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  • What We Have Learned about Terrorism since 9/11 

    Gaibulloev, Khusrav; Sandler, Todd (American Economic Association, 2019)
    This overview examines critically the post-9/11 empirical literature on terrorism. Major contributions by both economists and political scientists are included. We focus on five main themes: the changing nature of terrorism, ...
  • Introducing Extended Data on Terrorist Groups (EDTG), 1970 to 2016 

    Hou, Dongfang; Gaibulloev, Khusrav; Sandler, Todd (Sage Publishing, 2020)
    This article introduces an extended data set of 760 terrorist groups that engaged in attacks during 1970 to 2016. Unlike most extant group data sets, the extended data on terrorist groups (EDTG) is not tied to terrorist ...
  • Transnational Links in Rhino Poaching and the Black Market Price of Rhino Horns 

    Lopes, Adrian (Wiley Online Library, 2019)
    The trends of rhino poaching in South Africa and India – major range states – have been remarkably similar over time. Organized criminal syndicates manage an illegal supply chain of rhino horns from poachers, middlemen, ...
  • Honesty, ability, norm, and socioeconomic status: experimental evidence from Bangladesh 

    Mahmud, Minhaj; Tasneem, Dina (American University of Sharjah, 2019)
    In a real effort task experiment, we study the (dis)honesty of undergraduate students in Bangladesh. Consistent with earlier studies, when they self-report their performance, a significant fraction of students cheats to ...
  • Information disclosure in dynamic research contests 

    Chen, Bo; Knyazev, Dmitriy; Chen, Bo (American University of Sharjah, 2019-09)
    We study the design of information disclosure in a dynamic multi-agent research contest, where each agent privately searches for innovations and submits his best to compete for a winner-takes-all prize. We find that although ...
  • Prize-Linked Savings Games: Theory and Experiment 

    Jindapon, Paan; Sujarittanonta, Pacharasut; Viriyavipart, Ajalavat (American University of Sharjah, 2018)
    We introduce a game in which each player can allocate her endowment in a prize-linked savings (PLS) account, which awards a fixed prize only to a randomly chosen winner. Like Tullock's rent-seeking contest, the probability ...
  • Parental Involvement and Children's Development: Can There Be Positive Side Effects? 

    Gahramanov, Emin; Hasanov, Rashad; Tang, Xueli (American University of Sharjah, 2018)
    A growing body of literature indicates that meaningful time spent with parents has a significant influence on early childhood development, a future accumulation of a wide array of cognitive and non-cognitive skills, and ...
  • Does Foreign Direct Investment Promote Economic Growth: An Empirical Analysis 

    AbuAl-Foul, Bassam (American University of Sharjah, 2018)
    This paper used time-series data to investigate the causal relation between foreign direct investment and economic growth in two MENA countries, namely Egypt and Jordan. The methodology used in this study follows Toda and ...
  • Forecasting Energy Demand: The Case of United Arab Emirates 

    AbuAl-Foul, Bassam (American University of Sharjah, 2018)
    The purpose of this study is to forecast energy use in United Arab Emirates (UAE) using annual data over the period 1976-2009. The methodology used in this study follows the artificial neural networks analyses. We use four ...
  • Stop-Go Monetary Policy 

    Chappell, Henry; Harris, Mark N.; McGregor, Rob Roy; Spencer, Christopher (American University of Sharjah, 2018)
    We propose and estimate several discrete choice models of monetary policy decision-making that feature time-varying inertia. The models permit us to account for three stylized facts characterizing monetary policy making ...
  • Anticipated Discrimination, Choices, and Performance: Experimental evidence 

    Charness, Gary; Cobo-Reyes, Ramón; Sanches, Ángela (American University of Sharjah, 2018)
    This paper studies experimentally anticipated discrimination across gender, hiring patterns, and performance in tasks with different stereotypes in a labor-market setting. Participants are assigned to a seven-people group ...
  • Social Cohesion and Optimal Redistribution in Economies with Long-Run Growth 

    Bandyopadhyay, Debasis; Tang, Xueli (American University of Sharjah, 2018)
    We suggest that as social cohesion improves, the macroeconomic gains from progressive redistribution decline. Social interactions facilitate diffusion of nonrival knowledge. The consequent bridging of the knowledge gaps ...
  • Parental Transfers and Fertility: Does the Recipient's Gender Matter? 

    Gahramanov, Emin; Gaibulloev, Khusrav; Younas, Javed (American University of Sharjah, 2017-06-02)
    This paper examines the role of parental transfers on family size. We introduce a simple theoretical model of fertility decision where preferences towards children may differ between female and male spouses. Parental ...
  • Endogenous Sanctioning Institutions and Migration Patterns: Experimental Evidence 

    Cobo-Reyes, Ramón; Katz, Gabriel; Meraglia, Simone (University of Exeter, 2017)
    We experimentally analyze the effect of the endogenous choice of sanctioning institutions on cooperation and migration patterns across societies. In our experiment, subjects are allocated to one of two groups, are endowed ...
  • Does E-Verify Discriminate against Hispanic Citizens? 

    Amuedo-Dorantes, Catalina; Jin, Xing; Pozo, Susan (American University of Sharjah, 2015)
    The ratcheting up of immigration enforcement has resulted in a number of unintended consequences featured in the news, such as family separations. We focus on, yet, another potentially unintended consequence -namely the ...
  • The Causal Relation between Savings and Economic Growth: An Empirical Analysis 

    AbuAl-Foul, Bassam (American University of Sharjah, 2015)
    This paper examines the causal relation between savings and economic growth for Morocco and Tunisia using Autoregressive Distributed Lag (ARDL) approach to cointegration. The results support bidirectional causality between ...
  • Energy Use and Economic Growth in Jordan 

    AbuAl-Foul, Bassam (American University of Sharjah, 2015)
    The purpose of this research is to investigate the causal relation between energy use and economic growth in one of the MENA countries, Jordan using annual data over the period 1975-2007. The methodology used in this study ...
  • Virtual Trade and Growth 

    Marjit, Sugata (American University of Sharjah, 2015-01-29)
    The purpose of this paper is to propose a model where trade has a direct and positive impact on growth rate of two trading nations beyond the level effect. We use the idea of virtual trade in intermediates induced by non- ...
  • The Reduction of Child Mortality in the Middle East and North Africa: A Success Story 

    Iqbal, Farrukh; Kiendrebeogo, Youssouf (American University of Sharjah, 2014-10-14)
    Although child mortality rates have declined all across the developing world over the past 40 years, they have declined the most in the Middle East and North Africa region. This paper documents this remarkable experience ...
  • Military Spending and Economic Growth: Evidence from Jordan 

    AbuAl-Foul, Bassam (American University of Sharjah, 2014-05-08)
    The purpose of this research is to investigate the causal relation between military spending and economic growth in one of the MENA countries, Jordan using annual data over the period 1988-2007. The methodology used in ...

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