Archive for May 22nd, 2014

“Showrooming” and the Competition between Store and Online Retailers

May 22, 2014

Amit Mehra, Subodha Kumary and Jagmohan S. Raju do a pretty useful research on a topic affecting a number of offline and online retail stores.

Showrooming means people simply come to these offline stores , scan products and buy it online as it usually gives discounts etc on the same product.This has become a big problem for retailers. I was reading how India’s retailers are trying to fight this problem by making sure the same products are not available in the online stores.

Anyways, so what do these authors suggest?

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How Hitler’s roads won German hearts and minds?

May 22, 2014

Hans-Joachim Voth takes us to this really interesting episode of political economy history.

He explains how construction of German road system by Hitler (called Autobahn; though some myths are explained here) led to rise in political support:

The Hitler government built the world’s first nationwide motorway network. We examine the impact of road-building on the popularity of the Nazi regime. Using shifts in electoral support between 1933 and 1934, we conclude that ‘pork barrel’ spending worked in reducing opposition to the regime – wherever the new roads ran, fewer Germans voted against the government in elections and plebiscites. At least part of the regime’s popularity after 1934 can be explained by the popularity of the Autobahn.

 Nice bit..

Budget institutions in G-20 economies…

May 22, 2014

A nice paper from IMF econs on a topic which is covered very little despite its importance.

It says:

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