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

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Lab experiments of labour markets

I have been searching for papers that conduct lab experiments simulating a labour market, that means for a minimum there are both participants taking the role of firms, and participants taking the ...
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Has any progress been made on the Pacman Conjecture on Finite Time Horizons?

The Pacman conjecture states that the optimal strategy for monopolistic durable goods manufacturers is to set price high and slowly drop it (i.e. eating their way down the demand curve). Empirically ...
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Do Human Resources use information on applicants' child rearing effort as a signal

In Spence's Job Market Signaling paper (a non-paywalled version is available here) firms observe applicants' educational investment. From these signals the firms glean information on the "type&...
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Futures Market Books

Are there any recommendation for futures market or commodity trading books? I am not interested in trading myself, but would like to have a better understanding of it for my research.
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Controversy surrounding the Fiscal Theory of the Price Level (FTPL)

I recently started reading a draft of John Cochrane's book on the Fiscal Theory of the Price Level. In the preface he states that the "[...] theoretical controversies are over." However, ...
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Letting clients/guest reserve their space vs keeping space clear so that it is available for people who really need it at the moment

Everybody knows that moment when you are in search for a beach lounger but everything is covered by towels, yet the people who placed them there are untraceable, often back at the hotel or in the town ...
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Game with predatory player (reference request)

I am interested in a multiplayer game where one player gains utility, not just by winning, but by seeing one other player (chosen in advance) lose (or come in last place if the game has an ordered ...
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Are charitable donations on someone's behalf generally an effective incentive?

A study done in Sweden on 153 female, would-be blood donors showed surprising results. The women were divided into three groups– voluntary donation, paid donation, and paid donation with the ...
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Can repeated bidding in an auction make each player's type common knowledge?

In Benjamin Edelman, Michael Ostrovsky, and Michael Schwarz(2007), there's a hand-waving argument to justify their setting as a game of complete information: we assume that all values are common ...
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Perfect Bayesian Equilibium - Application to game with inconsistent beliefs / no common prior

Does the concept of a Perfect Bayesian Equilibrium apply only to incomplete games with a common prior / consistent belief? In both Bonanno's "Game Theory" and Osborne's "A Course in ...
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Complexity economics and computational economics books recommendation

I'm looking for books in complexity economics and/or agent-based computational economics. What are some good introductory and advanced books in these fields? Thanks in advance
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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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Simultaneous consumption tax and subsidy

Suppose the government introduces a simultaneous tax and subsidy on a consumption good, which is produced under perfect competition. If the tax and the subsidy are equal, then there will be no ...
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VCG mechanism with a minimum payment threshold

Suppose that we want to find a socially-optimal allocation in the following setting: There are $n$ firms and $m$ workers. Each firm $i$ needs one worker and has value $v_i$ for having a worker (any ...
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Principal's beliefs in a repeated moral hazard problem

I have a question about models of repeated principal-agent models. There is this famous piece by Bengt Holmstrom: Moral hazard and observability, 1979, The Bell Journal of Economics. It presents the ...
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References on mathematically rigorous general equilibrium theories

I'm looking for a relatively recent survey on the state of the art for mathematical general equilibrium. I'm especially interested in questions of uniqueness, stability and dynamics. (I'm planing on ...
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Don't let me take the last bit

I believe everyone has experienced something like the following once in her or his life : There is a cake on the table and three people to share it. The three people each eat a quarter of the cake. ...
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Taking a mechanism as given, what goal functions can we implement?

Let $\theta_i$ be $i$'s private information about the state of the world, $\theta \in \Theta$, where $\theta = \times_i \theta_i$. Each agent reports $\hat{\theta_i}$ to a social planner, so that $\...
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Estimates of the global STEM workforce?

I am looking for any recent estimates of the global STEM workforce (STEM = Science Technology Engineering Mathematics, and ideally includes software engineers). Time series data would be even better, ...
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Papers on Game Theory and the Housing Market

Professor George Fallis in his book "Housing Economics" writes: (Chapter 4 pg. 78) The (home)owners will establish a pricing strategy depending on how they believe demanders are behaving; ...
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Did a similar property boom take place in another country or throughout history like we have seen in London? If so how did it effect the economy?

The London property market has seen a sharp increase in the average house price. If we go back to the 70's the average UK and average London price were almost the same, however since than the gap has ...
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Who first promoted the idea that competition leads to a better economy?

Who first promoted the the idea that competition leads to a better economy?
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Reference request: a book on numerically solving DSGE models with code

I am new to the area of DSGE modelling, and programming DSGE models. I was hoping that someone could recommend a book on DSGE modelling, that presents the different model components as well as code ...
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Interesting example of general equilibrium effects contradicting RCT results

One of the concerns that one can have regarding the use of RCTs for evaluating policies is that while when done in small scales, the RCTs may show the result in one direction, scaling the policies may ...
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Safety: Air travel vs. car travel

One sometimes hears that flying is much safer than driving a car, the death/mileage ratio being much lower. This is very plausible, especially in developed countries, and the safety gap widened as ...
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How is market share of a firm calculated *in practice*?

