Thomas Apolte/ Lena Gerling: Youth bulges, insurrections and labor-market restrictions

This paper analyzes the link between large youth cohorts and violent conflicts when labor-market restrictions are present. Such restrictions are expected to limit the youth cohort’s access to income opportunities in the formal economy, and thus lower the youth-specific opportunity cost of insurrection activities. We develop a theoretical model of insurrection markets and integrate the youth cohort’s relative size.

Giandomenica Becchio: Gender, Feminist and Heterodox Economics: Interconnections and Differences in a Historical Perspective

This paper reveals the history of feminist and gender economics as well as their similarities and differences. It also suggests that amongst heterodox approaches to economics, Austrian economics mostly suits feminist economics: their convergences are focused on the role of cooperation within institutions as well as on the place creativity has in the market and women’s attitude to problem solving.

Paul Dragos Aligica: Alternative Interpretations of Economic Theory and its Limits

Three recent books offer a sample of what is at stake in the current soul-searching and debates on economics and its future. The books illustrate three major possible positions on the nature and function of economic theorizing: the regressive, the status-quo and the reconstructive. At the same time they offer broader insights regarding the nature and limits of social sciences in general.

Niclas Berggren/ Christian Bjørnskov/ Therese Nilsson: Do Equal Rights for a Minority Affect General Life Satisfaction?

While previous research examines how institutions matter for general life satisfaction and how specific institutions embodying equal rights for gay people matter for the life satisfaction of gays, we combine these two issues to analyze how the latter type of institutions relates to general life satisfaction. The question is how Continue Reading…