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INSIDE Project (Insights on Immigration and Development)
http://www.inside.org.es/
INSIDE is an independent, non-partisan initiative launched by the Institute for Economic Analysis (IAE, CSIC). We aim at mobilizing and coordinating the research community contributing to the understanding of the causes and consequences of migrations. Special emphasis is also placed on the study of key aspects of economic development and growth of poor countries.

Our mission is to promote research and coordinate the efforts from researchers belonging to different institutions in view to contribute to the public debate on immigration and development issues.

Our interests include macro and microeconomic research, theory and empirics. We are committed to high standards of research.

"Theoretical and experimental microeconomics"
2017 SGR 1136 , Generalitat de Catalunya
2017-2021
Jordi Brandts, Roberto Burguet, Ramon Caminal, Matthew Ellman, Sjaak Hurkens, Vaiva Petrikaite

We work on theoretical and experimental microeconomics, with emphasis on industrial organization and organizational economics. Specific issues we cover are: crowdfunding, the regulation of the telecom industry, markets for search and experience goods, market phenomena linked to internet trade, the internal organization of the firm, sperformance effects of profit sharing and coalitional bargaining.

"Social and political conflict"
2017 SGR 1359 , Generalitat de Catalunya
2017-2021
Ada Ferrer, Enriqueta Aragonès, Flip Klijn, Ana Rute Pedro Cardoso, Joan Mª Esteban, Laura Mayoral, Ursula Mello, Hannes Mueller

We study social and political conflict issues focusing on: (i) how economic and political conditions, and ethnic composition may precipitate conflict; (ii) the role of economic inequality as a source of conflict; (iii) study economic inequality with a focus on labor market institutions; (iv) consequences of inequality for individuals' behavior and attitudes; (v) migration; and (vi) the behavior of participants in electoral processes and other markets to understand how conflict evolves and the institutions that promote the development of democracy and good functioning of the market. The research is based on theory and empirics, using cutting-edge statistical analysis.

"Theoretical and applied macroeconomics: inequality, partial information and expectations"
2017 SGR 1571 , Generalitat de Catalunya
2017-2021
Hugo Rodríguez, Esther Hauk, Joachim Jungherr, Xavier Ramos, Sara Ayllón, Pau Milán, Luis Rojas, Raúl Santaeulalia

Our group Works on the following areas:
1. Expectations: the literature assumes that investors know how prices are formed. We assume limited knowledge and study stock and bond price fluctuations and policy. 2. Debt frictions and Financial Intermediation: we study if banks should be rescued and the issuance of government and bank debt. 3. Optimal Policy: we develop a framework to study policy when the government has imperfect information about the economy, an issue usually ignored, applied to fiscal, monetary and debt policy. 4.Labor Income: we study the implication of countercyclical labor shares for labor market dynamics and human capital misallocations. We study efficiency in occupational choice with endogenous spillovers due to socializing and on the job learning. 5.inequality: we design indeces of social integration and inequality of opportunity and indeces that capture individual well-being. We study inequality reducing policies including redistribution, conditional cash transfer programs and education policies.

"Experimental economics, matching markets, and subjective well-being"
ECO2017-88130-P, Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad
2018-2021
Flip Klijn, Jordi Brandts, Ada Ferrer, Peter Biró, David Cooper, Joan Costa-Font, Enrique Fatas, Karita Gerxhani, Bettina Klaus, Joan Pais, Arno Riedl, Christina Rott y Arthur Schram

This project brings together three research lines in the field of microeconomics:
1. Experimental studies on economic and social issues
2. Experimental and theoretical studies on matching markets
3. Welfare, preferences, and the social and economic context

"Conflict, refugees and stability"
PGC2018-096133-B-100, Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades
2019-2021
Laura Mayoral, Joan M. Esteban, Hannes Mueller, Timothy Besley, Andrea Canidio, Itzhak Gilboa, Andre Groeger, Massimo Morelli Dominic Rohner, Ola Olsson, Debraj Ray, Joan Serrat

Two areas are central to our project. The first block investigates the causes and consequences of social conflict. The second area involves a deeper inquiry into the link between political instability, state formation and fragility and long-run development. In our previous work we have focused on the role of ethnic divisions on social conflict. We now study class conflict; why we have seen less class conflict than what the intuition suggests. We shall also study some consequences of violent conflict, on the creation and persistence of gender roles as well as on population displacement. The second main block is on political instability. We examine the factors that contribute to early state formation and long-run economic development. We will also study social conflict and the design of political institutions, the conditions under which checks and balances spread, making systems (countries) robust to economic and political crisis. Yet they limit the capacity for a quick positive response to changes in the environment. The second subproject studies the optimal allocation of surplus among two competing selfish social groups. We focus on three sources of inefficiencies: (i) potential costly conflict; (ii) waste of resources to increase power; and (iii) encourage instead productive investments that increase the surplus to be shared.

