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16 April 2014

How Much Worker Sorting Across Firms?

Jesper Bagger and Rasmus Lentz estimate the variation across workers in their skill levels, and across firms in their productivity levels, using matched Danish data on employers and employees. They find a positive correlation of 0.12 between worker skill and firm productivity, and conclude that differences across firms account for 11 percent of the variation in wages, while differences across workers accounts for 51 percent.

15 April 2014

Retirement Incentives and Disability Insurance in France

Luc Behaghel, Didier Blanchet, and Muriel Roger find that a decline in the generosity of pension benefits and disability insurance benefits in France induces individuals to remain in the labor force until older ages.

14 April 2014

Information Disclosure and Demand for Energy-Efficient Durables

Hunt Allcott and Richard Sweeney conducted a field experiment at a large national retailer and found that incentives for sales personnel and rebates for consumers work together in raising purchases of energy-efficient durables. In a related consumer survey, they found that most consumers know about energy-efficient appliances, and may even overestimate their savings. This finding calls into question the role of limited information as an explanation for low demand for energy-saving durables.

11 April 2014

Peer Interactions and Academic Productivity

George Borjas and Kirk Doran study the impact of the post-1992 exodus of Soviet mathematicians on the productivity of non-émigrés. They find evidence of competition between the two groups in "idea space," as well as knowledge spillovers through collaboration between high-quality researchers.
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