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What are some results in Economics that are both a consensus and far from common sense?

What are some results in Economics that are both a consensus between most economists and far from common sense? I would also welcome suggestions of clear definitions for what we should mean as ...
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Are there any non-paywalled reputable economics journals?

I'm contributing to another open-source economics project, and was looking to compile a list of primary sources for modern developments in the field. Basically something to help bridge the (...
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Where to start learning economics as a mathematician?

I study pure mathematics at university and I'm looking to get into economics, with pretty much no background knowledge about it. Are there good sources to learn from with a decent mathematical ...
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The Economics of Coronavirus

People are concerned about the economic impacts of the virus. How severe will the economic downturn be? Will the coronavirus cause a global recession worse than the 2008 crisis? I'm not looking here ...
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Should I stay or should I quit?

Is there an economic theory of quitting an activity? A theory that weighs the investment costs put into something and the opportunity costs of pursuing it. I am aware of Fershtman and Gneezy ...
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Current knowledge about the empirics of consumer theory

I would like to get up to speed on the current state of empirical work done to test the assumptions and predictions of consumer theory (think Chapters 1, 2, 3, and 6 of Mas-Colell et al.). Can anyone ...
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Textbook for macroeconomics (advanced undergrad)

I find that many contemporary macroeconomics textbooks are too applied, filled with examples, case studies and intuitive illustrations, often at the expense of quantitative rigour and therefore the ...
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Uses of convex analysis in Economics

I'm taking kind of a crash-course in convex analysis to complement my mathematical skills and was wondering if anyone knew about nice ways in which this kind of tools were used in Economics. To be ...
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What have been the main developments in macroeconomics and financial economics since the 2008 financial crisis?

In the aftermath of 2008 economists were, fairly or not, blamed for a failure to foresee the coming crisis. Ideas such as "The Great Moderation" and market efficiency were openly ridiculed as ...
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Larry Summers on the causes of secular stagnation

In an influential speech on November 8, 2013 at the IMF Annual Research Conference, Larry Summers suggested that slow economic growth in the years following the 2007–2008 financial crisis might be due ...
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Solving the Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman equation; necessary and sufficient for optimality?

Consider the following differential equation \begin{align} \dot x(t)=f(x(t),u(t)) \end{align} where $x$ is the state and $u$ the control variable. The solution is given by \begin{align} x(t)=x_0 + \...
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Quality of French wine in the US vs French wine in France

I remember reading a study/paper saying that the AVERAGE bottle of french wine drunk in the US is better than the average bottle of french wine drunk in France, due to the fact that nobody bothers to ...
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Economics of forgetting

I'm interested to know economic justifications of forgetting in various fields. On example is Green and Porter(1984). To sustain a Cartel, Cartel members have incentive to forget deviations in a ...
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Depreciation and second-hand markets for bicycles

Probably the answer to this question is "business as usual", but I've observed of late that the market for bicycles is pretty weird. You can buy a brand new factory-produced bicycle in the US (I'm ...
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What are estimates of the elasticity of demand for credit with respect to interest rates?

When interest rates go up one percent (not one percentage point), what happens to demand for credit? I've only been able to find two papers in this area: Gross and Souleles (2001) study credit cards ...
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The Case for Basic Income in developed and underdeveloped countries

From what I can tell, the idea of the basic income guarantee is very popular in some circles as an excellent alternative to a lot of modern welfare systems. Has anybody developed a theoretic or ...
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Is there a folk theorem for repeated games on networks?

Games on networks have been studied extensively, however, I was not able to find a folk theorem for games on networks. Is there one or can it be derived from an already existing folk theorem? With ...
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Economics of Homelessness: Are housing prices to blame?

Lots has been written in terms of the social context of homelessness. Often attributing the causes due to mental illness, previous criminal activity and addiction. I've been wondering, how much of a ...
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Macroeconomics Textbook on New-Keynesian models

I'm looking for textbooks that explain the New-Keynesian models, without taking shortcuts on the mathematics, that would go in depth on the derivations of the formulas. I appreciate rigour, and ...
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Game theory for showing interest and availability when dating

The more cynical (or perhaps realistic) of us would argue that there's a fair amount of game theory going on in the dating game. For example a classic ploy is 'Don't ring for three days, because you ...
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Economics Online Seminars

As education moves to the internet, so are research seminars. Some of these seminars are regular and others appear to be temporary due to the covid-19 and the lockdown. Here are some examples from ...
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Are there papers in evolutionary game theory that are influential in economics?

The concept of evolutionary game theory has been around for about forty years. The mathematical details are worked out quite well. Yet this discipline is usually a side note in game theory classes and ...
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Has the assumption that individuals' tastes do not change over time been rigorously challenged?

