Does foreign aid shift public spending? Many worry that aid will be “fungible” in the sense that governments reallocate public funds in response to ai…
Nicolas Van de SijpeWhen politicians are (randomly) given information about foreign aid projects in local schools they are 18% less likely to target the schools that receive aid with development goods. Reason = equity concerns
Revealing “Mafia Inc.”? Financial Crisis, Organized Crime, and the Birth of New Enterprises
Nicolas Van de Sijpe2007 financial crisis had less of an effect on establishment of new enterprises in provinces with a larger presence of organized crime; "consistent with the presence of investments by organized crime in the legal economy."
(2020). Does an Economics Education Produce Technocratic Paternalists? Experimental Evidence from Tanzania. The Journal of Development Studies: Vol. 56, No. 8, pp. 1508-1522.
Nicolas Van de SijpeWhen supplied with "information that ordinary citizens disagree with implications of efficiency-based optimal tax theory [...] treated [economics] students modify their position in the direction of public opinion"
Working papers or preprints have become an important part in the scientific landscape. Such papers present research before (potentially) being published in refereed journals. But is every working paper finally published in a journal? We answer this...
Nicolas Van de SijpeDo all working papers in economics end up being published? Paper looks at NBER, CEPR, IZA and CESifo WPs: 66.5% published in a journal, 8% as a book chapter. "For the remaining 25.5% we find no evidence for what happened to the article."
Contact versus Exposure: Refugee Presence and Voting for the Far-Right
Nicolas Van de Sijpe"Exposure to refugees passing through border municipalities increased far-right votes by about 1.5 pp. Conversely, contact and sustained interactions between natives and asylum seekers in hosting municipalities decreased far-right votes by about 4 pp."