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The Czech Economic Review, Vol. 5, No. 3

11/11/2011

A new issue of the Czech Economic Review is available online. See table of contents:

Editorial
F. Turnovec
The Czech Economic Review 5 (3), 227-230

Articles

Dimensions of Political Contestation: Voting in the Council of the European Union before the 2004 Enlargement
M. O. Hosli, M. C. J. Uriot
The Czech Economic Review 5 (3), 231-248

Coalitions in the EU Council: Pitfalls of Multidimensional Analysis
B. Plechanovova
The Czech Economic Review 5 (3), 249-266

Power and Responsibility in Environmental Policy Making
M. J. Holler, W. Wegner
The Czech Economic Review 5 (3), 267-288

Embedding Classical Indices in the FP Family
M. Chessa, V. Fragnelli
The Czech Economic Review 5 (3), 289-305

Optimizing the Efficiency of Weighted Voting Games
P. Dolezel
The Czech Economic Review 5 (3), 306-323

Voting Experiments: Measuring Vulnerability of Voting Procedures to Manipulation
J. Palguta
The Czech Economic Review 5 (3), 324-345


Access statistics (journal homepage 2010-2011)

30/10/2011

Most downloaded articles per issue 
Vol 5(2), 2011

1. Inflation Convergence and the New Keynesian Phillips Curve in the Czech Republic (140)
2. Tax Morale, Entrepreneurship, and the Irregular Economy (90)
3. Existence of Equilibrium Prices for Discontinuous Excess Demand Correspondences (83)

Vol 5(1), 2011

1. Welfare Improving Coordination of Fiscal and Monetary Policy (234)
2. Economic and Financial Integration of CEECs: The Impact of Financial Instability (211)
3. Is the Political Economy Stable or Chaotic? (203)

Vol 4(3), 2010

1. Dynamics of Stock Market Correlations (475)
2. Nonlinear Inflation Expectations and Endogenous Fluctuations (299)
3. Keynesian Macrodynamics: Convergence, Roads to Instability and the Emergence of Complex Business Fluctuations (294) 

Vol. 4(2), 2010

1. Monetary Policy Transmission in Italy: A BVAR Analysis with Sign Restriction (581)
2. Co-determination and Merger Incentives from Transfers of Wealth: Firm Owners vs. Workers (444)
3. Interval Values for Multicriteria Cooperative Games (332)

Vol. 4(1), 2010

1. Game-Theoretic Modeling of Electricity Markets in Central Europe (673)
2. Bata Management System: A Built-In Resilience against Crisis at the Micro Level (656)
3. Public Utilities: Privatization without Regulation (627)

Articles with the most abstract views 
Vol 5(2), 2011

1. Inflation Convergence and the New Keynesian Phillips Curve in the Czech Republic (229)
2. Tax Morale, Entrepreneurship, and the Irregular Economy (164)
3. Let Me See You! A Video Experiment on the Social Dimension of Risk Preferences (155)

Vol 5(1), 2011

1. Economic and Financial Integration of CEECs: The Impact of Financial Instability (442)
2. Welfare Improving Coordination of Fiscal and Monetary Policy (424)
3. Is the Political Economy Stable or Chaotic? (415)

Vol 4(3), 2010

1. Dynamics of Stock Market Correlations (855)
2. Tail Behavior of the Central European Stock Markets during the Financial Crisis (619)
3. Rescaled Range Analysis and Detrended Fluctuation Analysis: Finite Sample Properties and Confidence Intervals (612)

Vol. 4(2), 2010

1. Monetary Policy Transmission in Italy: A BVAR Analysis with Sign Restriction (999)
2. Risk-Sharing Externalities and Its Implications for Equity Premium in an Infinite-Horizon Economy (784)
3. Co-determination and Merger Incentives from Transfers of Wealth: Firm Owners vs. Workers (777)

Vol. 4(1), 2010

1. Game-Theoretic Modeling of Electricity Markets in Central Europe (1228)
2. Machiavelli’s Possibility Hypothesis (812)
3. Voting Weights or Agenda Control: Which One Really Matters? (810)


