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We examine the effect of obliging employers to enrol employees automatically into a workplace pension scheme. We exploit the phased roll-out of automatic enrolment, by employer size, in the first country to do so nationwide (the UK), to estimate its effect on pension saving among private sector ...
Journal article | The Economic Journal
Oriana Bandiera, Imran Rasul, Martina Viarengo and Myra Mohnen
Journal article | American Economic Journal: Applied Economics
This research project received financial support from the Amsterdam Institute for International Development (AIID), the Economic and Social Research Council via the Network for Integrated Behavioural Sciences (award no. ES/K002201/1), the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research NWO ...
Journal article | AEA Papers and Proceedings
Imran Rasul and Brendon McConnell
We add to the debate by examining the robustness of racial/ethnic sentencing gaps, by gender, when allowing for selection on unobservables. We do so in the context of federal criminal cases, considering 250,000 cases, and using a dataset containing a rich set of covariates relating to defendant and ...
Journal article | Journal of Experimental Political Science
Using a political-frame-free, lab-in-the-field experiment, we investigate the associations between employment status, self-reported political ideology, and preferences for redistribution. The experiment consists of a real-effort task, followed by a four-player dictator game.
Journal article | Journal of Public Economics
Alcohol consumption is associated with costs to society from anti-social behaviour, crime and public costs of policing and health care. These externalities are non-linear in alcohol consumption, with a small number of heavy drinkers creating the majority of the costs. Governments attempt to reduce ...
Journal article | Journal of Industrial Economics
Rachel Griffith, Kate Smith and Michal Krol
We analyse a simple Hotelling model in which retailers and manufacturers endogenously advertise their respective brands; we account for the impact of advertising on retailer–manufacturer bargaining and downstream competition. The model predicts that retailers advertise their store brands less ...
Journal article | Fiscal Studies
Sir James Mirrlees, co‐recipient of the 1996 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, passed away in August 2018. This article outlines how his work has transformed economists’ understanding of their discipline – from the principles of tax design to the theory of contracts and beyond.
Journal article | Journal of the European Economic Association
Renfu Luo, Scott Rozelle, Marcos Vera-Hernandez, Grant Miller and Sean Sylvia
Unlike performance incentives for private sector managers, little is known about performance incentives for managers in public sector bureaucracies. Through a randomized trial in rural China, we study performance incentives rewarding school administrators for reducing student anemia—as well as ...
Journal article | Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics
Graduates from higher income families (with median income of around £77,000) have average earnings which are 20% higher than those from lower income families (with median income of around £26,000). Once we condition on institution and subject choices, this premium roughly halves, to around 10%.