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Best Business Crypto Accounts. Best Crypto Screeners. Cannabis News. TV YouTube. Trading School. My Stocks. Tools Calendars. Our results shed light on new approaches to education that may contribute to improve opportunities for disadvantaged adolescents in developing countries. Both univariate and multivariate long memory methods are used. The results vary depending on whether the former or the latter approach is followed. Specifically, when taking a univariate approach, the unit root null cannot be rejected in case of the UK and Japanese unemployment series, and some degree of mean reversion d PDF Richard Gearhart California State University, Bakersfield The robustness of cross-country healthcare rankings among homogeneous OECD countries pp.
It finds that the United States, if excluding the percent of healthcare expenditures that are publicly financed, is one of the more inefficient healthcare delivery systems in the world. It also finds that there has been productivity regression in all countries except the United States. These highlight the difficulties in cross-country efficiency comparisons.
This explanation has also been adopted in most cross-province studies, leaving aside variables related to the incentive structure of fiscal federalism. This paper investigates electorally induced fiscal fluctuations in Argentina for the period — Provincelevel dynamic panel data reveal that vertical fiscal imbalances in subnational districts fuel fiscal expansion and changes in expenditure composition, favoring current expenditure to the detriment of investment, in election years.
Vertical fiscal imbalances make electoral opportunism cheaper and more profitable. PDF Daniel H. A system of two panel data models is estimated to identify the growth determinants and their connection with foreign direct investment. We find that economic growth is driven most strongly by physical and human capital accumulation, as well as by sectorial exports, and that institutions and policy have a substantial impact on economic growth and investment.
Macroeconomic disturbances have a significant detrimental effect on long-run growth. Trade openness correlates positively with foreign investment, indicating that relatively closed countries stand to benefit most from opening up their economies. Our division of the sample into two sub-periods, — and —, indicates a structural change.
The case of Peru pp. An alternative indicator is countrywide inflation, whose quality and real-time availability have improved substantially. Would shifting to a national aggregate significantly affect the workings of monetary policy in Peru?
To answer these questions, we estimate a large, but parsimonious, error correction model and investigate how regional shocks propagate across the country. We use daily data on the newly developed indexes by Baker et al. Results from the linear causality tests indicate strong bidirectional causality. However, the parameters stability tests show strong evidence of short-run parameter instability, thus invalidating any conclusion from the full sample linear estimations.
Using sub-sample bootstrap rolling window causality tests to fully account for the existence of structural breaks, we find evidence that EPU can help predict the movements in EMU only around , and, However, we find strong evidence that EMU can help predict the movements in EPU throughout the sample period barring around , and We propose to test financial contagion using an econometric procedure where we first estimate the preference parameters of the consumption-based asset pricing model C-CAPM to measure the equilibrium risk premia in different countries and then we consider the difference between empirical and equilibrium risk premia to test crosscountry disequilibrium episodes due to contagion.
Our approach allows to identify the disequilibria generated by increases in volatility that is not explained by fundamentals but is endogenous to financial markets and to evaluate the existence of contagion effects defined by exogenous shifts in cross-country return correlations during crisis periods. Our results show evidence of contagion from the U.
To explain this result and its consequences in the economy, I develop an extended New Keynesian model that incorporates a political economy model of career concerns. Intuitively, since increases in the interest rate have a negative effect on the reelection probability due to consumption postponement, this discourages expansionary fiscal policies. The outcomes of a piecewise constant exponential model confirms our assumptions.
Low self-esteem is highly significant in predicting the probability of becoming unemployed for women but not for men. However, low self-esteem has an effect on the chance of becoming unemployed regardless of gender for people in higher skills occupations. The present work aims to estimate a fuzzy number a possible interval for the size of the underground economy by applying structural equation modelling with fuzzy data. The proposed fuzzy model applied here involves two main steps, changing the structural equation model to a reduced form, then making a nonlinear model from reduced-form equations applying fuzzy linear regression concepts and solutions.
Finally, the time series of the underground economy are obtained using the GAMS mathematical optimization software and compared with the findings of two MIMIC models and a microeconomic method. If this were the case then we should expect that poor voters be indifferent as to which broker they deal with, since they could expect the same minimum price from any broker. On the contrary, evidence of longterm broker-client relationships suggests that clients do care about who their broker is.
The formal model in this paper, in correspondence with evidence drawn from interviews with brokers, illuminates the reason why clients care about who their brokers are. Due to this uncertainty, the more resources brokers obtain, the more they transfer to clients to assure their votes.
