February 12, 2018
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The Ebola outbreak killed 11.310 people across West Africa. This serious disease spreads through direct contact with infected body fluids, mainly affecting Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. The first case, although very rare, was through direct contact with an infected animal (bat or monkey) and then, human to human. The chaotic situation required treatment centers. However, the international community didn’t intervene, both financially and military, until nine months after the first case, which led to a lack of public goods during the time. 

Ambiguous messages from state i...

February 09, 2018
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Who are the disadvantaged? There’s debate around this question. There are those who argue that policies should aim to favor historically disadvantaged groups, that is, lower castes. Conversely, there are others that favor incentivizing the poor regardless of their caste. Also, should the system provide incentives to students based on merit such that every student has an opportunity, or should it only aim the disadvantaged? 

Sutanuka Roy, a PhD candidate at the London School of Economics, aims to provide evidence on this topic in her paper “Disruptive Effects of Preferenti...

February 05, 2018
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Technology has changed our workplace. Since the start of the 1980s the aggregate labor share has decreased by 6 percentage points in the United States. Many fear that a day will come in which most jobs will be automated. In many industries, workers have been replaced by machinery that can perform their jobs faster, cheaper and arguably, better.

However, is the decline in the labor share common across industries? Luis Díez Catalán, a PhD candidate from the University of Minnesota, aims to answer this question in his paper titled: The Labor Share in the Service Economy, w...

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