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Share of empirical papers

In their answer to the question Why economics does not believe in data/empirical evidence? SE main user/mod/dog emperor 1muflon1 linked this image from Angrist et al (2017): My question is whether ...
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Are There Studies Estimating the Prevalence of 'Bullshit Jobs' Across Countries?

Have there been any studies conducted to estimate the proportion of 'Bullshit Jobs,' as defined by David Graeber, across different countries? Are there any known efforts to visualize this data in a ...
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Knitting empirical results in development economics together

Development Economics, to my knowledge, has become a mostly empirical field, with RCTs and other quasi-experimental techniques yielding a huge body of empirical knowledge about specific policies and ...
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What data / evidence is there to support the assertion that wealth taxes are ineffective because they're difficult to implement?

Whenever I see discussions of wealth taxes, inevitably one main assertion keeps being, well, asserted: "wealth tax will never work because it's too difficult to implement". Of course more ...
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Did online learning affect the returns to education?

I am interested to know if online learning during the pandemic affected the returns to university education. Anecdotally, education quality suffered from online learning, I wonder if this harmed ...
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How many utility functions can a person have?

Classical choice theory assumes that each person has a utility function, and chooses from each set of options an option that maximizes this utility. There are many empirical studies that refute this ...
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Can we simplify a 4-layer conceptual model with control variables?

I have a quick question on a conceptual model in an empirical research. Say that I have two antecedents A and B of C. I can use some theory to hypothesize that A and B affect C, and based on results ...
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Research on the effect of government size on prosperity?

Is there any analysis done to empirically determine the relationship between government size and prosperity of a country? I am not really that familiar with empirical economic research. But it is ...
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The efficacy of death penalty in reducing violent crimes

Common sense says that the provision of death penalty would make it costlier for people to commit crimes like murder or rape, thus reducing the expected payoffs and accordingly the occurrence of such ...
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Calculating Tobin's q from the financial statements of publicly listed companies

I'm interested in doing some empirical analysis of firm's investment behavior using financial statements (such as asset, working capital, operating cost, etc). One variable I want to manually ...
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where can I download financial statements (or financial data) for firms in many industries in one shot?

I'm interested in doing some empirical analysis of firm's financial statements (such as asset, working capital, operating cost, etc) for many firms across industries over the past few years. Where can ...
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Evidence for or against the Efficient Market Hypothesis in financial markets and the currently dominant view

The Efficient Market Hypothesis seems to draw quite a lot of attention in popular debates, and in general during discussions on Behavioral Finance, where it is often seen as not entirely correct. I ...
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Elasticity of substitution of goods in canonical New Keynesian Model

In the context of a New Keynesian Model (NKM) with imperfect competition, the aggregate demand for good can be represented using Dixit-Stiglitz aggregator $$C_t=\Bigg(\sum^1_0C_t(i)^{\varepsilon-1\...
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EmpirIcal evidence on effects of price floors and ceilings

In introductory microeconomics, when studying partial equilibrium, we are introduced to the idea that a price floor will cause excess supply and a price ceiling will cause excess demand. How strong is ...
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Empirical justification for a constant-returns-to-scale production function in the Solow model

I am currently learning the Solow model of growth, where a constant returns to scale production function for the economy is assumed. I realise that the assumption makes further analysis much simpler, ...
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How much can we trust macroeconometric analysis?

I am a student of economics in my masters and I have learned quite a lot about microeconometrics (I mean mainly quasi-experimental methods / causality determination). Here my current understanding is ...
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Famous recent paper on monetary Unions

do you know any (theoretical or empirical) recent famous paper about monetary unions ? I heard that topics like "monetary unions at ZLB" or "fiscal coordination during crisis time" ...
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Reference for Jacob Viner research on colonies

In this video at 6.02 Milton Friedman mentions some 'famous studies' on colonies from Jacob Viner. Does someone know exactly which studies these are?
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Inertia and rational expectations DSGE models

What types of inertia or other phenomena in the data are hard to model with New Keynesian or other DSGE models assuming rational expectations?
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Successes and limitations of New Keynesian DSGE models?

What are some good review papers that discuss the successes and limitations of current state of the art (New Keynesian) DSGE models assuming rational expectations? Probably some of these reviews can ...
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Do countries with high taxes end up with low government debt but high private debt?

I'm curious if my observation that some Scandinavian countries (Denmark, Sweden) have high taxes, low government debt, but high private (in particular high household) debt is applicable more generally ...
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Can I use the released data on AER and JPE in my own research without permission?

I don't think JPE has suggested a specific license. However, the journal did say that the data policy is adopted from American Economic Review (AER). AER did suggest a license of Creative Commons ...
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A question on the accuracy of economic forecasts

I apologise if thi's question appears dumb or boring, but I am asking it as a lay person. The context is that I am always arguing with friends that they should trust the economists view that Bexit (...
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Estimates of magnitude of externalities generated by education?

It is standard to claim that education generates positive externalities. For example, Mankiw (2017, Principles of Economics, p. 193): education also yields positive externalities. One externality ...
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Is there any evidence for consumer utility-maximising behaviour, at individual or market level?

Even though utility maximisation is ubiquitous in economic textbooks to model consumer behaviour, its usefulness is rarely demonstrated by evidence. Is there any evidence that some consumers do ...
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Is there any empirical evidence for the so-called "law" of diminishing returns

The "law" of diminishing returns is usually "demonstrated" with made-up examples (programmers working on a software, farmers acquiring land...), but rarely on evidence. Is there any empirical research ...
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Real world evidence that voluntary exchange is mutually beneficial?