The model highlights the existence of a class bias that favors groups of voters with higher turnout. There exists empirical evidence that wealthier economic classes present higher levels of political participation. In that situation, the model suggests that compulsory voting may be a useful mechanism to reduce the bias in favor of the higher-turnout class.
The timing in the implementation substantially varied across provinces, providing a source of identification for unraveling the causal effect of the reform. The estimations from difference-in-difference models suggest that the LFE had a positive impact on years of education and the probability of high school graduation. The impact on labor market outcomes —employment, hours of work and wages— was positive for the non-poor youths, but almost null for the poor. The Spanish case is relevant as an example of front-loaded fiscal adjustment that has led to a large GDP fall, where unlike the cases of Greece, Ireland and Portugal the authorities were able to choose the composition of the adjustment measures.
The empirical methodology is based on a computable general equilibrium model. All the simulated policies lead to a decrease in the levels of output and employment, and to a higher unemployment rate. The greatest contractionary effects appear in the case of an increase in the income tax, followed by spending cuts, especially in public education; in contrast, the contractionary effect is weaker for indirect tax increases.
While income distribution for labour worsens with spending cuts, it slightly improves with tax increases. The analysis covers countries and 79 episodes of public debt reduction driven by discretionary fiscal adjustments during the — period.
It shows that expenditure-based, front-loaded fiscal adjustments can dampen growth when there are credit supply restrictions. Instead, fiscal adjustments that are gradual and rely on a mix of revenue and expenditure measures can support output expansion, while reducing public debt. In this context, protecting public investment is critical for medium-term growth, as is the implementation of supply-side, productivity-enhancing reforms. On the demand side, exchange rate depreciation increases competitiveness and export growth, expanding output growth.
On the supply side, depreciation increases the cost of imported inputs, increasing output capacity constraints and accelerating price inflation. The time-series evidence indicates that output expansion contraction and price deflation inflation predominate with anticipated currency appreciation depreciation. The cross-country results show that exchange rate variability exacerbates the variability of economic activity across countries.
Short-term fluctuations of the exchange rate may reflect the adverse effects of unanticipated currency fluctuations. Therefore, more flexibility towards aligning the real effective exchange rate with the underlying fundamentals could help mitigate the adverse effects of higher cost of imports and loss of competitiveness on real growth, and ease inflationary pressures. While a wide variety of models are estimated, GMM estimators are almost always used.
We examine the validity of using likelihood based estimation in this context by comparing the small sample properties of a Bayesian estimator to those of GMM. Our baseline studies estimators of a commonly used simple earnings process. We extend our analysis to more complex environments, allowing for real world phenomena such as time varying and heterogeneous parameters, missing data, unbalanced panels, and non-normal errors.
The Bayesian estimators are demonstrated to have favorable bias and efficiency properties. Evidence from Spain pp. Using microdata from the Encuesta Nacional de Inmigrantes, we find that human capital of immigrants acquired in Spain presents higher returns than human capital obtained in home countries, reflecting the limited international transferability of the latter. The dataset studied comprises scanner data collected from the retail sales of carbonated soft drinks in the Chicago area.
The PC algorithm is not able to assign direction among retail price, manufacturer price and quantity sold, whereas the LiNGAM algorithm is able to decide in every case, i. We find that the adoption of the euro may have raised the level of per capita GDP and labour productivity by about 4 percent. There is also some evidence that the impact of the euro has been smaller in the case of countries with a high debt-to-GDP ratio in when the euro was introduced.
Results are robust to controlling for country fixed effects, time trends and to estimation strategies that control for cross-country parameter heterogeneity. Evidence from survey data in developing countries pp. While our exploration of the data confirm a significantly higher presence of female managers in services vs. We also find that the greater presence of female managers in the retail sector vs.
These findings could serve as useful inputs for the design of optimal policy measures aimed at promoting gender equality in a country. We present a dynamic general equilibrium framework that accounts for the effects of capital requirement policies on the saving decisions of households, and, through this channel, on bank loans and output. We evaluate optimal capital requirement policy in the presence of loan write-offs loan supply and productivity loan demand shocks.
We show that capital requirements should be reduced in response to unanticipated loan write-offs. We also show that capital requirements should be tightened in anticipation of future declines in productivity, and loosened at the onset of recessions.
We conclude that macro-prudential capital requirement policies can be optimal from a welfare standpoint, but they can also generate output and credit booms through general equilibrium effects. The realized volatility approach is employed to determine market risk. The advocated state space model takes autoregressive dynamics of the MPR and predetermined state variables into account. For the case of the DAX, the major German stock index, the empirical analysis strongly underpins time variation of risk compensation.
