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Training moral sensitivity through video games: a review of suitable game mechanisms

The goal of this study is to support game designers in the selection and implementation of game mechanisms to promote players’ moral sensitivity. A lack of moral sensitivity may lead people to behave unethically, without awareness for their actions’ moral implications. In this study, we conduct a theory-based evaluation of 20 distinct game mechanisms in view of their potential to...

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English / 20/07/2018

Operational route choice methodologies for practical applications

This paper focuses on the application of tractable route choice models and presents a set of methods for deriving relevant disaggregate and aggregate route choice indicators, namely link and route flows. Tractability is achieved at the disaggregate level by the recursive logit model and at the aggregate level by the mental representation item (MRI) approach. These two approaches are...

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Haute Ecole de Gestion de Genève

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English / 16/04/2018

Acquirers and financial constraints: theory and evidence from emerging markets

How do financial frictions shape the set of acquirers, how much they acquire, and how long they keep ownership? To address these questions, we develop a tractable model of M&As; whereby acquirers and targets emerge endogenously due to differences in liquidity. Financial crises lead to selection effects among acquirers that result in larger acquired stakes and more persistent...

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Français, English / 16/04/2018

The feasibility of equilibria in large ecosystems: a primary but neglected concept in the complexity-stability debate

The consensus that complexity begets stability in ecosystems was challenged in the seventies, a result recently extended to ecologically-inspired networks. The approaches assume the existence of a feasible equilibrium, i.e. with positive abundances. However, this key assumption has not been tested. We provide analytical results complemented by simulations which show that equilibrium...

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Haute Ecole de Gestion de Genève

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English / 16/04/2018

Modeling purchases of new cars: an analysis of the 2014 French market

This paper analyzes and compares different policy scenarios as well as discusses price elasticities and willingness to pay and to accept using revealed preference (RP) data from the French new-car market in 2014 by means of a cross-nested logit (CNL) model. We focus particularly on electric and hybrid vehicles. We use interactions between the cost (both fixed and running costs) and...

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Haute Ecole de Gestion de Genève

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English / 16/04/2018

Down with diarrhea: using fuzzy Regression Discontinuity Design to link communal water supply with health

This paper contributes to the existing literature by demonstrating that the provision of communal water supply can be effective in improving child health if the targeted population shows adequate hygiene awareness and behavior. Until now, the fast growing body of literature on water development interventions could not establish a significant effect of communal water supply on health...

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Français, English / 16/04/2018

The impact of HR practices on employee normative, affective and continuance commitment

A quantitative survey with 164 employees of a town hall in Switzerland reveals that only 35 HR practices out of 150 are linked to employee commitment. HR practices are more linked to normative commitment than to affective or continuance commitment. Normative commitment depends on employees’ job and work relations, and to indirect compensation. Affective commitment also depends on the...

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Haute Ecole de Gestion de Genève

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Fiscal multipliers for Bosnia and Herzegovina

The aim of this paper is to determine the size of fiscal multipliers (spending and tax multipliers) using a structural vector autoregressive model for Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). This is the first attempt of its kind for the BiH economy. The results show that the spending multiplier is higher than the tax multiplier, as expected. The tax multiplier has a negative effect on output...

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Français, English / 13/04/2018

Fiscal shocks and international production networks: an empirical investigation

Recently, a large literature has been developed from the production network models, to be applied in a diversity of fields as financial contagion, trade comovements or the aggregation of micro shocks. Thus, one theoretical implication introduced by Acemoglu et al. (2015), argue that demand-side shocks (i.e. government spending) spread through the production networks following...

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Français, English / 13/04/2018

Standards of proofs in sequential merger control procedures

We model merger control procedures as a process of sequential acquisition of information in which mergers can be cleared after a first phase of investigation. We find that the enforceability of clearance decisions at the end of the first phase is unattractive to the extent that it prevents the authorities to use their expectations as to whether evidence gathered in the first phase...

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Français, English / 13/04/2018

Things have changed (or Have they?): tariff protection and environmental concerns in the WTO

This paper considers the APEC and proposed EGA agreements which grant tariff concession in favor of "green" goods. We …find that the practical signi…cance of the APEC agreement should not be overestimated as it involves modest tariff concessions over a subset of goods which are not heavily traded. Still, these agreements involve a paradigm shift to the extent that they use tariffs...

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Français, English / 13/04/2018

Investment gaps in IDB borrowing countries

We estimate public investment gaps in a sample of developing countries using a public investment demand function. We then use GDP per capita projections, forecasts of structural transformation, and three SDG targets (poverty, infant mortality and lower secondary school completion) to predict public investment needs in 2030 among IDB borrowing countries. Our estimates suggest that in...

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Français, English / 13/04/2018

The Hausmann-Gorky effect

For over a century, legal scholars have debated the question of what to do about the debts incurred by despotic governments; asking whether successor non-despotic governments should have to pay them. That debate has gone nowhere. This paper examines whether an Op Ed written by Harvard economist, Ricardo Hausmann, in May 2017, may have shown an alternative path to the goal of...

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Français, English / 13/04/2018

Trade re(im)balanced: the role of regional trade agreements

This paper documents the novel fact that Regional Trade Agreements (RTA) decrease bilateral trade imbalances as measured by conventional measure of the net export share in gross trade. While on average an RTA decreases bilateral trade imbalance by 7%, greater trade integration through a deeper RTA is associated with a reduction of up to 50% among the sample of over 160 countries...

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Français, English / 13/04/2018

Exchange rates, international trade and growth: re-evaluation of undervaluation

This paper shows that a regional bias resulting from trade integration alters the transmission of a country's monetary policy by shifting the burden of the exchange rate adjustment towards the less integrated trading partners. I first develop a simple model which illustrates how a concentration of trade flows among regional trading partners a↵ects the sensitivity of the trade balance...

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Français, English / 13/04/2018

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