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Straub and Werning, 2014, on zero capital taxation

This is a test balloon to see whether these kinds of questions are appreciated/welcome on Econ.SE: I had a hard time grasping Straub and Werning (2014) (no paywall). I understand the general ...
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Rationality and Common Belief in Rationality in Brandenburger & Dekel (1987)

One of the fundamental results in epistemic game theory is that the solution concept of correlated rationalizability gives exactly those action profiles that are compatible with rationality and common ...
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Complete Markets in Continuous Time

In the standard discrete time economies with a finite number of states, $n$, a complete markets economy is simply an economy with $n$ independent assets (Think Ljunqvist and Sargent Chapter 8). This ...
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Fixed vs pegged exchange rate: What's the difference (if any)?

I am told very firmly by an economist that a pegged exchange rate is NOT the same thing as a fixed exchange rate. So what, if any, is the difference between the two? Addendum: Here's one webpage ...
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Lee and Saez (2012): Pareto-Improvement?

I'm interested in the following quote that came up in this earlier answer. Second, when labor supply responses are along the extensive margin only, which is the empirically relevant case, the co-...
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Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) and Law of One Price (LOP)

If PPP were to be satisfied in reality, does that mean the Law Of Price is satisfied for all goods in a basket of goods used to generate the price levels of the country? Or, since PPP uses only ...
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Empirical estimates of CRRA and CARA utility

I am working on macroeconomic model and I need to calibrate it. I am looking primarily for a statistically-founded estimate for the coefficient of relative risk aversion in the CRRA utility function ...
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Paid in capital

If the par value of the common stock is 5 dollars and is sold at market for 10 dollars does the company get the extra $5? Also how is the company affected by the market value going up and down?
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Dornbusch model for exchange rate undershooting

Is it possible to reproduce nominal exchange rate undershooting within the framework of Dornbusch model? If the governments does fiscal expansion, does undershooting happen?
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Can econometrics test for correlation or causality between prices and corruption?

This week there was news that some prices are rising. I heard that in some countries where corruption is high the prices are also higher. I wonder if there is causaility or just both at same. It would ...
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How did the Bail-In in Cyprus Work?

I've seen some articles online about the Cyprus-style bail-ins When the bail-in actually happened there, they took money from people's accounts, but from where did they take the money? For example, ...
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Is the Federal Reserve even necessary? [closed]

A friend of mine told me that the Federal Reserve bank is the most evil thing in the world. Things like we can't print our own money and how this debt based fiat currency will destroy everything. ...
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ICAPM when assets' mean returns and variance-covariance matrix are not constant over time

The intertemporal capital asset pricing model (ICAPM), under the usual assumptions, produces a multifactor pricing model like the one described in this question. When and how would it be possible to ...
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Log-linearization of Euler equation with an expectation term

There are a few online resources available to help with log-linearization (e.g., here or here). However, log-linearization where an expectation is involved is a little tricky because the log can't ...
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Are the figures quoted in this liblabcon's blog post accurate? (topic: UK banks)

Background With regards to the UK government. I have recently been involved in a debate stemming from figures mentioned in this blog post (the blogger was advocated by Occupy London's facebook page ...
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Why do national governments not rent money from central banks directly? [closed]

The central bank gives money to the business banks, who then give that money to people, companies and government agencies/units. When a government controls the central bank, why doesn't the ...
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What is the calculable effect of counterfeiting on an economy?

I'm curious whether one can numerically calculate the effect that counterfeiting has on an economy. As I understand it, counterfeiting essentially amounts to theft of the wealth of everybody holding ...
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What is the tax rate U.S.Gov takes from individual income

How much should the person must get? and is it taken from any person who works in US? My country is paralyzed to impose this tax due to oligarchs heavy influence. I just wanted to gain some knowledge....
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What are the economic justifications of the size premium?

What are the economic justifications of the size premium? In factor pricing models like the intertemportal capital asset pricing model (I-CAPM) or arbitrage pricing theory (APT), it is assumed that ...
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Best resource to learn Microeconomics fast? [closed]

I'm going to be honest, I have 2 full days to study for an Introductory Microeconomics exam final, and I am starting from scratch. The course was given online and the assignments were very easy to ...
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trading security volume that affects price

Curious if there's a formula for this. There are some notorious cases of software (accidentally) and people (purposefully) quickly unloading a given security, causing the price to (temporarily, ...
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What is the advantage and disadvantage to have a high value of USD for USA?