Access statistics (RePEc 2011)

28/10/2011

Abstract views and downloads of the journal's articles at RePEc database during the first nine months of 2011 (see link):

                        Abstract views   Downloads

January 2011        171                   46

February 2011      166                    38

March 2011           215                   81

April 2011             191                   61

May 2011              255                   43

June 2011             111                   31

July 2011              187                   27

August 2011          159                   31

September 2011    131                   45


IDEAS/RePEc Simple Impact Factor Journal Ranking

27/10/2011

Out of Czech economics journals, our journal has the following position measured by the IDEAS/RePEc Simple Impact Factor:

  504.  Prague Economic Papers, University of Economics in Prague, 0.271
  545.  AUCO Czech Economic Review, Charles University in Prague, 0.215
  630.  Czech Journal of Economics and Finance, Charles University in Prague, 0.140
  668.  Politická ekonomie, University of Economics in Prague, 0.106
  688.  Bulletin of the Czech Econometric Society, Czech Econometric Society, 0.091

912 journals are listed in October 2011 ranking (only journals with 50 or more papers and at least one citation are considered). The full ranking is available here.

RePEc (Research Papers in Economics) is a volunteer-driven initiative to create a public-access database that promotes scholarly communication in economics and related disciplines. The database contains information on more than 585,000 items. RePEc is providing ranking of leading economic journals by so called simple impact factor (a ratio of citations by the number of items in the journals, citation counts being adjusted to exclude citations from the journal considered).


AUCO Czech Economic Review in SCOPUS

26/10/2011

Starting from 2010, the AUCO Czech Economic Review was accepted for indexation in database SCOPUS, the largest international abstract and citation database of research literature and quality web sources covering nearly 18,000 titles from more than 5,000 publishers. Below we provide a list of links to SCOPUS records of articles in the AUCO Czech Economic Review.

Export date: 26 October 2011

Vol. 5, No. 2:

Danišková, K., Fidrmuc, J.: Inflation convergence and the new Keynesian Phillips curve in the Czech Republic
Lisi, G., Pugno, M.: Tax morale, entrepreneurship, and the irregular economy
Maslowska, A.A.: Quest for the best: How to measure central bank independence and show its relationship with inflation
Bertini, C., Gambarelli, G., Scarelli, A., Varga, Z.: Equilibrium solution in a game between a cooperative and its members
Doležel, P.: Estimating the efficiency of voting in big size committees
Fragnelli, V., Marina, M.E.: Skill and chance in insurance policies
Scalzo, V.: Existence of equilibrium prices for discontinuous excess demand correspondences
Güth, W., Vittoria Levati, M., Ploner, M.: Let me see you! A video experiment on the social dimension of risk preferences

Vol. 5, No. 1:

Fidrmuc, J., Horváth, R.: Editorial
Hallett, A.H., Libich, J., Stehlik, P.: Welfare improving coordination of fiscal and monetary policy
Albulescu, C.T.: Economic and financial integration of CEECs: The impact of financial instability
Fidrmuc, J., Süß, P.J.: The outbreak of the russian banking crisis
Koyuncu, J.Y.: Foreign bank presence and bank spreads: Evidence from Turkey
Schofield, N.: Is the political economy stable or chaotic?

Vol. 4, No. 3:

Vošvrda, M.: Editorial
Chiarella, C., Hung, H., Flaschel, P.: Keynesian Macrodynamics: Convergence, roads to instability and the emergence of complex business fluctuations
Gomes, O.: Nonlinear inflation expectations and endogenous fluctuations
Baruník, J., Vácha, L., Vošvrda, M.: Tail Behavior of the central European stock markets during the financial crisis
Bubák, V.: Forecasting the quantiles of daily equity returns using realized volatility: Evidence from the Czech stock market
Krištoufek, L.: Rescaled range analysis and detrended fluctuation analysis: Finite sample properties and confidence intervals
Kenett, D.Y., Shapira, Y., Madi, A., Bransburg-Zabary, S., Gur-Gershgoren, G., Ben-Jacob, E.: Dynamics of stock market correlations
Baruník, J.: L. E. Calvet & A. J. Fisher, Multifractal volatility: Theory, forecasting, and pricing
Doležel, P.: Workshop, Voting, power, and manipulation

