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Questions tagged [reference-request]

requests for information about papers, books, or other sources that address a particular economic question or issue.

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Gapminder and OurWorldInData

I have found two great resources to learn about the distribution of goods (of any kind) all over the world: gapminder (Hans Rosling) ourworldindata (Max Roser) By reading their "about" sections they ...
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Dividing households by income

I wonder how one should (or does) divide households by income in a sensible way. Say you want to divide households in a country into five income groups: very small income small income medium income ...
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Are there political economy models that include a “majority capture” of (protectionist) trade policy?

A highly cited model of protectionism is the "protection for sale" model or Grossman and Helpman. (For an [updated] evaluation of that model see for instance the Advanced International Trade textbook ...
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voter movements

I am looking for a model or article in political economics, that deals with the statistical estimation of voter movements from one party to another between election campaigns (when we do not have ...
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What is the game theory of retaliatory trade tariffs?

Suppose no tariffs, or negligible tariffs, exist between nations A and B, and suddenly A introduces substantive tariffs on certain products A imports from B. In theory, this could lead to B and A ...
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Obligations of a company

Any company may "feel" obligated towards several parties at once: its shareholders its employees its customers its partner companies (sub-contractors and suppliers) its country and social environment ...
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Will the third Heathrow runway fill up within 25 years?

From a Wired article published 9 June 2018 about the proposed third Heathrow Airport runway: But Warnock-Smith1 warns that Heathrow will eventually fill up again unless air travel is redistributed ...
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microeconomic model of software agents?

I am wondering whether there is a microeconomic analysis of software agents. There seem to be parrallels between software agents, or more generally, programs, and topics in economics: principal ...
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First paper to introduce the “principal-agent problem”

The principal-agent problem is to some extent an intuitive thing that even ancient kings must have thought about. But what is the first journal paper that has introduced the term "principal" and "...
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Have any economics papers used unified cure models?

Does anyone know if there are unified cure models (aka split population models) in time-until-employment studies that combine the mixture cure approach with the promotion time approach as described in ...
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Macro economics drivers in supply chain

I am working on building a sentiment indicator for companies and investors in the supply chain. I am looking for interesting research on the macroeconomic drivers in the global supply chain (...
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Synthetic Control Method

I need to study Synthetic Control Method for my term paper. So can anyone suggest some book/literature from where I can study Synthetic Control Method on my own?.
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Greek mathematics' application in the early economic theories

I am writing about the development of mathematics in the Ancient Greece as an assigment and I have to include its relation with economics. However, I lack of sources for this topic and I only found ...
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Examples of Analysis of Competition in a Latent Product Characteristic Space

Competition between firms offering heterogenous products is often an exercise of constructing the right kind of spatial model. There is the famous Hotelling model and many other papers that model ...
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Intermediate Case of Bertrand and Cournot

I am wondering whether there is a model of oligopolies in which we have some intermediate case of Bertrand and Cournot competition. What I do not mean by "intermediate" is the mixed Bertrand - Cournot ...
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What do they mean by “bottom line” and why did US IRS turned back 810 millions to IBM? and what do they mean by “unspecified “ layoffs?

In the quarter ended in March, IBM’s revenues rose by 5.1 percent to \$19.1 billion, and its gross profits were up by 6.1 percent to \$8.25 billion. There were a whole bunch of things that affected ...
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Reading List for economics undergraduate

I am an undergraduate students currently studying architecture. This is might sound absurd but I am very much interested in economics since a very young age. I would like to know what textbooks do ...
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cournot competition with strategic consumers

I am not familiar with economics but does anybody know any reference about cournot competition with strategic consumers? In other words, is there any known competition where both producer and ...
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Dominated lotteries in CPE

I have been looking into expectation-based loss aversion following Kőszegi-Rabin (2005, 2007). In particular, I find their choice-acclimating personal equilibrium (CPE) interesting, but it has a ...
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Game Theory Book

I am looking for a book on game theory, but I am not looking for a textbook. What I am after is more of a narrative form book that still provides valuable insights about game theory that I can pick up ...
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Are modern conglomerate mergers better or worse for economic competition?

Modern conglomerate mergers differ from those from decades ago as, even though they takeover smaller companies, they have a more narrow focus on related business and, in order to be successful, have ...
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Questions of the type “What do you think other people would think?”

For a study in the adoption of new technology, a student and I are developing a questionnaire that will poll domain experts on their opinions of what their colleagues would think about benefits/...
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“The citizens know their own utility functions better than the politicians”

In informal discussions about public policy, I often hear the claim that the government should not intervene in a certain way, because the citizens know what is good for them better than the ...
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The impact of news in the stock market?

I am currently working on a large sample of textual data from news articles. I was just wondering whether there exists any studies which tries to explain the market anomaly known as "The-Day-Of-The-...
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Chicago Price Theory Book Recomendation: Becker vs Friedman

Friedman's Price Theory Becker's Economic Theory I've heard good things about both these books. I wanted to get a good introduction to a distinctively "Chicago" styled price theory book. I can't ...
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Is there book or research on economically sustainable design of town or village?

