Are parents really picking their preferred schools or merely going the safe route? Caterina Calsamiglia and Maia Güell show that Barcelona’s school choice program leads parents to effectively pick a neighborhood-based schooling assignment for their children – and that some parents are not as naïve is they may seem.
Christopher Hansman, Jonas Hjort, and Gianmarco Leon explore the unintended health consequences of piecemeal regulations that ignore firm’s responses to new incentives by looking at the case of the 2009 Peruvian industrial fishing sector reform.
Roberto Burguet identifies optimal rules for a procurer when he incorporates the possibility that a supplier can bribe the inspector to misrepresent quality.
Does judiciary presence affect a politician’s management or possible graft of public resources? Stephan Litschig and Yves Zamboni estimate the effect of judges and prosecutors on the management of public resources in Brazil.
How much should people be taxed and what should tax revenues be spent on? Surprisingly, these topics have mostly been treated in isolation in academic research. Joan Esteban and Laura Mayoral present a model that determines the consensus income tax schedule, the composition of public expenditure, and the size of government.
If I call your Vodafone mobile from my Orange mobile, who should pay the cost of termination incurred by Vodafone? You, me, Orange or Vodafone? For that matter, which has the better business model – Europe with a “caller pays” system, or the US with an “everyone pays” system? Sjaak Hurkens and Angel L. López analyze an oligopoly of telecom networks to show how termination charges play a role in off-network usage and whether efficiency and profitability are achieved with current business models.