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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)

  • Child care, parental labor supply and tax revenue

    Discussion Papers no. 881

    Martin Eckhoff Andresen og Tarjei Havnes


    We study the impact of child care for toddlers on the labor supply of mothers and fathers in Norway.

  • Universal child care and inequality of opportunity

    Discussion Papers no. 880

    Nina Drange and Kjetil Telle


    Encouraging effects from random assignments of intensive and high-quality early child care to disadvantaged children have spurred hopes that publicly funded universal child care can improve human development and social mobility.

  • The marginal cost of public funds in large welfare state countries

    Discussion Papers no. 879

    Geir H. M. Bjertnæs


    The marginal cost of public funds (MCF) is substantial in generous welfare state countries according to Kleven and Kreiner (2006).

  • Public R&D Support and Firms’ Performance

    Discussion Papers no. 878

    Øivind A. Nilsen, Arvid Raknerud and Diana-Cristina Iancu


    We analyse all the major sources of direct and indirect R&D subsidies in Norway in the period 2002-2013 and compare their effects on individual firms’ performance.

  • 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.

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