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Individual Uncertainty About LongevityJournal articleBrigitte Dormont, Anne-Laure Samson, Marc Fleurbaey, Stéphane Luchini and Erik Schokkaert, Demography, Volume 55, Issue 5, pp. 1829-1854, 2018

This article presents an assessment of individual uncertainty about longevity. A survey performed on 3,331 French people enables us to record several survival probabilities per individual. On this basis, we compute subjective life expectancies (SLE) and subjective uncertainty regarding longevity (SUL), the standard deviation of each individual’s subjective distribution of her or his own longevity. It is large and equal to more than 10 years for men and women. Its magnitude is comparable to the variability of longevity observed in life tables for individuals under 60, but it is smaller for those older than 60, which suggests use of private information by older respondents. Our econometric analysis confirms that individuals use private information—mainly their parents’ survival and longevity—to adjust their level of uncertainty. Finally, we find that SUL has a sizable impact, in addition to SLE, on risky behaviors: more uncertainty on longevity significantly decreases the probability of unhealthy lifestyles. Given that individual uncertainty about longevity affects prevention behavior, retirement decisions, and demand for long-term care insurance, these results have important implications for public policy concerning health care and retirement.

Networked innovation and coalition formation: the effect of group-based social preferencesJournal articleTom Dedeurwaerdere, Paolo Melindi-Ghidi and Willem Sas, Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Volume 27, Issue 7, pp. 577-593, 2018

In this paper, we study the production and dissemination of public knowledge goods, such as technological knowledge, generated by a network of voluntarily cooperating innovators. We develop a private-collective model of public knowledge production in networked innovation systems, where group-based social preferences have an impact on the coalition formation of developers. Our model builds on the large empirical literature on voluntary production of pooled public knowledge goods, including source code in communities of software developers or data provided to open access data repositories. Our analysis shows under which conditions social preferences, such as ‘group belonging’ or ‘peer approval’, influence the stable coalition size, as such rationalising several stylized facts emerging from large-scale surveys of open-source software developers, previously unaccounted for. Furthermore, heterogeneity of social preferences is added to the model to study the formation of stable but mixed coalitions.

Variational principles, completeness and the existence of traps in behavioral sciencesJournal articleTruong Q. Bao, S. Cobzaş and Antoine Soubeyran, Annals of Operations Research, Volume 269, Issue 1, pp. 53-79, 2018

In this paper, driven by Behavioral applications to human dynamics, we consider the characterization of completeness in pseudo-quasimetric spaces in term of a generalization of Ekeland’s variational principle in such spaces, and provide examples illustrating significant improvements to some previously obtained results, even in complete metric spaces. At the behavioral level, we show that the completeness of a space is equivalent to the existence of traps, rather easy to reach (in a worthwhile way), but difficult (not worthwhile to) to leave. We first establish new forward and backward versions of Ekeland’s variational principle for the class of strict-decreasingly forward (resp. backward)-lsc functions in pseudo-quasimetric spaces. We do not require that the space under consideration either be complete or to enjoy the limit uniqueness property since, in a pseudo-quasimetric space, the collections of forward-limits and backward ones of a sequence, in general, are not singletons.

Econometrics and Income InequalityJournal articleMartin Biewen and Emmanuel Flachaire, Econometrics, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp. 42, 2018

It is well-known that, after decades of non-interest in the theme, economics has experienced a proper surge in inequality research in recent years. [...]

Conditional expected utility criteria for decision making under ignorance or objective ambiguityJournal articleNicolas Gravel, Thierry Marchant and Arunava Sen, Journal of Mathematical Economics, Volume 78, Issue C, pp. 79-95, 2018

We provide an axiomatic characterization of a family of criteria for ranking completely uncertain and/or ambiguous decisions. A completely uncertain decision is described by the set of all its consequences (assumed to be finite). An ambiguous decision is described as a set of possible probability distributions over a set of prizes. Every criterion in the family compares sets on the basis of their conditional expected utility , for some “likelihood” function taking strictly positive values and some utility function both having the universe of alternatives as their domain.

When do imperfectly competitive firms maximize profits? The lessons from a simple general equilibrium model with shareholders’ votingJournal articleRim Lahmandi-Ayed and Didier Laussel, Journal of Mathematical Economics, Volume 78, Issue C, pp. 6-12, 2018

We consider a general equilibrium model with vertical preferences, where workers and consumers are differentiated, respectively, by their sensitivity to effort and their intensity of preference for quality. We consider a monopoly of which the shares are owned by a fraction of the general population. The price is determined through a vote among all the shareholders. We identify necessary and sufficient conditions for (i) an absolute (relative) majority to vote for the profit maximizing price; (ii) an absolute (relative) majority to vote for a different price. We argue that the more concentrated the ownership the more likely it is that the firm charges the profit-maximizing price.

