Research

Here is an overview of my research. 
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Check out the People page for a list of people I work with.

WORK IN PROGRESS
WORKING PAPERS
  • 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? 
  • Stefano Carattini, Andrea Baranzini, and Rafael Lalive. Is taxing waste a waste of time? Evidence from a Supreme Court decision.
  • Kathrin Degen, Lorenz Goette and Rafael Lalive. How can consumers use electricity more efficiently? Exploring the role of information.
  • Elisa Guglielminetti, Philippe Ruh, Etienne Wasmer, and Rafael Lalive. Spatial search strategies of job seekers and the role of unemployment insurance.
  • Patrick Arni, Gerard van den Berg, and Rafael Lalive. Treatment and Regime effects of active labor market policies.  
  • Christina Felfe and Rafael Lalive. Early Child Care and Child Development: For Whom it Works and Why. 
  • 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.
PUBLISHED WORK

UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
  • 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 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 PaperCESifo Working Paper Series No. 694; IZA Discussion Paper No. 444. March 2002.

PARENTAL LEAVE/DISABILITY/HEALTH

CULTURE, SOCIAL INTERACTIONS AND NORMS

WAGE SETTING
  • 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. 

OTHER
  • 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.

APPLIED RESEARCH
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 policiesand 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. 

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