a firm of locating its activities (production, headquarters, R&D, logistics and sales) close together. They find that, after controlling for regional characteristics, being closely located to a previous investment positively...

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  • White Papers // Dec 2010

    Trade And Labor Market Outcomes

    This paper reviews a new framework for analyzing the interrelationship between inequality, unemployment, labor market frictions, and foreign trade. This framework emphasizes firm heterogeneity and search and matching frictions in labor markets. It implies that the opening of trade may raise inequality and unemployment, but always raises welfare. Unilateral reductions...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    Long Term Implications Of The ICT Revolution: Applying The Lessons Of Growth Theory And Growth Accounting

    How big a boost to long run growth can countries expect from the ICT revolution? The author uses the results of growth accounting and the insights from a two-sector growth model to answer this question. The use of a two-sector rather than a one-sector model is required because of the...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    Explaining Job Polarization In Europe: The Roles Of Technology, Globalization And Institutions

    This paper shows the employment structure of 16 European countries has been polarizing in recent years with the employment shares of managers, professionals and low-paid personal services workers increasing at the expense of the employment shares of middling manufacturing and routine office workers. To explain this job polarization, the paper...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    Do Matching Frictions Explain Unemployment? Not In Bad Times

    This paper models unemployment as the result of matching frictions and job rationing. Job rationing is a shortage of jobs arising naturally in an economic equilibrium from the combination of some wage rigidity and diminishing marginal returns to labor. During recessions, job rationing is acute, driving the rise in unemployment,...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    Bank Bailouts, International Linkages And Cooperation

    Financial institutions are increasingly linked internationally. As a result, financial crisis and government intervention have stronger effects beyond borders. The authors provide a model of international contagion allowing for bank bailouts. While a social planner trades off tax distortions, liquidation losses and intra- and inter-country income inequality, in the non-cooperative...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    Is The WTO Article XXIV Bad?

    This paper shows that the WTO's Article XXIV increases the likelihood of free trade, but may worsen world welfare when free trade is not reached and Customs Unions (CUs) form. The authors consider a model of many countries. Article XXIV prevents a CU from raising its common external tariff, which...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2010

    Revisiting Overborrowing And Its Policy Implications

    This paper analyzes quantitatively the extent to which there is overborrowing (i.e., inefficient borrowing) in a business cycle model for emerging market economies with production and an occasionally binding credit constraint. The main finding of the analysis is that overborrowing is not a robust feature of this class of model...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2010

    Do Salaries Improve Worker Performance?

    The authors establish the effects of salaries on worker performance by exploiting a natural experiment in which some workers in a particular occupation (football referees) switch from short-term contracts to salaried contracts. Worker performance improves among those who move onto salaried contracts relative to those who do not. The finding...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2010

    How Big (Small?) Are Fiscal Multipliers?

    The authors contribute to the intense debate on the real effects of fiscal stimuli by showing that the impact of government expenditure shocks depends crucially on key country characteristics, such as the level of development, exchange rate regime, openness to trade, and public indebtedness. Based on a novel quarterly dataset...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2010

    Adjusting To Capital Account Liberalization

    The authors study theoretically how the adjustment to liberalization of international financial transaction depends upon the degree of domestic financial development. Using a model with domestic and international borrowing constraints, they show that, when the domestic financial system is underdeveloped, capital account liberalization is not necessarily beneficial because TFP stagnates...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2010

    A Task-based Approach To Organization: Knowledge, Communication And Structure

    The authors bridge a gap between organizational economics and strategy research by developing a task-based approach to analyze organizational knowledge, process and structure, and deriving testable implications for the relation between production and organizational structure. They argue that organization emerges to integrate disperse knowledge and to coordinate talent in production...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2010

    Political Competition, Policy And Growth: Theory And Evidence From The United States

    This paper develops a simple model to analyze how a lack of political competition may lead to policies that hinder economic growth. The authors test the predictions of the model on panel data for the US states. In these data, they find robust evidence that lack of political competition in...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2010