Introduction générale – Le logement : un bien espace-temps / Introduction – Housing: A space-time goodJournal articleAlain Trannoy, Economie et Statistique / Economics and Statistics, Issue 500-501-502, pp. 5-11, 2018

[Fr] Le logement est le bien capital dans tous les sens du terme pour les ménages, en même temps bien de consommation par le flux de services qu’il prodigue et élément constitutif essentiel du patrimoine pour les propriétaires. Capital aussi, car représentant plus qu’un quart des dépenses de consommation des ménages, une hausse des loyers ou des prix a tout de suite des répercussions très importantes sur le niveau de vie, sur les choix de localisation, sur les mobilités, sur les choix d’épargne. Le logement est capital également car il est unique comme élément d’un espace-temps, espace et temps absolument indissociables pour l’occasion. Tous ces thèmes trouvent un écho dans ce numéro spécial riche d’approches et de perspectives différentes qui apportent de précieuses informations sur nombre de questions en suspens.
[Eng] Housing is a crucial good for households, both as a consumer good via the flow of services it fosters, and as an essential component of a homeowner’s wealth. It is also crucial because it accounts for more than a quarter of household’s expenses, and an increase in rent or property prices instantly has a major impact on their living standards, choice of location, mobility, and savings options. Finally, housing is also crucial because it is unique as an element of space‑time, space and time that cannot be separated in this instance. These themes are examined in this special issue, with a variety of approaches and different perspectives, providing valuable information on a number of outstanding issues.

Heterogeneity and nonconstant effect in two-stage quantile regressionJournal articleChristophe Muller, Econometrics and Statistics, Volume 8, Issue C, pp. 3-12, 2018

Heterogeneity in how some independent variables affect a dependent variable is pervasive in many phenomena. In this respect, this paper addresses the question of constant versus nonconstant effect through quantile regression modelling. For linear quantile regression under endogeneity, it is often believed that the fitted-value setting (i.e., replacing endogenous regressors with their exogenous fitted-values) implies constant effect (that is: the coefficients of the covariates do not depend on the considered quantile, except for the intercept). Here, it is shown that, under a weakened instrumental variable restriction, the fitted-value setting can allow for nonconstant effect, even though only the constant-effect coefficients of the model can be identified. An application to food demand estimation in 2012 Egypt shows the practical potential of this approach.

Forecasting Bordeaux wine prices using state-space methodsJournal articleStephen Bazen and Jean-Marie Cardebat, Applied Economics, Volume 50, Issue 47, pp. 5110-5121, 2018

Generic Bordeaux red wine (basic claret) can be regarded as being similar to an agricultural commodity. Production volumes are substantial, they are traded at high frequency and the quality of the product is relatively homogeneous. Unlike other commodities and the top-end wines (which represent only 3% of the traded volume), there is no futures market for generic Bordeaux wine. Reliable forecasts of prices can to large extent replace this information deficiency and improve the functioning of the market. We use state-space methods with monthly data to obtain a univariate forecasting model for the average price. The estimates highlight the stochastic trend and the seasonality present in the evolution of the price over the period 1999 to 2016. The model predicts the path of wine prices out of sample reasonably well, suggesting that this approach is useful for making reasonably accurate forecasts of future price movements.

The impact of the 2014 increase in the real estate transfer taxes on the French housing marketJournal articleGuillaume Bérard and Alain Trannoy, Economie et Statistique / Economics and Statistics, Issue 500-501-502, pp. 179-200, 2018

This paper estimates the effects of an increase in the share of the real estate transfer taxes (RETT) going to the French départements from 3.80% to 4.50%. Not all the départements voted the RETT increase on the same date, which is the starting point of a natural experiment. Using a difference-in-differences design, we estimate two main effects. (1) An anticipation effect, one month before the implementation of the reform, in order to avoid the RETT increase. (2) A retention effect in the post-reform period. In the end, the net effect (retention minus anticipation) corresponds to an average drop in transactions of around 6% over the first three months after the reform, that is, approximately 15,000 transactions lost at national level. If we find a short term effect of the reform, we do not find evidence of a medium- or long-term effect.