Moreover, we document forecasting results based on a short horizon trading strategy. The proposed model is characterized by strong market timing ability. It also examines the role of macroeconomic fundamentals i. The findings suggest the existence of co-movements among exchange rates.
The exchange rate global factor seems to play a central role in explaining exchange rate variability in Western Europe, whereas regional and country-specific factors are the most important ones in North America and Central and Eastern Europe, respectively. Finally, the paper shows empirical evidence in favour of the connection between exchange rate global factor variability and macroeconomic fundamentals.
Moreover, the importance of fundamentals has increased in the recent global crisis. The Granger causality technique in dynamic panels is used to establish dynamic relationships among these variables. Moreover, the results suggest that more competition is conducive to greater financial stability when the revenue efficiency score is used.
Banks seem to achieve market power through better efficiency, leverage and earning ability. As size and complexity increase, however, agency problems and increasing risk-taking might start gaining momentum, generating inefficiency and fragility. While estimating housing consumption for tenants amounts to observing rents, estimating housing consumption for owner-occupiers is challenging because it is not directly observable and interest payments vary with re-paid principals.
In order to examine the housing consumption for owneroccupiers, this article combines micro data sets on income and imputed rents for owneroccupiers based on home attributes from a consumer expenditure survey and monthly rents in a rental survey. This allows estimation of an Engel curve of owner-occupied consumption, both parametrically and non-parametrically. Regression results demonstrate that the income share of owner-occupied housing consumption decreases with income, while the Engel elasticity computed at the mean is 0.
PDF Peter A. The analysis finds that, on average, the effect of announcing exchange rate-based programmes is more credible, in terms of reducing inflation inertia, than the outcome associated with money-based programmes.
The econometric analysis is robust to augmenting the benchmark inflation model with measures of the size of IMF-programme loans and the timing of government elections. The paper also finds that the gap between the magnitudes of the impacts from pursuing the different strategies has been falling since the s. The trend seems compatible with the much debated Great Moderation in advanced economies and similar developments in economies around the world. PDF Ariel M. We illustrate the capabilities of the proposed test using returns of stock, money, sovereign debt, and foreign exchange markets of seven Latin-American countries, and test for the presence of pure contagion effects for each major financial crisis that affected the Mercosur region between and Besides strong evidence in favor of time-varying market interdependence, we cannot rule out the presence of pure contagion effects in the stock market transmission channel associated with the Mexican, Asian, and Russian financial crises.
The basic autonomous innovation-driven model is extended to include international technology transfer and different measures of absorptive capacity. The estimates give great support to semi-endogenous growth theory. Furthermore, Schumpeterian or fully-endogenous growth theory has some support in the high impact of distance to the frontier variable which represents autonomous technology transfer. However, the nature of technological progress compatible with steady state conditions is Harrod-neutral rather than Hicks-neutral.
The robustness of the test results and parameter estimates are also justified by the fully modified ordinary least squares approach of Phillips and Hansen The results emphasize that the fundamental source of economic growth is technological progress in the short-run. Both theory and the empirical literature suggest that financial liberalization and regionalism lead to higher levels of capital inflows. By using a dynamic panel data analysis, this research tests these hypotheses.
The impact of financial liberalization depends on the type of liberalization implemented. Liberalization of the domestic financial system and the domestic equity market has a positive and significant impact on international capital flows.
Aggregate capital account liberalization is not significant, but the elimination of multiple exchange rates significantly affects international capital flows, while other components have a more limited impact: the liberalization of inward FDI directly increases foreign direct investments, whilst the deregulation of offshore borrowing directly causes an increase in foreign debt inflows. Regionalism causes an increase in foreign direct investment inflows but does not affect other forms of capital inflows.
Evidence from Peru pp. Whether these investments will translate into measurable educational improvements remains an open question because of the limited existing evidence. This paper contributes to fill this gap exploiting a large-scale public program that increased computer and internet access in secondary public schools in Peru. Rich longitudinal school-level data from to is used to implement a differences-in-differences framework. Results indicate no statistically significant effects of increasing technology access in schools on repetition, dropout and initial enrollment.
Large sample sizes allow ruling out even modest effects. This paper empirically examines the extent to which those nonconventional provisions in RTAs enhance international trade between RTA member countries by estimating a gravity equation with detailed information on the contents of RTAs. We find that the provision for competition policy has the largest effect on international trade, followed by the government procurement provision. These two provisions have significant and positive impacts on intensive margin intensive margin trade values per variety and extensive margin number of varieties traded PDF Peter J.