    Employment, Inequality And The UK National Minimum Wage Over The Medium-term

    This paper assesses the impact of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) on employment and inequality in the UK over the decade since its introduction in 1999. Identification is facilitated by using variation in the bite of the NMW across local labour markets and the different sized year on year up...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2010

    Individual Voice In Employment Relationships: A Comparison Under Different Collective Voice Regimes

    This paper examines the relationship between individual and collective employee voice, and management-led voice (appraisal), under contrasted collective voice regimes. In the first, collective workplace voice depends on voluntary recognition by the employer, and in the second, it is based on statutory rights. It is argued that in the first,...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2010

    The Effect Of Market Entry On Innovation: Evidence From UK University Incubators

    This paper investigates the effect of market entry of new firms on incumbent firms' innovative activity measured as patent applications. The basic assumption is that the effect of entry varies by geographical distance between entrants and incumbents due to the presence of localized unobserved spillovers. In order to avoid endogeneity...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2010

    Trade As An Engine Of Creative Destruction: Mexican Experience With Chinese Competition

    This paper exploits the surge in Chinese exports from 1994 to 2004 as a natural experiment to evaluate the effects of a unilateral low wage trade and competition shock to producers in Mexico. The authors find that this shock causes selection at both firm and product levels as its impact...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2010

    The End Of National Models In Employment Relations?

    The erosion of a number of national systems of employment relations, and the evidence from large scale workplace surveys has brought attention to the considerable diversity of employment systems within major economies. This paper applies the theory of evolutionary games to explain the diffusion of different employment systems within national...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2010

    Productivity Spreads, Market Power Spreads And Trade

    Much of recent Trade theory focuses on heterogeneity of firms and the differential impact trade policy might have on firms with different levels of productivity. A common problem is that most firm level dataset do not contain information on output prices of firms which makes it difficult to distinguish between...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2010

    There Will Be Money

    A common belief among monetary theorists is that monetary equilibria are tenuous due to the intrinsic uselessness of fiat money (Wallace (1978)). In this paper, the authors argue that the tenuousness of monetary equilibria vanishes as soon as one introduces a small perturbation in an otherwise standard random matching model...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    The Impact Of The Diffusion Of A Financial Innovation On Company Performance: An Analysis Of Swift Adoption

    How does a major financial network innovation influence firm performance? Despite much speculation the authors have little hard quantitative evidence about the impact of technology diffusion in financial services. In this paper, they use the entire adoption history for SWIFT (the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication - standards provider...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    Spillovers In Space: Does Geography Matter?

    The authors simultaneously assess the contributions to productivity of three sources of research and development spillovers: geographic, technology and product - market proximity. To do this, they construct a new measure of geographic proximity that is based on the distribution of a firm's inventor locations rather than its headquarters, and...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    How To Measure Living Standards And Productivity

    This paper sets out a general algorithm for calculating true cost-of-living indices or true producer price indices when demand is not homothetic, i.e. when not all expenditure elasticities are equal to one. In principle, economic theory tells us how we should calculate a true cost-of-living index or Kon?s price index:...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2008

    Product Market Deregulation And The U.S. Employment Miracle

    The authors consider the dynamic relationship between product market entry regulation and equilibrium unemployment. The main theoretical contribution is combining a job matching model with monopolistic competition in the goods market and individual bargaining. They calibrate the model to US data and perform a policy experiment to assess whether the...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2008

    Resurrecting The Participation Margin

    This paper considers a real business cycle model with search frictions in the labor market and labor supply which is elastic along the participation margin. Previous authors have found that such models generate counterfactually procyclical unemployment and a positively-sloped Beveridge curve. This paper presents a calibrated model which succeeds at...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2008

    Vulnerability Of Currency Pegs: Evidence From Brazil

    This paper analyses predictions of a simple model of currency crises in which the peg will be abandoned when the currency overvaluation hits a certain threshold, unknown to the agents. Due to learning about the threshold, some features usually observed in the data and identified with models with multiple equilibria...

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  • White Papers // May 2008

    Mapping Prices Into Productivity In Multisector Growth Models

    Two issues related to mapping a multi-sector model into a reduced-form value-added model are often neglected: the composition of intermediate goods and the distinction between value added productivity and gross output productivity. The authors demonstrate their quantitative significance for the case of the well known model of Greenwood, Hercowitz and...

