ECOBAS Research Seminar: Jordi Brandts - Barcelona School Of Economics

This study provides a comprehensive analysis of gender differences in performance caused by two different dimensions of competition –rivalry for resources and status ranking. It also examines two mechanisms behind such differences: (1) gendered beliefs about performance differences in competitiveness; and (2) prescriptive stereotypes about women having to show warmth towards others. The results indicate that in the absence of any competitive dimension men and women perform equally well. Any competitive dimension, however, leads to women doing worse than men. These results are explained by men’s beliefs that they are better than women, and by women’s adherence to a prescribed stereotype of not harming others. Gender differences under competition seem to be endogenous to situational contexts, just like they are without competition.

ECOBAS Research Seminar: André Seidel - University of Bergen (Norway)

How much do we know about firm activities around the world? To understand global firm networks and how they operate, we need consistent information about their activities that is not biased by firm reporting choices. In this paper, we collect a novel dataset on factory land consumption and the light these factories produce at night for a large sample of car manufacturing plants to provide such data. We show that we can measure firm activity with this data, using annual firm financial data and high-frequency data related to COVID-19 pandemic production shocks. We use this data to quantify the extent of unreported and misallocated global turnover and show the asset allocation across subsidiaries of multinational firms (MNCs) that is not biased by profit shifting.

Seminar in English

XXXV ASEPELT International Congress

June 29 to July 2, 2022

Organizer: Department of Applied, Public and Political Economics. School of Statistical Studies - Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Important dates:
  • Deadline for submission of abstracts: March 15, 2022
  • Acceptance Notice: March 20, 2022

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Call for papers