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  • Does Wealth Reduce Support for Redistribution? Evidence from an Ethiopian Housing Lottery 

    Andersen, Asbjørn G; Franklin, Simon; Tigabu, Getahun; Kotsadam, Andreas; Somville, Vincent; Villanger, Espen (DP SAM;18/2020, Working paper, 2020-09)
    We provide causal evidence of how an increase in wealth affects support for redistribution and beliefs about the causes of poverty. Exploiting the variation in wealth created by an Ethiopian housing lottery, we show that ...
  • The Wealth of a Nation: Norways Road to Prosperity 

    Grytten, Ola Honningdal (DP SAM;17/2020, Working paper, 2020-09)
    The present paper discusses Norway’s way to prosperity during the two last centuries. The main reason for its wealth seems to have been the ability to meet international demand by utilizing its rich natural resources, ...
  • The Effect of Gender-Targeted Transfers: Experimental Evidence From India 

    Almås, Ingvild; Somville, Vincent; Vanderwalle, Lore (DP SAM;16/2020, Working paper, 2020-09)
    Women are the primary recipients of many welfare programs around the world. Despite frequent claims that targeting women induces beneficial consumption shifting and gender equality, the empirical evidence on the effect of ...
  • A Poorly Understood Disease? The Unequal Distribution of Excess Mortality Due to COVID-19 Across French Municipalities 

    Brandily, Paul; Brébion, Clément; Briole, Simon; Khoury, Laura (DP SAM;15/2020, Working paper, 2020-08)
    While COVID-19 was responsible for more than 600,000 deaths worldwide as of July 24, 2020, very little is known about the socio-economic heterogeneity of its impact on mortality. In this paper, we combine several administrative ...
  • A Second Chance? Labor Market Returns to Adult Education Using School Reforms 

    Bennett, Patrick; Blundell, Richard; Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar (DP SAM;14/2020, Working paper, 2020-08)
    Roughly one third of a cohort drop out of high school across OECD countries, and developing effective tools to address prime-aged high school dropouts is a key policy question. We leverage high quality Norwegian register ...
  • Competition and Career Advancement: The Hidden Costs of Paid Leave 

    Johnsen, Julian; Ku, Hyejin; Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar (DP SAM;13/2020, Working paper, 2020)
    Does leave-taking matter for young workers’ careers? If so, why? We propose the competition effect—relative leave status of workers affecting their relative standing inside the firm—as a new explanation. Exploiting a policy ...
  • Puritan Motivation for Serial Entrepreneurship: The Haugean Example 

    Grytten, Ola Honningdal (DP SAM;12/2020, Working paper, 2020-08)
    It is well known that protestant and puritan environments historically have fostered entrepreneurs. This paper looks at serial entrepreneurship which took place in Norway in the 19th century in networks led by the puritan ...
  • Energy Intensity and the Environmental Kuznets Curve 

    Grytten, Ola Honningdal; Lindmark, Magnus; Minde, Kjell Bjørn (DP SAM;11/2020, Working paper, 2020-07)
    During the last decades several scholars have argued that environmental degradation first increases in initial phases of economic growth, and thereafter declines as economic growth enters a certain level in developed ...
  • Two centuries of economic growth: Norwegian GDP 1816-2020 

    Grytten, Ola Honningdal (DP SAM;10/2020, Working paper, 2020-06)
    Existing historical GDP series for Norway do not always coincide with our historical knowledge of the economic development. This is to a large extent a result of lack of calculations from the production side and in addition ...
  • The Impact of Working Memory Training on Children’s Cognitive and Noncognitive Skills 

    Berger, Eva M.; Fehr, Ernst; Hermes, Henning; Schunk, Daniel; Winkel, Kirsten (DP SAM;09/2020, Working paper, 2020-06-08)
    Working memory capacity is thought to play an important role for a wide range of cognitive and noncognitive skills such as fluid intelligence, math, reading, the inhibition of pre-potent impulses or more general self-regulation ...
  • Weber revisited: A literature review on the possible Link between Protestantism, Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth 

    Grytten, Ola Honningdal (DP SAM;08/2020, Working paper, 2020-06)
    The present paper looks at the Weber-Tawney thesis on the positive link between Protestant ethic and economic growth. Both scholars observed that Protestant areas in the Western world seemed to gain faster and more wealth ...
  • Do Generous Parental Leave Policies Help Top Female Earners? 