As stated in the title: How is the market share of a firm calculated in practice? By emphasizing "in practice", I'm most interested in the market share figures that show up in companies' ...
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Super and sub modular games

I was trying to read up on super and sub modular games. I have started with basic survey papers like the one by Rabah Amir (2005). Research papers assume a lot of common knowledge (the papers that I ...
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Order-driven vs quote-driven markets

What is the difference between order driven and quote driven markets? Is there any theoretical microstructure book that gives the intuition behind the types of markets with respect to the orders that ...
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Best companion for Mas-Colell Microeconomic Theory textbook

What are the best sources to accompany MasColell Microeconomic Theory textbook in 1st year of MA in economics? I mean any sources - textbooks, videos, websites, book companions, etc. And I mean easy ...
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Where can I find research on the impact of informal/unregulated suppliers on prices and externalities?

I am looking for research and papers on the impact of informal/unregulated suppliers on market prices and negative externalities. I am particularly interested in the manufacturing sector.
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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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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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References? -- Coordination Between Groups

Can anyone provide references for research that focuses on coordination between groups of decision makers rather than within group coordination with individual decision makers? \ Edits given the ...
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Has the shrinking of the American household improved or diminished household welfare?

Over the last fifty years U.S. average household size has declined dramatically. When making within-year comparisons of household income, it is regarded as good practice to adjust for adult-equivalent ...
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Analyses of the paradox of voting — given that close elections are usually disputed?

In the standard analysis of the paradox of voting, votes are pivotal only in two scenarios (exact tie or win by 1). But in reality, vote counting is difficult and messy. And in reality, close ...
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References for estimating lifetime earnings lost due to caregiving (health economics)

I am working on a project on the productivity costs for caregivers of people with Disease X, a degenerative disease that affects mobility over time. I am looking for references, either scholarly ...
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A theoretical/mathematical approach to cost-benefit analysis and cost-utility analysis in health economics

I am looking to get some resources looking at health economics from a pure mathematical point of view, ie developing models using partial differential equations or complex analysis. In particular, I ...
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Causes of upward trend in median first marriage age in USA?

I found a chart here of median age at first marriage by year from 1890 to 2010. It looks like it dips to a low during the 60s then has an upward trend until 2010. As an answer, I'm looking for any ...
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What models exist that explain which people emigrate to another country?

I'm looking for papers about this, or if there's a pretty standard model across many papers, then maybe just a rundown of the model. I'd like to use the model in an econometric analysis. For example, ...
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Reference Request: Cost Benefit Analysis of Conversion of Undeveloped Land for Housing

London is surrounded by a "green belt", a large area which government policy has protected from housing development. The current high cost of housing in London has led some to advocate a selective ...
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Structural estimation

My understanding of structural estimation follows the lines beautifully lectured by Christophe Taber (U. of Wisconsin): Identify the policy question to be answered Write down a model that can ...
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How do organisations diversify? Determinants of choosing new target industries

A very weird question I agree. I am interested in understanding the motives behind firm behaviours of diversification. Why would some firms choose new target sectors/activities? Is there any ...
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Ultrafilters in Social Choice Theory Literature Request

I am an undergraduate math major who is intrigued about social choice theory. I am in the early stages of planning my senior project and was wondering if anybody had some recommendations of literature ...
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Ordinal axiomatization of proportional division

A proportional division is a kind of fair division in which a resource is divided among $n$ partners with subjective valuations, and each partner receives a share which is worth for him at least $1/n$ ...
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Why are people rich?

Different people become rich for different reasons, such as: Developing/selling a great product Investing Winning the lottery Inheriting family money Some of these seem more fair than others, which ...
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Does the choice of rating scale affect the average percentage score?

Are there any differences in average percentage score when people are asked to judge things on different scales? Like for example rating something on 0/100 scale or a 0/5 scale or 0/10. Do different ...
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Dataset where a group is offered a privilege?

I am trying to find a dataset where a population is put through a selection process, after the selection process a treatment is applied, and we know the covariates of the whole population, but perhaps ...
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Is There Literature on Individual Demand Cap (in Housing Market)?

Some (obv. very left) politicians in germany propose to impose that owning housing should be capped at what a person does use him/herself. That is, you should not be allowed to own housing for ...
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Alternative ways of visualizing longitudinal macro data?

Problem: Visualizing longitudinal is challenging when the dataset has large number of panel members. A common ways to visualize such data is to either make a large set of small individual plots such ...
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Financial wellbeing overall components and datasets

I am currently doing a project on financial wellbeing, but on the level of entire countries. I am aware of studies and data pertaining to financial inclusion, as often studied in Development Economics,...
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