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Issues in Economic Performance

Author: Edward Shinnick
Vol.: 1
Publishing house: v) LIT Verlag
Place: Berlin, Germany
year: 2009
No of pages: 152
ISBN 978-3-8258-1963-7
category Archives (LIT)
price 39.90 EUR

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Educational Thresholds and Economic Growth: Empirical Evidence from Brazilian States

Author: Tulio A. Cravo Elias Soukiazis
Vol.: 2009.1
Publishing house: i) INFER
Place: Speyer, London
year: 2009
No of pages: 27
ISBN n/a
category INFER Working Paper Series
price Free to download EUR

This paper examines the convergence process in Brazil over the period of 1985-2004, giving a special attention to the role of human capital as a conditioning factor to convergence. It examines how different levels of human capital influence growth in different regions of Brazil. Different measures of human capital are used in the growth regressions and the results show that they play a significant role in explaining the growth process. The evidence indicates that different levels of human capital have different impacts on the per capita income growth, depending on the level of development of the states. Lower levels of human capital explain better the convergence among the less developed states and higher levels of human capital are more adequate among the more developed states. The impact of the relative intermediate levels of human capital on growth is stronger in all samples, suggesting the existence of threshold effect in education.

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Social Energy - A New Form of Perceiving Capital in Postmodern Economy

Author: Artur Mazurkiewicz
Vol.: 2008.4
Publishing house: i) INFER
Place: Speyer, London
year: 2008
No of pages: 22
ISBN n/a
category INFER Working Paper Series
price Free to download EUR

The presented paper deals with the issue of social creation of knowledge in the postmodern economic order. The concept of beneficients as a core idea of this conception in connection with thermodynamic analogy in interdisciplinary problem leads to the materialistic and intellectual dual analysis of sustainable phenomenon of development and creation of knowledge. The paper discusses the possibility of a new way of development of institutional economy in the direction of knowledge economy and the change in an approach to an organisation from the traditional systemic to a cooperating community. The presented considerations are a germ of intellectual infrastructure and supporting the process of structural learning and sustainable development with artificial intelligence. It has been suggested that social energy should be considered as an alternative way of perceiving development.

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The Impact of R&D Spillovers on Export Value: Does the Transmission Channel matter?

Author: Jan Van Hove
Vol.: 2008.3
Publishing house: i) INFER
Place: Speyer, London
year: 2008
No of pages: 34
ISBN n/a
category INFER Working Paper Series
price Free to download EUR

There is overwhelming evidence in the literature that open economies benefit from spillover effects from foreign R&D efforts. These effects increase in particular total factor productivity. Several transmission channels have been detected and studied intensively. Most of them are related to foreign direct investments or international trade. These real economic phenomena are themselves affected by spillovers, either indirectly through their effect on total factor productivity or directly through, for example, increased business contacts between investors, traders and producers.  In this empirical paper we study the effects of R&D spillovers on exports within the OECD. Previous evidence pointed to the crucial role of the transmission channel for such spillovers. Therefore we distinguish between trade-related and foreign-direct-investment related channels and indicators. By doing so we are able to determine the relevance and importance of each of the suggested channels and measures. We control for alternative determinants of export value by extending the well-accepted gravity model for international trade by incorporating R&D spillovers in the standard gravity specification. Our results indicate that – at least at the macro-level – the choice of the transmission channel matters. In particular we find clear evidence that imports are an important transmission channel for technological spillovers, whereas there is only weak evidence in favour of any role for foreign direct investments. Hence these findings simply that openness to trade is a better policy in order to benefit from foreign knowledge than openness to investments.

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Asymmetries in Heterogeneous Integrated Areas: Evidence from Intra-EU Sectoral Trade

Author: Helena Marques
Vol.: 2008.2
Publishing house: i) INFER
Place: Speyer, London
year: 2008
No of pages: 21
ISBN n/a
category INFER Working Paper Series
price Free to download EUR

This paper estimates gravity models for both directions of trade between the EU-15 and the CEEC-10. The two groups form a heterogeneous integrated area (EU-27) with respect to country size, income levels, relative factor endowments and a different history of economic systems. The estimation was conducted on industries with different degrees of scale economies and factor-intensities in the presence of both spatial (distance and borders) and non-spatial (Eastern enlargements and Euro membership) trade costs. The results highlight the asymmetry in intra-bloc trade when the latter is heterogeneous: country size, income, factor endowments and the various trade barriers or facilitators are found to be significant determinants of intra-EU trade but to an extent that is country and industry-specific. The results also show how this heterogeneity eliminates the equivalence between exports and imports as the dependent variable in gravity models and makes the results sensitive to the definition of the bilateral flows to be estimated.

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The Development of the Irish Private Health Insurance Market and Evidence of Selection Effects Therein

Author: Brian Turner Edward Shinnick
Vol.: 2008.1
Publishing house: i) INFER
Place: Speyer, London
year: 2008
No of pages: 29
ISBN none
category INFER Working Paper Series
price Free to download EUR

This paper tracks the development of the Irish private health insurance market, both in terms of its legislative background and the development of competition. Literature on adverse selection and risk selection is then reviewed. Data from two surveys of consumers are then analysed to determine whether evidence exists of adverse selection or risk selection in the Irish private health insurance market. Both of these issues are relevant in the context of the debate over risk equalisation in the market in Ireland.

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The Shadow Economy, Corruption And Governance

Author: Michael Pickhardt, Edward Shinnick (eds.)
Vol.: 3
Publishing house: iii) Edward Elgar Publishing
Place: Cheltenham, UK
year: 2008
No of pages: 296
ISBN 978-1-84844-079
category Archives (EEP)
price 69.95 GBP

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Regional Economic Policy In Europe

Author: Ulrike Stierle-von Schütz, Michael H. Stierle, Frederic B. Jennings Jr., Adrian T.H. Kuah (eds.)
Vol.: 2
Publishing house: iii) Edward Elgar Publishing
Place: Cheltenham, UK
year: 2008
No of pages: 288
ISBN 978-1-84844-038-8
category Archives (EEP)
price 65.00 GBP

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Bounded Rationality in Economics and Finance

Author: Christian Richter (ed.)
Vol.: 8
Publishing house: v) LIT Verlag
Place: Berlin, Germany
year: 2008
No of pages: 200
ISBN 978-3-8258-1614-8
category Archives (LIT)
price 39.90 EUR

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Perspectives on Integration and Globalisation

Author: Helena Marques, Elias Soukiazis, Pedro Cerqueira (eds.)
Vol.: 7
Publishing house: v) LIT Verlag
Place: Berlin, Germany
year: 2008
No of pages: 272
ISBN 978-3-8258-1545-5
category Archives (LIT)
price 49.90 EUR

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Stocks or flows? New thinking about monetary transmission through the lending channel

Author: Javier Villar Burke
Publishing house: v) LIT Verlag
year: 2016

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What is Different about Urbanization in Rich and Poor Countries? Cities in Brazil, China, India and the United States

Author: Juan Pablo Chauvin Edward Glaeser Yueran Ma Kristina Tobio
Publishing house: v) LIT Verlag
year: 2016

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Taxing Vacant Apartments: Can fiscal policy reduce vacancy?

Author: Mariona Segú Benjamin Vignolles
Publishing house: v) LIT Verlag
year: 2016

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