Although conventional economic theory proposes that only the absolute levels of income and consumption matter for people's utility, there is much evidence that relative concerns are often important. This paper uses a survey-experimental method to measure people's perceptions of the degree to which such concerns matter, i.e. the degree of positionality.… (More)
Economists are excessively influenced by the so-called positive economics view, which says that economists should only describe and not prescribe. Here I argue that this view is flawed because it makes unreasonably strong assumptions about what players (the agents taking economic decisions) know and understand. I then use the example of micro-credit to show… (More)
The buzzwords ‚portals' and ‚personalization' are ubiquitous at the moment. This document analyzes how an individualization of Semantic Community Web Portals can be achieved. On the other hand, one can find ideas and suggestions for a possible extraction of userprofiles and rules regarding the ontology on which the portal is based.
A weight-drop technique was used to produce mild, moderate, or severe spinal cord contusive injury in rats. At 4 weeks after injury, somatosensory evoked potentials (SEPs) were recorded with silver ball electrodes placed over the somatosensory cortex of anesthetized rats to measure the response to sciatic nerve stimulation. Both SEP area and amplitude were… (More)
As norms and tastes adapt to the social conditions shaped by policy variables, voters' opinions about these policies may evolve as well. We show how this process can lead to political instability. Moreover, if a politician's platform is shaped opportunistically so as to gain the majority's support, once in office the politician should not implement the… (More)
It is better to be the head of a chicken than the tail of a phoenix: a study of concern for relative standing in rural China It is better to be the head of a chicken than the tail of a phoenix: a study of concern for relative standing in rural China Abstract This paper examines the concern for relative standing among rural households in China. We use a… (More)
i Akademisk avhandling som med tillstånd av Mittuniversitetet i Sundsvall framläggs till offentlig granskning för avläggande av teknologie doktorand examen fredag, 16 december, 2016, klockan 10:00 i sal L111, Mittuniversitetet Sundsvall. Seminariet kommer att hållas på engelska. To Yuliya and Saron, You are my everyday delights. ABSTRACT This thesis… (More)