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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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Uniform bounds on rate of merging for Bayesian learners

Update. Cross posted at Cross Validated. In a well-known paper, Blackwell & Dubins (1962) show that the posterior probabilities of two Bayesian agents, whose priors agree on events of measure $0$,...
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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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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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Labour-saving vs. Labour-augmenting technical change

I've read a number of posts on the above topic but none refers to published empirical papers. Google searches have been hopeless. Does anyone know of any paper on empirical derivation of technical ...
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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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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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Mathematics of Marxian Economics

I have studied some Marxian economics, and realise that Marx's writings were not very mathematical. I recently came to know of Analytical Marxism and Neo-Marxian economics. I read the Wikipedia page ...
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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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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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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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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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Is it better to actively or passively offer to sell rare items at high prices?

In a massively multiplayer online video game, I have had the experience of attempting to sell a rare item on the game's forum, bumping the thread for a while before giving up for many months, and then ...
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Non random matrix as instrument: consistency and bias

Where can I find references to see what happens theoretically if I want to use a non random matrix as instrument in terms of consistency and bias?
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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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Mechanism Design and Multidimensional Type Spaces

Is it possible to design a mechanism of agents with multidimensional types? In particular, what if the type space has the following form: $$\Theta_i=\{\theta_i\in\{{1,2,\dots, n}\}\times[0,1]:n\in\...
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Going from DRMs to Indirect Mechanisms

I have recently started studying mechanism design (after having taken a basic graduate micro course) through Borgers' 'Introduction to the theory of mechanism design'. I was wondering if people are ...
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How far must one reason up the belief hierarchy?

In games of imperfect information, one must reason about the belief on the state of nature, the beliefs of other player's beliefs of their beliefs, and so on. This is referred to as the belief ...
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Estimating CES utility (not production) function parameters

The CES utility function has the form \begin{equation} u(x_1,\dots,x_n)=\left[\sum_{i=1}^n\alpha_ix_i^\rho\right]^{1/\rho}, \end{equation} where $\alpha_i$ is the consumption share parameter and $\...
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Are there any studies, academic papers or articles that defy “common” knowledge", i.e that patents give an incentive for R&D to private business?

In Economic Growth and particularly dynamic optimization. My professor taught us that an intertemporal allocation is a dynamic optimum(Pareto Optimum) only if(necessary condition) at any given ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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/...