Using RANDMIPT data about the injuries and fatalities inflicted by different terrorist attack methods, we compute sets of preference orderings over the attack methods using prospect theory. This incorporates reference point dependence, risk seeking in the domain of losses, risk aversion in the domain of gains, non-linear preferences and loss aversion into an analysis of terrorist behaviour. Our results provide an indication of the types of attack methods that would be chosen by a terrorist whose decision-making process is described by prospect theory and who might, for example, seek to emulate or surpass the actions of a predecessor.
Evidence from Argentina pp. This paper inquires into the presence of electoral cycles in federal government transfers, presenting evidence on how the Argentine national government has allocated, since the reestablishment of democracy in , two different types of discretional transfers — cash and in-kind — among the subnational governments. There is an electoral manipulation of total transfers that favors subnational governments that are politically affiliated to the national government; cash transfers show that same pattern.
However, inkind transfers, which are more traceable to the national government than cash transfers, increase in non-affiliated subnational jurisdictions during election years. Effects of macroeconomic policy actions on durations of recessions pp. We also investigate which structural factors help the country to experience shorter recessions. We implement survival regression analysis and conclude that expansionary monetary policy significantly decreases durations of recessions whereas fixing the exchange rate does not have an effect on the durations of recessions.
Expansionary fiscal policy has undesired effects and decreases the probability that recession will end, thus increasing the durations of recessions. The analysis of country specific factors indicates that emerging countries experience shorter recessions. Recessions in countries with higher trade openness last significantly longer.
Financial openness and institutional quality do not have significant effects of recession durations. The empirical analysis takes into account alternative probability distributions and endogeneity of policy actions. The analysis uses word detection algorithms to partially characterize prevailing practices. We document a shift toward isolation from other disciplines during most of the twentieth century. In sharp contrast, the most recent decades show a strong move towards a more connected discipline.
Periods of more connectedness are associated with openness to a broader set of features of economic agents and the economic environment. In parallel, the s and s show a notable acceleration in the move towards a more mathematical approach.
This development did not reverse. As a result, the current state of the discipline is characterized by an embrace of mathematical tools together with openness to a wider set of aspects and findings developed in other disciplines. Most of the reported variables show surprisingly high correlations across disciplines and across journals.
An online appendix is available. Plott California Institute of Technology Market microstructure design and flash crashes: A simulation approach pp. We use a simulation platform that creates random arrivals of trade orders, that allows us to analyze subtle theoretical features of liquidity and price variability under various market structures. The simulations are performed under continuous double-auction microstructure, and under alternatives, including imposing minimum resting times, shutting off trading for a period of time, and switching to call auction mechanisms.
We find that the latter is the most effective in restoring the liquidity of the book and recovery of the price level. The relationship between public and private saving in Spain pp. Our results lean toward rejection of the Ricardian proposition, although some degree of substitution between public and private saving is detected. Moreover, we provide some evidence of consumers becoming increasingly Ricardian with the level of government indebtedness as it may trigger sustainability concerns.
In terms of policy implications, these results would suggest that until fiscal policy in Spain enjoyed some room of manoeuvre to exert its countercyclical role. The sovereign debt crisis has exhausted such margin. However, institutional and policy barriers may slow down technology diffusion. Using a simple theory based on Acemoglu , we predict that inward FDI pool of available world frontier technologies and financial deregulation enhancing absorptive capability via lowering institutional and policy barriers have a complementary effect on economic growth.
We test the predictions using panel data on Chinese provinces during the reform and opening-up period. The Chinese experience is appealing because of the symbiotic financial deregulation and inflow of FDI. We find robust evidence that there is a significant interaction effect between FDI and the level of financial deregulation that promotes economic growth. This furthers our understanding of the reform and opening-up strategy of China. In the present paper, from among the various phases of the DCE conception, particular emphasis is given to the way in which the attributes levels are combined into alternatives and how they are allocated into choice sets experimental design step.
In order to configure hypothetical scenarios relating to the conservation of a World Heritage cultural landscape, this paper applies both the experimental design strategies identified in the literature review as commonly applied in DCE to value cultural items, as well as D-optimal processes, which proved to be advantageous both in terms of statistical efficiency and in the information required number of choice sets.
The municipalities differ greatly in their productive structures; therefore, a policy that is detrimental beneficial to a certain sector of activity may be expected to have a greater negative positive impact on the election results for the governing party in those municipalities where that sector is quantitatively important. The estimations show that the relative importance of the agro-manufacturing sector, controlling for economic, social and political variables, had a positive impact on the party in office in and a negative one in Here, we propose the use of one member of the family of exponential Gumbel distributions in order to study a potential nonlinear relationship between environmental regulation and manufacturing productivity in Mexico using a data set at the plant level.
