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Incumbency and Distributive Politics: Intergovernmental Transfers in Mexico: Incumbency and Distributive Politics (2017)
Journal Article
Abbott, A., Cabral, R., & Jones, P. (2017). Incumbency and Distributive Politics: Intergovernmental Transfers in Mexico: Incumbency and Distributive Politics. Southern Economic Journal, 84(2), 484-503. https://doi.org/10.1002/soej.12226

In this article, the objective is to focus on the likelihood that politicians will rely on intergovernmental transfers to pursue political ambition. In what circumstances are incumbents more likely to rely on transfers to win votes, than to reward co... Read More

The displacement effect of convenience: The case of recycling (2017)
Journal Article
Abbott, A., Nandeibam, S., & O'Shea, L. (2017). The displacement effect of convenience: The case of recycling. Ecological economics : the journal of the International Society for Ecological Economics, 136, 159-168. doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2017.01.020

© 2017 Elsevier B.V. In light of increasingly ambitious recycling targets it is important to analyse the potential displacement effect of improving access to kerbside provision on other forms of recycling. Do households view the different modes of re... Read More

Determinants of International Student Migration (2015)
Journal Article
Abbott, A., & Silles, M. (2016). Determinants of International Student Migration. The World economy, 39(5), 621-635. https://doi.org/10.1111/twec.12319

© 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This paper considers what factors determine the migration of overseas students, when students cross borders for higher education. We utilise a gravity model for international student mobility and derive estimates for a... Read More

Fiscal illusion and cyclical government expenditure: State government expenditure in the United States (2015)
Journal Article
Abbott, A., & Jones, P. (2016). Fiscal illusion and cyclical government expenditure: State government expenditure in the United States. Scottish journal of political economy, 63(2), 177-193. https://doi.org/10.1111/sjpe.12095

© 2016 Scottish Economic Society. A well-established literature argues that fiscal illusion increases the level of government expenditure. This article focuses on the proposition that fiscal illusion also influences the cyclicality of government expe... Read More

Political pressure and procyclical expenditure: An analysis of the expenditures of state governments in Mexico (2015)
Journal Article
Cabral, R., Palacios, R., Cabral, R., Abbott, A., Cabral Torres, R., Jones, P., & Palacios-Rodrigues, R. (2015). Political pressure and procyclical expenditure: An analysis of the expenditures of state governments in Mexico. Europäische Zeitschrift für politische Ökonomie = European journal of political economy, 37, (195-206). doi:10.1016/j.ejpoleco.2014.12.001. ISSN 0176-2680

© 2014 Elsevier B.V. Government expenditures are procyclical if they increase in periods of economic growth and decrease in periods of economic downturn. This paper tests the proposition that (within federations) political pressures for public expend... Read More

'Leaning against an open door' : ideology and the cyclicality of public expenditure (2014)
Journal Article
Abbott, A., & Jones, P. (2014). 'Leaning against an open door' : ideology and the cyclicality of public expenditure. Journal of policy modeling, 36(6), 957-969. doi:10.1016/j.jpolmod.2014.09.003

When is government expenditure likely to be procyclical? While economists tend to anticipate counter-cyclical expenditure, recent studies report procyclical expenditure. This paper explores the impact of political ideology on the cyclicality of gover... Read More

Pressures to increase public expenditure and patterns of procyclical expenditure (2014)
Journal Article
Abbott, A., & Jones, P. (2014). Pressures to increase public expenditure and patterns of procyclical expenditure

This paper draws on the literature that explains why governments spend procyclically, to predict the pattern of cyclical expenditure across government budgets. Procyclical expenditure increases at a faster rate than income in economic upturns and fal... Read More

Is there a social norm to recycle? (2014)
Book Chapter
Abbott, A., Nandeibam, S. S., & O'Shea, L. (2014). Is there a social norm to recycle?. In T. C. Kinnaman, & K. Takeuchi (Eds.), Handbook on Waste Management, 53-74. Edward Elgar Publishing

Recycling: Social norms and warm-glow revisited (2013)
Journal Article
Abbott, A., Nandeibam, S., & O'Shea, L. (2013). Recycling: Social norms and warm-glow revisited. Ecological economics : the journal of the International Society for Ecological Economics, 90, 10-18. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2013.02.015

We examine the role of social norms and warm-glow in a theoretical framework and establish that improving the quality of recycling facilities, for example through kerbside collection, will elicit more recycling effort if warm-glow is present. Drawing... Read More

Procyclical government spending: a public choice analysis (2013)
Journal Article
Abbott, A., & Jones, P. (2013). Procyclical government spending: a public choice analysis. Public Choice, 154(3-4), (243-258). doi:10.1007/s11127-011-9816-9. ISSN 0048-5829

Procyclical government spending occurs when government expenditures increase at a faster rate than income in an economic upturn but fall at a faster rate in a recession. Voracity effects occur when competition for increased spending proves more effec... Read More

Explaining the variation in household recycling rates across the UK (2011)
Journal Article
Abbott, A., Nandeibam, S., & O'Shea, L. (2011). Explaining the variation in household recycling rates across the UK. Ecological economics : the journal of the International Society for Ecological Economics, 70(11), (2214-2223). doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2011.06.028. ISSN 0921-8009

Household waste recycling rates vary significantly both across and within regions of the UK. This paper attempts to explain the variation by using a new data set of waste recycling rates and policy determinants for all of the UK's 434 local authoriti... Read More

Procyclical government spending: patterns of pressure and prudence in the OECD (2011)
Journal Article
Abbott, A., & Jones, P. (2011). Procyclical government spending: patterns of pressure and prudence in the OECD. Economics letters, 111(3), (230-232). doi:10.1016/j.econlet.2011.02.009. ISSN 0165-1765

This paper tests for differences in the cyclicality of government spending across functional categories. Evidence from 20 OECD countries suggests that procyclicality is more likely in smaller functional budgets, but capital spending is more likely to... Read More

Trade integration and business cycle convergence: Is the relation robust across time and space? (2008)
Journal Article
Abbott, A., Easaw, J., & Xing, T. (2008). Trade integration and business cycle convergence: Is the relation robust across time and space?. Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 110(2), (403-417). doi:10.1111/j.1467-9442.2008.00539.x. ISSN 0347-0520

In this paper we investigate the relationship between trade intensity and the business cycle correlation using a panel data set taken from 24 countries over the period 1959-2003. Most previous studies did not account for the possibility that the busi... Read More