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Book Recommendation: Price Theory

Can someone please recommend a book or a chapter from a book which provides a good and clear explanation of price theory. How prices are determined what they reflect and how they serve as allocaters ...
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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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What is considered a “final product” for gross domestic product?

Given a territory and a time range, the gross domestic product is the sum of all the values added. The term “value added” is open to interpretation. Since the value added of a product or service is ...
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US Bequest Taxation

Is there some summary article on using variation in US bequest taxation as natural experiments? Has there been variation over time or over different states? Is there perhaps a paper that already has ...
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Latent Variable Models such as Harrison and Rutstrom (2008)

I'm working with some experimental data on choice under uncertainty and trying to use a method similar to RISK AVERSION IN THE LABORATORY (Harrison and Rutstrom, 2008). I am pretty sure that one of ...
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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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Is Firing Costly in the US?

I suppose that it doesn't cost most firms much to get rid of cheap labor, and that high wage workers typically have contracts that imply high compensations in case of firing. But what about the ...
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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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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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What resources are available for learning Dynare?

What resources are available for learning Dynare? I think it'd be nice to put together a list of resources that available to those new to Dynare. I've had a little experience with it but it'd be nice ...
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Looking for the title of a short (~100 page) Herbert Simon book about “Bread-bricks”

I'm trying to find a short (~100 page) book by Herbert A. Simon in which he presents a simplified economics in which there is only one item of value and it is called the 'Bread-brick'. One can eat a ...
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Evidence of firm borrowing and loans

I'm absolutely not from firm financing and look to read up on the subject, but mostly onto empirical stuff. Standard questions would be: What is the ratio of firms that finance themselves with bank ...
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Firm Sizes over the business cycle

There has been a lot of evidence about the firm size distribution (as measured in employment) being Pareto (see for example Luttmer 2007), but what are the properties of this distribution over the ...
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Are profits procyclical?

This is somewhat related, but distinct from Cyclicality of Markups Basically, I'm looking for papers on whether firms profits are (on average) procyclical or not, and I appreciate theoretical, but ...
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Cyclicality of Markups

I'm looking for scholarly articles or summaries on the subject of markups. More importantly, for empirical evidence whether they're pro- or counter cyclical, and on theoretical papers on their ...
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Learning about Debt and Credit

I am very interested in learning about debt and credit - not personal debt and credit - but debt and credit of countries and the like. I have searched everywhere but it's difficult to find books that ...
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Stylized Facts: Price Dispersion

I'm looking for as many empirical "stylized facts" about price dispersion (in products markets) in the idea of Burdett and Judd (1983) as possible. For example, how high is the variance of price ...
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Impact of working capital constraints onto output

I'm looking for empirical evidence (optimally from natural experiments, as described below) of the impact of working capital constraints onto firm output, and the differentials of firm size. I ...
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What might happen if the Fed stopped paying interest on excess reserves?

I am curious to hear what economists think might happen if the Fed stopped paying interest on reserves held in excess of the penalty free upper bound. I am also curious to know how economists think ...
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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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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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Do German Goverment bonds usually include (or included) a condition that the debt will not be serviced in case of trade imbalance?

Today the Spiegel ran an article on a proposal to end the Euro Debt Crisis. That article made the claim given in the title Syriza will eine sogenannte Wachstumsklausel für jene Schulden einführen, ...
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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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Where did Robert Lucas say “market is always in equilibrium”?

Does have anyone link to the reference where Robert Lucas said "market is always in equilibrium"?
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Does anyone here have experience with GARCH-MIDAS forecasting?

I'm a masters student looking for a thesis topic. Please note, I'm studying Finance and whilst the econometrics component of my course is rather lacking when compared to a straight Econometrics degree,...
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Literature / Evidence on Cash Hoarding of Firms

I have received anecdotal evidence (heard stories) about many firms hoarding cash (liquid assets) post 2008 and not spending it despite availability of many projects with positive NPV. However, when I ...
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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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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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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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What statistics and linear algebra book do i need before reading Hayashi's econometrics

What statistics and linear algebra book do I need before reading Hayashi's Econometrics? Basics linear algebra book seems too simple for the linear algebra part, and Casealla's statistical inference ...
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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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Buy-or-sell deal when there is cash shortage

A company is owned by two partners: partner $A$ holds a fraction $a$ and partner $B$ holds a fraction $b$ (with $a+b=1$). Partner $A$ wants to break the partnership. A common procedure for this is ...
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Is there a name for this family of games (Binomial games?)?

I'm wondering if there's a name for a $n$-player symmetric game, such that the payoff for player $i$ playing strategy $j$ only depends on the number of other players which played $j$. Such family of ...
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Overview book about economic theories

I'm looking for a good book that gives an (introductory) overview about the existing economic theories and the different schools of thought (optimally with focus to those that affect governments and ...
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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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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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Graduate Level Textbook on Labor Economics and Macro-Labor

What would be good textbooks at the graduate level that deal with Labor Economics and Labor-Macro (As in, Equilibrium Unemployment Theory, Shimer Puzzle etc)?
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Distribution of Wages

Is there any paper that looks at the distribution of wages? I'd like to see how many workers are in each percentile of labor income. I know that you could compute it using CPS or US tax data, but I ...
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Stimulus Effect of the Minimum Wage

In the question about the minimum wage found here, I have heard several times that an increase in the minimum wage can, as one of several competing effects, "boost the economy" by increasing the ...
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Problem with defining liquidity

I have heard multiple times that a consistent definition of liquidity does not exist. The two wikipedia articles describing liquidity (Market liquidity and accounting liquidity) lack a discussion of ...
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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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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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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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Time costs and the St. Petersburg paradox

In the St. Petersburg paradox, we end up with the problem that a rational agent should be willing to play the game for any wager, if we look at expected income or utility of expected income. The ...
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Book recommendations on empirical methods in economic research and econometrics?

This question is more so geared toward anyone with research experience within economics, though of course, anyone is welcome to respond. I'm an undergraduate math major with a minor in economics. I'...

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