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  • 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?

  • Labor supply analysis with non-convex Budget sets without the Hausman approach

    Discussion Papers no. 857

    John K. Dagsvik and Steinar Strøm


    When the budget set is non-convex the application of the Hausman approach to estimate labor supply functions will in general be cumbersome because labor supply no longer depends solely on marginal criteria (first order conditions).

  • Phasing out coal and phasing in renewables – good or bad news for arctic gas producers?

    Discussion Papers no. 856

    Lars Lindholt and Solveig Glomsrød


    This paper examines to what extent downscaling of global coal based electricity generation encourages gas demand and affects regional activity in gas production, with emphasis on the arctic regions.

  • Closing the gender gap in pensions. A microsimulation analysis of the Norwegian NDC pension system

    Discussion Papers no. 855

    Elin Halvorsen and Axel West Pedersen


    In this paper we use an advanced micro-simulation model to study the distributional effects of the reformed Norwegian pension system with a particular focus on gender equality.

  • The path of labor supply adjustment: Sources of lagged responses to tax-benefit reforms

    Discussion Papers no. 854

    Zhiyang Jia and Trine E. Vattø


    The standard static labor supply model ignores that it takes time for individuals to adjust to a tax-benefit reform.

  • Heterogeneity of the Carnegie Effect

    Discussion Papers no. 853

    Erlend E. Bø, Elin Halvorsen and Thor O. Thoresen


    The Carnegie effect (Holtz-Eakin, Joualfaian and Rosen, 1993) refers to the idea that inherited wealth harms recipient’s work efforts, and possesses a key role in the discussion of taxation of intergenerational transfers.

  • MPC heterogeneity and household balance sheets

    Discussion Papers no. 852

    Andreas Fagereng, Martin B. Holm and Gisle J. Natvik


    Using Norwegian administrative data, we study how sizable lottery prizes affect household expenditure and savings.

  • Problematic response margins in the estimation of the elasticity of taxable income

    Discussion Papers no. 851

    Kristoffer Berg and Thor O. Thoresen


    The elasticity of taxable income (ETI) is known to represent a summary measure of tax efficiency costs, which means that further information about the behavioral components of the ETI is not required for its use in tax policy design.

  • Multigenerational persistence: Evidence from 146 years of administrative data

    Discussion Papers no. 850

    Jørgen Modalsli


    This paper uses Norwegian census data on occupational associations among grandfathers, fathers and sons from 1865 to 2011 and finds significant grandparental influence throughout the period.

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