I'm looking for a book which may help to design a self-sustainable small settlement, which can maintain its own economy with limited connections to the outside world. Prefereably it should answer ...
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Data source for the relative frequency of different kinds of expiration date by retailers? (use by, sell by, best by)

I'm not sure if this is the correct Stackexchange site for this question, but I am interested in the economic and environmental effects of food waste reduction. A common policy proposal to reduce food ...
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Sources on competition policy

Are there any good books or blogs on Economics in Competition Policy? I am primarily interested in US and EU. I know of the Motta and Bishop-Walker books but I would like something with more details ...
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Sources on Border Carbon Adjustment

A large number of US economists have signed a Statement on Carbon Dividends, advocating a revenue neutral carbon tax as the best policy measure to reduce carbon emissions and so mitigate climate ...
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Do sanctions work?

When countries commit "economic crimes"---ie, theft of intellectual property, dumping, currency manipulation---are sanctions effective at making them stop? I am specifically looking for examples of ...
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History of Municipal Bonds

Does anyone have a good book on the history of Muni Bonds that focuses on the reasons why they grew in popularity, adoption, and gov policy souring them. Background on why I need this info I am ...
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Resources on the Rotterdam demand system

I've been doing some self study on the Almost Ideal Demand System, and have been hearing a lot about the Rotterdam demand system developed by Henri Theil. I've been looking for resources on google ...
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Market modelling with prosumers

I am working on energy integration modelling in a system with prosumers. I was wondering if there is any well-known theory or model in the economics literature for markets (specially multi-commodity ...
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Optimal Top Marginal Tax Rates

Some of you might know of US politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a member of the Democratic Party as well as the Democratic Socialists of America. In a recent interview she had on 60 Minutes, she ...
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Can the internet be characterized as a public utility?

The idea of what a public utility is, economically, rather than just legally is not a new point of discussion. Philosophers like John Stuart Mill argued for the public provision of water and gas, ...
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Reference request: Gender wage gap / Minority wage gap

Disclaimer: I am neither a social scientist nor an economist. I hope the ESE is the right place to ask this question. Disclaimer 2: I do not intend to spark an ideologically driven discussion here. ...
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Reference Request - Dynamic Optimization with More Than One State Variable

I would like to understand how to solve dynamic optimization problems involving more than one state variable and state equation (to apply to long-term economic models with more than one capital good). ...
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Textbooks addressing Markov decision processes in microeconomics/game theory/decision theory?

I have learned about the Markov decision process (MDP) formalism in the context of machine learning. I know that micro theorists also study MDP's, and agent behaviour in this context (both single and ...
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reference request: models of how racism or sexism affects decision making

My background is more in statistics and applied math, so I am not familiar with the breadth of decision making models from economics. However, I am working on a project that involves decision making ...
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Reference recommendation on the causal relationship between family size and children's educational attainment, or the quantity-quality trade-off

I am currently reading both Poor Economics and Factfulness, and two seemingly contradictory statements jump out at me. From Factfulness, and I am kind of taking this statement out of context, but it ...
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Two formulations of the continuity axiom in Expected Utility Theory

MWG state the continuity axiom as follows: C1. $\succsim$ is continuous if for all $L,L',L''$, the two sets below are both closed: \begin{align} S&=\{\alpha\in[0,1]:\alpha L+(1-\alpha)L''\...
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Name of a certain economic fallacy

I remember seeing a fallacy mentioned concerning the different valuations you put on something just because you own it. I would like a link to the discussion of that fallacy. Thanks.
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Ausubel (2004) auction, any implementation?

I'm looking for an implementation of the ascending-bid auction introduced in his 2004 AER paper. More specifically, a market using this framework which either has been reviewed by other scholars or ...
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Economics of clubs(sport gym, language course, etc)

I am looking for economic research, theory or empirics, on production/profit maximization/competition for firms producing goods with network effects, such as clubs in which every one's utility depends ...
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What are some good advanced level textbooks on public economics?

I'm taking a public policy course and the textbooks that were recommended for the course are way out of sync with the course material. These are: Gruber, Public Finance and Public Policy Stiglitz, ...
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Proving the existence of Nash Equilibrium using alternate approaches

Most of the standard books/papers/reading materials prove/state the existence of a Nash Equilibrium by appealing to Sperner's Lemma, or to Brouwer's/Kakutani's FPT. However, I've recently come to know ...
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Applications of Pure Mathematics in Economics

Are there any applications of number theory and abstract algebra in economics? An economist had told me that number theory had an application to a theorem in economics, however he did not remember ...
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Any examples of non-parallelism making Diff-in-Diff estimation biased?

The key assumption in a Differences in Differences design is that both the control and the treatment group have parallel tendencies, that is, they'd follow similar paths over time if there was no ...
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Literature on the effects of third-party certification on industrial dynamics?

Is there any comprehensive theoretical studies on how third-party certification adoption may affect industrial performance/dynamics of an industry?
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what is the most comprehensive History of Economic Thought book for an undergrad?

Which Book or books would you recommend for an undergrad to learn about the history and evolution of economic thought and theory, and why? There Just so many of them out there and I just don't know ...