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The Bonn Journal of Economics: Vol II (2)

In this issue, results of bachelor, master and diploma theses are presented by F. Schran, B. Winter, U. Steins and L. Breuer. Additonally, Dr. Nico Pestel discusses economic inequality in his dissertation, while Prof. Dr. Moritz Schularick stresses the importance of economic history to theory.


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The Bonn Journal of Economics: Volume II (2)


Tax Compliance and Whistleblowing – The Role of Incentives

Ludger Breuer. Full Text.
The Bonn Journal of Economics. Vol 2, No. 2 (Dec. 2013), pp. 7-44.

Ludger Breuer conducted a lab experiment testing the effects of monetary whistleblowing rewards on whistleblowing behavior, tax compliance, and the revenues of the state. The results show that whistleblowing rewards lead to a significant increase in the reporting of tax evasion. However, since some subjects do not follow the monetary incentives, the results contradict the predictions based on standard economic theory, too.


The Influence of Regret on Decision Making: Theory and Experiment

Felix Schran. Full Text.
The Bonn Journal of Economics. Vol 2, No. 2 (Dec. 2013), pp. 45-58.

Evidence exists that many people experience regret when later on recognizing that another decision would have made them better off. They are able to anticipate this and thus take possible regret into account before coming to a decision. In this article regret theory, a popular alternative to expected utility, is presented and a non-parametric measurement approach is suggested using binary lotteries only.


The Determinants of Migration Flows in Europe

Ulrike Steins. Full Text.
The Bonn Journal of Economics. Vol 2, No. 2 (Dec. 2013), pp. 59-78.

Within the European Union, labor mobility is too low, which induces an inefficient allocation of resources. Particularly with regard to the demographic change and the resulting shortage of labor and skills, the improvement of labor adjustment is an important issue. This thesis aims at identifying the determinants migration flows to identify potentials to increase mobility of European citizens


The Advantages of Mergers for Market Entry – A Study Case for the Brewing Industry

Benjamin Winter. Full Text.
The Bonn Journal of Economics. Vol 2, No. 2 (Dec. 2013), pp. 79-90.

Benjamin Winter tries to explain the incentives behind the merger wave on the international brewing market. More precisely, he assumes that breweries merge on an international level in order to enter new markets and maintain growth, even though Greeneld-investments and exports serve the same purpose. With the help of a model (Qiu and Zhou, 2006) based on Cournot competition (competition in quantities), he is able to show that the incentives to merge arise from a high degree of product dierentiation and information asymmetry between foreign breweries.



Economic Inequality in Germany and the Role of Household Context

Dr. Nico Pestel. Full Text.
The Bonn Journal of Economics. Vol 2, No. 2 (Dec. 2013), pp. 91-106.

Economic inequality has increased considerably in many Western countries over the past decades. The growing gap between rich and poor is now one of the main issues on the policy agendas around the world. This paper gives a brief overview of recent contributions to (empirical) research on economic inequality, which is followed by a brief discussion of conceptual issues regarding the concept of economic resources and an overview of the development of economic inequality in Germany.


The Long Run View: Macroeconomic History

Prof. Dr. Moritz Schularick. Full Text.
The Bonn Journal of Economics. Vol 2, No. 2 (Dec. 2013), pp. 107-119.

This paper discusses recent historical research on global financial cycles and the link between debt accumulation and financial crises. These two examples illustrate why economists should take the long run view from macroeconomic history seriously. Results from quantitative historical work can help build better economic models and provide guidance for policy-makers. History is not an alternative to theory, but an essential complement.


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