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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...

Università della Svizzera italiana

Designing dialogue : argumentation as conflict management in social interaction

Greco, Sara

In: Revue Tranel, 2018, vol. 68, p. 7-15

The escalation of disagreement into overt conflict in social interaction can be avoided, if disagreement is managed through argumentative dialogue. This paper explores the characteristics of argumentative dialogue and presents the role of third parties who design spaces for others' dialogue. After discussing the prototypical example of dispute mediators, this contribution considers other...

Università della Svizzera italiana

The semiotics of migrants’ food : between codes and experience

Greco, Sara

In: Semiotica, 2016, no. 211, p. 59–80

This paper sets out to analyze cultural semiotics of migrants’ food and culinary practices. Moving from the perspective of the Tartu school of semiotics, which views culture both as a grammar (a set of codes) and as a set of texts, food can be characterized as a specific cultural element where grammar and text (code and experience) are woven together. International migrants live one or more...

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...