In their seminal paper De Gustibus non est Disputandum, Stigler and Becker (1977) surveyed four classes of phenomena widely believed to be inconsistent with the stability of tastes: addiction, ...
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Examples of Applied Micro Paper with R (!) Code and Data in Public Repository

Can anyone suggest examples of relatively simple applied micro papers (e.g. an RCT or straightforward regression model) of possible interest to a general audience, that have their data and code, ...
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Fair voting procedure when there are many issues

When several people have to decide about a single yes/no issue*, the natural decision rule to use is the majority rule. But when there are many issues to decide upon, the majority rule is "unfair" ...
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Mathematical Micro/Macro Economics Textbook Recommendation

I was formerly an economics major and now also majoring in mathematics. I want a textbook that is rigorously based on mathematics; not just using mathematics whenever the author wants, but in a more ...
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Thesis-advisor/student pairs that won the nobel prize

I am trying to compile a list of winners of the Nobel memorial prize in economics whose thesis advisor also won the prize. So far I have ...
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Getting up to Date on Macro

I have undergraduate level experience in macroeconomics...but I want to do some further learning to try and acquaint myself with where mainstream macroeconomics is at the moment in the hopes that I ...
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Are terrorists rational?

Terrorism in general, and suicidal terrorism in particular, is popularly seen as “irrational,” but many economists and political scientists argue otherwise. This quote is from Terrorism: The ...
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What are some good graduate-level econometrics books for someone with a strong mathematics background?

Related: Book recommendations on empirical methods in economic research and econometrics? I would like to focus mainly on graduate texts in Econometrics. From the question above, I gather that ...
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Where to start with social networks?

I'm working on my master's thesis in industrial organization and I have a model that is based on social networks. I have had two courses about social networks (one more focused on basic industrial ...
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References for particular definitions of risk and uncertainty

I have some doubts about risk vs. uncertainty. I have read the thread "What is the difference between risk, uncertainty and ambiguity" and have skimmed through Knight's "Risk, Uncertainty, and Profit" ...
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Rothschild-Stiglitz working paper?

I recently rediscovered Rothschild and Stiglitz's classic paper, "Equilibrium in Competitive Insurance Markets". In footnote 7, they refer to an earlier version of their paper for details on the ...
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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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Economics and Euclidean geometry

I am looking for economics papers which use concepts, techniques and theorems from geometry. I am mainly interested in Euclidean geometry, the kind of material that is taught on high-schools (e.g. ...
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Book Recommendation for Microeconometrics of Discrete Data

I am looking for a few good books pitched at different levels to help analyse discrete data. Specifically: Specification, Estimation and the application of econometric methods to model discrete ...
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Statistical models which represent the impact of strict measures vs no strict measures (and less economic impact), enforced due to Covid-19

I have been wondering whether there are statistical models like this one, (which estimated the deaths caused by the virus itself) that estimate the deaths caused by the economic turndown. There is an ...
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Extensions of Nash equilibria to games with infinite strategies

In the Jehle and Reny textbook (which I should add I have not read much of beyond a few sections of interest), a theorem stating that there is always a (mixed) Nash equilibrium in finite strategic ...
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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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A timeline on the the key achievements of Economics and its evolution

Something I've never seen in Economics but have in Maths and Chemistry and really enjoyed is that when I took it we got to the see the evolution of the science (and yes Economics is a [social] science ...
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Applications/generalizations of a theorem of Debreu

I would like to know how the last theorem in Debreu's paper "Neighboring economic agents" (La Decision 171 (1969): 85-90; reprinted in G. Debreu, Mathematical Economics: Twenty Papers of Gerard Debreu ...
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Gale-Shapley Follow-up Literature and General Questions

The Gale-Shapley Algorithm is a way of matchmaking between two different entities of people. It guarantees that every individual player is matched and that the matches are stable. What sort of ...
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Generalization of the Heckscher-Ohlin Model

The Heckscher-Ohlin Model is normally presented for the case of 2 countries, 2 factors of production and 2 traded goods, leading to statements that, subject to free trade and various other assumptions:...
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Qualitative methods in Economics

As a quantitative analyst and armchair economist I have seen little reason to do qualitative analysis as done in the other social sciences. However I keep running into these rather wordy analyses of ...
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Predictive Game Theory

I was reading this neat piece by Fudenberg http://fudenberg.fas.harvard.edu/predictive%20game%20theory.pdf on Predictive Game Theory. He argues correctly that most traditional work in Game Theory is ...
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The median as a welfare function

In an economy with several agents who have different utility functions, it is common to define a welfare function, defined as an aggregate of the utility functions of the different agents. Then we can ...
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Does economic theory support the notion that the wealth of the wealthy is based on the poverty of the poor?

Almost any discussion about poverty and wealth and income inequality at some point includes arguments based on the premise that the wealth of the wealthy is causally related to the poverty of the poor;...
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Fair and efficient allocation of “family goods”

Consider an exchange economy with two goods, e.g. home furniture (x) and electrical equipment (y). The interesting thing about these goods is that, when a family owns a bundle, all members of the ...
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Can higher working hours reduce productivity?

Are there studies about the impact on per-hour output (productivity) of increasing the number of hours worked each week by employees? If every employee works 3hrs/week longer (from 41 to 44hrs), does ...
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Which economic research articles or books use anthropological methods?

Most of the social sciences and even disciplines have a stable relationship with economics. And rightly so because our world is so interconnected. But there are certain fields which remained separated ...

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