Women in parliament and genuine savings: a cross-country test

Our study finds that a 10-percentage point increase in the share of women in parliament is associated with an almost 1.25 percentage point increase in the genuine savings rate.

Journal | Sustainable Development

This paper contributes to the research on happiness by exploring the association between height and life satisfaction in Russia. Our sample covering more than 90,000 observations shows that there is inverted U-shaped association between height and life satisfaction.

Journal | Applied Research in Quality of Life

This study explores the link between height and earnings, using data from the Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey for the year 2015 (24th wave). The empirical model also includes a rich vector of personal and job-related factors that are associated with earnings in related literature. The study uses ordinary least squares (OLS) regression and quantile regression to check the heterogeneity in the height–earning association across the conditional distribution of monthly wages. The results suggest that height is a significant predictor of earnings in Russia. In particular, when height increases by 1 cm, wages increase by an average of 1.9% without control variables. 

Journal | Journal of BioSocial Science


Trust and deforestation: a cross-country comparison

Successful governance of forest resources has a political, economic, and social dimension. We operationalize the social dimension of forest governance as trust. After theoretically linking trust and the use forest resources, we present a cross-country comparison of the rates of deforestation. The analysis finds a robust association between trust and deforestation while controlling for other theoretically relevant factors governing forest use, including democracy and economic development. Our results further illustrate how social capital, in this case trust, explains how well society manages its common-pool resources. Since trust arises within voluntary associations and through participation in collective action, one of the policy implications is for national and subnational governments to enable and encourage the formation of groups devoted to forest governance, as well increasing opportunities to participate in shared governance of forests.

Journal | Forest Policy & Economics