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Rational habits in residential electricity demand

Filippini, Massimo ; Hirl, Bettina ; Masiero, Giuliano

Dynamic partial adjustment models of residential electricity demand account for the fact that households may not adjust electricity consumption immediately in response to changes in prices, income, and other relevant factors, because of behavioral habits or adjustment costs for the capital stock of appliances. However, forward-looking behavior is generally neglected. Expectations about future...

Université de Fribourg

La langue partenaire : Régimes politico-linguistiques, conceptualisations et conséquences linguistiques

Berthele, Raphael

In: Cohabitation des langues et politique linguistique. La notion de "langue partenaire".

Dans cette contribution, le concept très métaphorique de « langue partenaire » est analysé, de manière assez critique, au regard du principe de territorialité des langues et du multilinguisme institutionnel, deux régimes politico-linguistiques qui cohabitent dans la Confédération helvétique. Les enjeux d’un partenariat entre langues, au niveau des institutions mais également des...

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Googling Toubon : Testing the effects of institutional French language purism

Berthele, Raphael

In: Change of Paradigms – New Paradoxes. Recontextualizing Language and Linguistics

This study investigates the impact of French corpus planning efforts in two semantic domains, telecommunication and sport. Lists of Anglicisms and their French counterparts pertaining to these two domains are used in a corpus study using the Google Books corpus. A method to explore this corpus diachronically is proposed, and analyses assessing the odds of encountering the ‘official’ French...

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Item-related determinants of cognate guessing in multilinguals

Vanhove, Jan ; Berthele, Raphael

In: Crosslinguistic influence and crosslinguistic interaction in multilingual language learning

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If you don’t snooze you lose health and gain weight : evidence from a regression discontinuity design

Giuntella, Osea ; Mazzonna, Fabrizio

Sleep deprivation is increasingly recognized as a public health challenge. While several studies provided evidence of important associations between sleep deprivation and health outcomes, it is less clear whether sleep deprivation is a cause or a marker of poor health. This paper studies the causal effects of sleep on health status and obesity exploiting the relationship between sunset light and...

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Competitive tendering versus performance-based negotiation in Swiss public transport

Filippini, Massimo ; Koller, Martin ; Masiero, Giuliano

The purpose of this study is to assess differences in the levels of cost efficiency of bus lines operated under competitively tendered contracts and performance-based negotiated contracts. Following the revision of the Swiss railways act in 1996, regional public authorities were given the choice between two different contractual regimes to procure public passenger transport services. We...

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Hume on the Imagination

Dorsch, Fabian

In: The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Imagination

This chapter overviews Hume’s thoughts on the nature and the role of imagining, with an almost exclusive focus on the first book of his Treatise of Human Nature. Over the course of this text, Hume draws and discusses three important distinctions among our conscious mental episodes (or what he calls ‘perceptions’): (i) between impressions (including perceptual experiences) and ideas...

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Machbarkeitsstudie Betreuungsatlas Schweiz : Die Geographie betreuter Kindheit

Neumann, Sascha ; Tinguely, Luzia ; Hekel, Nicole ; Brandenberg, Kathrin

In der Schweiz verdeutlicht sich wie in anderen westlichen Industrienationen ein Strukturwandel der Kleinkindbetreuung. Anders als in den 1990er Jahren werden in den 2010er Jahren immer mehr und immer jüngere Kinder außerhalb ihres Elternhauses in der organisierten Kleinkindbetreuung der Tageseinrichtungen, Spielgruppen oder der Tagespflege betreut. Zudem zeichnet sich die Schweiz durch eine...

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Corporate governance and its political economy

Vatiero, Massimiliano ; Roe, Mark J.

To fully understand governance and authority in the large corporation, one must attend to politics. Because basic dimensions of corporate organization can affect the interests of voters, because powerful concentrated interest groups seek particular outcomes that deeply affect large corporations, because those deploying corporate and financial resources from within the corporation to buttress...