Here is an overview of my research.
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WORK IN PROGRESS
Patrick Arni, Giuliano Bonoli, and Rafael Lalive. Are Social Networks an Effective Job Search Channel? First Results from a Randomized Experiment.
Latest version: January 2013.
Rafael Lalive, Stefan Staubli, Arvind Magesan. Raising the Full Retirement Age: Defaults vs. Incentives.
Lionel Cottier, Pierre Kempeneers, Yves Flückiger, and Rafael Lalive. Does Intensive Job Search Assistance Help Job Seekers Find and Keep Jobs?
Elisa Guglielminetti, Philippe Ruh, Etienne Wasmer, and Rafael Lalive. Spatial search strategies of job seekers and the role of unemployment insurance.
Sciences Po Publications. November 2015.
Rafael Lalive, Armin Schmutzler, and Chrstine Zulehner. Auctions vs negotiations in public procurement: which works better?.
University of Zurich ECON Working Paper Series No 209. November 2015.
University of Zurich ECON Working Paper Series No 023. August 2011.
Patrick Arni, Gerard van den Berg, and Rafael Lalive. Treatment and Regime effects of active labor market policies.
IZA Discussion Papers No 9457. October 2015.
Kathrin Degen and Rafael Lalive. 2013. Reducing benefits and employment for older workers.
Rafael Lalive, Oliver Ruf and Josef Zweimüller. 2006. Wages and Risks at the Workplace: Evidence from Linked Firm-Worker Data.
Rafael Lalive. Social Interactions in Unemployment.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 803; CESifo Working Paper Series No. 1077. 2003.
Note: I no longer try publishing this paper since the empirical design is not clean enough. The paper nevertheless contains some discussion of how policy changes can be used to identify social spillover effects.
UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Lionel Cottier, Kathrin Degen and Rafael Lalive (in press). 2019. Can unemployment benefit cuts improve employment and earnings? Empirical Economics.
Rafael Lalive and Tobias Lehmann. 2017. The Labor Market in Switzerland, 2000-2016, IZA World of Labor.
Rafael Lalive and Pierpaolo Parrotta. 2017. How does pension eligibility affect labor supply in couples? Labor Economics, 46: 177-188. DOI: 10.1016/j.labeco.2016.10.002.
Patrick Arni, Gerald J. van der Berg, Rafael Lalive. 2015. Treatment Versus Regime Effects of Carrots and Sticks, Journal of Business & Economic Statistics, DOI: 10.1080/07350015.2020.1784744
Rafael Lalive, Camille Landais and Josef Zweimüller. 2015. Market Externalities from Large Unemployment Insurance Benefit Extension Programs. American Economic Review, 105(12): 3564-96. DOI: 10.1257/aer.20131273.
Patrick Arni, Rafael Lalive, and Jan van Ours. 2013. How Effective are Unemployment Benefit Sanctions? Looking Beyond Unemployment Exit, Journal of Applied Econometrics, 28(7): 1153-1178. DOI:10.1002/jae.2289.
Rafael Lalive, Jan C. van Ours and Josef Zweimüller. 2012. Equilibrium Unemployment and the Duration of Unemployment Benefits. Journal of Population Economics, 24(4): 1385-1409. DOI: 10.1007/s00148-010-0318-8.
Andreas Kuhn, Rafael Lalive and Josef Zweimüller. 2009. The Public Health Costs of Job Loss. Journal of Health Economics, 28: 1099–1115. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2009.09.004.
Rafael Lalive. 2008. How do Extended Benefits affect Unemployment Duration? A Regression Discontinuity Approach. Journal of Econometrics, 142(2): 785-806. DOI: 10.1016/j.jeconom.2007.05.013.
Data and programs available upon request.
Working Paper . February 2006.
Rafael Lalive, Jan Van Ours, and Josef Zweimüller. 2008. The Impact of Active Labor Market Programs on the Duration of Unemployment. The Economic Journal, 118: 235-257. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0297.2007.02111.x.
Working Paper. July 2006.
Rafael Lalive. 2007. Unemployment Benefits, Unemployment Duration, and Post-Unemployment Jobs: A Regression Discontinuity Approach. American Economic Review (Papers and Proceedings), 91(2): 108-112. DOI: 10.1257/aer.97.2.108.
Rafael Lalive, Jan Van Ours, and Josef Zweimüller. 2006. How Changes in Financial Incentives Affect the Duration of Unemployment. Review of Economic Studies, 73(4): 1009-1038. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-937X.2006.00406.x.
