Working Paper

25 March 2011

83 – See you on Facebook! A framework for analyzing the role of computermediated interaction in the evolution of social capital

Abstract Empirical studies have documented a decline in indicators of social participation in the last decades. The responsibility of social disengagement has been often attributed to […]
27 January 2011

82 – Co-Production and Managed Competition in Mixed Quasi-markets

In this paper, we provide a very simple model to shed light on the issue of managed competition in mixed quasi-markets (i.e. regulated markets in which […]
25 January 2011

80 – Impatience, Anticipatory Feelings and Uncertainty:A Dynamic Experiment on Time Preferences

Abstract We study time preferences in a real-effort experiment with a one-month horizon. We report that two thirds of choices suggest negative time preferences. Moreover, choice […]
26 June 2010

76 – What are we learning from the life satisfaction literature?

Abstract The recent availability of cross-sectional and longitudinal survey data on life satisfaction in a large number of countries gives us the opportunity to verify empirically […]
20 May 2010

75 – Social Enterprise in Europe: Governance Models

Abstract: One of the aspects least focused upon in studies of Social Enterprises is governance, which is crucial when defining a type of governing system that […]
19 May 2010

74 – Gender at Work: Productivity and Incentives

Abstract This paper analyses the relationship between workers’ gender and monetary incentives in an experimental setting based on a double-tournament scheme. The participants must choose between […]
20 April 2010

73 – Credit access and life satisfaction: evaluating the non monetary effects of micro finance

Abstract Microfinance institutions are used to claim that their impact goes beyond money since rescuing from exclusion uncollateralized poor borrowers significantly affects their dignity, self-esteem, social […]
20 October 2009

72 – Do Social Enterprises Finance Their Investments Differently from For-profit Firms? The Case of Social Residential Services in Italy

Abstract Using a longitudinal data set of balance sheets of 504 nonprofit and for-profit firms operating in the social residential sector in Italy, we investigate the […]
19 October 2009

71 – The Solaria Syndrome: Social Capital in a Growing Hyper-technological Economy

Abstract We develop a dynamic model to analyze the sources and the evolution of social participation and social capital in a growing economy characterized by exogenous […]
18 October 2009

70 – Job instability and family planning: insights from the Italian puzzle

Abstract This paper carries out an investigation into the socio-economic determinants of couples’ childbearing decisions in Italy. Since having children is in most cases a “couple […]