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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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Does Peer Use Influence Adoption of Efficient Cookstoves? Evidence from a randomized controlled trial in Uganda

by David Levine (Berkeley Haas)

This paper examines the effect of peer usage on consumer demand for efficient cookstoves with a randomized controlled trial in rural Uganda. It test if the neighbors of buyers who ordered and received a stove are more likely to purchase an efficient cookstove...

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Development
Initiatives
International Trade and Development
Labor Market Allocation

by Amir Kermani 

Why has the current recovery in Europe and the United States been so sluggish? Particularly, why has employment been so slow in picking up, and why do some European countries, such as Greece and Spain, continue to experience Great Depression levels of unemployment? Data from 20...

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Capital flows
Initiatives
Financial Globalization
Stability or Upheaval? The Currency Composition of International Reserves in the Long Run

by Barry Eichengreen, Livia Chitu and Arnaud Mehl

This project analyzes how the role of different national currencies as international reserves was affected by the shift from fixed to flexible exchange rates. The authors extend data on the currency composition of foreign reserves backward and forward to investigate whether...

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Architecture
Initiatives
International Financial Architecture
Peer Effects in the Demand for Energy in Mexico

by Lucas Davis (Berkeley- Haas)

From 2009--2012, Mexico implemented a national energy-efficiency program that replaced 1.9 million aging refrigerators and air conditioners with modern, efficient models.  This research will study whether participation in the program by a neighbor made households more likely to participate or otherwise reduce their electricity...

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Development
Initiatives
International Trade and Development
Atlas of Ancient Political Complexity

by Ernesto Dal Bo, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley; dalbo@haas.berkeley.edu

David Schonholzer, Economics Department, UC Berkeley: david.s@econ.berkeley.edu

 

For most of the time since their emergence around 200,000 years ago, humans lived in egalitarian societies and subsisted by hunting and gathering. Only after the rise of food production and agriculture...

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Development
Initiatives
International Trade and Development