"Innovation and policy intervention in social and economic issues"
PGC2018-097898-B-100, Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades
2019-2021
Sjaak Hurkens, Esther Hauk, Enriqueta Aragonès, Toke Aidt, Facundo Albornoz-Crespo, Antonio Cabrales, Doh-Shin Jeon, Andrea Lanteri, Albert Marcet, Javier Ortega, Clara Ponsatí, Orestis Troumpounis, Dimitrios Xefteris

In this project we propose an analysis of the optimality of different political interventions in a number of social and economic issues. We focus both on specific and currently relevant applications such as the mobile and automobile markets and crowdfunding, as well as on more general issues about the functioning and economic consequences of certain social and economic institutions. The ultimate goal of this project is to guarantee optimal levels of social welfare in all those environments where those social and economic institutions understudy play a relevant role. Therefore, our main interest would be to characterize the main efficiency problems caused by the characteristics of such institutions and to design specific measures of policy intervention and regulations that may overcome these shortcomings.

"Inequalities: the Crossroad of Labor, Education, and Finacial Markets"
PDI2019-108144GB-100, Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación
2020-2024
Hugo Rodríguez, Ana Rute Cardoso, David Card, Paulo Guimaraes, Jose Jorge, Marta Lopes, Lous-Philippe Morin, David Rivero, Hugo Reis, Pedro Luis Silva, Jose Varejao

The initial alarm over a jobless world driven by robotization and digitalization has been displaced by concerns over the quality of jobs and their distribution among the population in working age (OECD 2019; Acemoglu and Restrepo 2018; Autor 2015). Indeed, technological progress has been redistributing the job and career opportunities in favor of workers with high levels of human capital in certain occupations, industries, and firms. Conversely, low pay, underemployment, unemployment or inactivity are concentrated in the young, the females, the low-educated, certain regions and industries. There is also concern over the rising share of national incomes going to capital to the detriment of labor. Therefore, there is widespread call for sustained investment in human capital, on the one hand, and better institutions to promote a more equitable access to resources, on the other hand.
This project focuses on the drivers of inequality in the labor market and their links to the tertiary education system and the financial market. It devotes particular attention to youngsters and females � their initial transition into the labor market and subsequent career progression. Throughout the project, we consider two-sided markets, mediated by institutions. For example, in the labor market, we analyze the interaction between workers' and firms' decisions, under collective bargaining and government regulations on minimum wages and worktime. In the education system, we analyze the interaction between the decisions of students and degree-awarding institutions, under a centralized student allocation system run by the government. In the financial market, we first analyze the impact of liquidity constraints on decisions by students and by firms, and subsequently model the decisions on credit production by banks, under the constraints imposed by the central banks.

"Matching markets, experimental economics, and subjective well-being"
PID2020-114251GB-I00, Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación
2021-2024
Flip Klijn, Jordi Brandts, Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell, Q. Liu, P. Biró, D. Cooper, J. Costa-Font, E. Fatas, K. Gerxhani, H. Hamers, B. Klaus, K. Klimentova, C. López, Ch. Rott, S. Pápai, A. Schram, M. Slikk

This project is structured along three lines of research in microeconomics. All three lines have been developed strongly in recent years by international groups of researchers, including the members of the current research proposal. The first research line consists of a number of theoretical and experimental studies on various aspects of matching markets and allocation problems. The second research line consists of experimental studies on a number of applied issues. And finally, the third research line consists of a set of empirical studies that aim at contributing to a better understanding of individuals’ welfare, preferences and behavior, as well as its implications for policy making.

"Cooperation, coordination and loyalty: new developments in microeconomic theory"
PID2020-108144GB-I00, Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación
2021-2024
Matthew Ellman, Ramon Caminal, Faruk Yasar, Roberto Burguet

This project will use tools from the field of microeconomics to develop new strategies for modeling cooperation, coordination and loyalty, in the digital economy and beyond. The project adopts a largely theoretical viewpoint but will test some of the ideas via a series of laboratory experiments and empirical analysis using real world data. The main applications include crowdfunding, where funders want to coordinate to invest in good projects and avoid wasted inspection costs, coalitions where members need to take account of externalities from and on other groups, coordination platforms that empower people to stand up for their rights, loyalty where firms seek to maintain customer loyalty but are unable to commit fully to the terms they want to promise.