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Research

The Clausen Center has a regular cycle of grants to promote research exhibiting great promise of appearing in top disciplinary journals, shaping scholarship, informing policy debates, and attracting outside funding. Below are descriptions of projects that have been granted support from the Clausen Center in the past two years. 

 

 

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The Cause and Consequences of indirect Rule

By Raul Sanchez de la Sierra

To rule populations of newly conquered territories, states have historically faced an institutional design problem. To collect taxes and tributes, for surveillance to avoid tax evasion and attempts to subvert their power, and to...

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Development
Initiatives
International Trade and Development
Microevidence of Labor Costs on Producer Prices

Benjamin Schoefer (UC Berkeley) and Michael Weber (University of Chicago Booth School of Business)

How do changes in labor costs, including minimum wages, affect producer prices and ultimately inflation? The answer to this core question in macroeconomics and labor economics has proved elusive because of data constraints. This project...

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Development
Initiatives
International Trade and Development
E-Commerce Integration and Economic Development: Evidence from China

by Ben Faber, Victor Couture, Lizhi Li and Yizhen Gu 

The number of people buying and selling products online in China has grown from practically zero in 2000 to more than 400 million by 2015. Most of this growth has occurred in cities. In...

Topics
Development
Initiatives
International Trade and Development
Progressive Taxation and Tax Revenue Across Development

by Gabriel Zucman

Why do developing countries have low tax-to-GDP ratios? Is it because they are not able to tax (due, e.g., to the informal structure of the economy) or because they are not trying to tax (due, e.g., to political economy reasons leading to low tax rates on...

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Development
Initiatives
International Trade and Development
Firm Dynamics and Cities

by David Sraer and Cecile Gaubert

On average, firms are more productive in larger cities. The typical interpretation of this finding relies on a combination of a selection effect and agglomeration externalities. Empirically, these explanations have been tested in the context of static models (Combes et al. (2012)). This project...

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Development
Initiatives
International Trade and Development
Networks of Firms and the Aggregate Economy

by Isabela Manelici and Jose-P. Vasquez

There has been a recent effort in better understanding the role of firm linkages in production and aggregate stability. The more recent views present the idea that a shock to a single firm (or sector) could have a larger impact if it also...

Topics
Development
Initiatives
International Trade and Development
Inflation Expectations in a Globalized Economy

by Olivier Coibion (UT Austin) and Yuriy Gorodnichenko (UC Berkeley)

This proposal is for a new survey of firms’ expectations, both in the U.S. and internationally. This survey will accomplish two complementary objectives: i) data on firms’ expectations will enable new research into how firms form their expectations and how...

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Capital flows
Initiatives
Financial Globalization
Do Antitakeover Laws Affect Technological Change? International Evidence

by Ross Levine

Does removing impediments to corporate takeovers spur, slow, or have no effect on technological innovation? This research will provide the first international evaluation of whether and how antitakeover laws affect innovation. The research will use data on changes in laws governing corporate takeovers over the period...

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Capital flows
Initiatives
Financial Globalization
The Unequal Returns to Education: International Evidence from Bias-Corrected Quantile Regression

by Christopher J. Palmer

Ongoing globalization and technological change have affected labor markets around the world and the importance of education therein. This project will investigate the extent to which the returns to education vary across the income distribution and how different this pattern is across time and space....

Topics
Development, Education
Initiatives
International Trade and Development, International Business Education
Managing Sudden Stops: Analytical Issues and Empirical Extensions

by Barry Eichengreen and Poonam Gupta

Sudden stops are when capital inflows dry up abruptly.  The banker’s aphorism – “it’s not speed that kills but the sudden stop” – has been popularly invoked since at least the Mexican crisis in 1994.  Awareness then rose with impetus from the Argentine...

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Capital flows
Initiatives
Financial Globalization