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Spatial Impacts of the Creation of Brasília: A Natural Experiment

Using data spanning 70 years (1939–2008), we examine whether Kubitschek’s planned creation of Brasília and its associated highway network had its intended effect of spreading development from Brazil’s coast to its interior. Specifically, we test whether the...

An Introduction to the Human Rights Measurement Initiative

In March 2017, Anne-Marie Brook travelled to the USA to make this presentation to an international audience at The New School in New York.The presentation gives an introduction to HRMI, looks at how we measure...

Evolution of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme: Linking

Cooperation    lowers mitigation costs,    but linking is hard.   The New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) was conceived as New Zealand’s gateway to the international carbon market with two objectives:assisting New Zealand to...

Evolution of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme: Sectoral Coverage and Point of Obligation

Emission pricing can have more effect when it reaches far and wide.When it was launched in 2008, the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) pioneered the design concept of implementing an emissions trading scheme...

Analysing whether a country's policies and actions sustainably increase its wellbeing

Since we stopped measuring success through military victories, money (and GDP in particular) has been the most common economic measure of a country’s success. A 2009 study by economists Amartya Sen, Joseph Stiglitz, and Jean-Paul...

Cyclical labour market adjustment in New Zealand: The response of firms to the global financial crisis and its implications for workers

This publication focuses on business dynamics across eight countries (Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, United Kingdom) and over time, building upon the evidence collected in the framework of the OECD DynEmp...

Using Data to Advance Dignity

There is a robust debate in academic and other circles about the merits of quantitative measures of human rights at the country-level and how they are best used. Unfortunately, existing measures are piecemeal and of...

Subjective wellbeing impacts of national and subnational fiscal policies

Fiscal policy    balances growth, wellbeing.    What is best for whom?    We study the association between fiscal policy and subjective wellbeing using fiscal data on 35 countries and 130 country-years, combined with over...

Low quality patents in the eye of the beholder: Evidence from multiple examiners

Low-quality patents are of considerable concern to businesses operating in patent-dense markets. There are two pathways by which low-quality patents may be issued: the patent office may apply systematically a standard that is too lenient (low inventive...

The gravity model of migration: the successful comeback of an ageing superstar in regional science

For at least half a century, and building on observations first made a century earlier, the gravity model has been the most commonly-used paradigm for understanding gross migration flows between regions. This model owes its...

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