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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...

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 Neuchâtel

Energy service contracting : an economic perspective

Klinke, Sandra ; Farsi, Mehdi (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Université de Neuchâtel, 2018 ; 2672.

Energy service contracting consists in the outsourcing of energy-related services to a contractor, an Energy Service Company (ESCO), through a long-term contract. This business model has been deemed, in the literature, a promising market-based instrument to foster the deployment of renewable energy and energy conservation projects. This thesis examines empirically the determinants of adoption of...

Università della Svizzera italiana

Positional goods and legal orderings

Pagano, Ugo ; Vatiero, Massimiliano

In: Encyclopedia of Law and Economics

People consume because others consume, maintained Veblen in 1899. More recently, theoretical, empirical and experimental articles have argued that people constantly compare themselves to their environments and care greatly about their relative positions. Given that competition for positions may produce social costs, we adopt a Law and Economics approach (i) to suggest legal remedies for...

Université de Neuchâtel

On the negotiation of the issue in discussions among young children and their parents

Schär, Rebecca G.

In: Revue Tranel, 2018, vol. 68, p. 17-25

When analyzing argumentative discussions between young children and adults, it emerged that in some cases, adults and children do not share the same issue at the beginning of an interaction. The present contribution makes a first step in investigating how issues are negotiated among the discussants so that this diverging understanding can be overcome. To do so, an example from a corpus of...

Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries

Referendums in the EU's constitution building process

Hug, Simon ; Schulz, Tobias

In: The Review of International Organizations, 2007, vol. 2, no. 2, p. 177-218

Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries

Bargaining power and equilibrium consumption

Gersbach, Hans ; Haller, Hans

In: Social Choice and Welfare, 2009, vol. 33, no. 4, p. 665-690