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  • White Papers // May 2008

    Does Regionalism Affect Trade Liberalization Towards Non-members?

    The authors examine the effect of regionalism on unilateral trade liberalization using industry-level data on applied MFN tariffs and bilateral preferences for ten Latin American countries from 1990 to 2001. They find that preferential tariff reduction in a given sector leads to a reduction in the external (MFN) tariff in...

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  • White Papers // May 2008

    A Tale Of Two Countries: Unions, Closures And Growth In Britain And Norway

    Using linked private sector employer-employee panel data for Britain and Norway the authors explore the effects of unionization on workplace closure and employment growth over the period 1997-2004. Unions prolonged the life of low-wage workplaces in Britain, whereas Norwegian unions increased (reduced) closure hazards in high (low) waged workplaces. Contrary...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2008

    Central Banks Two-way Communication With The Public And Inflation Dynamics

    Using a model of island economy where financial markets aggregate dispersed information of the public, the authors analyze how two-way communication between the central bank and the public affects inflation dynamics. When inflation target is observable and credible to the public, markets provide the bank with information about the aggregate...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2008

    Understanding The Gender Pay Gap: Whats Competition Got To Do With It?

    A number of papers have recently argued that men and women have different attitudes and behavioural responses to competition. Laboratory experiments suggest that these gender differences are very large but it is important to be able to map these findings into real world differences. In this paper, the authors use...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2008

    Does Family Control Affect Trade Performance? Evidence For Italian Firms

    This paper examines whether the export decision of firms is affected by their ownership structure, specifically it looks at whether family control is an obstacle to entering foreign markets. The underlying assumption is that family firms are risk averse. Risk aversion may be an obstacle to entering foreign markets, as...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2008

    Why Capital Does Not Migrate To The South: A New Economic Geography Perspective

    This paper explains why capital does not flow from the North to the South - the Lucas Paradox - with a New Economic Geography model that incorporates mobile capital, immobile labour, and productively heterogeneous firms. In contrast to neoclassical theories, the results show that even a small difference in the...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2008

    Survival Of The Fittest In Cities: Agglomeration, Selection, And Polarisation

    Empirical studies consistently report that labour productivity and TFP rise with city size. The reason is that cities attract the most productive agents, select the best of them, and make the selected ones even more productive via various agglomeration economies. This paper provides a microeconomically founded model of vertical city...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2008

    Motivation And Sorting In Open Source Software Innovation

    This paper studies the role of intrinsic motivation, reputation and reciprocity in driving open source software innovation. The authors exploit the observed pattern of contributions - the 'Revealed preference' of developers - to infer the underlying incentives. Using detailed information on code contributions and project membership, they classify developers into...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2008

    Urbanisation And Structural Transformation

    This paper presents new evidence on urbanization using sub-county data for the United States from the period 1880-2000 and municipality data for Brazil from the period 1970-2000. They show that the two central stylized features of population growth for cities - Gibrat's Law and a stable population distribution - are...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2008

    Comparing Willingness-to-pay And Subjective Well-being In The Context Of Non-market Goods

    In order to value non-market goods, economists estimate individuals' Willingness To Pay (WTP) for these goods using revealed or stated preference methods. The authors compare these conventional approaches with Subjective Well-Being (SWB), which is based on individuals' ratings of their happiness or life satisfaction rather than on their preferences. In...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2008

    Patent Thickets And The Market For Innovation: Evidence From Settlement Of Patent Disputes

    The authors study how fragmentation of patent rights ('Patent thickets') and the formation of the Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) affected the duration of patent disputes, and thus the speed of technology diffusion through licensing. They develop a model of patent litigation which predicts faster settlement agreements...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2008

    Does Planning Regulation Protect Independent Retailers?

