Economic Inquiry

Articles from Vol. 50, No. 1, January

An Economic Analysis of Identity and Career Choice
I. INTRODUCTION Classic economic models that focus on pecuniary payoffs are relatively silent as to why many highly able individuals have a taste favoring low-paid careers. We integrate the sociological concept of identity into an economic model...
Comparing the Effectiveness of Regulation and Pro-Social Emotions to Enhance Cooperation: Experimental Evidence from Fishing Communities in Colombia
I. INTRODUCTION This paper presents the results from a series of framed field experiments that were conducted in two fishing communities on two islands along the Caribbean coast of Colombia. The experiments were designed to compare the effectiveness...
Employers' On-Line Recruitment and Screening Practices
I. INTRODUCTION At a relatively low cost, the Internet offers employers and job searchers access to detailed and up-to-date information about job searchers and job vacancies in different locations around the world, as well as novel tools that improve...
Gender and the Influence of Peer Alcohol Consumption on Adolescent Sexual Activity
I. INTRODUCTION Given the nature of coital relations, there is little reason to doubt that opposite-gender peers matter in some broad sense. Whether and how the alcohol consumption of these peers matters, however, is an important empirical question...
Human Capital and Interethnic Marriage Decisions
I. INTRODUCTION Despite a widespread perception that education positively affects the social assimilation of immigrants and their children, the driving forces behind this relationship are not well understood. This paper examines the mechanisms through...
Negative Publicity and Catholic Schools
I. INTRODUCTION Catholic education makes up a large part of the United States' K-12 educational system: Catholic schools educate over one-third of all private school students, more elementary and secondary students than all other religious schools...
On the Search for Talent in Academic Labor Markets: Easily Observable Later-Graduate Study Outcomes as Predictors of Early-Career Publishing, Placement, and Tenure
I. INTRODUCTION Identifying academic talent is an important concern, both in terms of graduate school admission and persistence and in terms of tenure-track hiring, promotion, and tenure. Unfortunately, many important characteristics foretelling...
Peer Evaluations and Team Performance: When Friends Do Worse Than Strangers
I. INTRODUCTION A. Team Incentives and Peer Evaluations In the last 20 years, more intensive use of teamwork in organizations has aroused interest with regard to the factors affecting the success of teams (Devine et al., 1999; Kozlowski et al.,...
Reputation and Earnings: The Roles of Quality and Quantity in Academe
... reputation ... traditionally has been regarded as too squishy to measure. (Business Week, July 9, 2007) I. INTRODUCTION There is a substantial literature in economics on the formation of reputation, both of individuals and of the groups...
Research Universities and Regional High-Tech Firm Start-Up and Exit
I. INTRODUCTION During the decade of the 1990s, a significant level of firm start-up activity was observed in the newly emerging high-technology industries. This activity tended to be concentrated in relatively few locations such as Silicon Valley...
Risk Preferences and Expected Utility: Evidence from Labor Supply Data
I. INTRODUCTION Why do some people enjoy bungee jumping while others do not? Why do some individuals hold extensive insurance portfolios? It is intuitive to attribute these differences between people to their individual preferences for risk, a concept...
Should We Get Married? the Effect of Parents' Marriage on Out-of-Wedlock Children
I. INTRODUCTION While marriage remains the foundation of family life in the United States, the traditional process of family formation, specifically marriage before having children, has been dwindling. The proportion of American children born to...
Talent And/or Popularity: What Does It Take to Be a Superstar?
The phenomenon of Superstars, wherein small numbers of people earn enormous amounts of money and dominate the activities in which they engage, seems to be increasingly important in the modern world (Rosen 1981. 845). I. INTRODUCTION This, the...
The Economics of Faking Ecstasy
I. INTRODUCTION In the movie When Harry Met Sally (Columbia Pictures 1989), there is a scene in Katz's dell in New York that provides an interesting example of rational expectations equilibrium: Sally: Most women at one time or another have faked...
The Effects of Teenage Fatherhood on Young Adult Outcomes
I. INTRODUCTION Public interest in the issue of teenage childbearing has recently increased, largely because of increases in both the teen pregnancy rate and the teen birth rate; these trends are viewed with particular concern in that they reverse...
The Impact of Immigration on Child Health: Experimental Evidence from a Migration Lottery Program
I. INTRODUCTION Childhood obesity is a major public health problem both globally and in the United States (Institute of Medicine 2004; Troiano et al. 1995). At the same time, extensive immigration to the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia,...
Toxic Neighbors: Foreclosures and Short-Sales Spillover Effects from the Current Housing-Market Crash
I. INTRODUCTION As the national mortgage crisis continues, governments at all levels are considering undertaking ways to design homeowner-rescue and foreclosure-prevention policies. Justifications for such policies are based on the fact that foreclosures'...
Who Benefits from Child Benefit?
I. INTRODUCTION Over most of the developed world large financial transfers are made to parents by virtue of their parenthood. For example, in the United States the recently introduced Child Tax Credit (CTC), which goes to the vast majority of children,...
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