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What are the economic peer-reviewed journals devoted to literature review?

I am looking for economic/econometrics journals committed to publish just (or mainly) literature review. So far I've found: Journal of Economic Literature Journal of Economic Surveys What are some ...
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How do I elegantly upload my working paper on SSRN?

I am an academic novice. Recently, I have a working paper that I want to upload to SSRN. I have several questions that I wish to get answers to: Will registering SSRN with a private email address ...
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How much of the textbook "Mathematical Methods and Models for Economists" by Angel de la Fuente should I go through?

I'm working through "Mathematical Methods and Models for Economists" on my own, and plan to go through "Microeconomic Theory" by Mas-Collell, Whiniston, and Green after. I was ...
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Companies database with strange negative values, are they reasonable from an economic point of view?

I have a dataset of US firms (around 6500 in total) containing time series of: Sales (191 negative observations corresponding to 0.0351% of total observations) Liabilities (70 negative observations ...
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Monetary and fiscal policies: problem and solution approach

Can the community recommend resources about macroeconomics / public finance that (roughly) follow the following design: Here's a macroeconomics / public finance economic problem (description, ...
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Are there any economic peer-reviewed journals dedicated to, or at least committed to publishing, replication studies?

Because it is widely perceived that generally science has a reproducibility and replication problems recently some replication journals were set up such as ReScienceX (see Roesch & Rougier, 2020). ...
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What are the examples to the terminology "allocation of scarce resource"

Does allocation of scarce resource mean trading of a perishable goods with the one who needs it most. Say, a drug that can cure cancer and there is only 10 units left. A seller sells the item who pays ...
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Learning post-keynesian and marxist economics

My question here is not about theory, but more about the teaching landscape. I'm currently learning economics in Canada, and I realize that the academic world is very homogeneous. I'm quite impressed ...
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Recursive Macroeconomics - Practice Questions

I am looking for practice questions on recursive macroeconomics that focus on the following: Defining Competitive equilibriums (Arrow Debreu, Sequential Market, Recursive Competitive) for different ...
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How *do* NGOs, think tanks, and governments weigh income/consumption tradeoffs/transfers at different income levels?

In considering policies and transfers, how do we (economists, NGOs, governments & think tanks) weigh income (consumption) tradeoffs between the poor & the very poor? E.g., 'is giving 100 USD/...
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When should we use "internal consistency" test?

From a paper of Gao (2021), I saw a paparagraph We deviate from this traditional specification in three ways: we examine only money held by corporations, we include real GDP growth in the regression ...
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Curiousity the validity of an example of normative, positive and consumer surplus?

Following up a pretty long but very informative discussion with 1muflon1, I want to expand and merge with consumer surplus to have a big picture. In research of Dasgupta, 2019 about that after ...
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Is there any overlap between Rawlsian approach and uncertainty avoidance?

From the definition of the Rawlsian approach The Rawlsian approach to social welfare, built on the foundation of the “veil of ignorance” (Rawls, 1999, p. 118) where "veil of ignorance" is ...
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Is there any example to see the differences among Rawlsian ethics, Utilitarianism or (classical) liberalism ethics in policy economics?

From a decent answer and comment here of 1muflon1, I am motivated to know more about Rawlsian ethics, Utilitarianism, or (classical) liberalism ethics in policy economics. However, so far, I still not ...
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Why "positive theory" is important in discussions of how antitrust law achieve "normative goal"?

In this description regarding positive theory and normative theory, from what I understand, positive theory is based on fact and cannot be approved or disapproved (e.g., explain how the economy ...
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What is the proper way to read and/or express "price elasticity of demand"?

The natural language phrase such as square root of x for a function $Sqrt(x)$ precedes the input with the word of. When we talk of a bivariate function, such as $x/y$ aka $Ratio(x,y)$, we say simply ...
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What is the consensus (if any) on Peters "The ergodicity problem in economics" (2019)?

Peters (2019) made a splash criticizing the theory of expected utility on the grounds that it implicitly assumes ergodicity where this is unwarranted. He stated this applies widely in economics, to ...
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Why did the Cambridge Capital Controversy have no impact on economic modelling?

Every now and again I find myself looking into the Cambridge Capital Controversy in terms of debate around general equilibrium modelling often walking out more confused than I have before doing such a ...
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Curiousity about the significance symbol in Stata?

Today when I read the esttab command of Stata, I saw the star options description: ...
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Replication of empirical results in Economics

I was reading about the replicability crisis in Psychology and Medicine. Many psychology experiments, for instance, were being conducted on undergraduate students, with too low sample sizes, which ...
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What are the advantages using Otree to progam economic experiments?

I need to decide between learning Ztree and Otree. The added cost of complicating the server setup severely should have some benefit. Apart from Ztree being ugly, are there any other advantages of ...
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Soft question: How do you create/draw/plot economic graphs digitally?

Obviously I'm talking about a theoretical graph not one where you can just plot the data. The only two options I can think of are just using shapes in word/powerpoint or using TikZ in Latex which is ...
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If I had a new economical theory, how could I share it with academical environments? I call it “algorythmic economy”

If I had a new economical theory, how could I share it with academical environments? I call it algorythmic economy. I have made this same question on Quora. https://www.quora.com/unanswered/If-I-had-a-...
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What are some good Phd or research programs for Economic History / Economic Thought History?