What is the advantage and disadvantage to have a high value of USD for USA? China and Japan always want to keep their currency low as oppose to USA.
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Why absolute value in elasticities and marginal rate of substitution?

This is a point I find very confusing and very hard to justify to students. Depending on the books, one finds many different conventions regarding the sign of elasticities and marginal rate of ...
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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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Monopoly firm's block pricing strategy making max. profit

I have question about max. profit condition for monopolist block pricing. I learned that to maximize profit in block pricing, given a linear demand curve function and constant MC, calculate $Q_2(...
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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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Models for inflation prediction

I am looking for some statistical models that are accepted to best predict inflation rates. Anything that is more complicated than linear model will be appreciated. Or even recommend books that ...
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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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Is there any historical example that a market is shrinking down after competition?

I was told that the advertising market as a whole shrank after Google became part of the marketing industry. Apparently, the decrease occurred in offline markets as well as online markets. Is this a ...
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What is the effect of redirecting government tax intake to a consumer retirement saving incentive?

In New Zealand we have a retirement saving scheme called Kiwisaver. The scheme is opt in. If a consumer opts in, they must save at least 3% of their income, which they can't access until retirement. ...
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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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Is there always at most one full-support extreme symmetric equilibrium?

Given a ($n$-player) symmetric game and two equilibriums $s_1,s_2$, is it true that if the support (the set of strategies with positive probabilities) of $s_1$ is identical to the support of $s_2$ ...
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Growth Accounting

In growth accounting the production function is defined as follows: $$Y= AF(K,L) $$ That means output $Y$ is dependent upon capital $K$, labour $L$ and technology $A$. Now to produce something, in ...
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Use of mathematics and imprecise definition of terms

As a postgraduate student of economics I've been trying to expand my mathematical "toolset". While doing so I've talked to engineers, physicists and mathematicians, many of which have disdained the ...
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On the relationship between income distribution and GDP

I was thinking about the following simple example when I wondered what the theoretical effects wealth equality or inequality may have on GDP: Suppose there is a society with three individuals who ...
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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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Risk Premia in Continuous Time

Take some state variable $X(t)$, which follows the law of motion $$ \dot X(t) = f(t)X(t) $$ where $f(t)$ is a policy function, and determines the growth rate of $X(t)$. As a second shock, we have $\...
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What's is the purpose of “conditional preferences” as specified in Savage's framework?

In this paper, "Savages’ Subjective Expected Utility Model" by Edi Karni, he gives a definition of "conditional preferences." See here: What situation is this supposed to capture? It seems like it ...
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Preference over lotteries without independence axiom

Suppose a set of $N$ outcomes can be ranked in the following order: $1\succ 2\succsim\cdots\succsim N$. Further, suppose a decision maker has preference over lotteries over these outcomes. Assume the ...
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Dealing with Missing Data when Testing the CAPM

Question How should I deal with missing data when trying to test the CAPM? Specifically, there are some stocks that are newly listed and/or delisted at any time. I don't want to exclude assets for ...
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Analysis of free goods

The normal supply and demand models take the supply and demand of a particular good and show that the equilibrium price is where the two curves intersect. At this point, all the people below the ...
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Tokens vs money

Recently I began thinking about why the use of tokens for money is so popular. In casinos, I think that it is well justified, but there are some cases when those arguments are not useful. For example, ...
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Portfolio choice of a risk lover

Take the standard portfolio choice problem as presented in MWG (p.188-189), but with a risk loving decision maker: with initial wealth $w$ invests an amount $\alpha$ in a risky asset with a random ...
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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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Is stock investment an example of demand curves that slope upwards?

The law of demand implies that when the price of a good rises, people buy less of it. This makes the demand curve slope monotonically downwards. A textbook exception is the so-called Giffen good that ...
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Absolute vs Relative Risk Aversion

Are there results that says the monotonicity of one measure of risk aversion implies the monotonicity of the other measure? For example, Does constant relative risk aversion imply decreasing ...
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Aren't all cost functions step functions?

Long Question: Overview: While I understand that over certain intervals (i.e. less than the width of the step), they may appear not to be because the step is outside of consideration, and over other ...
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Why is economic growth measured exponentially rather than linearly?

If economic growth is indeed highly desirable (see this question), why must this growth be exponential? With finite resources, exponential growth might hit limits rapidly (or be impossible?). Why not ...
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Strategic form representation of extensive form games

Proposition. Every finite extensive form game is associated with a unique strategic form representation. I think this proposition is true. But how do we prove it rigorously?

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