    Corekcioglu, Gozde; Francesconi, Marco; Kunze, Astrid (DP SAM;07/2020, Working paper, 2020-05)
    Generous government-mandated parental leave is generally viewed as an effective policy to support women’s careers around childbirth. But does it help women to reach top positions in the upper pay echelon of their firms? ...
  • Solidarity and Fairness in Times of Crisis 

    Cappelen, Alexander W.; Falch, Ranveig; Sørensen, Erik Ø.; Tungodden, Bertil (DP SAM;06/2020, Working paper, 2020-05-14)
    In a large-scale pre-registered survey experiment with a representative sample of more than 8,000 Americans, we examine how the COVID-19 pandemic causally affects people’s solidarity and fairness. We randomly manipulate ...
  • Exclusionary contracts and incentives to innovate 

    Ulsaker, Simen A. (DP SAM;05/2020, Working paper, 2020-06)
    The article considers a situation where several firms have the opportunity to sell an identical product to a set of buyers, and where each seller can invest in R&D to develop a higher quality version of the product in ...
  • The Labor Market in Norway: 2000-2018 

    Nilsen, Øivind A. (DP SAM;04/2020, Working paper, 2020-04-06)
    Norway has a rather high labor force participation rate and a very low unemployment rate. Part of the reason for this fortunate situation is the so-called “tripartism”: a broad agreement among unions, employers and government ...
  • Losing in a Boom: Long-term Consequences of a Local Economic Shock for Female Labour Market Outcomes 

    Bennett, Patrick; Ravetti, Chiara; Wong, Po Yin (DP SAM;03/2020, Working paper, 2020-02)
    This paper examines the long-term labour market consequences of a positive economic shock, the first discovery of oil and gas in Norway. Existing studies focus on the short-term and men, while less is known about women and ...
  • Competitiveness, gender and handedness: a large-sample intercultural study 

    Buser, Thomas; Cappelen, Alexander; Gneezy, Uri; Hoffman, Moshe; Tungodden, Bertil (DP SAM;02/2020, Working paper, 2020-01)
    We conduct a large-scale intercultural experiment to elicit competitiveness and ask whether individual and gender differences in competitiveness are partially determined by nature. We use being a “lefty” (i.e., having ...
  • Entitled to Leave: the impact of Unenployment Insurance Eligibility on Employment Duration and Job Quality 

    Khoury, Laura; Brébion, Clément; Briole, Simon (DP SAM;01/2020, Working paper, 2020-01-13)
    Entitlement conditions are a little explored dimension of unemployment insurance (UI) schemes. In this paper, we provide a comprehensive evaluation of a reform that softened the minimum employment record condition to qualify ...
  • Having a Daughter Reduces Male Violence Against a Partner 

    Somville, Vincent (DP SAM;24/2019, Working paper, 2019-12-28)
    In a global sample of around 310,000 couples, men whose firstborn child is a girl (instead of a boy) are 10 percent less likely to strangle their partner each year. The probability that they kick, punch, or slap her also ...
  • If You Could Read My Mind—An Experimental Beauty-Contest Game with Children 

    Hermes, Henning; Schunk, Daniel (DP SAM;23/2019, Working paper, 2019-11)
    We develop a new design for the experimental beauty-contest game (BCG) that is suitable for children in school age and test it with 114 schoolchildren aged 9–11 years. In addition, we collect measures on cognitive skills ...

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