Vol. 4, No. 2:

Coscollá, M.P., Granero, L.M.: Co-determination and merger incentives from transfers of wealth: Firm owners vs. workers
Migliardo, C.: Monetary policy transmission in Italy: A BVAR analysis with sign restriction
Ohno, H.: Risk-Sharing Externalities and its implications for equity premium in an infinite-horizon economy
Pieri, G., Pusillo, L.: Interval values for multicriteria cooperative games
Mielcová, E.: The Uncertainty invoting power: The case of the Czech Parliament 1996-2004
Doležel, P.: M. Luptáčik, Mathematical optimization and economic analysis

Vol. 4, No. 1:

Nurmi, H.: Voting weights or agenda control: Which one really matters?
Holler, M.J., Marciano, A.: Machiavelli's possibility hypothesis
Hrubý, M., Čambala, P., Toufar, J.: Game-theoretic modeling of electricity markets in Central Europe
Tarola, O.: Public utilities: Privatization without regulation
Gertler, P., Senaj, M.: Downward wage rigidities in Slovakia
Zelený, M.: Bata Management system: A Built-in resilience against crisis at the micro level Turnovec, F.: International conference on multilevel governance and democracy in the EU


Journal impact analysis by Harzing's Publish or Perish

25/10/2011

Harzinng's Publish or Perish is a software program that retrieves and analyzes academic citations (authors’ impact and journals’ impact). It uses Google Scholar to obtain the raw citations, then analyzes these and presents the statistics. For MS Windows free installation, click here.

Citation metrics results

Papers: 100
Citations: 82
Years: 5
Citations/paper: 0.82
h-index: 4
g-index: 6

Top 10 cited articles

Number of citations - Author(s), Title, Year, Volume (Issue), Pages

11 - F. Turnovec: New Measure of Voting Power, 2007, 1(1), 4-14.
8 - J. Babecký: Aggregate Wage Flexibility in New EU Member States, 2008, 2(2), 123-145.
7 - M.O. Hosli: Council Decision Rules and European Union Constitutional Design, 2008, 2(1), 76-79.
5 - J. Fidrmuc, J.P. Suss: The Outbreak of the Russian Banking Crisis, 2011, 5(1), 46-63.
4 - F. Turnovec: National, Political and Institutional Influence in European Union Decision Making, 2008, 2(2), 154-173.
4 - L. Mallozzi: Partial Cooperation and Non-Signatories Multiple Decision, 2008, 2(1), 21-27.
4 - N. Schofield: Is the Political Economy Stable or Chaotic?, 2011, 5(1), 76-93.
3 - M. Luptáčik, W. Koller, B. Mahlberg, H.W. Schneider: Growth and Employment Potentials of Chosen Technology Fields, 2008, 2(1), 41-75.
3 - J. Zápal: Judging the Sustainability of Czech Public Finances, 2007, 1(1), 15-31.
3 - V. Fragnelli, M.E. Marina: Strategic Manipulations and Collusions in Knaster Procedure, 2009, 3(2), 143-153.


Forthcoming in the next issue 5(3)

21/10/2011

Dimension of Political Contestation: Voting in the Council of European Union before the 2004 Enlargement

M. O. Hosli, M. C. J. Uriot

Abstract: Studies of voting patterns in the Council of the European Union (EU) have increased since voting records in this institution have become more readily available. This paper builds on earlier work and explores coalition-formation and voting in the Council of the EU for the EU-15 (i.e., between 1995 and 2004), by analyzing cleavage patterns based on voting records for this institution. Focusing on the pre-enlargement phase, the paper provides new insights into earlier member state voting behavior in the Council on the basis of a range of independent variables, including governments' absolute and relative positions on the left-right policy dimension, pro-integration sentiments among domestic publics, governments’ positions as either net beneficiaries or net payers into the EU budget and finally, number of votes in the Council. In methodological terms, we treat vote decisions as panel data and report adjusted standard errors for country-based clusters, using ordered probit regression to explain the propensity of EU member states to vote ‘yes’, abstain from voting, or vote ‘no’ in the Council. The ordered probit analysis used to explore the potential relevance of these dimensions provides insights that at times confirm, but also partially contradict, earlier findings on this topic. We notably find strong evidence for a North-South cleavage pre-enlargement, and moderate evidence for the relevance of government relative left-right positioning in Council voting behavior.

