Energy, Politics

Does Protest Turnout Affect Regulatory Policy?: Anti-Nuclear Energy Protests During the 1970s-90s

By James Sanders, Christopher Dann, Irene Kyoung, Rafae Qazi, Jintao Zhu, and Yihan Zhu, London School of Economics and Bowdoin College -- Our research aims to quantify the impact of protest turnout on legislative change. Specifically, we formulate a two-period model to explain the behaviour of legislators when faced with a variety of protest turnouts and preferences of the median voter.

Energy, International

The Effect of Global Crude Oil Prices on Malaysia’s GDP and Trade

By Kah Heng Lua, University of Manchester -- This study employs a time-series approach to determine the effects of changes in the global West Texas Intermediate and Dubai Fateh crude oil price benchmarks on Malaysia’s GDP and trade. The results indicate that effects from developments in global crude oil prices exist only in the short-run.


Flow-Performance Relationship of Hedge Funds Before and After the Financial Crisis

By Lucas Cusimano and Ruby Zhang, The University of Chicago -- This paper examines the determinants of U.S. hedge fund flow before and after the financial crisis using comprehensive hedge fund panel data. Hedge funds offer a unique testing ground for hypotheses about investor behavior due to their limited regulation structure.

Blog, International, Political Economy

BLOG: The Growing Foreign Investment and Trade Activity of China: Analyzing the Shifting Economic and Political Structure in ASEAN

By Jingxuan Wang, George Washington University -- Given that the United States and China are competing for greater economic and political influence in Southeast Asia, this paper addresses the question of whether the United States and China can significantly influence the political activity of countries in 10 countries in Southeast Asia (ASEAN) through the use of economic means.

Blog, International, Labor

BLOG: The Impact of Minimum Wage Implementation on Women’s Earnings: Evidence from Malaysia

By May Lyn Cheah, University of California, Berkeley
This paper investigates the effect of the introduction of minimum wage legislation in Malaysia, which became effective from January 1, 2013 for employers with six employees or more, and was fully enforced by January 1, 2014 for all employers. The minimum wage ruling prescribed a rate of RM900 (ŨSD 230) per month for Peninsula Malaysia and RM800 (ŨSD 204) for Sabah, Sarawak and Wilayah Persekutuan Labuan.