We show that the link between environmental regulation and productivity is in fact nonlinear and that there is a decreasing trade-off between those variables in the manufacturing industry. We find that such trade-off is high for small firms, but almost negligible for large companies. Thus, we argue that much of the debate on different effects is due to the heterogeneity of the industry.
This result might be useful for the design of policies devoted to enhancing environmental performance. Employing exogeneity tests, the empirical findings support the endogenous money hypothesis for the relationship between monetary variables M1, M2, monetary base and the producer price index, but reject it when the consumer price index is used instead as price variable.
The analytical framework developed here indicates that this ability depends on several characteristics of political institutions, such as congressional capabilities, judicial independence, and bureaucratic independence and professionalism.
The empirical evidence presented supports this idea. It is postulated that these coefficients are positive between future values of the trade balance and current exchange rate, but negative between past values of the trade balance and the current exchange rate, hence the S-Curve pattern. Previous research has shown that the curve is not supported for Mexico when aggregate trade data are used. In this paper we used bilateral trade data between Mexico and her main partner, the United States to test the curve.
Still there was no support for the curve. However, when we disaggregated bilateral trade flows by industry and considered the trade balances of industries that trade between the two countries, we were able to support the S-Curve in 90 industries. More importantly, this result does not depend on whether the monetary regime is before or after the euro.
The key link between inflation and RPV is unexpected inflation, whose optimal level is around zero. This suggests that monetary policy matters: the welfare costs associated with higher RPV can be minimized with a credible and predictable inflation targeting policy set at the appropriate level.
Such models are estimated by applying a recursive regression methodology to quarterly data for the period Estimations are performed based on an innovative trend-gap data disaggregation methodology, and an error-correction specification to contrast short vs. Different from previous results, forecasts provided by most specifications in the very short run up to 2 quarters ahead , particularly the BEER specification, consistently outperform those obtained from the random walk model.
Evidence from Latin-American households pp. The system of equations obtained in the theoretical model is solved using Generalized Method of Moments and Full Information Maximum Likelihood. Results indicate that the null hypothesis concerning RE cannot be rejected for Argentina, Brazil, and Chile but is strongly rejected for Mexico.
Therefore, when the fiscal authority seeks to stimulate economic activity by means of tax reductions and increases in government spending, the outstanding effect might be only a rise in private savings for the first three countries. Taking advantage of the cross-sectional and timeseries variation in individual Mexican bank balance sheets, I find that the deposits and loans of banks that have a larger share of foreign currency deposits are less sensitive to domestic monetary shocks, particularly for small banks.
The results also suggest that banks with a larger foreign deposit share are more sensitive to foreign U. The results indicate a novel way in which monetary policy has real effects in a partially dollarized economy: Not only are banks unable to easily replace insured deposits with other sources of funds because of information frictions the conventional bank lending channel , but they are also unable to fully offset a loss of domestic currency deposits with foreign currency deposits.
The estimation produces three main results: aid is effective, in aggregated terms, once we deal with the effect of income inequalities; the impact of concessional loans seems to be PDF Jin Zhang Southwestern University of Finance and Economics David A.
We argue that aggregate business failures should not be treated as a passive variable, as usually done in previous studies, and we allow its possible causal effect on other macroeconomic variables through a Structural Vector Autoregression model that builds on Directed Acyclic Graphs.
Granger type causality and innovation accounting results both show that while subject to the influence of interest rates, aggregate business failures are quite exogenous in comparison to the other three variables. The implications of these findings are discussed as well. This article shows that economic disturbances blur competence signals, dampening political budget cycles. Economic disturbances can be construed at the aggregate level as economic volatility which is a consequence of decisions taken by diverse economic actors.
The more actors that are not elected at the national level have an impact on economic performance, the more difficult it will be for voters to disentangle government-specific competence shocks. Fiscal decentralisation increases policy leverage of governing bodies that are not elected at the national level; economic openness affects the number of foreign economic actors that cannot be held locally accountable.
The predictions receive empirical support from a time series-cross section analysis between and We use a time series approach to test the mean reversion of unemployment rates and its approximation to a Natural Rate of Unemployment NRU. The tests include the possibility of one and two structural changes to account for the occurrence of significant macroeconomic changes experienced by the Latin American economies.
In addition, we estimate the order of integration of the series, allowing for fractional degrees of differentiation, to assess the persistence of unemployment in the region. Our results indicate that when endogenous structural changes are included in the model, in general we find evidence of mean reversion of unemployment rates for the Latin American countries under study. Therefore, our findings support the structuralist hypothesis of unemployment.
To derive its economic value we use the preferences stated by residents. The contingent valuation method with parametrical estimation probit bivariate models is applied, consisting of a survey employing double-bounded questions. The paper contributes to broadening the spectrum of case studies in this line of research in developing countries.
