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Framing effects on bribery behaviour: experimental evidence from China and Uganda (2018)
Journal Article
Gaggero, A., Appleton, S., & Song, L. (2018). Framing effects on bribery behaviour: experimental evidence from China and Uganda. Journal- Economic Science Association, 4(1), doi:10.1007/s40881-018-0049-2. ISSN 2199-6776

In this study we investigate the effect of framing on bribery behaviour. To do this, we replicate Barr and Serra (Exp Econ, 12(4):488–503, (2009) and carry out a simple one-shot bribery game that mimics corruption. In one treatment, we presented the... Read More

The microeconomic impact of political instability: firm-level evidence from Tunisia (2018)
Journal Article
Matta, S., Appleton, S., & Bleaney, M. (in press). The microeconomic impact of political instability: firm-level evidence from Tunisia. Review of Development Economics, doi:10.1111/rode.12388. ISSN 1363-6669

This paper explores the impact of political instability on firms in the context of Tunisia which experienced a surge in political instability events after the 2011 Jasmine revolution. Using a new dataset, we show that political instability was a majo... Read More

The impact of job contact networks on wages of rural–urban migrants in China: a switching regression approach (2017)
Journal Article
Long, W., Appleton, S., & Song, L. (in press). The impact of job contact networks on wages of rural–urban migrants in China: a switching regression approach. Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies, 15(1), doi:10.1080/14765284.2017.1287538. ISSN 1476-5284

In nationally representative household data from the 2008 Chinese Rural to Urban Migration Survey, nearly two thirds of rural–urban migrants found their employment through family members, relatives, friends or acquaintances. This paper investigates w... Read More

The impact of the Arab Spring on the Tunisian economy (2016)
Journal Article
Matta, S., Appleton, S., & Bleaney, M. (in press). The impact of the Arab Spring on the Tunisian economy. World Bank Economic Review, doi:10.1093/wber/lhw059. ISSN 0258-6770

This paper uses Synthetic Control Methodology to estimate the output loss in Tunisia as a result of the “Arab Spring.” The results suggest that the loss was 5.5 percent, 5.1 percent, and 6.4 percent of GDP in 2011, 2012, and 2013 respectively. These... Read More

Understanding urban wage inequality in China 1988–2008: evidence from quantile analysis (2014)
Journal Article
Appleton, S., Song, L., & Xia, Q. (2014). Understanding urban wage inequality in China 1988–2008: evidence from quantile analysis. World Development, 62, doi:10.1016/j.worlddev.2014.04.005. ISSN 0305-750X

This paper examines change in wage gaps in urban China from 1988 to 2008 by estimating quantile regressions on CHIPS data. It applies the Machado and Mata (2005) decomposition, finding sharp increases in inequality largely due to changes in the wage... Read More

The effect of the state sector on wage inequality in urban China: 1988–2007 (2014)
Journal Article
Xia, Q., Song, L., Li, S., & Appleton, S. (2014). The effect of the state sector on wage inequality in urban China: 1988–2007. Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies, 12(1), doi:10.1080/14765284.2013.875282. ISSN 1476-5284

This paper examines the effect of the public sector and state-owned enterprises (SOEs) on wage inequality in urban China using China Household Income Project data. It applies quantile regression analysis, the Machado and Mata decomposition to investi... Read More