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Economic Science Association Asia Conference 2014. February 19, 2014 – February 22, 2014
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Experimental Methods in Policy Conference. 15 – 19 февраля 2014
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Steffen Altmann, Armin Falk, Matthias Wibral. Promotions and Incentives: The Case of Multistage Elimination Tournaments

Promotions play an important role for the provision of incentives in firms. We analyze incentives in multistage elimination tournaments with controlled laboratory experiments. In our two main treatments, we compare a two-stage tournament to a one-stage tournament. Subjects in the two-stage treatment provide excess effort in the first stage, both with respect to Nash predictions and compared to the strategically equivalent one-stage tournament. Additional control treatments confirm that excess effort in early stages is a robust finding and suggest that above-equilibrium effort might be driven by li ...

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Daniel Kahneman

Israeli-American psychologist and winner of the 2002 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. He is notable for his work on the psychology of judgment and decision-making, behavioral economics and h...

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Olivier Ledoit, Michael Wolf. Optimal Estimation of a Large-Dimensional Covariance Matrix under Stein’s Loss.

This paper revisits the methodology of Stein (1975, 1986) for estimating a covariance matrix in the setting where the number of variables can be of the same magnitude as the sample size. Stein propose...

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Geoffrey M. Hodgson. The ubiquity of habits and rules

Under what circumstances is it necessary or convenient for an agent to rely on habits or rules? This paper focuses on the types of decision situation giving rise to their use. Even optimisation requ...

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Kevin E Staub, Rainer Winkelmann. Consistent estimation of zero-inflated count models

The so-called problem of “excess zeros” plagues a majority of count data applications in health economics and other social sciences: The proportion of observations with zero counts in the sample is ...

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Manfred Spitzer, Urs Fischbacher, Baerbel Herrnberger, Georg Groen, Ernst Fehr. The Neural Signature of Social Norm Compliance

All known human societies establish social order by punishing violators of social norms. However, little is known about how the brain processes the punishment threat associated with norm violations. W...

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Carmit Segal. Working When No One Is Watching: Motivation, Test Scores, and Economic Success.

This paper provides evidence that scores on simple, low-stakes tests are associated with future economic success because the scores also reflect test-takers’ personality traits associated with their le...

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Hazel Henderson. Development Beyond Economism: Local Paths to Sustainable Development.

The effects of the forces of industrialism and economism, foretold so well by E. F. Schumacher, have led to a revolution of unprecedented scope. Technologies and human activities now bring about m...

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