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Université de Fribourg

A review of causal mediation analysis for assessing direct and indirect treatment effects

Huber, Martin

(Working Papers SES ; 500)

Mediation analysis aims at evaluating the causal mechanisms through which a treatment or intervention affects an outcome of interest. The goal is to disentangle the total treatment effect into an indirect effect operating through one or several observed intermediate variables, the so-called mediators, as well as a direct effect reflecting any impact not captured by the observed mediator(s)....

Université de Fribourg

The effects of anti-corruption videos on attitudes towards corruption in a Ukrainian online survey

Denisova-Schmidt, Elena ; Huber, Martin ; Prytula, Yaroslav

(Working Papers SES ; 499)

This paper presents the outcomes of an anti-corruption educational intervention among Ukrainian students based on an online experiment. More than 3,000 survey participants were randomly assigned to one of three different videos on corruption and its consequences (treatment groups) or a video on higher education (control group). The data suggest a high level of academic dishonesty and...

Université de Neuchâtel

Legitimacy, distantiation and the ecology of knowledge production in the Norwegian asylum procedure

Rosset, Damian

(Working Papers MAPS ; 2)

The strict separation between the production of country of origin information (COI) and the assessment of asylum applications is a fundamental norm in the professional practice of COI producers. By looking at the Norwegian COI unit, this article examines the way this separation is materialized through an infrastructure of distantiation built around COI production sites. This apparatus is...

Université de Fribourg

What if dividends were tax-exempt? : evidence from a natural experiment

Isakov, Dušan ; Pérignon, Christophe ; Weisskopf, Jean-Philippe

(Working Papers SES ; 498)

We study the effect of dividend taxes on the payout and investment policy of listed firms and discuss their implications for agency problems. To do so, we exploit a unique setting in Switzerland where some, but not all, firms were suddenly able to pay tax-exempted dividends to their shareholders following the corporate tax reform of 2011. Using a difference-in-differences specification, we...

Université de Neuchâtel

Gemeinschaft oder Gesellschaft : Grundoptionen der Einbürgerungspolitik : Eine explorative Studie in der Gemeinde Emmen

Niederberger, Josef Martin

(SFM Studies ; 68)

In der Schweiz vollzieht sich der hauptsächliche Akt der Einbürgerung in der Gemeinde. Mancherorts scheint man diesen Vorgang als Abschluss eines langsamen, face-to-face-artigen, durch Sympathiebeziehungen bestimmten und lebensnahen Hineinwachsens in eine konkrete, lokale Wir-Gruppe zu verstehen, wobei diese dazu tendiert, ihr Rechtsbewusstsein und die massgeblichen Kriterien aus ihrer eigenen,...

Université de Neuchâtel

How many Migrants does the Swiss Pension System Need?

Milivinti, Alice

(nccr on the move ; 19)

The positive role exerted by migrants to decelerate the ageing population process of devel oped countries has been stressed by many studies. However, the actual number of migrants needed to sustain the pension systems and its effectiveness in the long-run often remains tacit. While assuming the increment of the retired population to be the only shock, this study un dertakes an accounting exercise...

Université de Neuchâtel

SWISSCIT Index on Citizenship Law in Swiss Cantons: Conceptualisation, Measurement, Aggregation

Arrighi, Jean-Thomas ; Piccoli, Lorenzo

(nccr on the move ; 18)

In the Swiss federal context, the acquisition of citizenship through ordinary naturalization, the enjoyment of electoral rights as a foreign resident, and the retention of the franchise as a Swiss citizen abroad is not uniformly defined through a single federal law but co-determined by the cantons. In this explanatory note, we introduce SWISSCIT, a set of indicators measuring how inclusive...

Université de Neuchâtel

Étude sur l'évaluation de la satisfaction de la patientèle du service ambulancier de la Ville de Neuchâtel

Jacot, Sabine ; Suter, Christian ; Léchot, Morgan

Ce document est le fruit d’une collaboration entre le Service de Protection et Sauvetage (SPS) de la Ville de Neuchâtel et l’Institut de sociologie de l’Université de Neuchâtel (UniNE) dont l’objectif a été de mener une enquête quantitative auprès de la patientèle du Service Incendie et Secours (SIS) pour évaluer les prestations du service ambulancier de la Ville de Neuchâtel....