Monthly Archive for November, 2009

New Discussion Papers from the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Happiness in Europe: Cross-Country Differences in the Determinants of Subjective Well-Being
Peder J. Pedersen, Torben Dall Schmidt
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Does Self-Employment Increase the Economic Well-Being of Low-Skilled Workers?
Magnus Lofstrom
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Lab Experiments Are a Major Source of Knowledge in the Social Sciences
(definitive version published in: Science, 2009, 326 (5952), 535-538)
Armin Falk, James J. Heckman
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A Simple GMM Estimator for the Semi-Parametric Mixed Proportional Hazard Model
Govert Bijwaard, Geert Ridder
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The Ratio Bias Phenomenon: Fact or Artifact?
Mathieu Lefèbvre, Ferdinand M. Vieider, Marie Claire Villeval
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The Unknown Immigration: Incentives and Family Composition in Intercountry Adoptions to the United States
Fernando A. Lozano, Sherrie Kossoudji
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Dynamic Female Labor Supply
Zvi Eckstein, Osnat Lifshitz
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Adolescent Motherhood and Secondary Schooling in Chile
Diana Kruger, Matias Berthelon, Rodrigo Navia
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Delaying the Bell: The Effects of Longer School Days on Adolescent Motherhood in Chile
Diana Kruger, Matias Berthelon
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The Economic Diversity of Immigration Across the United States
Rachel Friedberg, David A. Jaeger
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The Trade-off between Fertility and Education: Evidence from before the Demographic Transition
Sascha O. Becker, Francesco Cinnirella, Ludger Woessmann
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Inflation and Welfare in Long-Run Equilibrium with Firm Dynamics
Alexandre Janiak, Paulo Santos Monteiro
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How Much Should We Trust Linear Instrumental Variables Estimators? An Application to Family Size and Children’s Education
Magne Mogstad, Matthew Wiswall
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Life Expectancy and the Environment
Fabio Mariani, Agustín Pérez-Barahona, Natacha Raffin
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New Working Papers from the NBER

Are High Quality Schools Enough to Close the Achievement Gap? Evidence from a Social Experiment in Harlem
by Will Dobbie, Roland G. Fryer, Jr.
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Families as Roommates: Changes in U.S. Household Size from 1850 to 2000
by Alejandrina Salcedo, Todd Schoellman, Michele Tertilt
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Short-run Effects of Parental Job Loss on Children’s Academic Achievement
by Ann Huff Stevens, Jessamyn Schaller
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Unequal We Stand: An Empirical Analysis of Economic Inequality in the United States, 1967-2006
by Jonathan Heathcote, Fabrizio Perri, Giovanni L. Violante
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The Impact of Minimum Wage Rates on Body Weight in the United States
by David O. Meltzer, Zhuo Chen #15485 (HC HE)
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Trends in the Level and Distribution of Income Support
by Robert A. Moffitt, John Karl Scholz
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Human Capital In China
by Haizheng Li, Barbara M. Fraumeni, Zhiqiang Liu, Xiaojun Wang
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The Effect of Immigration on Productivity: Evidence from US States
by Giovanni Peri #15507 (ITI LS PR)
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Immigration, Wages, and Compositional Amenities
by David Card, Christian Dustmann, Ian Preston
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Taxation of Human Capital and Wage Inequality: A Cross-Country Analysis
by Fatih Guvenen, Burhanettin Kuruscu, Serdar Ozkan
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The Impact of No Child Left Behind on Student Achievement
by Thomas Dee, Brian Jacob
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Intended and Unintended Consequences of Prison Reform
by Richard T. Boylan, Naci H. Mocan
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Estimation of Treatment Effects Without an Exclusion Restriction: with an Application to the Analysis of the School Breakfast Program
by Daniel L. Millimet, Rusty Tchernis
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World Bank public data now in Google Search

Google first began integrating data from sources like the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau’s Population Division in April of this year. Now it has added 17 World Development Indicators in Google search. To see the new data, try queries like [gdp of indonesia], [life expectancy brazil], [rwanda's population growth], [energy use of iceland], [co2 emissions of iceland] and [gdp growth rate argentina].

You can create interactive charts with link buttons to allow you embed the charts in your websites or blogs like the one below.

