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Université de Fribourg

Household resources and individual strategies

Deschênes, Sarah ; Dumas, Christelle ; Lambert, Sylvie

(Working Papers SES ; 517)

The question of diverging interests and preferences within couples over the use of household resources and the consequences of these conflictual views has been present for a long time in the development literature, albeit in a somewhat scattered way. This paper selectively reviews the abundant literature that offers insights into the intrahousehold decision-making process, the strategies put...

Università della Svizzera italiana

Essays in empirical corporate finance

Yilmaz, Umit ; Plazzi, Alberto (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2020 ; 2020ECO006.

I use empirical methods to study the effects of firms' international activities and corporate governance on their operating performance, cost of funding, and credit risk. My studies provide novel evidence on the effects and implications of cross-border borrowing, foreign acquisitions, and governance on firms' financing decision and activities.

Università della Svizzera italiana

Essays on financial markets predictability

Pisati, Matteo Maria ; Barone Adesi, Giovanni (Dir.) ; Mira, Antonietta (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2020 ; 2020ECO007.

Empirical indicators of sentiment are commonly employed in the economic literature while a precise understanding of what is sentiment is still missing. Exploring the links among the most popular proxies of sentiment, fear and uncertainty this paper aims to fill this gap. We show how fear and sentiment are specular in their predictive power in relation to the aggregate market and to...

Università della Svizzera italiana

Essays in household finance and monetary policy transmission

Gianinazzi, Virginia ; Plazzi, Alberto (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2020 ; 2020ECO005.

This thesis consists of three chapters that contribute to two fundamental questions in finance: how households make financial decisions and how market prices react to uninformative demand shocks. The first chapter investigates how household respond to mortgage refinancing incentives. A well-documented finding in household finance is that many borrowers miss out on substantial savings by...

Université de Fribourg

Gender differences in wage expectations

Fernandes, Ana ; Huber, Martin ; Vaccaro, Giannina

(Working Papers SES ; 516)

Using a survey on wage expectations among students at two Swiss institutions of higher education, we examine the wage expectations of our respondents along two main lines. First, we investigate the rationality of wage expectations by comparing average expected wages from our sample with those of similar graduates; we further examine how our respondents revise their expectations when provided...

Université de Fribourg

Causal mediation analysis with double machine learning

Farbmacher, Helmut ; Huber, Martin ; Langen, Henrika ; Spindler, Martin

(Working Papers SES ; 515)

This paper combines causal mediation analysis with double machine learning to control for observed confounders in a data-driven way under a selection-on- observables assumption in a high-dimensional setting. We consider the average indirect effect of a binary treatment operating through an intermediate variable (or mediator) on the causal path between the treatment and the outcome, as well as...

Université de Fribourg

Bounds on direct and indirect effects under treatment/mediator endogeneity and outcome attrition

Huber, Martin ; Lafférs, Lukáš

(Working Papers SES ; 514)

Causal mediation analysis aims at disentangling a treatment effect into an indirect mechanism operating through an intermediate outcome or mediator, as well as the direct effect of the treatment on the outcome of interest. However, the evaluation of direct and indirect effects is frequently complicated by non-ignorable selection into the treatment and/or mediator, even after controlling for...

Università della Svizzera italiana

Experiential learning under ambiguity

Wahle, Thorsten ; Martignoni, Dirk (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2020 ; 2020ECO003.

In this dissertation I study choice contexts of learning under ambiguity. Experiential learning takes place by making choices, observing the outcomes, and altering future choices accordingly. Over time, such learning is expected to improve choices and outcomes but only when decision makers can classify outcomes as either successes or failures. This dichotomous outcome has clear behavioral...

Université de Fribourg

Participation in Energy Transition : The Potential and the Coordination of Energy Communities

Hertig, Yves ; Teufel, Stephanie (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Université de Fribourg, 2019.

The Swiss electricity sector aims to have a future that is greener, cheaper, fairer and more reliable. With the approval of the new Energy Act (EnA), politicians and society anticipate a more participative role of Swiss households concerning such major energy-related aims. However, the question arises whether such expectations are actually justified. This thesis relativizes major expectations...

Università della Svizzera italiana

Labour market outcomes : Careers, transitions and durations

Malfitano, Paolo ; Maggi, Rico (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2020 ; 2020ECO004.

This thesis contributes to labour economics by considering a wide range of factors influencing career paths, transitions to self- employment and duration in entrepreneurship. In the past literature, several studies have analysed labour market outcomes, transitions and durations. Nevertheless, there is the need of knowing more about the influence of individual and background characteristics on...