Economic Themes I

Edited by John Roufagalas

ISBN: 978-960-6672-86-6, 468 pages

First published in 2010 by ATINER

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors

 

Introduction

 

Part I: Economic Analysis

Preferences and Expectations

1.

Simple Categorization and Additive Set Comparisons

José C.R. Alcantud and Ritxar Arlegi

13

2.

A Comparison of Elicitation Methods for Probabilistic Multiple Hypothesis Revision

Craig Emby

27

3.

Why do People Give? Motivations for Remitting in Rural Malawi

Simon Davies

41

Economic Growth

4.

Foreign Direct Investment and Growth in Transition Economies: New Evidence from Central and Southeastern Europe

Miroslav Mateev, Nikolay Ivanov and Eftim Eftimov

59

5.

The Effects of the IMF's Programmes on Adjustment Policies and Main Macroeconomic Variables in Argentina and Turkey

Rohullah Bayat

87

6.

Evolution of Growth-Retarding Institutions

Alex Tokarev

99

7.

Financial Development and Economic Growth in Turkey

Inci Oya Coskun, Fatih Temizel and Serkan Olgac

109

Government Size and Investment

8.

On the Validity of Three Hypotheses on Public Expenditures in Turkey: 1950-2004

Yay Turan and Huseyin Tastan

125

9.

Transportation Infrastructure Investment in the Spanish Regions

Iván Barreda-Tarrazona

141

Credit Rationing

10.

Credit Rationing and Real Assets:

Evidence from Italian Panel Data

Antonio Affuso

161

11.

The Importance of Trade Credit for Small Business Financing: The Evidence of Polish Firms

Danuta Zawadzka

177

Firm Profitability

12.

Corporate Governance, Industry Dynamics and Firms Performance: An Empirical Analysis of a Best Practice Model

Jackie Krafft, Yiping Qu and Jacques-Laurent Ravix

193


 

13.

An Empirical Study of the Relationships between Accounting-Financial Ratios and Profitability:

The Spanish Construction Sector

Antonio Manuel Cortes Romero and Salvador Rayo Canton

219

Financial Markets

14.

VAR Model using Particle Swarm Optimization:

A Macro-Finance Approach

George Filis, Kyriakos Kentzoglanakis and Christos Floros

243

15.

Do Abnormal Gains Exist by Buying Equity in an In-play Target Company once the Takeover Announcement has been Made

Peter Mayal and Kuek Wei Chin

257

Part II: Descriptive/Normative Studies

Labor and Regional Issues

16.

Balancing Demand and Supply on the ICT Labor Market in Romania

Marioara Iordan, Lucian-Liviu Albu and Mihaela Nona Chilian

275

17.

Do Waiters get their Fair Share? Case Study on working Conditions of Waiters in Kempton Park (South Africa)

Jacoba MM Viljoen and Phillip Frederick Blaauw

289

18.

Regional Knowledge Management and Technology Development: The Case of Revealing Technological Competence of Silesia Voivodship

307

 

Piotr Kordel

 

Financial Issues

19.

Multinational Banks in Latin America: An Overview

Roberto J.Santillán

321

20.

Over-indebtedness of Individuals and Fresh Start.

The Economic Role of a Personal Bankruptcy Law and Policy Suggestions for the Italian Legislator

Daniele Sabbatini and Monica Marcucci

339

21.

A Critical Examination of how Corruption Inhibits Good Corporate Governance: Some Insights from Zimbabwe

Esinath Ndiweni

351

22.

Managerial Innovation: A Glimpse at Individual-level

Determinants

Stefan Linder

363


 

Eclectic Themes

23.

Economic Development, Partnerships & Regional Planning in Queensland

Anita Medhekar and Lawson R. Smith

377

24.

Brief Introduction to the Management and Financial of Humanitarian Emergency Funds in the United Nations

Jesus Garcia Garcia and M. Isabel Alonso de Magdaleno

393

25.

An Institutional Analysis of Road Safety in South Africa

Sophia Du Plessis

413

26.

Using Statistics to Compile an Education Satellite Account for Italy

Daniela Collesi, Nadia Di Veroli and Francesca Tartamella

429

27.

The Transformation of University-industry Relations.

The Case of Campania

Elvira Martini and Matteo Rossi

447