Postdoc positions at Princeton

Post Doctoral Research Associate

The Office of Population Research at Princeton University is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to work on a project that examines the biological pathways linking social and economic factors to health among older cohorts in Taiwan. The candidate should have strong methodological skills and experience in working with large survey data sets. Appointment is for one year, with possible renewal, to begin as early as July 2010. Ph.D. in related discipline required. To apply, link to http://jobs.princeton.edu to complete an application. Please include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, samples of original work, and appropriate supporting material. Applications will be considered starting March 15, 2010. Screening of applicants will continue until position is filled. Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations. For information about how to voluntarily self-identify, please link to http://www.princeton.edu/dof/ApplicantsInfo.htm

NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Office of Population Research at Princeton University invites applications for an NIH postdoctoral fellowship. Candidates must have completed an MD or a PhD in demography, sociology, statistics, or other relevant field before appointment. Holders of NIH fellowships must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Appointment is for one year, with possibility of renewal, and a start date of September 2010. To apply, link to http://jobs.princeton.edu to complete an application. Please, include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, 1-3 page projected research plan, writing samples, and appropriate supporting material. Screening of applicants will start on February 1, 2010 and continue until position is filled. Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations. For information about how to voluntarily self-identify, please link to http://www.princeton.edu/dof/ApplicantsInfo.htm

RAND Graduate Student Summer Associate Program

Applications for summer of 2010 are now being accepted.
RAND’s Graduate Student Summer Associate Program introduces outstanding graduate students to RAND, an institution that conducts research on a wide range of national security problems and domestic and international social policy issues. Students receive a stipend and are given the opportunity to conduct research that can be completed during the three months they are at RAND.

Special Issue on Data Sharing from Nature

“Research cannot flourish if data are not preserved and made accessible. All concerned must act accordingly.
More and more often these days, a research project’s success is measured not just by the publications it produces, but also by the data it makes available to the wider community.”
Nature 461, 145 (10 September 2009)

Articles on Fertility from the Economist

The move to replacement-level fertility is one of the most dramatic social changes in history, according to an article in the Economist.

Falling fertility
“Today’s fall in fertility is both very large and very fast. Poor countries are racing through the same demographic transition as rich ones, starting at an earlier stage of development and moving more quickly.”

Women and health: today’s evidence tomorrow’s agenda

The WHO report provides the latest and most comprehensive evidence available to date on women’s specific needs and health challenges over their entire life-course. The report includes the latest global and regional figures on the health and leading causes of death in women from birth, through childhood, adolescence and adulthood, to older age.

New Discussion Papers from the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Pro-Poor Tax Reforms, with an Application to Mexico
Jean-Yves Duclos, Paul Makdissi, Abdelkrim Araar
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Effect of Labor Division between Wife and Husband on the Risk of Divorce: Evidence from German Data
Kornelius Kraft, Stefanie Neimann
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A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Early Childhood Intervention: Evidence from a Randomised Evaluation of a Parenting Programme
Donal O’Neill
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Peers, Neighborhoods and Immigrant Student Achievement: Evidence from a Placement Policy
Olof Aslund, Per-Anders Edin, Peter Fredriksson, Hans Grönqvist
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The Effect of Migration on Income Growth and Convergence: Meta-Analytic Evidence
Ceren Ozgen, Peter Nijkamp, Jacques Poot
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Testing the Correlated Random Coefficient Model
James J. Heckman, Daniel Schmierer, Sergio Urzua
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Illegal Migration, Wages, and Remittances: Semi-Parametric Estimation of Illegality Effects
Christian Schluter, Jackline Wahba
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Immigration, Citizenship, and the Size of Government
Francesc Ortega
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Mother or Child? Intra-Household Redistribution under Gender-Asymmetric Altruism
Indraneel Dasgupta
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Labour Market Status and Migration Dynamics
Govert Bijwaard
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Remittances and the Brain Drain Revisited: The Microdata Show That More Educated Migrants Remit More
Albert Bollard, David McKenzie, Melanie Morten, Hillel Rapoport
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New Discussion Papers from the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Are Lone Mothers Responsive to Policy Changes? Evidence from a Workfare Reform in a Generous Welfare State
Magne Mogstad, Chiara Pronzato
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Impact of Educational and Religious Homogamy on Marital Stability
Kornelius Kraft, Stefanie Neimann
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The Regulation of Migration in a Transition Economy: China’s Hukou System
Shuming Bao, Örn B. Bodvarsson, Jack W. Hou, Yaohui Zhao
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Family Networks and School Enrolment: Evidence from a Randomized Social Experiment
Manuela Angelucci, Giacomo De Giorgi, Marcos A. Rangel, Imran Rasul
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Extended Family Networks in Rural Mexico: A Descriptive Analysis
Manuela Angelucci, Giacomo De Giorgi, Marcos A. Rangel, Imran Rasul
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Now Daddy’s Changing Diapers and Mommy’s Making Her Career: Evaluating a Generous Parental Leave Regulation Using a Natural Experiment
Jochen Kluve, Marcus Tamm
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Can Child Care Policy Encourage Employment and Fertility? Evidence from a Structural Model
Peter Haan, Katharina Wrohlich
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Money for Nothing? Universal Child Care and Maternal Employment
Tarjei Havnes, Magne Mogstad
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Health and Income: A Robust Comparison of Canada and the US
Jean-Yves Duclos, Damien Échevin
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Policy Relevant Heterogeneity in the Value of Statistical Life: New Evidence from Panel Data Quantile Regressions
(forthcoming in: Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 2010)
Thomas J. Kniesner, W. Kip Viscusi, James P. Ziliak
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