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L'État-providence. Défense et illustrationBookMathieu Lefebvre et Pierre Pestieau, 2017-12, 240 pages, Presses Universitaires de France, 2017

L’État-providence n’a jamais été autant décrié qu’aujourd’hui, alors qu’il n’a sans doute jamais été aussi nécessaire. Les critiques qu’il doit essuyer viennent de ceux qui veulent en réduire la voilure comme de ceux qui le trouvent incapable de remplir ses principales missions. Les multiples fractures sociales qui ont conduit une partie de la population à douter des politiques censées la secourir pour finir par basculer dans le vote populiste redonnent toute sa justification à un État-providence plus performant et soucieux de combler le fossé séparant une partie de la population socialement intégrée de celle qui compte les exclus. C’est dans cette perspective que se place cet ouvrage. Il présente d’abord un portrait social des pays européens en mettant l’accent sur la France. Il analyse la performance de leurs États-providence face à des obstacles qui ont pour noms « globalisation » et « individualisme ». Il aborde ensuite les principaux domaines où il peut et doit avoir une action : la santé, l’emploi, la retraite et la famille. Il conclut en proposant un certain nombre de recommandations concrètes.

Changes in Income Distributions and the Role of Tax-benefit Policy During the Great Recession: An International PerspectiveJournal articleOlivier Bargain, Tim Callan, Karina Doorley et Claire Keane, Fiscal Studies, Volume 38, Issue 4, pp. 559-585, 2017

In this paper, we examine the impact of the economic crisis and the policy reaction on inequality and relative poverty in four European countries: France, Germany, Ireland and the UK. The period examined, 2008–13, was one of great economic turmoil, yet it is unclear whether changes in inequality and poverty rates over this time period were mainly driven by changes in market income distributions or by tax‐benefit policy reforms. We disentangle these effects by producing counterfactual (‘no reform') scenarios using tax‐benefit microsimulation and representative household surveys for each country. For the first stage of the Great Recession, we find that the policy reaction contributed to stabilising or even decreasing inequality and relative poverty in the UK, France and, especially, Ireland. Market income changes nonetheless pushed up inequality and relative poverty in France. Relative poverty increased in Germany as a result of policy responses combined with market income changes. Subsequent policy reforms, in the later stage of the crisis, had markedly different cross‐country effects, decreasing overall poverty in France, increasing it in Ireland, and giving mixed effects for different subgroups in Germany and the UK.

Niveau économique des ménages, indicateurs de pauvretéBook chapterMârwan-al-Qays Bousmah et Bruno Ventelou, In: La situation démographique dans la zone de Niakhar, 1963-2014., Valérie Delaunay (Eds.), 2017-12, pp. 35-41, IRD, 2017


The extra cost of comorbidity: multiple illnesses and the economic burden of non-communicable diseasesJournal articleSébastien Cortaredona et Bruno Ventelou, BMC Medicine, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp. 216, 2017

The literature offers competing estimates of disease costs, with each study having its own data and methods. In 2007, the Dutch Center for Public Health Forecasting of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment provided guidelines that can be used to set up cost-of-illness (COI) studies, emphasising that most COI analyses have trouble accounting for comorbidity in their cost estimations. When a patient has more than one chronic condition, the conditions may interact such that the patient’s healthcare costs are greater than the sum of the costs for the individual diseases. The main objective of this work was to estimate the costs of 10 non-communicable diseases when their co-occurrence is acknowledged and properly assessed.

Advances in specification testingJournal articleRussell Davidson et Victoria Zinde-Walsh, Canadian Journal of Economics, Volume 50, Issue 5, pp. 1595-1631, 2017

Testing the specification of econometric models has come a long way from the t tests and F tests of the classical normal linear model. In this paper, we trace the broad outlines of the development of specification testing, along the way discussing the role of structural versus purely statistical models. Inferential procedures have had to advance in tandem with techniques of estimation, and so we discuss the generalized method of moments, non parametric inference, empirical likelihood and estimating functions. Mention is made of some recent literature, in particular, of weak instruments, non parametric identification and the bootstrap.