The other day I was having a debate with a supporter of high taxes. I decided to argue against this by explaining the concept of the deadweight loss of taxation. In order to do so, I started with ...
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Empirical research into sectoral comovement

I'm looking for some empirical studies into sectoral comovement. In particular, I'm interested in how manufacturing and services industries move together both in the long run and over the course of a ...
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Understanding what's in the frequently reported and discussed high demand in IT specialists in Germany - is the IT Fachkräftemangel real?

So far, I can observe the following contradictory evidences what I perceive from the media. Statement group #1. In the press, there are repeated reports from different sources about missing ...
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Empirical explanation on divergence between productivity and wages since the 70s

There is a well know graph, that shows a tight link between productivity and wages, until the 70s, and a break of the link since: There's a lot of possible explanations for this, I keep hearing more ...
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Are there empirical studies that quantify shoe-leather or menu costs?

Two theoretical arguments why a high level of inflation is bad (e.g. for growth) are: shoe-leather cost: keeping lower money balances when inflation is high (implying more frequent trips to the bank/...
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Competition and welfare - empirical evidence

Consider the following claims: less competitive markets deliver worse outcomes for consumers, less competitive markets deliver lower social welfare, less competitive markets deliver higher prices/...
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What's the speed of convergence to the potential GDP? (Empirical estimates)

Suppose a reform makes potential GDP higher, at what speed does actual GDP close the gap? I'm looking preferentially for empirical estimates, but anything that allows me to narrow it down will be ...
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Are there economic journals which are keen to publish puzzling empirical observations?

In his book "Patterns of Speculation: A Study in Observational Econophysics"(2002) Bertrand Roehner makes a bold assertion: Physical journals welcome all kinds of experimental observations, ...
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"Normal" vs "actual" variables in empirical work

In an early OECD study by Deppler and Ripley (1978), the authors distinguish between output per man hour, $OMH$, and what they call "Normal" output per man-hour, $NOMH$. (table 2, p152) At no point ...
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Change in the way unemployment is calculated in the US?

In the last 8 years has their been a change in the way unemployment is calculated? Is there a nuance that has changed in the polling info? Many of my right wing comrades claim the Obama administration ...
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Have there been attempts to measure the value of specific taught skills?

I'm aware there is a body of research concerned with measuring the returns to schooling in general, and there are theoretical pronouncements about what the most valuable things to learn at school are. ...
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What are the different patterns/quantity of employment according to demands of different income ranges?

I don't really have that much knowledge on economics or anything, so perhaps that's something I'd find an answer if I just knew the adequate terminology. Rephrasing/explaining my question: different ...
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Replicate Romer and Romer (2004) results

I am trying to replicate figure 2 from Romer and Romer's (2004) paper on monetary shocks (http://eml.berkeley.edu/~dromer/papers/AER_September04.pdf). Essentially, having generated a series for ...
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Conventional Monetary Policy and Income Inequality

In almost every textbook, it's stated that monetary policy is preferred to fiscal policy, since the latter is more politically difficult to implement due to smaller consensus on its redistributive ...
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Empirical Study of Auctions with Limited Data

I have limited real auction data which I am trying to see if I can do any empirical analysis. The data consists of auction type (i.e., forward or reverse), protocol (e.g., Vickrey, Dutch, English, etc....
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Value added by workers

Is there any empirical evidence on the value added by workers? That is, their "productivity" minus the wage payments, social security benefits etc. that are paid by the firm? I'm eventually looking ...
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Is it possible for disposable income to be lower than consumption expenditure?

I have an issue dealing with dataset provided for my coursework. Because of the fact that I've been failing to find time-series of the same or similar values anywhere from world bank to Office for ...
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Is it possible to tell anything about market structure if I have annual price data of the industries?

I have three goods: beer carp (fish) museum ticket Is it possible to tell anything about market structure if I have annual price data of the industries? Here's the time-series plot on a single graph:...
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Causes of interlocking directorship connections between firms

I need to interpret some empirical results telling me that firms (intended as profit-maximising entities) prefer to be controlled (e.g. through interlocking directorships) by smaller and less ...
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Is the development of "developing countries" evidence against the idea that former colonial powers owe their headway to exploitation?

There is a recurring narrative (especially but not exclusively in left-leaning circles) that today's "developed nations", particularly Western former colonial powers, owe much of their wealth and ...
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Arguments against inheritance tax

One of the arguments against inheritance tax is that it lowers the incentive to work for those close to retirement who have earnt enough money to be comfortable in old age. How much is this offset ...
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Cyclicality of Real Wages? Counter, pro or acyclical?

Is the real wage counter or pro- cyclical? I've read in some textbooks that the real wage is mildly pro-cyclical, but I've also found some papers stating that it's acyclical. So, which is it? Also, ...
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How can I find state-level data on the unemployment rate of youth for 2014 and 2015?

I have found state-level, monthly unemployment data for 2014/2015, and I have found national monthly youth unemployment data for 2014/2015. However, I need all four together; State-level, monthly ...
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Consumption-Leisure Elasticity

The macro-literature insists on a consumption-leisure elasticity of 0 to match the balanced growth fact of constant labor supply. Is there any paper that tries to evaluate this elasticity using ...
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