Keywords: European integration, Council of the European Union, voting, coalition-formation, policy dimensions
JEL classification: C7, H1 

Coalitions in the EU Council: Pitfalls of Multidimensional Analysis

B. Plechanovova

Abstract: The paper identifies the main problems, which are encountered in the statistical analysis of the patterns of decision-making of the EU Council. Compared to most legislative bodies in democratic political systems, in the EU Council decision-making we only see a scarce occurrence of contested legislation and in these cases, only few dissenting positions of the legislators are recorded. Consequently, when analysing the dimensionality of the Council policy space, we have to deal with extremely lopsided data, which may pose serious problems to standard multivariate methods. The paper aims to identify these problems and discuss the implications for the inference on the coalition formation in the EU Council. The assessment is done based on: distribution of the data on voting in the EU Council and results of multivariate methods which are available.

Keywords: Council of the EU, factor analysis, cluster analysis, multidimensional scaling
JEL classification: C38 

Power and Responsibility in Environmental Policy Making

M. J. Holler, W. Wegner

Abstract: Given the challenges facing the world in the field of environmental policy, research on complex interdependencies in world politics and transnational policy-making has intensified. Several institutions have came into existence in response to the increasing concerns about global climate change. This paper analyzes the structure of the parties involved in regulating chmate conventions and treaties, and designs instruments for allocating responsibility to them. In order to point out the possibilities of allocating responsibility, the relationship between power and responsibility is examined. By applying power measures, we estimate the impact of the various agents in these contractual or instrumental arrangements taking a priori unions into consideration. We examine the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. Depending on the decision topics, developing countries can hold more power and responsibility than developed countries. Both conventions refer to responsibilities of the parties as common but differentiated responsibilities. The primary responsibilities and thus power should fall to the industrial countries which is not reflected in our calculations.

Keywords: Climate change, environmental policy, collective decision making, responsibility, power
JEL classification: D7, C7 

Embedding Classical Indices in the FP Family

M. Chessa, V. Fragnelli

Abstract: Recently, a new family of power indices, the FP, was introduced by Fragnelli, Ottone and Sattanino (2009), requiring that the parties of a majority are ideologically contiguous along a left-right axis. The different choices of some parameters allow representing various situations, resulting in different indices in this family. In this paper we analyze how to select the parameters with the aim of transferring some properties of classical power indices. We start by relaxing the hypothesis of contiguity. Then, we reduce the relevance of non-contiguous coalitions, defining a sequence of indices that converges to a modified version of the classical indices. The method is applied to the Italian lower chamber. Finally, we extend our approach to situations in which the parties are not necessarily ordered according to the left-right axis, expressing their relations by a graph, following the idea of Myerson (1977).

Keywords: Weighted majority games, power indices, contiguous coalitions
JEL classification: C70, D72 

Optimizing Efficiency of Weighted Voting Games

P. Dolezel

Abstract: Having a group of voters endowed with weights: The simple weighted voting game (or system) represents a system of approving propositions in which the approved is only a proposition that is accepted by voters weighted to a number that is at least equal to a prescribed number called a quota. We call the system simple if there is only one set of weights and one quota, as opposed to the multi-rule systems that have more weights assigned to each voter and with more quotas. This paper presents an analysis of the efficiency of simple weighted voting systems. It assumes the Impartial Anonymous Culture (the probability of a single voter voting for a proposition is 1/2 and voters act independently). This culture is used for the general evaluation of voting systems, when no specific information about propositions and voters' preferences are known, or when the voters' preferences and proposition characteristics are not willing to be reflected in the voting system itself, keeping in mind its non-pragmatics, fairness and generality. The efficiency of a simple weighted voting system is defined as the probability of a proposition being approved. This paper focuses on efficiency maximization and minimization with respect to weights. We prove a theorem which enables the computing of the efficiency maximum and efficiency minimum with respect to weights given the number of voters and quota in linear time.

