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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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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 MDP's in microeconomics/game theory/decision theory?

I have learned about the 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 multi-agent I think). I ...
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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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Collapse of Lehman Brothers: What did they have in their books?

What kind of products did Lehman Brothers have on their books that caused the collapse? Do we have access to data on this topic?
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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 ...
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advanced mathematical treatement of revealed preference and utility theory?

I am looking for a textbook that treats revealed preference and utility theory much more thoroughly than does Mas-Collel. What would be suggestions for this? Specifically I'm interested in conditions ...
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Weighted voting: Vote of representative weighted by number of election votes

I was wondering if there is any literature on voting systems where voters elect representatives, and in the representatives' assembly the vote of each representative is weighted by the number of votes ...
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Publishing fixed and random effects in one model

I am a health economist working with panel data for a paper I am working on, I use Hausman tests to determine if I should use fixed or random effects estimators in my analysis. For some outcomes ...
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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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Models of a Planned Economy

Are there any mathematical models of a planned economy like in the soviet union? Specifically id like to know how we would model 5 year plans. Do any exist?
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Are there any experiments about financial games with just one player?

I was wondering if there are any experiments of financial games (laboratory games under controlled circumstances like Plott and Sunder's Rational Expectations and the Aggregation of Diverse ...
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Has any research found that automation will decrease inequality?

A paper by IMF researchers (but not an official position of the IMF) has found that automation will lead to higher inequality under all scenarios they considered. Even in the scenario where robots ...
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Does mathematical education imply a better salary?

In some sense this is a follow-up to Correlation between salary level and housing prices in a town There I was reminded to ask for causality, not correlation. I am interested in the causal effect of ...
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Research community around logistics micro-economic topics?

Is there the equivalent of a Rand Journal of Economics for the topic of logistics, focusing on the micro-economics of productivity gains via automation or disruptive technologies. There is the ...
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Economic history/geography of the UK (1960-today)

I am not an economist and I am looking for reference knowledge about how the economy of the UK (mainly focussing on England/Scotland/Wales) developed over the past 5 decades. The kind of information I ...
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Articles about the economics of non-compete contracts

Today I read in a non-scientific article that Amazon requires some physical workers to sign non-compete agreements. I used to think that the idea behind allowing non-compete clauses in contracts is to ...
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The use of preference relations in choice theory and the $\succsim$ symbol

At least as from Edgeworth and Pareto we think about utility in mathematical terms. My question twofold (i) about the start of the usage of binary relations to model preferences in economics, and ...
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An index of the The Economist's Schools Brief series

I was wondering whether anyone might have an index of the articles that made up the The Economist's Schools Brief series that ran from 1975 to 1999 (with a brief refresh in 2013)? They were an ...
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Model of sales of a new product

I am looking for any popular model to calculate sales of a new product under the assumption that some goodnesses of the product are given. For example, the novelty $N$ and usefulness $U$ of a new ...
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Adaptation of new keynesian model

I'm looking for literature in new keynesian model adaptation to model price shocks. I'm aware of Blanchard, Olivier, and Jordi Gali. 2007. “The Macroeconomic Effects of Oil Shocks: Why Are the 2000s ...
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Summary data on venture capital

Is there a trade group, government, or other publication providing data on aggregate venture capital investment? Specifically, I'm interested in how overall venture capital funding has changed over ...
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Easy introduction to Heckscher-Ohlin model

I'm looking for an easy introduction to this model. I have no background in economics at all. A bit of math is ok. I would prefer books, but pdfs are also ok. I searched after a few books, but I think ...