Please correct me if I am wrong, but my impression is that most "mainstream" economics programs are now focusing less and less on economic thought history. So, in order to do research on ...
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Citing non-economics studies in an economics research paper

I am currently working on a paper in economics that has some dimensions that discuss women's social value. As is the case in developing countries a lot of economic studies do not exist whereas there ...
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Can I rename a utility function based on its properties?

A big name researcher gives a name to a specific utility function 30 years ago. Now I am writing a paper and feel that a new name might be more suited because of the properties associated with the ...
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In Economics, how likely is a R&R paper be finally accepted in a top field journal or top 5 journal? [closed]

Based on reliable data (if there is any), how likely is a R&R be finally accepted approximately? Here is some numbers I found: According to an anonymous comment, the post RR acceptance rate for ...
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Why is Ricardian Equivalence Important?

Ricardian equivalence is a result regarding the ineffectiveness of government due to consumption smoothing behavior of consumers. A primary reason why it fails is due to population turnover (i.e ...
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Why hasn't JPE formally retracted Emily Oster's article "Hepatitis B and the Case of the Missing Women" (2005)?

Amartya Sen (1992) argued that there were more than 100M "missing women" worldwide. In "Hepatitis B and the Case of the Missing Women" (2005), Emily Oster argued that hepatitis B ...
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Which database language and database management system should an economics student learn? (Provided that one has to be learned) [closed]

I will have to pick essentially any DBS, learn how to use it and use it during a period of 2-3 month. I do not possess any noteworthy background knowledge, so I will be starting from scratch ...
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Proof Based Math Education in Economics

One of the things I've experienced as a graduate student is really the lack of math being a main factor in holding me back from approaching more advanced materials in microeconomics and macroeconomics....
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Is it necessary to ask permission before including someone in the acknowledgements of a economic research paper?

Do I need permission to thank someone, even if I said “all mistakes are our own”? Do I have to make sure that the person being thanked must read the paper, or, it is fine if he just discussed about ...
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Gamification and incentives

Is there any (theoretical?) work on "gamification" in game theory? I do not have a proper definition of gamification, but StackExchange would be an example. Contributers like us provide a ...
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Are simultaneous equation models out of fashion? Why?

According to Angrist & Pischke "Undergraduate econometrics instruction: Through our classes, darkly" (2017) Tables 2 and 3, econometrics textbooks deemphasized simultaneous equation ...
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How can I model my problems with math?

I want to ask a question about mathematical economics. When I read an article about economics, I see lots of mathematical equations. I can solve them without any help. But I can't create my own ...
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How do 'econometric' explanations differ from 'economic' ones?

I am interpreting some coefficients of a regression model and have been asked to, first, give an 'economic' explanation and then an 'econometric' explanation as to why coefficients differ as more ...
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What are the correct utility functions?

It is common to talk about utility functions. For example in a universe with only two goods, we might assume each person (or group of people) carries a function $u(x,y)$ in their heads. When offered ...
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Is there a "name" for price leadership oligopoly?

Oligopoly equilibrium in the static setup consists of cournout equilibrium and bertrand equilibrium (Nash Equilibria)while in sequential games we have stackelberg equilibrium and price leadership ...
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What is an economic crisis?

I'm not sure if this is a silly question or overly semantic but I think the term "Crisis" is misunderstood (or at least misunderstood by myself). There are a number of ways the term is used, namely: ...
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What is a what is meant by a "workhorse" macroeconomic model

A number of times ive seen the Neoclassical Growth Model and Overlapping Generation Model setups referred to as a "workhorse of modern macroeconomics". What does this mean exactly?
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What does this sentence (from Galbraith) mean?

In Galbraith's Economics in perspective. A critical history (a spanish edition, bear that in mind), by chapter 2 the author says: The conservatives, in a non-socialist economy, proclaim the right ...
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What are the exact sources of CARES Act economic transfers? [duplicate]

The bill Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act provides "2 trillion". (There is also H.R.6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act providing aid.) From which sources will the ...
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Federal Reserve Leveraging of COVID-19 Fund

Reading an article in The New York Times about the COVID-19 stimulus bill, I stumbled on this detail the Fed can take a limited amount of funds and deploy them widely: The central bank only needs ...
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Why does the Solow Model matter for undergraduate students?

I've been looking at the economics undergraduate curriculum and have been thinking and wondering as to what specific skillset we want to equip undergraduate students with in the working world. One ...
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Why is so much of macroeconomic theory dedicated to economic growth?

I'm an economics PhD student and throughout my macroeconomics education I've found the topic of economic growth always being discussed at great length. From an Naive perspective id expect that one of ...
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Publishing in conferences and then journals

In economics, it is very common for researchers to submit papers to conferences before submitting their papers to journals. Are there any cases in which submitting a paper to a conference makes ...
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Are there really only two main macroeconomic models?

I was told that there are really two broad categories of economic models in macroeconomics. These Being: 1)Neoclassical Growth Models 2)Overlapping Generations Models All other models that exist are ...
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Software used for solving demands of different functions

I'm currently doing some research on demand systems and have been experimenting with different underlying utility functions which will generate different systems of demands. However I've been doing ...
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What do game theorists think of behavioural economics?

Though behavioural economics has been popularized over the past decade in both industry and pop culture, it seems that not much has changed with regard to the standard economic definition of ...
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Regarding Macroeconomic Models

I've recently started my PhD and upon looking at my textbook (the sargent one) I found that it differed greatly from my Masters textbook (Romer) and in turn my undergraduate macro text (williamson). ...
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