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The Emergence of Political Accountability
When and how do democratic institutions deliver accountable government? In addressing this broad question, we focus on the role played by political norms--specifically, the extent to which leadersExpand
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A Theory of Minimalist Democracy
A majority of the world democracies are far from the benchmark of representative democracy. This paper presents a model of political transitions based on a minimalist conception of the democraticExpand
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Cultivating Trust: Norms, Institutions and the Implications of Scale
We study the co-evolution of norms and institutions in order to better understand the conditions under which potential gains from new trading opportunities are realized. New trading opportunities areExpand
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A Gender-Based Theory of the Origin of the Caste System of India
We propose a theory of the origins of India's caste system by explicitly recognizing the productivity of women in complementing their husbands' occupation-specific skill. The theory explains the coreExpand
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Property Rights over Marital Transfers
In developing countries, the extent to which women possess property rights is shaped in large part by transfers received at the time of marriage. Focusing on dowry, we develop a simple model of theExpand
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Pre-match investment with frictions
  • Chris Bidner
  • Economics, Computer Science
  • Games Econ. Behav.
  • 2010
TLDR
The paper explores an environment in which agents are motivated to make unproductive investments with the sole aim of improving their matching opportunities. Expand
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Investing in skill and searching for coworkers: endogenous participation in a matching market
We demonstrate how search frictions have important yet subtle implications for participation in a skilled labor market by studying a model in which agents invest in skill prior to searching forExpand
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Marriage , Commitment and Social Norms : Theory and Evidence from Egypt Preliminary-please do not circulate
An important role of marriage institutions, especially in developing countries, is to counter a commitment problem in which a husband faces a socially excessive incentive to separate from their wifeExpand
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Industrial Composition, Bargaining, and the Gender Wage Gap: Evidence from U.S. Cities ⇤
We propose, and empirically evaluate, a theory of the labor market in which differences in pay between otherwise identical workers arise as a consequence of (endogenous) differences in bargainingExpand
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A Spillover�?Based Theory of Credentialism
I propose a model in which credentials, such as diplomas, are intrinsically valuable; a situation described as credentialism. The model overcomes an important criticism of signalling models byExpand
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