BLOG: How Price and Non-Price Incentives Affect California Water Demand

By Christopher Deranian, University of Maryland, College Park

Over the past two decades, drought conditions in California have repeatedly threatened freshwater security in the state. Since Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in 2014, a variety of policies have been enacted to promote water conservation. Continue reading BLOG: How Price and Non-Price Incentives Affect California Water Demand

The Economic Impact of Psychological Distress on Former Child Soldiers

By Jonathan Kaufmann, American University

While previous research demonstrates a significant negative relationship between post-traumatic stress disorder and earnings among adult veterans in the United States, a similar connection for children in developing nations has not been established. The literature indicates that both endogeneity and sample-selection biases are inherent in this relationship. This paper used Continue reading The Economic Impact of Psychological Distress on Former Child Soldiers

Housing Demand and Labor Supply: The 1962 Algerian Repatriates to France

By Olivia Briffault. Yale University.

A surprising finding in analyses of the effects of immigration is that immigrants generally have a limited effect on local labor market outcomes. One reason that has been hypothesized is that immigration generates… Continue reading Housing Demand and Labor Supply: The 1962 Algerian Repatriates to France

The Influence of Collectivism on Microfinance in Senegal

By Cole Scanlon (Harvard University), Keaton Scanlon (Warren Wilson College), and Teague Scanlon (Pomona College).

Microfinance, despite its mixed results in economic literature, continues to proliferate in many developing countries (Rooyen et al., 2012). This research project investigates the relationship between collectivism and microfinance. Continue reading The Influence of Collectivism on Microfinance in Senegal

Has Indonesia’s Growth Between 2007-2014 Been Pro-Poor? Evidence from the Indonesia Family Life Survey

By Ariza Gusti. University of Minnesota.

A country’s economic growth is said to help the poor and eradicate poverty if it is “pro-poor”, in that its impacts are broad-based, and benefit the poor in absolute terms. This research seeks to explore whether Indonesia’s sustained growth… Continue reading Has Indonesia’s Growth Between 2007-2014 Been Pro-Poor? Evidence from the Indonesia Family Life Survey

Cryptocurrency Competition and Dynamics

By Thomas Gebhart. University of Minnesota.

We build a model of competition among privately issued cryptocurrencies. We use a well-known monetary economics environment, the Lagos-Wright model, and include founders who can issue their own currencies in order to maximize their utility. Founders are endowed with productive capital that allows them to invest in projects that span multiple periods. Continue reading Cryptocurrency Competition and Dynamics

The Impact of Increasing Charter School Enrollment on the Achievement Gap: Evidence from Michigan

By Charles Weber. Harvard University.

Does increasing student access to charter schools lead to more equitable outcomes for all? More specifically, does increasing the number of students who attend charters in a district lead to a narrowing achievement gap… Continue reading The Impact of Increasing Charter School Enrollment on the Achievement Gap: Evidence from Michigan