nep-neu New Economics Papers
on Neuroeconomics
Issue of 2018‒10‒01
four papers chosen by

  1. The Skill Development of Children of Immigrants By Hull, Marie C.; Norris, Jonathan
  2. Do You Know That I Know That You Know...? Higher-Order Beliefs in Survey Data By Olivier Coibion; Yuriy Gorodnichenko; Saten Kumar; Jane Ryngaert
  3. Setting up smARt weight loss goals By Segovia, Michelle; Palma, Marco A.; Nayga, Rodolfo M.
  4. More Emotional Better Predictable By Huseynov, Samir; Palma, Marco A.

  1. By: Hull, Marie C. (University of North Carolina, Greensboro); Norris, Jonathan (University of Strathclyde)
    Abstract: In this paper, we study the evolution of cognitive and noncognitive skills gaps for children of immigrants between kindergarten and 5th grade. We find some evidence that children of immigrants begin school with lower math scores than children of natives, but this gap disappears in later elementary school. For noncognitive skills, children of immigrants and children of natives score similarly in early elementary school, but a positive gap opens up in 3rd grade. We find that the growth in noncognitive skills is driven by disadvantaged (e.g., low-SES) immigrant students. We discuss potential explanations for the observed patterns of skill development as well as the implications of our results for the labor market prospects of children of immigrants.
    Keywords: children of immigrants, cognitive and noncognitive skills, test score gap
    JEL: I21 J13 J15
    Date: 2018–08
  2. By: Olivier Coibion; Yuriy Gorodnichenko; Saten Kumar; Jane Ryngaert
    Abstract: We implement a new survey of firms, focusing on their higher-order macroeconomic expectations. The survey provides a novel set of stylized facts regarding the relationship between first-order and higher-order expectations of economic agents, including how they adjust their beliefs in response to a variety of information treatments and how these adjustments affect their economic decisions. We show how these facts can be used to calibrate key parameters of noisy-information models with infinite regress as well as to test predictions made by this class of models. The survey also quantifies cognitive limits of agents in the form of level-k thinking. We find little evidence that this departure from infinite regress helps reconcile the data and theory.
    JEL: C83 D84 E31
    Date: 2018–09
  3. By: Segovia, Michelle; Palma, Marco A.; Nayga, Rodolfo M.
    Keywords: Institutional and Behavioral Economics, Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety
  4. By: Huseynov, Samir; Palma, Marco A.
    Keywords: Institutional and Behavioral Economics
    Date: 2018–01–18

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