Agnes Szabo-Morvai

Agnes Szabo-Morvai
Hungarian Academy of Sciences | HAS · Institute of Economics

Doctor of Philosophy

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January 2013 - September 2016

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Publications (20)
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Many countries have secured larger quantities of COVID-19 vaccines than their population is willing to take. The abundance and the large variety of vaccines created not only an unprecedented intensity of vaccine related public discourse, but also a historical moment to understand vaccine hesitancy better. Yet, the heterogeneity of hesitancy by vacc...
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We test for gender differences in the impact of subjective feedback, using an online game with randomized treatment in the form of pop-up texts and graphics. We estimate the impact of giving encouragement or praise on performance (score, accuracy) and persistence (number of games played). We find some evidence of gender differences: while praise ha...
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We use an online game with randomized treatments to study gender differences in the impacts of competition and subjective feedback. 5191 participants were randomly selected into 8 groups: players either saw a Top 10 leaderboard or not ( competition ), and within these, they received no subjective feedback, supportive feedback, rewarding feedback, o...
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Many countries have secured larger quantities of COVID-19 vaccines than their populace is willing to take. This abundance and variety of vaccines created a historical moment to understand vaccine hesitancy better. Never before were more types of vaccines available for an illness and the intensity of vaccine-related public discourse is unprecedented...
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We estimate the effect of mass media coverage of the meningococcal disease on the uptake of meningococcal vaccinations in Hungary. Our analysis is based on administrative county-level data on vaccination purchases linked to indicators of media coverage of the meningococcal disease and to administrative records of disease incidence. Using geographic...
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This paper investigates the relative importance of confidence in public institutions to explain cross-country differences in the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic. We extend the related literature by employing regression and machine learning methods to identify the most critical predictors of deaths attributed to the pandemic. We find that a one st...
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We study the relationship between locus of control (LoC) and human capital investment decisions in the adolescence, using PDS lasso to exploit high-dimensional data. While LoC is not significantly associated with graduation from high school once we use exogenous controls, it correlates strongly with dropout age and college attendance even if we tak...
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We estimate the effect of subsidized childcare availability on Hungarian mothers’ labor supply, using a discontinuity in kindergarten eligibility at age 3 of children. The effect is identified in a setting where policy intervention has a high potential impact, since maternal labor supply is very low under age 3 of children, but high for mothers wit...
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Using instrumental variables approach this paper studies the effect of kindergarten starting age jointly with that of school starting age. We show that estimating the effect of kindergarten or school enrolment timing on later human capital outcomes separately, without taking their inter-relatedness into account, may confound the two effects and pro...

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Foreign aid is an important support mechanism that helps developing nations build infrastructure or fight climate change. However, misappropriation of foreign aid is frequent in corrupt societies via embezzlement, fraud and misuse. Ultimately, this causes endemic poverty leading, among other things, to mass migration towards the developed world. We test different fund-allocation protocols to determine which one reduces funds misappropriation, directing them, instead, towards the common good. https://experiment.com/projects/misappropriation-of-funds-in-foreign-aid-an-experimental-investigation
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EdEN is a Horizon 2020 Twinning project building a close cooperation in education economics between the Center for Economic and Regional Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, KU Leuven, U Maastricht and Politecnico di Milano.