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Articles from Vol. 2009, No. 4, Winter

Accelerating Energy Innovation: Lessons from Multiple Sectors
The NBER's Program on Environmental and Energy Economics and the Program on Productivity held a conference in Washington, DC on October 23, 2009 to present the findings of a forthcoming book titled Accelerating Energy Innovation: Lessons from Multiple...
China Working Group Meets
The NBER's Working Group on China, directed by NBER Research Associate Shang-Jin Wei of Columbia University, met in Cambridge on October 16-17, 2009. These papers were discussed: * Raymond Fisman, Columbia University and NBER, and Yongxiang Wang,...
Corporate Finance
The NBER's Program on Corporate Finance was founded in 1991, and has initiated some very promising avenues of research since then. Narrowly interpreted, corporate finance is the study of the investment and financing policies of corporations. Because...
Economics of Religion
An NBER Conference on the Economics of Religion, organized by Jon Gruber, NBER and MIT, and Daniel Hungerman, NBER and University of Notre Dame, took place in Cambridge on October 15 and 16, 2009. These papers were discussed: * Kaivan Munshi, Brown...
Home Production, Consumption, and Labor Supply
The way that consumers allocate consumption expenditures over the life cycle, or across states of nature, is a fundamental concern in economics. However, as Reid, (1) Mincer, (2) and Becker (3) noted in seminal contributions, consumption can be viewed...
Insider Econometrics: Modeling Management Practices and Productivity
Which management practices raise the productivity of workers within firms and by how much? Why does this occur, and what types of firms benefit the most from adopting new management practices? While this line of research tests microeconomic models,...
The Effects of Medicaid Expansions and Welfare Reform on Fertility and the Health of Women and Children
Medicaid Expansions Expansion of publicly-financed health insurance programs has been an integral feature of recent efforts to reduce the number of uninsured, non-elderly persons in the United States. The origin of this approach was the creation...
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