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This paper analyzes the effect of pollution abatement costs on the productivity of manufacturing industries. Two opposing views prevail on the topic: One view criticizes regulations for imposing excessive cost and reducing competitiveness of domestic firms. The second view, on the other hand,...
This paper analyzes quality choice of hospitals subject to the union structure. For this purpose we extend the spatial two hospital competition model developed by Montefiori (Eur J Health Econ 6:131–135, 2005). We investigate the impact of different spatial wage bargaining schemes—(1) every...
This paper investigates the effect of culture on trade using measures of cultural distance based on various dimensions of national culture from Hofstede (Culture’s Consequences: International Differences in Work-Related Values, 1980; Culture’s Consequences: Comparing Values, Behaviors,...
In this article, we quantitatively analyze changes in the size distribution of municipal jurisdictions in Japan by using their rank-size distribution to capture the changes. In Japan, the central government sometimes enacts large-scale municipal mergers, aimed at creating municipalities of a...
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