Benjamin Y. Klein

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The domestication of the Eurasian grape (Vitis vinifera ssp. sativa) from its wild ancestor (Vitis vinifera ssp. sylvestris) has long been claimed to have occurred in Transcaucasia where its greatest genetic diversity is found and where very early archaeological evidence, including grape pips and artefacts of a 'wine culture', have been excavated. Whether(More)
General Motors's (GM's) 1926 acquisition of Fisher Body has long served as a cornerstone of holdup arguments for vertical integration. This paper utilizes primary historical evidence to make three related claims. First, it shows that GM's initial investment in Fisher Body occurred primarily to gain access to the Fisher brothers' specialized human assets.(More)
Since Ronald Coase's famous 1937 article (Coase (1937)), economists have grappled with the question of what characterizes a firm and what determines its boundaries. that firms are important when contracts are incomplete, and parties make large relationship-specific investments. Property rights theory (see, e. (1990)) refines this thinking by taking the view(More)
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Category management is a business practice whereby a retailer designates a manufacturer as a category manager or captain and gives the designated manufacturer authority concerning retail shelf space allocation within a product category. In return for shifting brand stocking decisions [as well as promotion, product assortment, and inventory decisions] to the(More)
The Klein-Leffler (1981) model of product quality does not explain why high-quality firms would dissipate the rents they earn from quality-assuring price premia, and it relies on consumers knowing the cost functions of firms. In the present paper, consumers do not know any firm's cost of producing quality goods, so high-quality firms must engage in(More)
We have shown that oxytocin receptor (OTR) expression in neonatal rat enterocytes is robust from birth to weaning, but OTR function during this period is unknown. We previously reported that oxytocin (OT) stimulation of Caco2BB cells (enterocytes in vitro) inhibits the mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) signaling. The unfolded protein response(More)
A major challenge in teaching the process of science to students is designing and implementing laboratory activities that emulate what is actually done in a research laboratory. To facilitate this effort, science educators have been encouraged to design exercises that span multiple laboratory periods, encourage independent thinking, promote(More)
Mental health in children with neuromotor disorders is part of a dynamic system, including medical and developmental domains, family, school and community. Presentations are often complex and multifactorial, requiring a broad, individualized approach. A narrative overview of mental health symptoms in children with neuromotor disabilities is provided, along(More)