University of Kent
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    The School has a strong research culture and an international reputation in a number of fields.
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    We have two research centres that specialise in macroeconomics and agri-environmental studies, plus an active microeconomics research group.
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    We host weekly research seminars by visiting visiting academics from universities and institutions in the UK and abroad.
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sylvain barde 120x120A new discussion paper by Sylvain Barde and Sander van der Hoog, KDPE 1712, July 2017.

Non-technical summary

Despite recent advances in bringing agent-based models (ABMs) to the data, the estimation or calibration of model parameters remains a challenge, especially when it comes to large-scale agent-based macroeconomic models. Most methods, such as the method of simulated moments (MSM), require in-the-loop simulation of new data, which may not be feasible for models that are computationally heavy to simulate. Nevertheless, because ABMs are becoming an important tool for policy making it is a relevant issue to be able to validate them properly, so that they can be compared to other policy-related models.

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anirban mitraA new discussion paper by Anirban Mitra, Shabana Mitra and Arnab Mukherji, KDPE 1711, June 2017.

Non-technical summary

Campaigning in elections is costly. In countries without public funding of election campaigns, such financing necessarily relies on donations by private corporations and individuals. If, furthermore, such donations are subject to restrictive legal limits – which is often the case in several developing nations – then it suggests that election campaigns must be frugal. However, in reality elections in such contexts are rarely low-key: there exists ample anecdotal evidence of voters being bribed with cash or actual consumption goods prior to elections.

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alex klein 120x120A new discussion paper by Alexander Klein and Jelle van Lottum, KDPE 1710, June 2017.

Non-technical summary

Migration was a common feature of pre-industrial societies. Because the vast majority of migrations took place within the confines of a country, a province or even a parish, in most cases such moves occurred over relatively short distances. However, long-distance migrations, involving moves of hundreds of kilometres or more, often of individuals entering foreign territories, were hardly rare (Page Moch 2003; Manning 2005; Van Lottum 2007; Bade et al. 2013). Recent estimates show that international mobility levels increased strongly after the medieval period, peaking in the late seventeenth century.

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miguel leon ledesma 120x120A new discussion paper by Adina Ardelean, Miguel León-Ledesma and Laura Puzzello, KDPE 1709, June 2017.

Non-technical summary

In modern theories of economic fluctuations, shocks that drive macroeconomic uncertainty are transformed into business cycles through a propagation mechanism. One such propagation mechanism can be inter-industry linkages: volatility at the industry level can translate into aggregate macroeconomic volatility. For this reason, understanding the sources of risk at the industry level is important. This is even more important in open economies, where industries are exposed to shocks arising in industries located in other countries.

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