Marit Rehavi

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A rich array of institutional diversity makes the United States an excellent place to study the relationship between political institutions and public policy outcomes. This essay has three main aims. First, it reviews existing empirical evidence on the relationship between institutional rules, political representation and policy outcomes. It aims to place(More)
This paper considers the option value arising from sequential schooling decisions made in the presence of uncertainty and learning about academic ability. College attendance has option value since enrolled students have the option to continue in school after learning their aptitude and tastes. This paper is the first to quantify this value using a dynamic(More)
Women’s participation in U.S. mayoral elections increased from negligible numbers in 1970 to about one-third of the elections in the 2000’s. We estimate the shortand long-run consequences for local policy outcomes of electing a female mayor. We use a novel data set of local elections and apply a regression discontinuity design to deal with the endogeneity(More)
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the first-line treatment for major depression. However, the link between inhibition of serotonin reuptake and remission from depression remains controversial: in spite of the rapid onset of serotonin reuptake inhibition, remission from depression takes several weeks, presumably reflecting(More)
A classic literature argues that improvements in agricultural productivity result in higher non-agricultural output, particularly at low levels of development. The proposed mechanisms for these ‘forward linkages’ centre on increases in the supply of factors—usually labour or capital—or demand externalities in product markets. Regardless of the mechanism,(More)
Data on housing costs and rental markets for the early modern period are notoriously scarce. Using a new database of rent paid on 183 properties belonging to the Cathedral Chapter of Toledo between 1489 and 1600, we reconstruct housing costs for various social groups and trace the effect of exogenous shocks on the rental market using hedonic techniques. We(More)
Despite a wide consensus that women’s participation is important for managing local public goods, little evidence exists on whether gender advocacy is effective at boosting participation and improving outcomes. I examine how advocacy efforts can affect the participation of women and how women’s participation in turn may affect water infrastructure(More)
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