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Lasting Effects of Promoting Literacy - Do When and How to Learn Matter? 

Date: 07/2019 Author(s): Hirata, Guilherme; Rocha e Oliveira, Paulo Document type: Article in Journal (refereed) This paper analyzes the lasting impacts of a project aimed at teaching children how to read and write at age 6. Using a Difference-in-Differences methodology, the results show that it is not enough to get children literate at age 6 to secure lasting effects; the instruction process is also an important factor: Only pupils exposed to the Phonics method ... More information

Sustainability of Column-Supported RC Slabs: Fiber Reinforcement as an Alternative 

Date: 07/2019 Author(s): de la Fuente, Albert; Casanovas-Rubio, Maria del Mar; Pons, Oriol; Armengou Orús, Jaume Document type: Article in Journal (refereed) Fiber-reinforced concrete has been used in structures without any additional reinforcement when the design is determined by transient load stages (precast segments for tunnels), in elements with favorable boundary conditions, and in structures subjected to low load levels (pavements or pipes). Recently, the material has been used as the primary reinforcement ... More information

Conservatism in Debt Contracting: Theory and Empirical Evidence 

Date: 13/06/2019 Author(s): Peñalva, Fernando; Wagenhofer, Alfred Document type: Article in Journal (refereed) This paper surveys both the theoretical and the empirical archival literature on conservatism when accounting information is used for debt contracting. The theoretical literature shows mixed results whether conservative accounting is desirable, which depends on the underlying agency problem, the information available, and the contracting space. The ... More information

Promoting Access to Clean Cooking Fuels in Subsaharian Africa Through Entrepreneurial Initiative: Challenges and Strategies. 

Date: 06/06/2019 Author(s): Leticia Pelizan; Giordano, Paola; Lickteig, Lena; Rahnema Alavi, Ahmad Editor(s): Cátedra Fuel Freedom de Energía y Desarrollo Social Document type: Occasional Paper Energy has become one of the biggest brakes on the development of sub-Saharan African countries. Despite the vast potential of the region, which contains significant energy resources, most of its population still lack access to electricity and modern cooking fuels such as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), ethanol or biogas and this slows down economic ... More information

Serving followers and family? A trickle-down model of how servant leadership shapes employee work performance 

Date: 06/2019 Author(s): Stollberger, Jakob; Las Heras, Mireia; Rofcanin, Yasin; Bosch, Mª José Document type: Article in Journal (refereed) Previous studies have identified servant leadership as an important driver of organizational effectiveness. However, so far little research attention has been given to whether servant leadership displayed by leaders across an organization's hierarchy can increase the effectiveness of its members. In this study, we integrate prosociality models with ... More information

Crowdfunding Entrepreneurial or Humanitarian Needs? The Influence of Signals and Biases on Decisions 

Date: 01/06/2019 Author(s): Moleskis, Melina; Alegre, Inés; Canela, Miguel Ángel Document type: Article in Journal (refereed) Crowdfunding platforms have become a valid alternative for raising funds for both entrepreneurial and humanitarian projects. The aim of our study is to investigate the factors influencing the likelihood of funding success across these two project types. Building on the charitable giving and entrepreneurial finance literature streams, we employ the ... More information

The Rise of Socially Responsible Investment Funds: The Paradoxical Role of the Financial Logic 

Date: 06/2019 Author(s): Yan, S.; Ferraro, Fabrizio; Almandoz, John Document type: Article in Journal (refereed) Socially responsible investing (SRI) is gaining traction in the financial sector, but it is unclear whether the dominant financial logic complements or competes with the social logic in the founding of SRI funds. Based on insights we gained from observation at an Asian SRI industry association, interviews with SRI professionals in the U.S. and Europe, ... More information Read related article

Kenya's Imperfect Fuel Market: Tackling Real Problems With Real Solutions 

Date: 23/05/2019 Author(s): Barcelona, Ricardo G.; Ronoh, Geoffrey; Tchórzewska, Kinga Barbara Document type: Working Paper The inefficiency of Kenya’s fuel market, and its consequences are obvious. What are not obvious are the bases of the diagnoses of the problems, or the market niches and the feasible profitable approaches that these may create. Any examination based on Kenya’s desire for energy self-sufficiency and supply autarky will lead to blind alleys, given the ... More information

La cooperación público-privada y el compliance tributario 

Date: 21/05/2019 Author(s): Pin Arboledas, José Ramón; Sendín Cifuentes, Juan Luis Document type: Occasional Paper Durante mucho tiempo se ha desarrollado la cooperación público-privada en la ejecución del gasto. Incluso, algunas veces, como en los llamados "peajes sombra" el sector privado sustituye temporalmente la financiación de ese gasto. Pero ahora, esa cooperación puede también extenderse a los ingresos tributarios. La oportunidad se establece no tanto para ... More information

Do Publications in Low-Impact Journals Help or Hurt a CV? 

Date: 20/05/2019 Author(s): Donnelly, Kristin; McKenzie, Craig R. M.; Müller-Trede, Johannes Document type: Article in Journal (refereed) Using psychology professors as participants, the present study investigates how publications in low-impact psychology journals affect evaluations of a hypothetical tenure-track psychology job applicant. Are "weak" publications treated as evidence for or against a candidate's ability? Two experiments revealed that an applicant was rated as stronger ... More information
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