    Entry regulations against big-box retailers have been introduced in many countries to protect smaller independent stores. Using a new dataset from the UK, the author shows that in fact these entry regulations have been associated with greater employment declines in independent stores they were meant to protect. The reason is...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2008

    Sales And Monetary Policy

    A striking fact about prices is the prevalence of "Sales": large temporary price cuts followed by a return exactly to the former price. This paper builds a macroeconomic model with a rationale for sales based on firms facing consumers with different price sensitivities. Even if firms can vary sales without...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2008

    Effort And Comparison Income: Experimental And Survey Evidence

    This paper considers the effect of status or relative income on work effort, combining experimental evidence from a gift-exchange game with the analysis of multi-country ISSP survey data. The authors find a consistent negative effect of others' incomes on individual effort in both datasets. The individual's rank in the income...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2008

    Trading Places: Employers, Unions And The Manufacture Of Voice

    Using nationally representative workplace data for Britain the authors show that over the last quarter century union voice - especially union-only voice - has been associated with poorer climate, more industrial action, poorer financial performance and poorer labour productivity than non-union voice and, in particular, direct voice. On the other...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2008

    The Impact Of Trade On Aggregate Productivity And Welfare With Heterogeneous Firms And Business Cycle Uncertainty

    This paper presents a model with monopolistic competition, productively heterogeneous firms, and business cycle aggregate shocks. With firm-specific productive heterogeneity, weaker firms quit when faced with a negative aggregate shock. Consequently, trade does not always increase firm-level aggregate productivity as negative shocks on the home market can be compensated for...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2008

    When Workers Share In Profits: Effort And Responses To Shirking

    This paper summarizes new evidence from the "Shared Capitalism" Project on the extent to which workers' earnings depend on the performance of their firm or work group in the US and advanced European countries and on the impact of sharing arrangements on economic behavior. The evidence shows that: a large...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2008

    Organizational Commitment: Do Workplace Practices Matter?

    Using nationally-representative linked employer-employee data for Britain this paper considers whether employers are able to influence the Organizational Commitment (OC) of their employees through the practices they deploy. The authors examine the association between OC and two broad groups of HRM practices emphasized in two different strands of the literature,...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2008

    Minimum Wages And Earnings Inequality In Urban Mexico. Revisiting The Evidence

    This paper explores the contribution of the minimum wage to the well documented rise in earnings inequality in Mexico between the late 1980 and the late 1990s. In contrast to the view that sees minimum wages as an ineffective redistributive tool in developing countries, the authors find that the deterioration...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2008

    Relative Factor Endowments And International Portfolio Choice

    This paper presents a model of international portfolio choice based on cross-country differences in relative factor abundance. Countries have varying degrees of similarity in their factor endowment ratios, and are subject to aggregate productivity shocks. Risk averse consumers can insure against these shocks by investing their wealth at home and...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2008

    A New Trade Theory Of GATT/WTO Negotiations

    The author develops a novel theory of GATT/WTO negotiations. This theory provides new answers to two prominent questions in the trade policy literature: first, what is the purpose of trade negotiations? And second, what is the role played by the fundamental GATT/WTO principles of reciprocity and nondiscrimination? Relative to the...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2008

    Real Origins Of The Great Depression: Monopoly Power, Unions And The American Business Cycle In The 1920s

    The authors attempt to explain the severe 1920-21 recession, the roaring 1920s boom, and the slide into the Great Depression after 1929 in a unified framework. The model combines monopolistic product market competition with search frictions in the labor market, allowing for both individual and collective wage bargaining. They attribute...

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  • White Papers // Mar 2011

    Priors And Desires: A Model Of Payoff-dependent Beliefs

    Whatever a person wants to be true affects what she believes to be true, and consequently the decisions she makes. This paper introduces an axiomatic model of decision making that allows for this possibility, and uses a number of simplifying assumptions to derive a generally applicable formal representation. In the...

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  • White Papers // Feb 2011

    Does High Involvement Management Lead To Higher Pay?

    Using nationally representative survey data for Finnish employees linked to register data on their wages and work histories, the authors find wage effects of High Involvement Management (HIM) practices are generally positive and significant. However, employees with better wage and work histories are more likely to enter HIM jobs. The...