Keywords: Weighted voting game, integer programming, efficiency of voting, IAC models
JEL Classification: D71, D72 

Voting Experiments: Measuring Vulnerability of Voting Procedures to Manipulation

J. Palguta

Abstract: A minimal reduction in strategic voter’s knowledge about other voters’ voting patterns severely limits her ability to strategically manipulate the voting outcome. In this paper I relax the implicit assumption made in the Gibbard-Satterthwaite‘s impossibility theorem about strategic voter‘s complete information about all other voters‘ preference profiles. Via a series of computation-based simulations I find that vulnerability to strategic voting is decreasing in the number of voters and increasing in the number of alternatives. Least vulnerable voting procedures are Condorcet-consistent procedures, followed by elimination procedures, while most prone to manipulation are the simplest rules. Strategic voting is vulnerable both to an absolute and relative reduction in amount of information.

Keywords: Voting, manipulation, information, computation-based simulations
JEL classification: C72, D72, D81 


The Czech Economic Review, Vol. 5, No. 2

17/08/2011

A new issue of the Czech Economic Review is available online. See table of contents:

Articles

Inflation Convergence and the New Keynesian Phillips Curve in the Czech Republic
K. Daniskova, J. Fidrmuc
The Czech Economic Review 5 (2), 99-115

Tax Morale, Entrepreneurship, and the Irregular Economy
G. Lisi, M. Pugno
The Czech Economic Review 5 (2), 116-131

Quest for the Best: How to Measure Central Bank Independence and Show its Relationship with Inflation
A. Maslowska
The Czech Economic Review 5 (2), 132-161

Equilibrium Solution in a Game between a Cooperative and its Members
C. Bertini, G. Gambarelli, A. Scarelli, Z. Varga
The Czech Economic Review 5 (2), 162-171

Estimating the Efficiency of Voting in Big Size Committees
P. Dolezel
The Czech Economic Review 5 (2), 172-190

Skill and Chance in Insurance Policies
V. Fragnelli, M. E. Marina
The Czech Economic Review 5 (2), 191-202

Existence of Equilibrium Prices for Discontinuous Excess Demand Correspondences
V. Scalzo
The Czech Economic Review 5 (2), 203-210

Let Me See You! A Video Experiment on the Social Dimension of Risk Preferences
W. Güth, M. Vittoria Levati, M. Ploner
The Czech Economic Review 5 (2), 211-225

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Forthcoming in the next issue

29/07/2011

Inflation Convergence and the New Keynesian Phillips Curve in the Czech Republic

K. Daniskova, J. Fidrmuc

Abstract: The New Keynesian Phillips Curve has become an important part of modern monetary policy models. It describes the relationship between inflation and real marginal cost, which is derived from micro-founded models with rational expectations, sticky prices, and forward and backward looking behaviour. This answers the previous critique of the Phillips Curve. We estimate several specifications of the New Keynesian Phillips Curve for the Czech Republic between 1996 and 2009. We show that the GMM suffers under the problem of weak instruments leading to biased estimates. In turn, the FIML is robust and yields significant estimates of structural parameters implying a strong forward looking behaviour.