It also seeks to determine which socioeconomic and demographical factors of interviewees prove significant when estimating willingness to pay WTP. WTP is significant, although it reveals a slight drop as the degree of certainty of actually making a payment, in accordance with the hypothetical valuations that are stated, increases.
WTP is positively related to educational qualifications and cultural habits, but there seem to be no major differences in terms of urban distribution. With these results we evaluate the performance of the Bank of Mexico against a set of optimality principles derived in the NK literature.
Our system estimation results show that the Bank of Mexico holds a preference for stabilizing not only inflation around target, but also acts to achieve an output gap close to zero. Furthermore, we find that the central bank responds non-linearly to real exchange rate depreciations. We also find that the central bank has actively attempted to neutralize demand and supply shocks through monetary policy that is consistent with the Taylor principle. For the sake of robustness, results from the Heckman selection model Heckit , Control-function regression, Difference-in-differences, and various Matching methods are compared by using the third and fourth wave of the Italian Community Innovation Survey CIS3, years and CIS4, years Given the utmost importance of this target-variable, future works should go beyond the use of single methods, especially when they are thought of to steer future policymaking.
PDF Jason M. DeBacker Middle Tennessee State University Political parties as a commitment technology: effects of term limits on vote share pp. Candidates suffer by not being able to credibly commit to policies far from their own preferences. Assuming that the major parties can provide better discipline of their members than third parties, the implication of the model is that third party candidates will be worse off, in terms of vote share garnered, in elections for offices with term limits.
The hypothesis that third parties do worse under term limits is tested using state gubernatorial elections. Data from show the vote share of third party candidates is approximately six percent lower in elections for a term-limited office when controlling for other election characteristics and regional and temporal trends in party popularity. PDF Ashok K. Results indicate that precautionary saving is a powerful determinant of wealth accumulation among U. Our results indicate an age-wealth profile that is consistent with the life-cycle hypothesis.
The share of precautionary saving in total wealth accumulation differs across farm households. Sumner University of California, Davis Estimation of relative bargaining power in markets for raw milk in the United States pp. We specify a reduced form of the price equation, which is composed of the minimum price specified in milk marketing orders and the reduced form of the upper bound for the price in regional raw milk markets in the United States.
Estimation results indicate that the relative bargaining power of dairy cooperatives in setting regional raw milk prices is small compared to the power of milk bottlers. We find the price differential in milk marketing orders has contributed to raise the price bargained between dairy cooperatives and milk bottlers.
The fraction of hourly earnings that corresponds to the opportunity cost of travel time is endogenously estimated as a function of visitor characteristics, rather than fixed exogenously. In this case, which deals with a relatively remote recreational site, the relevant opportunity cost of time for most visitors appears to represent a smaller fraction of their wage rate than commonly assumed in previous similar studies.
PDF Antonio N. The analysis is an advance over previous work in several ways. First, the hypothesis of a long-run relationship between these variables is tested using bivariate cointegrated systems and employing the methodology of cointegration analysis. Second, causality tests utilizing standard Granger regressions and ECM models are carried out to determine the direction of causality between indicators of economic growth and financial development, and economic growth and trade openness.
Lastly, the study comprises a period of seventy years, a first for a study of this kind on Bolivia. The empirical results demonstrate that there is indeed a long-run equilibrium relationship, and that unidirectional Granger causality runs from the indicators of financial development and trade openness to economic growth. A Markov regime-switching heteroskedasticity model that includes unobserved components is used. The model shows how periods of high low inflation accompany periods of high low short- and long-run uncertainty in inflation.
The results of the model also illustrate how, during the recent period of price stability in Peru, both permanent and transitory shocks in inflation show a decrease in volatility. Finally, a time-varying measure of inflation uncertainty is derived from the estimates, giving additional evidence on the positive link between the level of inflation and its uncertainty. Specifically, drawing on data from the Survey on Living Conditions and Habits of the Catalan Population , we quantify the expected earnings differential between individuals who are proficient in Catalan and those who are not, taking into account the potential endogeneity between knowledge of Catalan and earnings.
The results indicate the existence of a positive return to knowledge of Catalan, with a 7. We also find that language and education are complementary inputs for generating earnings in Catalonia, given that knowledge of Catalan increases monthly earnings only for more educated individuals.
The time interval under examination corresponds to an era characterized by substantial relaxation of entry barriers and private bank penetration. To estimate Lerner indexes as a measure of bank competition, we set up a simultaneous equation model for unbalanced panel data by utilizing the stepwise maximum likelihood method. We find that concomitantly with the new bank entries a pro-competitive change in the banking industry took place.
