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Recent Deposits

  • Demand for schooling in rural Senegal 

    Le Nestour, Alexis
    This thesis aims to understand the determinants of household demand for schooling in rural Senegal. Using an original dataset including 504 households living in the North of Senegal and based on the results of a literature ...
  • Polarisation and Poverty Reduction in Africa: The Devil is in the Choice of Equivalence Relation 

    Partridge, Fraser C.
    The focus of this paper is the low observed mean consumption elasticity of poverty in Africa, and the suggestion that polarisation of national distributions, specifically the non-parametric ‘relative distribution’ method, ...
  • Cost-(in)effective public good provision: An experimental exploration 

    Chan, Nathan W.; Knowles, Stephen; Peeters, Ronald; Wolk, Leonard
    This paper investigates the determinants of cost-(in)effective giving to public goods. We conduct a pre-registered experiment to elucidate how factors at the institutional and individual levels shape individual contributions ...
  • State history and political instability: The disadvantage of early state development 

    Vu, Trung V.
    This paper establishes that long-term exposure to statehood is detrimental to building politically stable regimes outside Europe. It argues that accumulated statehood experience impeded the diffusion of European institutions ...
  • In Search of Competitive Givers 

    Fielding, David; Knowles, Stephen; Peeters, Ronald
    Much of the theoretical and experimental research on charitable giving allows for three main types of donor: pure altruists, impure altruists, and pure warm-glow givers. For none of these types should donations be increasing ...
  • Using multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) to support health research funding decision-making 

    Babashahi, Saeideh
    There is a growing body of literature using multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) methods for prioritising health interventions. However, there has been very little application of MCDA to prioritise funding for research ...
  • Education spending and Wagner’s law: New international evidence 

    Millin, Mark; Fielding, David; Dorian, Owen
    This paper examines the association between economic development and two measures of public spending on education, namely the ‘national effort’ (total spending as a percentage of GDP) and ‘budget share’ (total spending as ...
  • Does Pollution Affect Crime? Evidence from U.S. Cities 

    Baryshnikova, Nadezhda V.; Davidson, Shannon F.; Wesselbaum, Dennis
    In this paper we study the relationship between air pollution and crime. We construct a city-level, hourly data set with 2.4 million crimes and link each crime to data on pollution and controls, e.g. weather variables. ...
  • An Analysis of Public Spending on Education 

    Millin, Mark Wayland
    The substantive part of this thesis comprises three empirical chapters on national-level (total) public spending on education. It encompasses three related topics in Comparative Public (Education) Finance with Wagner’s law ...
  • Does institutional quality foster economic complexity? 

    Vu, Trung V.
    This paper examines the extent to which the quality of institutions, measured by the Economic Freedom of the World index, helps shape cross-country differences in economic complexity. To this end, I employ the intensity ...
  • Determinants of foreign investment and divestment 

    Nguyen, Anh Thi Ngoc
    This thesis investigates determinants of bilateral foreign direct investment (FDI) and foreign divestment (FDiV), based on different theoretical models of these capital flows and a variety of estimation methods. It consists ...
  • How Close to Home Does Charity Begin? 

    Brown, Pike; Grimson, Duncan; Knowles, Stephen
    This paper uses a field experiment to analyse the extent to which people are more inclined to support a charity focused on people or causes in their own region, compared to regions in other parts of the country. New Zealand ...
  • A perspective on industrial relations in nursing in New Zealand. 

    Krause, Irene Suzanne
    This thesis investigates attitudes expressed by nurses on industrial relations issues which have arisen, or may possibly arise, within the nursing profession in New Zealand. It is impossible to over-emphasise the critical ...
  • Migration Fears, Policy Uncertainty and Economic Activity 

    Fraser, Tom; Ungor, Murat
    Motivated by the recent European migrant crisis, Brexit, and President Trump's immigration priorities, we provide new evidence into how migration fears and migration policy uncertainty affect macroeconomic outcomes across ...
  • What Has New Zealand Gained From The FTA With China?: Two Counterfactual Analyses 

    Verevis, Samuel; Ungor, Murat
    New Zealand (NZ) was the rst developed country to have signed a free trade agreement (FTA) with China. We investigate the e ects of the 2008 NZ-China FTA on (i) exports from NZ to China, and (ii) real GDP per capita in ...
  • In Search of Effective Altruists 

    Genç, Murat; Knowles, Stephen; Sullivan, Trudy
    The effective altruism movement argues that people wanting to do the most good they can should donate to charities fighting poverty in poor countries overseas, rather than to charities helping people in need in wealthy ...
  • Two-Stage Exchange: Extending a Model of Decentralised Bi-lateral Exchange for a Limited Model of Labour, Profit, and Endogenous Production 

    Ascroft, Joseph
    When a private transaction takes place without publically observable prices, how might that information leak into the public domain and coordinate demand and supply sides of the economy? The Walrasian model of general ...
  • A new tool for creating personal and social EQ-5D-5L value sets, including valuing ‘dead’ 

    Sullivan, Trudy; Hansen, Paul; Ombler, Franz; Derrett, Sarah; Devlin, Nancy
    A new online tool for creating personal and social EQ-5D-5L value sets was recently developed and trialled in New Zealand (NZ). Health state values for each participant are determined using the PAPRIKA method – in the ...
  • Taxing capital income in New Zealand: an international perspective 

    Coleman, Andrew
    In the 1980s and 1990s New Zealand undertook a large number of tax reforms designed to improve the performance of the economy. Top marginal income-tax rates were reduced, a value-added tax (GST) was introduced, a system ...
  • The knowledge-capital model: The case of intra-Asian foreign direct investment 

    Nguyen, Anh T.N.; Genc, Murat; Haug, Alfred; Owen, P. Dorian
    Employing a panel dataset of bilateral inward and outward foreign direct investment (FDI) for 31 Asian countries and territories over the period 2001-2012, we estimate the knowledge-capital (KK) model to find the dominant ...

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