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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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### Consequences of hyperbolic discounting

In reading the Wikipedia article about hyperbolic discounting, I read that it says that hyperbolic discounting created strange consequences: But note, the time inconsistency of this behavior has ...
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### Empirical studies on network equilibria

There have been a number of papers in the literature (pioneered by Sanjeev Goyal, Jackson, Kranton, amongst others) emphasising the role and importance of network structure in economics, the ...
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### The Savage sure thing principle and Subjective utility representation

I have tried reading and understanding Savage's proof of the subjective utility representation, it is too complicated. Is anyone aware of a shorter/more elegant proof of this? It is not a problem if ...
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### What kind of economic freeware exists for economics students?

Can anyone recommend some free software for students studying economics for use in senior projects, theses, or dissertations?
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### Ambiguous definition of Substitution and Income effect?

Consider the (schematic) indifference curve diagram of two good-quantities Q1, Q2: According to Wikipedia we call the vector AB' the substitution effect and the vector B'B as the income effect. I ...
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### The reasons why rouble is collapsing

What can you people say about the reasons why rouble is collapsing? Which one is the main?
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### Identification with BBL

In the last few years, the estimator proposed by Bajari, Benkard, and Levin ('07) for dynamic games has been gaining popularity. It is relatively straight forward and is one of the only viable options ...
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### Policy relevance of the optimal taxation given uncertainty about social welfare specification

One common criticism in the optimal taxation literature is the specification of the social welfare function. The optimal taxation literature (I have the Mirrlees framework in mind) relies on first ...
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### Does immiserizing growth exist outside of theory?

For a course in international trade, our professor touched on the idea of immiserizering growth. He emphasized that immiserizing growth was a theoretical outcome from specialization of trade and did ...
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### How Do Economists Quantify Contagion?

In the context of international financial crises, what mathematical methods have Economists employed in order to quantify financial contagion? Note: For a working definition of contagion I'll use the ...
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### What is the difference between “aggregation” and a “representative agent?”

What is the difference between "aggregation" and a "representative agent?" I'm sorry if I'm not entirely clear on this question, but that's why I ask. It seems to me as if a representative agent is ...
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### When should a receiver randomize across actions in a signaling game?

Suppose there is a signaling game with a finite message space $M$, finite action space $A$, and finite type space $T$. Even simpler, all sender types have identical preferences (the receiver just ...
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### Why is capital income taxed differently than wage income?

Why is income from capital gains taxed differently than wage income? There are perhaps historical, practical, and theoretical reasons. What are they? (As far as historical reason go, I'm asking ...
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### Employment Volatility and the Relevance of Aggregate Wage Rigidity

The Mortensen-Pissarides (MP) framework of search labor is the thing in analyzing (equilibrium) unemployment over the business cycle. Shimer showed that the lack of hires is the big margin that ...
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### Federal Reserve vs National Bank [closed]

The US had a national bank during the first few decades after its birth before it was abolished. Today, we have the Federal Reserve. What are the differences between the Federal Reserve and a ...
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### What are the effects of the increase/decrease in stock options after an IPO?

Research : As far as I can understand : Stock options are used to increase the capital of companies to realize some projects Shares are divided into two categories : o Free float (which is the ...
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### What is the importance of Epstein-Zin preferences?

I've heard that there is a lot of work being done recently that applies Epstein-Zin preferences. The Wikipedia page doesn't seem to be very full. Why are Epstein-Zin preferences important? How does ...
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### Banking Regulatory Frameworks, between the 1973 collapse of Bretton Woods and the introduction of the Basel Accords in 1988?

Does anyone know of any work on banking system behaviour, and in particular the governing regulatory frameworks that applied between the 1973 collapse of the gold standard based Bretton Woods system ...
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### Empirical ranking of firms based on productivity

I want to rank firms based on a metric, let's call it productivity. Theoretically, this firm productivity measure may be well defined. Empirically, however, data that account for all dimensions of ...
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### Marginal buyer/seller as determinant of price

In competitive markets without frictions, the marginal buyer/seller determine the price. To what extent is this argument true in markets where a fraction of the sellers are constrained? Think about ...
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### What are different ways of specifying utility and decision making?

This question is related to this question about the Machina paradox and about the expected utility model. In this question, I'd like to know a little more about various or even competing ways of ...
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### Influential Theory in the Economics of Poverty

As far as I can tell, research on the economics of poverty is very empirically driven, and this is probably appropriate. What kind of economic theory has been developed though? I'd also be interested ...
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### Independence of latent price and market microstructure noise

When examining how Market Microstructure works and affects price formation, there is talked about the: "Assumed independence of of latent price and microstructure noise" From "On the Correlation ...
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### Random Choice interpretation

Due to McFadden Economists usually interpret Random Choice, in the population sense, as each DM being drawn from the probabilistic choice rule independently and identically. However, Psychologist have ...