Discussion papers

Discussion papers are preliminary research reports circulated for comments and suggestions.

Editors: Kjetil Telle, Bjart Holtsmark, Erling Holmøy, Terje Skjerpen, Kenneth Wiik, Aud Walseth (secretary)

  • Structural Labour Supply Models and Microsimulation

    Discussion Papers no. 877

    Rolf Aaberge and Ugo Colombino


    The purpose of the paper is to provide a discussion of the various approaches for accounting for labour supply responses in microsimulation models.

  • From Classes to Copulas: Wages, capital, and top incomes

    Discussion Papers no. 876

    Rolf Aaberge, Anthony B. Atkinson and Sebastian Königs


    Public debates about the rise in top income shares often focus on the growing dispersion in earnings, and the soaring pay for top executives and financial-sector employees.

  • Aggregate behavior in matching markets with flexible contracts and non-transferable representations of preferences

    Discussion Papers no. 875

    John K. Dagsvik and Zhiyang Jia


    This paper modifies and extends the aggregate equilibrium models for matching markets developed earlier in the literature.

  • Who benefited from industrialization? The local effects of hydropower technology adoption

    Discussion Papers no. 874

    Stefan Leknes og Jørgen Modalsli


    This paper studies the impact of the construction of hydropower facilities on labor market outcomes in Norway at the turn of the twentieth century (1891-1920).

  • Parenthood and couples’ relative earnings in Norway 2005-2014

    Discussion Papers no. 873

    Janna Bergsvik, Ragni Hege Kitterød, and Kenneth Aarskaug Wiik


    In the current paper, we investigate within-couple inequality in earnings using Norwegian register data on married and cohabiting couples.

  • Productivity growth, firm turnover and new varieties

    Discussion Papers no. 872

    Thomas von Brasch, Diana-Cristina Iancu, Arvid Raknerud


    We reconcile two different strands of the literature: the literature on how new goods impact prices and the literature on productivity growth and firm turnover.

  • Encompassing tests for evaluating multi-step system forecasts invariant to linear transformations

    Discussion Papers no. 871

    Håvard Hungnes


    The paper suggests two encompassing tests for evaluating multi-step system forecasts invariant to linear transformations.

  • Child care center staff composition and early child development

    Discussion Papers no. 870

    Nina Drange and Marte Rønning


    We estimate effects of child care center staff composition on early child development. During the years our data covers, child care centers in Oslo were oversubscribed, and child care slots were allocated through a lottery.

  • Productivity dispersion and measurement errors

    Discussion Papers no. 869

    Thomas von Brasch, Diana-Cristina Iancu and Terje Skjerpen


    We outline a novel procedure to identify the role of measurement errors in explaining the empirical dispersion in productivity across establishments.

  • Exact and inexact decompositions of international price indices

    Discussion Papers no. 868

    Pål Boug


    Decompositions of international price indices are usually inexact in the sense that the underlying aggregator formula is not exactly reproduced.

  • The efficient combination of taxes on fuel and vehicles

    Discussion Papers no. 867

    Geir H. M. Bjertnæs


    A tax on fuel combined with tax-exemptions or subsidies for purchase of fuel-efficient vehicles is implemented in many countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other negative externalities from road traffic.

  • Churning in thick labor markets

    Discussion Papers no. 866

    Stefan Leknes


    Using a very large comprehensive matched employer-employee panel of the Norwegian workforce (19 million observations), I find a higher likelihood of job change across sectors and occupations, namely labor churning, in populous areas.

  • Match quality in housing transactions

    Discussion Papers no. 865

    Erlend Eide Bø


    Match quality, the part of housing value to the buyer which is unique for each buyer-house match, is important in several housing market matching models, but measuring it is difficult for an econ-ometrician.

  • Tony Atkinson and his legacy

    Discussion Papers no. 863

    Rolf Aaberge, François Bourguignon, Andrea Brandolini, Francisco H. G. Ferreira, Janet C. Gornick, John Hills, Markus Jäntti, Stephen P. Jenkins, Eric Marlier, John Micklewright, Brian Nolan, Thomas Piketty, Walter J. Radermacher, Timothy M. Smeeding, Nicholas H. Stern, Joseph Stiglitz, Holly Sutherland


    This collective tribute highlights the range, depth and importance of Tony’s enormous legacy, the product of over fifty years’ work.

  • Regulation in the presence of adjustment costs and resource scarcity: transition dynamics and intertemporal effects

    Discussion Papers no. 864


    Announcement of future environmental regulation is likely to reduce current emissions in the combined presence of resource scarcity and adjustment costs.

  • Optimal location of renewable power

    Discussion Papers no. 862

    Henrik Bjørnebye, Cathrine Hagem, and Arne Lind


    A decarbonization of the energy sector calls for large new investments in renewable energy production. When choosing the location for increased production capacity, the producer has typically limited incentives to take fully into account the investments costs of the subsequent need for increased grid capacity.

  • Immigration and the Dutch disease

    Discussion Papers no. 860

    Ådne Cappelen and Torbjørn Eika


    The EU-enlargement in 2004 increased labour migration and affected the Norwegian labour market in particular. We study how this modified the Dutch disease effects during the resource boom 2004- 2013.

  • Identifying fertility contagion using random fertility shocks

    Discussion Papers no. 861

    Sara Cools and Rannveig Kaldager Hart


    Does the fertility behavior of one individual affect the fertility choices of another? This study aims to estimate fertility contagion net of unobserved heterogeneity, using sibling networks as an empirical example.

  • Life expectancy and claiming behavior in a flexible pension system

    Discussion Papers no. 859

    Christian N. Brinch, Dennis Fredriksen, Ola Vestad


    We study the relationship between early claiming of pensions and incentives in the highly flexible Norwegian public pension system, measuring incentives to claim based on an estimated model for expected longevity.

  • Long term impacts of class size in compulsory school

    Discussion Papers no. 858

    Edwin Leuven and Sturla A. Løkken


    How does class size in compulsory school affect peoples’ long run education and earnings?

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