Social Organization of Labour, Wages and the Labour Market in Catalonia: the case of an agricultural farm in the Segarra region in the late nineteenth century

ABSTRACT This article discusses the forms of recruit­ment of the labour force in the Catalan countryside in the late nineteenth century, the dynamics and structural features of la­bour markets and the forms of negotiation and setting of agricultural wages. We focus on the case of the Segarra region, particularly on a farm located in the…

Social cohesion and the evolution of altruism

ABSTRACT In this paper we propose a stylized model to study how cohesion may affect the spread and consolidation of altruism in a large population where agents are involved in a local public-good contribution game with their neighbors. We show that, if the contribution cost is moderate (neither too high nor too low), cooperation can…

Quality and endogenous tourism: an empirical approach

ABSTRACT We propose a theoretical model and an empirical study that highlight the role of quality of tourism services and endogenous tourism in long-run economic growth. We study a theoretical growth model of international trade where tourism is the growth engine and quality of tourism services has a positive impact on long-term growth. We also…

An R&D endogenous growth model of international tourism

ABSTRACT According to the tourism area life cycle (TALC) model of Butler (1980), the evolution of a touristic destination follows an S-shaped curve which is upper-bounded by its carrying capacity, usually assumed to be a fixed constant. This forecast prevents a tourism-based economy from maintaining positive growth rates in the long run. However, infrastructures, transportation…

Versioning Goods and Joint Purchase: Substitution and Complementarity Strategies

ABSTRACT In the present paper, we develop a monopoly model of vertical product differentiation for analyzing the monopolist’s decision about the possibility of versioning goods as substitutes or complements when consumers can buy them simultaneously. In this context, we find that versioning goods as substitutes or complements is optimal for the monopolist if the cost…

Anti-piracy policy and quality differential in markets for information goods

ABSTRACT In this paper we analyze the strategic decisions of the government, the incumbent and the pirate in a market where the good is piratable. Like in other studies, we show that deterred or accommodated piracy can occur in equilibrium, but pure monopoly cannot occur for any anti-piracy policy. We prove that the initial quality…

Quality choice and advertising regulation in broadcasting markets

ABSTRACT We consider the role of the endogenous choice of platform quality in a broadcasting duopoly market where competing media platforms also choose their levels of advertising. We compare the equilibrium levels of quality, advertising and welfare under private and mixed duopoly competition.We show that the welfare comparison between the private and mixed duopoly regimes…

The Role of Program Quality and Publicly-owned Platforms in the Free to Air Broadcasting Industry

ABSTRACT In this study, we consider the role of a publicly owned platform and programme quality in the free-to-air broadcasting industry. We compare the equilibrium levels of advertising under private and mixed duopoly competition, and show that the connection between programme quality and advertising incentives is drastically different in each scenario. We also consider the…

Time to Market and Impatient Customers

ABSTRACT We analyse the decision of firms about when to launch their products on the market when they produce differentiated goods and compete on prices. We find two subgame perfect equilibria: one in which the high-quality firm holds its leadership in quality, and another in which the low-quality firm leapfrogs its rival. When the initial…

Economic evaluation of colorectal cancer (CRC) screening

ABSTRACT Because of its incidence and mortality colorectal cancer represents a serious public health issue in industrial countries. In order to reduce its social impact a number of screening strategies have been implemented, which allow an early diagnosis and treatment. These basically include faecal tests and studies that directly explore the colon and rectum. No…