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  • White Papers // Feb 2011

    Seesaw In The Air: Interconnection Regulation And The Structure Of Mobile Tariffs

    Interconnection rates are a key variable in telecommunications markets. Every call that is placed must be terminated by the network of the receiving party, thus the termination end has the characteristic of an economic bottleneck and is subject to regulation in many countries. This paper examines the impact of regulatory...

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  • White Papers // Feb 2011

    Managers~ Mobility, Trade Status And Wages

    This paper investigates whether the arrival of managers with export experience, i.e. experience acquired through participation in the export activity of previous employers, is related to firms' international trade status and to what extent this relationship is of a causal nature. The authors construct a worker-firm matched panel dataset which...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2011

    Immigration And The Occupational Choice Of Natives: A Factor Proportions Approach

    This paper evaluates the impact of immigration on the labor market outcomes of natives in France over the period 1962-1999. Combining large (up to 25%) extracts from six censuses and data from Labor Force Surveys, the authors exploit the variation in the immigrant share across education/experience cells and over time...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2011

    Does Management Matter? Evidence From India

    A long-standing question in social science is to what extent differences in management cause differences in firm performance. To investigate this the authors ran a management field experiment on large Indian textile firms. They provided free consulting on modern management practices to a randomly chosen set of treatment plants and...

    Provided By Centre for Economic Performance

  • White Papers // Dec 2010

    Anatomy Of A Paradox: Management Practices, Organisational Structure And Energy Efficiency

    This paper presents new evidence on managerial and organizational factors that explain firm level energy efficiency and TFP. The authors interviewed managers of 190 randomly selected manufacturing plants in the UK and matched their responses with official business microdata. They find that 'Climate friendly' management practices are associated with lower...

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  • White Papers // Dec 2010

    Import Competition From And Outsourcing To China: A Curse Or Blessing For Firms?

    The authors use Belgian manufacturing firm-level data over the period 1996- 2007 to analyze the impact of imports from different origins on firm growth, exit, and skill upgrading. For this purpose they use both industry-level and firm-level imports by country of origin and distinguish between firm-level outsourcing of final versus...

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  • White Papers // Dec 2010

    Individualisation And Growing Diversity Of Employment Relationships

    At a time when the economic recession is more severe, and trade unions are weaker, than at any time since the War, it would be unproductive to speculate about the extent to which these changes have been imposed, acquiesced, or agreed by the workers concerned. Instead the authors focus on...

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  • White Papers // Dec 2010

    Does Competition Raise Productivity Through Improving Management Quality?

    A classic question in industrial organization is whether competition raises productivity and if so, through what mechanism? The author discusses recent empirical evidence from both large-scale databases and specific industries which suggests that tougher competition does indeed raise productivity and one of the main mechanisms is through improving management practices....

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  • White Papers // Dec 2010

    Communal Responsibility And The Coexistence Of Money And Credit Under Anonymous Matching

    Communal responsibility, a medieval institution studied by Greif (2006), supported the use of credit among European merchants in the absence of modern enforcement technologies. This paper shows how this mechanism helps to overcome enforcement problems in anonymous buyer/seller transactions. In a village economy version of the Lagos and Wright (2005)...

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  • White Papers // Dec 2010

    Financial Crises And Macro-prudential Policies

    Stochastic general equilibrium models of small open economies with occasionally binding financial frictions are capable of mimicking both the business cycles and the crisis events associated with the sudden stop in access to credit markets (Mendoza, 2010). In this paper, the authors study the inefficiencies associated with borrowing decisions in...

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  • White Papers // Dec 2010

    The Evolution Of The Modern Worker: Attitudes To Work

    This paper examines how employees' experiences of, and attitudes towards, work have changed over the last quarter of a century. It assesses the extent to which any developments relate to the economic cycle and to trends in the composition of the British workforce. Many of the findings are broadly positive,...

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  • White Papers // Dec 2010

    The Spatial Organization Of Multinational Firms

    Using six years of firm-level data covering 224 regions of the enlarged European Union, the authors evaluate the importance to a firm of locating its activities (production, headquarters, R&D, logistics and sales) close together. They find that, after controlling for regional characteristics, being closely located to a previous investment positively...

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