Two theoretical arguments may explain these associations: i the greater the quantity of first-tier subnational units with monopolistic powers, such as legal and regulatory sanctions, the greater the incentives for bribery and extortion; and ii elected authorities and public servants of smaller regional governments are more vulnerable to capture by a corrupt private elite, especially when control and accountability mechanisms are weaker than national ones.
This paper also provides some support for existing corruption theories, namely that wealthy countries with Protestant societies use democratic systems more effectively to control corruption. Specifically, the sensitivity to the number of constraints level of dis-aggregation and imposition of returns to scale constraints is evaluated. Further, the shadow or dual values are recovered from the linear program and compared to the market prices used in the ideal Fisher index approach.
Empirical application to U. Due to the piecewise linear approximation of the nonparametric programming approach, the shadow share-weights are skewed leading to the difference in the productivity measures due to aggregation. The paper first shortly reviews the two conceptions.
Then, it links them to specific conceptions about rationality. An analysis of the terms involved in the discussion shows which conception of economics corresponds most to its ordinary language meaning. Even before submitting bids, competition among contractors may already have started.
Given the nature of public work and expected strategies of rivals, some firms decide to enter the market, but others do not. Procurers can also enhance or limit the bidder participation through various ex ante qualification procedures for quality assurance purposes. Some applicants are qualified, but others are not. Thus, the selection process has two dimensions: bidders self-select, and an auctioneer may dis qualify some applicants.
The paper explores this selection dynamics, using procurement data from road projects in developing countries. It shows that bidders are selecting themselves; low-cost firms are more prone to enter the market. But they are more likely to be rejected for technical reasons. Procurement design, such as contract size, and public governance are also found important determinants of the entry strategy of firms. PDF Andrew K. A Tobit model with binary selection and ordinal treatment is developed to accommodate the data feature that debts are incurred only among card holders and the endogeneity of card holding in card debt.
Results from a stratified sample in Malaysia indicate that age, household size, income, education, loan commitments, and current-account ownership play a role in card holding. Age, loan commitments, previous card holdings, current-account ownership, and bad debt history affect the probability and level of card debt. Multi-card holders are more likely to be credit revolvers than convenience users. When public debt management deals with bonds indexed to the interest rate set by the monetary policy, there is no wealth effect and, as a consequence, monetary policy has a weak transmission channel reducing its effectiveness.
This can help to explain why monetary policy in Brazil has been so tight and interest rates so high during the Real Plan. Using a generalised autoregressive conditional heteroskedasticity GARCH model to generate a measure of inflation uncertainty, the empirical evidence from the linear and nonlinear Granger causality tests indicate a bidirectional causality between the series. The estimates from both the linear vector autoregressive VAR and nonparametric regression models show that higher inflation rates lead to greater inflation uncertainty for all countries as predicted by Friedman Although VAR estimates imply no significant impact, except for Japan, nonparametric estimates show that inflation uncertainty raises average inflation in all countries, as suggested by Cukierman and Meltzer Thus, inflation and inflation uncertainty have a positive predictive content for each other, supporting the Friedman and Cukierman-Meltzer hypotheses, respectively.
Further analyses reveal a non-significant impact of investment subsidies received by farms, but a positive impact of operational subsidies for small farms only, on the alleviation of financial constraints. PDF James L. The effects of sub-categories of government spending on growth are also examined. Total expenditures are estimated to have negative growth effects for some groupings of developed nations. Consumption expenditures are found to have a detrimental growth effect in developing nations with ineffective governments.
Developing nations with ineffective governments benefit from capital expenditures. Nevertheless, there are some important differences. The estimations for the elasticity values appear to be higher and show larger differences between countries than in previous studies. Furthermore, the results give evidence in favour of Schumpeterian models, as TFP growth is positively related to the distance to the technological frontier represented by the US.
Lucas Jr. University of Chicago What economists do pp. The method allows fully for the nonlinearity of the budget constraint facing each individual, the probabilistic nature of the labour supply model and the presence of unobserved heterogeneity in the estimation of preference functions. Yet it is relatively straightforward to implement. An advantage of welfare measures, compared with changes in net incomes, is that they take into account the value of leisure and home production.
The method is applied to a hypothetical income tax policy change in Australia. These insights are obtained for extremely simplified economies or rely on unrealistically simple social networks. Therefore, it is difficult to obtain a sense for the quantitative importance of effects generated by real life social networks. In this paper, I augment a labor market matching model to allow for information transmission through social networks.
