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  • IEB Report 2/2020: The Rise of New Political Parties in Western Democracies

    The Rise of New Political Parties in Western Democracies

    The Barcelona Institute of Economics (IEB) devotes the second IEB Report of 2020, coordinated by researcher and professor Matteo Gamalerio, to address the causes of the political fragmentation that Europe has experienced in the last decade with the emergence of new parties and the rise of populism. The focus is...

    2020/09: If sick-leave becomes more costly, will I go back to work? Could it be too soon?

    Olivier Marie, Judit Vall Castello

    We investigate the impact on work absence of a massive reduction in paid sick leave benefits. We exploit a policy change that only affected public sector workers in Spain and compare changes in the number and length of spells they take relative to unaffected private sector workers. Our results highlight...

    2020/08: ‘Information doesn’t want to be free’: informational shocks with anonymous online platforms

    Amedeo Piolatto

    Anonymous information platforms (e.g. Airbnb) provide information about experience goods while keeping agents' identity hidden until the transaction is completed. In doing so, they generate heterogeneity in the information levels across consumers. In this paper, I show that such platforms induce a weak increase of offline prices and that only...

    2020/07: What do divided cities have in common? An international comparison of income segregation

    Paolo Veneri, Andre Comandon, Miquel-Àngel Garcia-López, Michiel N. Daams

    This paper provides a comparative assessment of income segregation within cities in 12 countries. We use spatial entropy indexes based on small-scale gridded income data and consistent definition of city boundaries to ensure international comparability of our segregation measures. Results show considerable variation in the levels of income segregation across...

    IEB’s Report of Activities 2019

    2019: An Intense and Fruitful Year for the IEB. The Barcelona Institute of Economics (IEB) has just published its annual report detailing the activities throughout 2019. The document showcases a particularly productive year in which it solidly reflects the commitment of the IEB to its two main founding objectives: to...

    2020/06: Modeling the U.S. firearms market: the effects of civilian stocks, crime, legislation, and armed conflict

    Topher L. McDougal, Daniel Montolio, Jurgen Brauer

    This study represents an attempt to understand the U.S. firearms market – the largest in the world – in economic terms. A model of the underlying interplay of legal firearms supply and demand is a prerequisite for reliably evaluating the effectiveness of pertinent existing state and federal firearms policies, and...

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