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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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Dissecting Gravity: From Customs Forms to Country-Level Trade Flows

by Dmitry Livdan

Using a novel data set for Russian exporters allowing for the exact firm-to-firm distances, this project investigates the micro-foundations of gravity by testing at all levels of trade flows: individual cargo, firm, and country. We find that distance does a poor job explaining variation in individual cargo...

Topics
Development
Initiatives
International Trade and Development
Immersion Therapy

by Noam Yutchman

As of 2015, 330,000 Mainland Chinese students attended U.S. universities, accounting for 31.5% of the international student body. What are the consequences of immersion in a foreign society on students studying away from home? In particular, what are the effects of immersion in a democratic society on...

Topics
Development, Education
Initiatives
International Trade and Development, International Business Education
Indian Demonetization & Real Efftects

by Mauricio Ulate, Rupal Kamdar and Walker Ray

On November 8, 2016, India stopped accepting all 500 and 1,000 rupee (approximately 7 and 15 dollars) notes, its two largest bills, as legal tender. This removed about 86% of cash in circulation. New 500 and 2,000 rupee notes were eventually issued,...

Topics
Capital flows, Development
Initiatives
Financial Globalization, International Trade and Development
The Extent of Imperfect Competition in Product & Labor Markets

by Roman Zarate & Dario Tortarolo

The question of whether labor markets and product markets are "imperfectly competitive" has a long tradition and has been typically approached separately for each market. The aim of the paper is to approach this question from a joint perspective and measure the extent of...

Topics
Development
Initiatives
International Trade and Development
Geography & Supply Chain Organization

by Piyus Panigrahi

Liberalized mobility of goods and services across regions within a country gives rise to greater integration of markets for products. This results in these products being manufactured by more productive firms using a more efficient set of inputs, thereby increasing aggregate productivity of an economy. What role...

Topics
Development
Initiatives
International Trade and Development
Price Discrimination Faced by Importers

by Sergii Meleshchuk

A majority of modern international trade models assume that all importers face the same price when they decide to buy the same good from the same provider. However, in the real world, finding and switching suppliers might be costly. Thus, exporters can have some market power that...

Topics
Development
Initiatives
International Trade and Development
Optimal Spatial Reallocation

by Cecile Gaubert and Pablo Fajgelbaum (UCLA)

The geographic distribution of economic activity within a country is an equilibrium object that balances agglomeration and congestion forces, and, by doing so, determines aggregate productivity and welfare. In this project, we ask: from the perspective of aggregate welfare, is this equilibrium efficient?...

Topics
Development
Initiatives
International Trade and Development
Sources of Misallocation

by Yuriy Gorodnichenko

Although numerous studies document the ability of various frictions to generate significant misallocation effects, the nature of these frictions is poorly understood. These frictions could be differences in access to external finance, access to infrastructure, various regulatory constraints, rigidities in the labor market, etc. In fact,...

Topics
Development
Initiatives
International Trade and Development
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...

Topics
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...

Topics
Development
Initiatives
International Trade and Development