Rafael Lalive, Jan Van Ours, and Josef Zweimüller. 2005. The Effect of Benefit Sanctions on the Duration of Unemployment. Journal of the European Economic Association, 3(6): 1386-1417. DOI:10.1162/154247605775012879.
Armin Falk, Rafael Lalive, and Armin Zweimüller. 2005. The Success of Job Applications: A New Approach to Program Evaluation. Labour Economics, 12(6): 739-748. DOI: 10.1016/j.labeco.2004.05.002.
Rafael Lalive and Josef Zweimüller. 2004. Benefit Entitlement and Unemployment Duration: The Role of Policy Endogeneity. Journal of Public Economics, 88(12): 2587-2616. DOI: 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2003.10.002.
Rafael Lalive and Josef Zweimüller. 2004. Benefit Entitlement and the Labor Market:Evidence from a Large Scale Policy Change, in: Agell, Jonas, Keen, Michael, and Alfons Weichenrieder (eds.), Labor Market Institutions and Public Policy, 2004, 63100, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Working Paper: CESifo Working Paper Series No. 694; IZA Discussion Paper No. 444. March 2002.
Christina Felfe and Rafael Lalive (2018). Does Early Child Care Affect Children’s Development? Journal of Public Economics.
Rafael Lalive, Analía Schlosser, Andreas Steinhauer, and Josef Zweimüller. 2014. Parental Leave and Mothers' Post Birth Careers: The Relative Importance of Job Protection and Cash Benefits, Review of Economic Studies, 81(1): 219-265. DOI: 10.1093/restud/rdt028.
Rafael Lalive and Josef Zweimüller. 2009. Does Parental Leave Affect Fertility and Return-to-Work? Evidence from Two Natural Experiments. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2009, 24(3): 1363-1402. DOI: 10.1162/qjec.2009.124.3.1363. (Data and programs are available upon request.)
Rafael Lalive, Jean-Philippe Wuellrich, and Josef Zweimüller. 2013. Do Financial Incentives Affect Firms’ Demand For Disabled Workers? Journal of the European Economic Association, 11(1): 25-58. DOI: 10.1111/j.1542-4774.2012.01109.x
CULTURE, SOCIAL INTERACTIONS AND NORMS
Beatrix Eugster, Rafael Lalive, Andreas Steinhauer, and Josef Zweimüller. 2017. Culture, Work Attitudes, and Job Search: Evidence from the Swiss Language Border. Journal of the European Economic Association, jvw024. DOI: 10.1093/jeea/jvw024.
Charles Efferson, Rafael Lalive, Maria Paula Cacault, and Deborah Kistler. 2016. The evolution of facultative conformity based on similarity. PLoS ONE 11(12): e0168551. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0168551.
Verena Tiefenbeck, Lorenz Goette, Kathrin Degen, Vojkan Tasic, Elgar Fleisch, Rafael Lalive, Thorsten Staake. 2016. Overcoming Salience Bias: How Real-Time Feedback Fosters Resource Conservation. Management Science. DOI: doi.org/10.1287/mnsc.2016.2646.
Maria Paula Cacault, Lorenz Goette, Rafael Lalive, and Mathias Thoenig. 2015. Do We Harm Others Even if We Don't Need To? Frontiers in psychology. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00729.
Alberto Antonioni, Maria Paula Cacault, Rafael Lalive, and Marco Tomassini. 2014. Know Thy Neighbor: Costly Information Can Hurt Cooperation in Dynamic Networks, PLOSone. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0110788.
Alberto Antonioni, Maria Paula Cacault, Rafael Lalive, and Marco Tomassini. 2013. Coordination on Networks: Does Topology Matter? PLOSone 8(2): e55033. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0055033.
Beatrix Eugster, Rafael Lalive, Andreas Steinhauer, and Josef Zweimüller. 2011. The Demand for Social Insurance: Does Culture Matter? The Economic Journal, 121(556): F413-F448. DOI:10.1111/j.1468-0297.2011.02479.x.
Rafael Lalive and Alois Stutzer. 2009. Approval of Equal Rights and Gender Differences in Well-Being. Journal of Population Economics. 23(3), 933-962. DOI: 10.1007/s00148-009-0257-4.
Rafael Lalive and Alejandra Cattaneo. 2009. Social Interactions and Schooling Decisions. Review of Economics and Statistics, 91(3): 457-477. DOI: 10.1162/rest.91.3.457.
