Seminario 15/02 – F.Alcalá (UMU): Effort and Leisure at the Workplace

effort

Abstract There appears to be notable differences in average effort at work (pace and attentiveness) across countries, which affect relative TFP and comparative advantage. These differences are typically assumed to be the consequence of an exogenous cultural trait: industriousness; more industrious countries would thrive relative to more indolent ones. However, it is hard to accept…

Seminario 14/23 – Fernando BRONER (UPF,MIT): Sources of Comparative Advantage in Polluting Industries

contaminacion ladrillo

Abstract: We study the determinants of comparative advantage in polluting industries. We combine data on environmental policy at the country level with data on pollution intensity at the industry level to show that countries with laxer environmental regulation have a comparative advantage in polluting industries. Further, we address the potential problem of reverse causality. We…