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Three essays in labor economics

Gentili, Elena ; Mazzonna, Fabrizio (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2019 ; 2019ECO003.

In this thesis, I investigate two of the main challenges faced by developed societies: aging and migration. In the first chapter, I consider the cultural determinants of elderly care arrangement decisions. The empirical strategy focuses on the three German and French speaking Swiss bilingual cantons. Particularly, since the structure of long-term care provision is planned at cantonal level, I...

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The role of culture in long-term care arrangement decisions

Gentili, Elena ; Masiero, Giuliano ; Mazzonna, Fabrizio

In: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2017, vol. 143, p. 186-200

In this paper, we show how and to what extent cultural factors may influence the LTC market and elderly living arrangements. Using a spatial regression discontinuity design, we exploit the within-state variation in language groups in Switzerland to provide evidence about cultural differences in LTC use. We show that elderly people residing in regions speaking a Latin language (French, Italian...

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L’utilizzo del concetto di cultura nella comunicazione relativa ai conflitti : frame analysis dei notiziari televisivi

Mauri Brusa, Manuel ; Poglia, Edo (Dir.) ; Richeri, Giuseppe (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2012 ; 2012COM004.

The concept of culture has become pervasive in the description of social reality. Its role in determining the relations between social groups seems to have acquired a position of prominence in particular after the attacks of September 11th, 2001. Some authors argue that this event confirms the thesis of the thesis of the clash of civilization advanced by Huntington in 1993. In this light,...

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When the state mirrors the family : the design of pension systems

Galasso, Vincenzo ; Profeta, Paola

We study how the prevailing internal organization of the family affected the initial design of pension systems. Our theoretical framework predicts that, in society with weak family ties, pensions systems were introduced to act as a safety net, while in societies with strong ties they replicate the tight link between generations by providing generous benefits. Using a historical...

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The effects of connectivity and culture on foreign direct investment decisions : empirical evidence from the international electricity industry

Wang, Lei ; Lomi, Alessandro (Dir.) ; Larsen, Erik (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2011 ; 2011ECO008.

With the significant growth in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the past two decades, both investment managers and policy makers are keen to know the factors determining the location of FDI. The eclectic theory, while being the most popular and dominant theories in international investment, failed to fully capture the behavioral dynamics of international investment. For instance, FDI location...