I illustrate the effects of social networks and I use simulations to quantify the predictions of the model for complex and realistic social networks. Information transmission through social contacts reduces the steady state unemployment rate from a hypothetical 6. They cannot explain much of the variation in wages of otherwise homogeneous workers and do not substantially influence aggregate outcomes over the business cycle.
We also show that although Venezuela is an oil abundant economy, this growth experience is largely due to the evolution of its non-oil GDP. We perform a growth accounting exercise to quantify the extent to which the growth experience in the non-oil sector is a result of physical capital accumulation, finding that non-oil sector behavior can largely be explained by the evolution of total factor productivity TFP.
Finally, we calculate the correlations between oil rents and physical capital accumulation and TFP in the non-oil sector, finding a high positive correlation during the good performance period, but a negative correlation in the implosion period. We apply a Bayesian vector autoregressive BVAR model and analyse the possible asymmetric behaviour of real wages in response to different macroeconomic shocks.
Finally, we use the NBER business cycle periodisation to evaluate how real wages interact with the different shocks during contractions and booms. The results indicate that real wages cyclicality substantially depends on the driving forces of business cycle fluctuations. Different time periods are dominated by different types of shocks.
When the business cycle is mainly driven by supply-side shocks real wages present a pro-cyclical behaviour. On the contrary, when the business cycle is driven by aggregate demand shocks real wages move counter-cyclically. The main results show lack of support for income convergence in OPEC countries. We only find evidence of catch-up with the U. Absent limited commitment, the increase in financial linkages should improve risk-sharing opportunities and foster consumption smoothing.
However the data show that for several countries financial liberalization leads to enhanced consump tion volatility. This fact can be rationalized using a small open economy model where foreign lending to households is constrained by a borrowing limit motivated by limited enforcement. Borrowing is secured by collateral in the form of durable investment whose accumulation is subject to adjustment costs.
In this economy an increase in the degree of capital account lib eralization increases consumption volatility even relative to output volatility as agents are unable to exploit risk-sharing opportunities. In presence of riskaverse agents an increase in financial integration reduces welfare.
Europe Undiscounted optimal growth with consumable capital: Application to water pp. The framework features two sectors: the first uses labor to purify water, while the second uses labor and purified water for irrigation to produce an agricultural consumption good.
Purified water can also be used as potable water for drinking purposes. The planner allocates the available factors of production between the two sectors every period, and determines the optimal amounts of purified water, potable water, and irrigation water. The geometry characterizes the optimal path depending on whether the irrigation sector is more labor intensive than the purification sector.
When the irrigation sector is labor intensive, the optimal path is a non converging cycle around the golden rule stock of purified water, while if the purification sector is labor intensive, there is a damped cyclical convergence to the go lden rule stock. PDF Reginaldo P. Nogueira, Jr. ERPT can be higher in periods of financial or confidence crises, when firms have no incentive to absorb cost increases in their margins.
Using two different measures of macroeconomic instability as transition variables, we find that ERPT does seem to increase in periods of macroeconomic distress, which highlights the importance of a stable macroeconomic environment in reducing ERPT in emerging markets. When multiple attributes are considered, a criterion determining the relative importance attached to the different dimensions has to be adopted.
There has not been thus far in the literature a specific attempt to conceptualize the nature of the desired hierarchy among the selected poverty dimensions. The aim of this paper is to take the first step in this direction. We envisage two simple and highly intuitive ways in which such a hierarchical system can be understood, which we label restricted and unrestricted hierarchy.
The analytical conditions allowing the incorporation of these into a poverty index are derived and their implications in terms of the understanding of poverty are discussed. An empirical application shows how the choice of the hierarchical scheme for poverty dimensions can lead to opposite conclusions on the poverty trend.
The main motivation behind this research is, on the one hand, a negative and robust correlation of fiscal policy volatility and long run growth documented in several papers and, on the other, the relatively small number of works that discuss possible determinants of the former. This result is novel, and, to the best of our knowledge, has not been discussed in the literature.
It also explores the earnings gap between Latin American employees and other groups of foreign workers from both developing and developed countries. The study is based on the Wage Structure Survey , which is the first nationally representative sample of both foreign and Spanish employees.
Using the Machado-Mata econometric procedure, earnings differentials across the whole wage distribution are decomposed into a component related to observable characteristics and another associated to different returns to such endowments. First, we find that, in absolute terms, the earnings differential between Latin American and Caribbean immigrants and natives that is not explained by observable characteristics increases across the wage distribution.
While the large gap at the top might be mainly explained by problems of transferability of skills among immigrants, the low differential at the bottom is likely to be related to the compressive effect exerted by labor market institutions such as the minimum wage and collective agreements.
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