Raymond Bentley Hicks

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Estimating the mechanisms that connect explanatory variables with the explained variable, also known as “mediation analysis,” is central to a variety of social science fields, especially psychology, and increasingly fields like epidemiology. Recent work on the statistical methodology behind mediation analysis points to limitations in earlier methods. We(More)
International trade agreements lead to more foreign direct investment (FDI) in developing countries. We examine the causal mechanisms underpinning this trade-investment linkage by asking whether institutional features of preferential trade agreements (PTAs), which allow governments to make more credible commitments to protect foreign investments, indeed(More)
Corporations have become common targets of activism, but social movement research has barely begun to unpack the dynamics of anti-corporate campaigning. To address this gap, we theorize how particular companies get constituted as social movement targets and examine this process using a unique longitudinal, firm-level dataset on the apparel and footwear(More)
We investigate theoretically and experimentally the “crisis bargaining model,” a dynamic game of two-sided incomplete information with player types drawn from a commonly known distribution. Little work has been done to analyze whether and how players update their beliefs in such games. Within the experiment we elicited beliefs from players about their(More)
This paper presents a theory of informational lobbying by firms for trade liberalization, not through political contributions, but instead through contributions to the litigation process at the World Trade Organization. In this “litigation for sale” model, firms signal information about the strength and value of potential cases, and the government screens(More)
We investigate theoretically and experimentally the “crisis bargaining model,” a dynamic game of two-sided incomplete information with player types drawn from a commonly known distribution. Little work has been done to analyze whether and how players update their beliefs in such games. Within the experiment we elicited beliefs from players about their(More)
Developing countries have increasingly opened their economies to trade. Research about trade policy in developed countries focuses on a bottom-up process by identifying economic preferences of domestic groups. We know less about developing countries. We analyze how economic and political variables influenced Costa Rican voters in a referendum on CAFTA, an(More)
Supplementation of vitamin E has indications for improving cattle health, performance, and retail characteristics when included in grain-based diets. This experiment was conducted to determine performance and carcass characteristics of steers fed diets containing wet distillers grains with solubles (WDGS) and supplemented with vitamin E. Steers of mixed Bos(More)
Developing countries have increasingly opened their economies to trade. Research about trade policy in developed countries focuses on a bottom-up process by identifying economic preferences of domestic groups. We know less about developing countries. We analyze how economic and political variables influenced Costa Rican voters in a referendum on CAFTA-DR,(More)