David Ashmore

First name
David
Last name
Ashmore

Year of Publication
1998
Abstract

In this paper we report the results of randomized trials designed to measure whether stricter
enforcement and verification of work search behavior alone decreases unemployment insurance (Ul)
claims and benefits. These experiments were designed to explicitly test claims based on
nonexperimental data, that a prime cause of overpayment is the failure of claimants to actively seek
work. Our results provide no support for the view that the failure to actively search for work has been a
cause of overpayment in the UI system.

Number
412
Date Published
12/1998
Publication Language
eng
Citation Key
7926
Ashenfelter, O., Deschenes, O., & Ashmore, D. (1998). Do Unemployment Insurance Recipients Actively Seek Work? Randomized Trials in Four U.S. States. Retrieved from http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/dsp010k225b05v (Original work published 12/1998AD)
Working Papers
Abstract

Econometrics played a major role in the investigation and litigation of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) successful challenge to the proposed merger between two office superstore chains, Staples and Office Depot. Our goal in writing this essay is to describe the econometric issues at stake in evaluating the FTC’s central claim that the price charged by office supply superstores was related to the number and identity of superstore firms participating in the market. Similar statistical models were relied upon by the FTC and the merging firms to analyze pricing. Our discussion of these models highlights the advantages and disadvantages of alternative approaches to analyzing a panel data set: cross-sectional estimates versus fixed effects estimates. We also describe and evaluate modeling choices that appeared to have substantial influence on the empirical results.

Number
486
Date Published
05/2004
Publication Language
eng
Citation Key
8265
Ashenfelter, O., Hosken, D., Baker, J., Ashmore, D., & Gleason, S. (2004). Econometric Methods in Staples. Retrieved from http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/dsp016d56zw62f (Original work published 05/2004AD)
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