Monthly Archives: September 2014

Debt Relief and Debtor Outcomes: Measuring the Effects of Consumer Bankruptcy Protection

From Will Dobbie and Jae Song: Consumer bankruptcy is one of the largest social insurance programs in the United States, but little is known about its impact on debtors. We use 500,000 bankruptcy filings matched to administrative tax and foreclosure … Continue reading

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Jason Furman on Business Tax Reform

See here for new slides on business tax reform from Jason Furman. The text of his speech is here.

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Acquisitions, Productivity, and Profitability: Evidence from the Japanese Cotton Spinning Industry

From Serguey Braguinsky, Atsushi Ohyama, Tetsuji Okazaki, Chad Syverson: We explore how changes in ownership and managerial control affect the productivity and profitability of producers. Using detailed operational, financial, and ownership data from the Japanese cotton spinning industry at the turn of the last … Continue reading

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It’s Where You Work: Increases in Earnings Dispersion across Establishments and Individuals in the U.S.

From Erling Barth, Alex Bryson, James C. Davis, Richard Freeman: This paper links data on establishments and individuals to analyze the role of establishments in the increase in inequality that has become a central topic in economic analysis and policy debate. … Continue reading

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Does Privatized Health Insurance Benefit Patients or Producers? Evidence from Medicare Advantage

From Marika Cabral, Michael Geruso, and Neale Mahoney: The debate over privatizing Medicare stems from a fundamental disagreement about whether privatization would primarily generate consumer surplus for individuals or producer surplus for insurance companies and health care providers. This paper investigates … Continue reading

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Beyond Ricardo: Assignment Models in International Trade

From Arnaud Costinot and Jonathan Vogel: International trade has experienced a Ricardian revival. In this article, we offer a user guide to assignment models that have contributed to this revival, which we will refer to as Ricardo-Roy (R-R) models. HT: Jonathan Dingel

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