Charles Efferson, Rafael Lalive and Ernst Fehr. 2008. The Coevolution of Cultural Groups and In-Group Favoritism. Science, 321: 1844-1849. DOI: 10.1126/science.1155805.
Charles Efferson, Rafael Lalive, Peter J. Richerson, Richard McElreath, and Mark Lubell. 2008. Conformists and Mavericks: The Empirics of Frequency-Dependent Cultural Transmission. Evolution and Human Behavior, 29(1): 56-64. DOI: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2007.08.003.
Working Paper. August 2007.
Alois Stutzer and Rafael Lalive. 2004. The Role of Social Work Norms in Job Searching and Subjective Well-being. Journal of the European Economic Association, 2(4): 696-719. DOI: 10.1162/1542476041423331.
Working Paper. January 2003.
Max Gruetter and Rafael Lalive. The Importance of Firms in Wage Determination. Labour Economics, 16(2): 149-160. DOI: 10.1016/j.labeco.2008.09.001.
Rafael Lalive. 2007. Do Wages Compensate for Workplace Disamenities?. Applied Economics Quarterly, 53(3): 273-298.
Cornelia Luchsinger, Joerg Wild, and Rafael Lalive. 2003. Do Wages Rise With Job Seniority? The Swiss Case. Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics, 139(2): 207-29.
CEPE Working Paper, Volume 7. 2001.
Rafael Lalive. 2003. Did we Overestimate the Value of Health?. Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 27(2): 171-93. DOI: 10.1023/A:1025685024913.
Stefano Carrattini, Andrea Baranzini, and Rafael Lalive (2018). Is taxing a waste of time? Evidence from a Supreme Court decision. Ecological Economics.
Grantham Institute Working Paper No 227. February 2016.
Rafael Lalive, Simon Luechinger, and Armin Schmutzler. In press. Does Supporting Passenger Railways Reduce Road Traffic Externalities? Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. DOI: 10.1016/j.jeem.2017.09.003.
CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP9335. February 2013.
University of Zurich ECON Working Paper Series No. 110. February 2013.
Vox article, 15 March 2013.
Ursina Kuhn, and Oliver Lipps, and Rainer Winkelmann. 2016. What Makes You Satisfied with Life? Market Goods vs Social Goods. In Swiss Social Report 2016: Wellbeing, edited by Felix Bühlmann, Franziska Ehrler, Peter Farago, François Höpflinger, Dominique Joye, Pasqualina Perrig-Chiello, and Christian Suter, 66–82. Zurich: Seismo.
John Antonakis, Samuel Bendahan, Philippe Jacquart, and Rafael Lalive. 2014. Causality and endogeneity: Problems and solutions, The Oxford Handbook of Leadership and Organizations. In D.V. Day (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Leadership and Organizations (pp. 93-117). New York: Oxford University Press.
John Antonakis and Rafael Lalive. 2011. Counterfactuals and causal inference: Methods and principles for social research. Review of S. L. Morgan and C. Winship. Structural Equation Modeling, 18(1): 152-159.
John Antonakis, Samuel Bendahan, and Philippe Jacquart, and Rafael Lalive. 2010. On making causal claims: A review and recommendations. Leadership Quarterly, 21(6): 1086-1120. DOI: 10.1016/j.leaqua.2010.10.010.
Rafael Lalive and Armin Schmutzler. 2008. Exploring the Effects of Competition for Railway Markets. International Journal of Industrial Organization, 26: 443-458. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijindorg.2007.02.005.
Working Paper. September 2005.
Rafael Lalive and Armin Schmutzler. 2008. Entry in Liberalized Railway Markets: The German Experience. Review of Network Economics, 7: 37-52. DOI: DOI: 10.2202/1446-9022.1137.
Earlier version: Review of Network Economics, Volume 2, Issue 2 - June 2003.
John Antonakis and Rafael Lalive. 2008. Quantifying Scholarly Impact: IQp versus the Hirsch h. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 59(6): 956–969. DOI: 10.1002/asi.20802.
I have been involved in numerous applied research projects since I started my PhD in 1997. My fields of expertise are the labor market and the policies affecting behavior on the labor market (unemployment insurance, etc.). I am also interested in family policies and their effects on labor market participation, fertility, and behavioral outcomes of children. I also work on the fields of energy consumption and transportation. I have conducted a range of evaluation studies (both micro and macro level studies) and have set-up field experiments addressing issues in energy consumption and unemployment insurance.