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Università della Svizzera italiana

The effect of local growth in antidepressant consumption on mental health outcomes

Masiero, Giuliano ; Mazzonna, Fabrizio ; Steinbach, Sandro ; Verbeek, Olaf

Despite growing skepticism regarding the efficacy of antidepressants, global consumption is increasing at an unprecedented path with unknown implications for society. We estimate the causal effect of this increase on mental health outcomes using an IV strategy that exploits detailed drug sales data from Switzerland between 2002 and 2014. Our instrument, a modified version of the popular...

Université de Fribourg

Playing Atari with six neurons

Cuccu, Giuseppe ; Togelius, Julian ; Philippe, Cudré-Mauroux

In: International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems AAMAS 2019

Università della Svizzera italiana

Earthquakes, grants and public expenditure : how municipalities respond to natural disasters

Masiero, Giuliano ; Santarossa, Michael

We analyze the response of municipalities to the occurrence of natural disasters (earthquakes) in Italy, in terms of spending behavior, use of upper tier transfers and recovery. We find evidence of increasing expenditure for about 12 years after the shock, with asymmetric responses between matching (earthquake-related) and unconditional grants, and heterogeneous flypaper effects across the...

Université de Fribourg

When labeling L2 users as nativelike or not, consider classification errors

Vanhove, Jan

In: Second Language Research

Researchers commonly estimate the prevalence of nativelikeness among second-language learners by assessing how many of them perform similarly to a sample of native speakers on one or several linguistic tasks. Even when the native (L1) samples and second-language (L2) samples are comparable in terms of age, socio-economic status, educational background and the like, these nativelikeness estimates...

Université de Neuchâtel

Comparison of survey data on wealth in Switzerland

Ravazzini, Laura ; Kuhn, Ursina ; Brulé, Gaël ; Suter, Christian

Beyond income, wealth is one of most relevant components among national and international indicators of household finances. Three surveys that include Switzerland have recently integrated questions about wealth and its components. These surveys are the Swiss Household Panel -SHP- (2016), the Statistics on Income and Living Conditions -CH-SILC- (2015), and the Survey on Health, Ageing and...

Université de Fribourg

An adaptation of kamishibai as an educational kit for reproductive health in India

Nakaya-Sommet, Maki ; Sommet, Moritz

In: The Art of Kamishibai: The Word of the Image and the Image of the Word, International Symposium, Ljubljana, May 10-13, 2018. Online Compendium

This paper presents an on-going product design project that aims to improve reproductive health education in India through Japanese paper theatre (kamishibai). The educational kit resulting from the project alters the conventional form of kamishibai to adapt it to local conditions and make it easier to use, allowing untrained persons to teach this complex subject matter. We discuss the pilot...