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Any opinions expressed here are those of the author(s) and not those of IZA. Research published in this series may include views on policy, but the institute itself takes no institutional policy positions. The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn is a local and virtual international research center and a place of communication between science,(More)
We have studied the viability of (PGF2a): as a vitality marker in skin wounds. Incised vital skin wounds and homolateral control pieces of skin were obtained from 20 autopsies performed at the Institute of Legal Medicine of Coimbra University (Portugal). We have also studied 10 fresh skin samples from the Department of Dermatology of the University Hospital(More)
The potential of skin measurements of D-dimer (DD), a specific derivative of crosslinked fibrin, for the diagnosis of the vital origin of wounds was investigated in 67 human vital skin wounds and homolateral control pieces of skin from 53 autopsies performed at the Institute of Legal Medicine of Coimbra (Portugal) during 1992. Our results demonstrate that(More)
  • Filipa Sá, Pascal Towbin, +11 authors Charles Wyplosz
  • 2011
A number of OECD countries experienced an environment of low interest rates and a rapid increase in real house prices and residential investment during the past decade. Different explanations have been suggested for the housing boom: expansionary monetary policy, capital inflows due to a global savings glut and excessive financial innovation combined with(More)
Aiming at lowering unemployment, the French government mandated the reduction of the standard workweek from 39 to 35 hours in 1998 to be implemented in large firms by 2000 and in small firms by 2002. The difference in timing by firm size is used to set up a quasi-experimental design to analyze the effect of the law on workers' welfare. The law may have(More)
A number of OECD countries experienced an environment of low interest rates and a rapid increase in housing market activity during the last decade. Previous work suggests three potential explanations for these events: expansionary monetary policy, capital in ‡ows due to a global savings glut and excessive …nancial innovation combined with inappropriately(More)
We estimate an open economy VAR model to quantify the effect of monetary policy and capital inflows shocks on the US housing market. The shocks are identified with sign restrictions derived from a standard DSGE model. We find that monetary policy shocks have a limited effect on house prices and residential investment. In contrast, capital inflows shocks(More)
comments and contributions. I would also like to thank Lord Robert May for conversations on the topic. On 16 November 2002, the first official case of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) was recorded in Guangdong Province, China. Panic ensued. Uncertainty about its causes and contagious consequences brought many neighbouring economies across Asia to a(More)