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November 19, 2013
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Pierre Mohnen presented an empirical paper a joint work with George van Leeuwen to test the Porter Hypothesis (PH) with data of firms in the Netherlands. “Simply put”, began Pierre, “the hypothesis by Porter says that regulations are good since they make firms competitive by forcing them to be innovative thereby making them productive”.

Further studies divided the hypothesis to two, the “weak version” and the “strong version”. With the former, the hypothesis is the effect of environmental regulations on environmental innovations. The latter refers to the effect of ...

October 29, 2013
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“How do you indentify the poor?” This is how Casilda Lasso de la Vega from the Universidad del Pais Vasco began her presentation at the NCID weekly seminar. She discussed many previous studies of poverty including Amartya Sen’s 1976 seminal paper in which methodology and aggregative measurements are considered to be the most important elements to measure poverty.

“Even though in recent times there is considerable agreement that poverty is a multidimensional phenomenon, the approach suggested by Sen should still be followed”, Casilda urged, adding that “now, two cutoffs...

October 24, 2013
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Sergio Daga policy analyst from the Heritage Foundation answers the NCID questions about his current and future research.

Why did you decide to focus your research on the Conditional Cash Transfers (CCT) programs?

CCT has been called “the new way for social programs” in Latin America and the reason why I decided to explain a little bit more about this issue is because in Bolivia, where I am from, CCT programs are very aggressive in media and are very popular. I and a friend wanted to investigate and an...

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