A discrete model for bootstrap iterationJournal articleRussell Davidson, Journal of Econometrics, Volume 201, Issue 2, pp. 228-236, 2017

The bootstrap can be validated by considering the sequence of P values obtained by bootstrap iteration, rather than asymptotically. If this sequence converges to a random variable with the uniform U(0,1) distribution, the bootstrap is valid. Here, the model is made discrete and finite, characterised by a three-dimensional array of probabilities. This renders bootstrap iteration to any desired order feasible. A unit-root test for a process driven by a stationary MA(1) process is known to be unreliable when the MA(1) parameter is near −1. Iteration of the bootstrap P value to convergence achieves reliable inference unless the parameter value is very close to −1.

Can the HOS model explain changes in labor shares? A tale of trade and wage rigiditiesJournal articleBruno Decreuse et Paul Maarek, Economic Systems, Volume 41, Issue 4, pp. 472-491, 2017

This paper questions the ability of the standard HOS (Heckscher-Ohlin-Samuelson) model to explain changes in the labor shares (LS) of income in OECD countries. We use the Davis (1998) version of the HOS model with wage rigidity in a sub-group of countries. We show that trade openness with developing countries reduces LS in rigid wage countries and does not affect LS in free wage countries. This pattern is induced by factor reallocation towards capital-intensive sectors in rigid wage countries. Using the KLEMS dataset for 8 OECD countries over the period 1970–2005, we show that the weight of capital-intensive sectors substantially increased in continental European countries, while it did not change or even decreased in the US and the UK. Fixed effects regressions suggest that trade intensity with China explains between 50% (IV estimates) and 80% (OLS estimates) of the observed differential labor share change between Continental Europe and Anglo-Saxon countries.

Understanding the decision-making process of sovereign wealth funds: The case of TemasekJournal articleJ. Y. Gnabo, Malik Kerkour, Christelle Lecourt et Helen Raymond, International Economics, Volume 152, pp. 91-106, 2017

Sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) have been increasingly active over the past decade, with governments raising concern regarding their actual motives and the potential for cross-border interest in national strategic sectors. The aim of this paper is to contribute to the existing literature by improving our understanding of the decisions being taken by this new class of investors. The decision-making process informing such investments is complex in the sense that it involves several levels of decision that may potentially interact. In this study, we investigate the determinants of SWFs' foreign investments, while considering in a single model the sequence of choices involved in their decisions, specifically (i) the decision to invest abroad or not, (ii) the decision to invest in a listed versus unlisted firm, and (iii) the decision to take large versus small stakes. Using a nested logit approach on one of the largest SWFs, the Singaporean fund Temasek, over the period 1990–2010, we provide clear evidence of dependence in the three levels of decision making considered. In addition, we show that the probability of Temasek's cross-border investment increases with the excess of foreign exchange (FX) reserves, that the SWF tends to target unlisted firms when asymmetry of information is low between the target company and its home country, and that its involvement in large stakes depends on a firm's financial characteristics.

Finance and Growth Nexus: What Role for Institutions in Developed and Developing Countries?Journal articleHelmi Hamdi, Hakimi Abdelaziz et Rashid Sbia, Journal of Economic Development, Volume 42, Issue 4, pp. 1-22, 2017

The main purpose of this paper is to investigate the relationship between financial sector development and economic growth taking into consideration the role of institutions quality. Our sample is on a group of 143 countries observed during the period of 2006-2013. The sample is dived into 100 developing and 43 developed countries. Using structural GMM the paper shows that financial sector plays a crucial role in economic development and growth for the whole sample as well as for developed and developing countries. However, the results show that unlike developing countries, developed countries enjoyed the presence of proper institutions in their countries which in turn have contributed further to the development of their financial sector.

Equality of opportunity, moral hazard and the timing of luckJournal articleArnaud Lefranc et Alain Trannoy, Social Choice and Welfare, Volume 49, Issue 3-4, pp. 469-497, 2017

Equality of opportunity is usually defined as a situation where the effect of circumstances on outcome is nullified (compensation principle) and effort is rewarded (reward principle). We propose a new version of the reward principle based on the idea that effort deserves reward for it is costly. We show that luck can be introduced in two ways in the definition of these principles, depending on whether the correlation between luck and circumstances should be nullified and whether the correlation between luck and effort should be rewarded. In this regard, the timing of luck with respect to effort decisions is crucial, as is exemplified by moral hazard where effort choice influences the lottery of future uncertain events.