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Exploring the behavioural base for the Swiss energy transition : The role of attitudes and heterogeneity in the preferences of electricity consumers

Motz, Alessandra ; Maggi, Rico (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2021 ; 2021ECO003.

In the context of the international climate change mitigation efforts, several countries have been scaling up their efforts to decarbonize their economies and energy systems. The restructuring of the electricity systems has brought about new challenges, among which the acceptance of the new infrastructures and technologies, and the need of ensuring an optimal level of security of supply. This...

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Policy evaluation: labour market liberalization, unemployment and second home construction : Evidence from Switzerland

Stricker, Luzius ; Maggi, Rico (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2020 ; 2020ECO010.

This thesis is composed of three different chapters focusing on labour market policies, unemployment and the construction industry. The analyses aim to contribute to the microeconomic theory, proving three different concepts of externally caused variations, affecting both, the labour market equilibrium and the production function. In detail, the first part analyses the employment effects of...

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Institutional setting and networks effect on international trade : Three essays on international trade

Arioldi, Davide ; Maggi, Rico (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2018 ; 2018ECO016.

This thesis explores the role of different measures of proximity on some topics related to international trade. We focus on how institutional setting (institutional proximity) and network structure (cognitive and social proximity) influence the geography of international trade. In the first chapter, we extend the results of Rose and Spiegel (2011) and the findings by Bista (2017) proposing a...

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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...

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The importance of geographical proximity : Evidence on the concentration of firms, culture and political ideologies

Mantegazzi, Daniele ; Maggi, Rico (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2018 ; 2018ECO008.

This dissertation proposes three empirical essays focusing on the importance of geographical concentrations along various dimensions in regional economics, dealing with topics regarding agglomeration spillovers, firm performance, culture and soft institutions as well as the geographical concentration of political ideologies. The first chapter aims at empirically verifying whether agglomeration...

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Move people or move the plant? : Business travel and relocation choices of firms

Rossi, Federica ; Maggi, Rico (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2018 ; 2018ECO007.

This dissertation proposes three empirical essays on firms’ location-related behaviour, focusing on two strategic issues: business travel plans and relocation choices. The first chapter studies the potential impact on business travel of the future high-speed railway line project, called AlpTransit, which in the meantime links Lugano, the small economic hub of the southern part of...

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Relative wage mobility : A new semi-nonparametric estimation method

Naguib, Costanza ; Maggi, Rico (Dir.) ; Gagliardini, Patrick (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2018 ; 2018ECO002.

The study of wage dynamics over time is more insightful than the analysis of point-in- time inequality measures. In policy-making, indeed, low wage careers instead of low- wage jobs should be at the center of the debate on long-term wage inequality. Many previous studies tried to estimate the degree of wage mobility within an economy; however, they rely on some quite restrictive assumptions....

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The role of attitudes in determining individual behavior in transportation : From psychology to discrete choice modeling

Borriello, Antonio ; Maggi, Rico (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2018 ; 2018ECO001.

This dissertation focuses on the role of psychological factors, particularly attitudes, in determining individual behavior in transportation and proposes procedures and methods to improve the measurement of psychological variables to be used in choice modeling. The thesis is divided into three chapters containing a methodological section, showing the innovation of the econometrics steps, and...

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Regional labour market analysis and policy evaluation : Job insecurity, flexibility and complexity. Evidence from Switzerland

Baruffini, Moreno ; Maggi, Rico (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2014 ; 2014ECO008.

The thesis focuses on labour market flexibility, security and complexity. The research is divided into three chapters: two of the chapters specifically relate to perceived security, flexibility and job satisfaction, using data from the longitudinal Swiss Household Panel (SHP), while the last investigates labour market programs and their impact on a regional labour market. The first essay...

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Determinants of immigrant self-employment rates and self-employment transitions : evidence from Switzerland

Guerra, Giuliano ; Maggi, Rico (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2012 ; 2012ECO001.

The thesis focuses on the determinants of immigrant self-employment rates and self-employment transitions. The research is divided into three chapters. The focus of the first essay is on the effects of group characteristics and market conditions on self-employment propensity of immigrants. The results show that group characteristics such as linguistic ability and time elapsed since...