Recent Submissions

  • Insurance against Income Shocks, Parental Investments, and Child Development 

    Carneiro, Pedro; Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar; Tominey, Emma (DP SAM;10/2024, Working paper, 2024-06-11)
    Faced with income shocks, households may be unable to smooth their consumption, because of limited insurance possibilities. Likewise, it may also be difficult to smooth investments in children. This could have large ...
  • Fairness Preferences and Default Effects 

    Valasek, Justin; Vorjohann, Pauline; Wang, Weijia (DP SAM;09/2024, Working paper, 2024-06)
    An influential subset of the literature on distributional preferences studies how preferences condition on characteristics such as workers' relative productivity. In this study we establish that there are default effects ...
  • Asymmetric cost transmission and market power in retail gasoline markets 

    Rrukaj, Ritvana; Steen, Frode (DP SAM;08/2024, Working paper, 2024-05-30)
    Estimating non-linear autoregressive distributed lag models, we establish shortrun cost pass-through in the Swedish retail gasoline market. Our findings reveal a slower correction of disequilibrium error in volume-adjusted ...
  • Choosing Between Causal Interpretations: An Experimental Study 

    Ambuehl, Sandro; Thysen, Heidi C. (DP SAM;07/2024, Working paper, 2024-05-23)
    Good decision-making requires understanding the causal impact of our actions. Often, we only have access to correlational data that could stem from multiple causal mechanisms with divergent implications for choice. Our ...
  • Competition and Price Discrimination in International Transportation 

    Ignatenko, Anna (DP SAM;06/2024, Working paper, 2024-05)
    This paper documents price discrimination by transport companies, revealing their market power. Larger shipments of similar products sharing a container receive lower prices. A trade model with non-linear pricing of ...
  • Convergence between the Baltic and the Nordic economies: Some reflections based on new data for the Baltic countries 

    Bruno, Lars Christian; Grytten, Ola Honningdal (DP SAM;05/2024, Working paper, 2024-04-18)
    This short paper uses recent estimates of GDP per capita for the Baltic countries for the 1919-2020(22) period to test for convergence between the Baltic and the Nordic economies. Drawing from the methodology used in Bernard ...
  • Innocuous Exam Features? The Impact of Answer Placement on High-Stakes Test Performance and College Admissions 

    Franco, Catalina; Povea, Erika (DP SAM;04/2024, Working paper, 2024-04-14)
    We exploit randomness in college entrance exams in Colombia to study how the placement of answers impacts multiple-choice test results and access to college. Using administrative data, we find that: first, applicants are ...
  • Will Artificial Intelligence Get in the Way of Achieving Gender Equality? 

    Carvajal, Daniel; Franco, Catalina; Isaksson, Siri (DP SAM;03/2024, Working paper, 2024-03-14)
    The promise of generative AI to increase human productivity relies on developing skills to become proficient at it. There is reason to suspect that women and men use AI tools differently, which could result in productivity ...
  • Does increasing inequality threaten social stability? Evidence from the lab 

    Barr, Abigail; Hochleitner, Anna; Sonderegger, Silvia (DP SAM;02/2024, Working paper, 2024-03)
    We study the relationship between inequality and social instability. While the argument that inequality can be damaging for the cohesion of a society is well established, the empirical evidence is mixed. We use a novel ...
  • Smartphone Bans, Student Outcomes and Mental Health 

    Abrahamsson, Sara (DP SAM;01/2024, Working paper, 2024-02)
    How smartphone usage affects well-being and learning among children and adolescents is a concern for schools, parents, and policymakers. Combining detailed administrative data with survey data on middle schools’ smartphone ...
  • How Do Firms Respond to Unions? 

    Dodini, Samuel; Stansbury, Anna; Willén, Alexander (DP SAM;25/2023, Working paper, 2023-12-22)
    This paper provides a comprehensive assessment of the margins along which firms in Norway respond to increased union density, using legislative changes in the tax deductibility of union dues as a quasi-exogenous shock to ...
  • The Role of Labor Unions in Immigrant Integration 

    Dodini, Samuel; Willén, Alexander; Zhu, Julia Li (DP SAM;24/2023, Working paper, 2023-12)
    We examine if unions narrow or widen labor market gaps between natives and immigrants. We do so by combining rich Norwegian employer-employee matched register data with exogenous variation in union membership obtained ...
  • The legal incidence of ad valorem taxes matters 

    Pauwels, Wilfried; Schroyen, Fred (DP SAM;23/2023, Working paper, 2023-12-19)
    It is well known that, for a specific tax, its economic incidence does not depend on which side of the market has the legal obligation to pay the tax. In this paper, we show that, for an ad valorem tax, this legal incidence ...
  • Fairness Beliefs Affect Perceived Economic Inequality 

    Støstad, Morten Nyborg (DP SAM;22/2023, Working paper, 2023-12)
    This paper establishes a causal link from fairness beliefs to perceived economic inequality. I conduct an experiment where participants are asked to estimate various income inequality measures of hypothetical societies. ...
  • Unleveling the Playing Field? Experimental Evidence on Parents’ Willingness to Give Their Child an Advantage 

    Sund, Oda (DP SAM;21/2023, Working paper, 2023-12)
    Parents play a pivotal role in shaping the opportunities and outcomes of their children. This paper provides unique evidence on parents’ willingness to give their child an advantage. I report from a large-scale lab-in-the-field ...
  • What Makes Hiring Difficult? Evidence from Linked Survey-Administrative Data 

    Bertheau, Antoine; Larsen, Birthe; Zeyu Zhao (DP SAM;20/2023, Working paper, 2023-12)
    We designed an innovative survey of firms and linked it to Danish administrative data to yield new insights about the factors that can influence firms’ hiring decisions. Several important findings stand out: (1) search and ...
  • Why do committees work? 

    Breitmoser, Yves; Valasek, Justin (DP SAM;18/2023, Working paper, 2023-11-21)
    We report on the results of an experiment designed to disentangle behavioral biases in information aggregation of committees. Subjects get private signals about the state of world, send binary messages, and finally vote ...
  • Taking the competitor’s pill: when combination therapies enter pharmaceutical markets 

    Brekke, Kurt R.; Dalen, Dag Morten; Straume, Odd Rune (DP SAM;19/2023, Working paper, 2023-11-22)
    We study the competitive effects of combination therapies in pharmaceutical markets, which crucially hinge on the additional therapeutic value of combinatory use of drugs and the therapeutic substitutability with the most ...
  • The Consequences of Inequality: Beliefs and Redistributive Preferences 

    Lobeck, Max; Støstad, Morten Nyborg (DP SAM;17/2023, Working paper, 2023-10)
    What matters for individuals’ preferences for redistribution? In this paper we show that consequentialist beliefs about inequality – beliefs about how economic inequality changes the crime rate or the quality of democratic ...
  • Gender-biased technological change: Milking machines and the exodus of women from farming 

    Ager, Philipp; Goñi, Marc; Salvanes, Kjell G. (Working paper, 2023-08-14)
    This paper studies the link between gender-biased technological change in the agricultural sector and structural transformation in Norway. After WWII, Norwegian farms began widely adopting milking machines to replace the ...

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