Keywords: Inflation, New Keynesian Phillips Curve, marginal costs, output gap, real unit labour costs
JEL classification: E31, E52, C32 

Tax Morale, Entrepreneurship, and the Irregular Economy

G. Lisi, M. Pugno

Abstract: This paper incorporates tax morale into a search and matching model of equilibrium unemployment, with on-the-job search, extended to both the irregular sector and entrepreneurship. Tax morale is modelled as a social norm for tax compliance which renders evasion costly. The moral cost of tax evasion (the strength of the social norm) is negatively related to the fraction of entrepreneurs that evades taxes. Precisely, if the relationship is non-linear, multiple equilibria may emerge, thus accounting for differences in-between regions and countries in the size of the irregular sector. The ``good'' equilibrium is in fact characterised, with respect to the ``bad'' one, by a smaller irregular sector and a stronger tax morale.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship, tax evasion, tax morale, job search theory, irregular/shadow/hidden/underground economy
JEL classification: E26, H26, J64, L26, K42 

Quest for the Best: How to Measure Central Bank Independence and Show its Relationship with Inflation

A. Maslowska

Abstract: The objective of this paper is to check measures for explanatory power of central bank independence (CBI) in a series of econometric tests. Measures of central bank autonomy offer a useful expression of the extent to which a central bank is able to keep the government away from influencing a change in the inflation rate. The more a measure represents this idea, the easier one can find a relation between the CBI value and the inflation rate. Results of estimations show that proxies by Grilli et al. (1991) are strong regressors of inflation rate, contrary to those by Cukierman et al. (1992). Moreover, estimation results challenge the belief that divergences in CBI-inflation rate estimations are due to differences in institutional features across samples of countries, not to differences in legal proxies of central bank independence. Already results from a homogenous group of industrial countries indicate that some indices perform ``better'' than others.

Keywords: central bank independence, political autonomy, economic autonomy, institution, estimation
JEL classification: E58, E52

Equilibrium Solution in a Game between a Cooperative and its Members

C. Bertini, G. Gambarelli, A. Scarelli, Z. Varga

Abstract: In the paper a game-theoretical model is set up to describe the conflict situation in which the members of a marketing cooperative may take advantage of an external market price, higher than that offered by the cooperative. Under appropriate conditions on the penalty strategy of the cooperative, the faithfulness of all members will provide a Nash equilibrium for the considered game, which at the same time also is an attractive solution, with the cooperative as a distinguished player.

Keywords: Cooperatives, Game Theory, Nash equilibria
JEL classification: C02, C70, Q13

Estimating the Efficiency of Voting in Big-Size Committees

P. Dolezel

Abstract: In a simple voting committee with a finite number of members, in which each member has a voting weight, the voting rule is defined by the quota (a minimal number of voting weights is required to approve a proposal), and the efficiency of voting in the committee is defined as the ratio of the number of winning coalitions (subsets of the set of members with total voting weights no less than the quota) to the number of all possible coalitions. A straightforward way of calculating the efficiency is based on the full enumeration of all coalitions and testing whether or not they are winning. The enumeration of all coalitions is NP, a complete problem (the time required for computations is the exponential function of the size of the committee) and is unusable for very large committees. In this paper we are developing three algorithms (two exact and one heuristic) to compute the efficiency for committees with high number of voters within a reasonable timeframe. Algorithms are applied for evaluating the voting efficiency in the Lower House of the Czech Parliament, in the European Parliament and in the Council of Ministers of the EU.

Keywords: efficiency of voting, committee, European Parliament, Council of Ministers of the EU
JEL Classification: D71, D72 

Skill and Chance in Insurance Policies

V. Fragnelli, M. E. Marina

Abstract: In a game theoretical setting it is possible to assign a relative measurement of the skill required to each player for maximizing his payoff in a casino game; according to this approach we analyze the relevance of skill and chance in an insurance contract, both for the insurance company and for the customer.

Keywords: skill, casino game, insurance
JEL classification: C72, G22, J24 

Existence of Equilibrium Prices for Discontinuous Excess Demand Correspondences

V. Scalzo

Abstract: The aim of the paper is to obtain the existence of equilibrium prices in economies where the excess demand correspondences - differently from the usual condition - are not necessarily upper semicontinuous. So, in our setting, we cannot use the Gale-Debreu-Nikaido Lemma. The existence of equilibrium prices is obtained for discontinuous excess demand correspondences which obey to a condition like of the weak axiom of reveled preferences.

Keywords: discontinuous excess demand correspondences, existence of equilibrium prices, weak axiom of revealed preferences.
JEL classification: C62, D51


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