Call for papers: Astronomics Society inaugural workshop: The Economics of Space

This workshop will focus on economic and legal analysis of commercial development of space (basically the economics and governance of business in space). We are interested in a range of topics, where possible examples include:
• Regulation of Commerce (taxation of extraterrestrial activity; trade between Earth and space facilities; trade between extraterrestrial facilities)
• Natural Resource Extraction and its Implications (mining of celestial bodies; salvage in space; treaties governing such activities)
• Contract Issues (property rights and contract enforcement without governing bodies; liability and insurance challenges for commercial launch service providers; arbitration)
• Sovereignty Concerns (competition among governments in space; antipiracy enforcement; extraterrestrial sovereignty)
• Competition Policy Issues (rules; effective enforcement; lack of governing authority; market access to space; allocating orbits)
• Technology and Innovation (spillovers between aerospace and other industries; scale economies and market power in commercial launch services and communication services; the development and application of machine learning)
• Multilateral Agreements (design of agreements; dispute settlement and arbitration; managing space trash; allocating orbits)

The goal of the workshop is twofold.

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Price, Product Quality, and Exporter Dynamics: Evidence from China

By Joel Rodrigue (Vanderbilt University) and Yong Tan (Nanjing University of Finance and Economics)

For the typical Chinese exporter, foreign sales grew exponentially after China’s entry to the WTO.  How was this so-called ‘economic miracle’ achieved in such a short span of time?… read more ...

Call for Papers: Workshop EP@B, Economics & Politics at Bruxelles

December, 16-17, 2019, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)

Following the 2018 Economics and Politics at Lille (EP@L), the 2019 Economics and Politics Workshop will take place at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and become EP@B, jointly organized by Centre Emile Bernheim (ULB), Dulbéa (ULB), CEE  (Sciences Po Paris), and LEM (University of Lille).… read more ...

Do Macro Production Functions Differ Across Countries?

Markus Eberhardt (University of Nottingham) and Francis Teal (Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford)

“We compare this [input] index with our output index and call any discrepancy ‘productivity’… It is a measure of our ignorance, of the unknown, and of the magnitude of the task that is still ahead of us.” Zvi Griliches (1961)

It is an unfortunate misconception that the canonical Solow-Swan growth model necessarily implies that all economies in the world, rich or poor, industrialised or agrarian, possess the same production technology.… read more ...