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  • Dynamic Relational Contracts under Complete Information 

    Thomas, Jonathan P.; Worrall, Tim (University of Edinburgh, 2014-06)
    This paper considers a long-term relationship between two agents who both undertake a costly action or investment that together produces a joint benefit. Agents have an opportunity to expropriate some of the joint benefit ...
  • Educational spillovers and parental migration 

    Clifton-Sprigg, Joanna (University of Edinburgh, 2014-10)
    Impacts of parental emigration on educational outcomes of children and, in turn, the children’s influence on peers are theoretically ambiguous. Using novel data I collected on migration experiences and timing, family ...
  • Out of sight, out of mind? Educational outcomes of children with parents working abroad. 

    Clifton-Sprigg, Joanna (University of Edinburgh, 2014-10)
    Impact of parental emigration on educational outcomes of children is theoretically ambiguous. Using novel data I collected on migration experience and its timing, family background and school performance of lower secondary ...
  • Unemployment Risk and Wage Differentials 

    Pinheiro, Roberto; Visschers, Ludo (University of Edinburgh, 2014-09)
    Workers in less-secure jobs are often paid less than identical-looking workers in more secure jobs. We show that this lack of compensating differentials for unemployment risk can arise in equilibrium when all workers are ...
  • A General and Intuitive Envelope Theorem 

    Clausen, Andrew; Strub, Carlo (University of Edinburgh, 2013-12)
    We present an envelope theorem for establishing first-order conditions in decision problems involving continuous and discrete choices. Our theorem accommodates general dynamic programming problems, even with unbounded ...

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