Sergey Alexeev

Sergey Alexeev

Phd

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This (ongoing) work formalizes bias and inconsistency results for ordinary least squares (OLS) on non-negative data and provides sufficient conditions for unbiasedness and consistency to hold. It shows that OLS can be used only under certain conditions. Tests for these conditions are discussed. Reported simulations support the formal findings and d...
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Only data from developed countries were used to estimate the sexual orientation difference in wages. This paper is the first, which aims to identify the wage discrimination of gay men in Russia – a country where institutional discrimination and ignorance against gay men are known to present. Gays are identified as men who reported having sex with o...
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This study uses judicial leniency as an instrumental variable to estimate the effect on recidivism of a monetary penalty for using or possessing a prohibited drug. Using data from the state of New South Wales, Australia, we find that fines have no measurable effect on recidivism. In contrast, ordinary least square estimates mistakenly suggest that...
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We use a triple difference framework across affected crimes and areas to measure the influence of the Australian heroin shortage of 2001 on crime. Crime increases in the first month by 6.1% and then decreases by 1% every three months, totalling a 38% reduction over nine years. This shows that the benefits of drug law enforcement may be underestimat...
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I present reduced‐form and structural evidence that the reorganization of the Russian economy in the post‐transitional period increased the demand on law and business graduates. This demand shock provides a novel unified explanation of the Russian wage structure for 1985–2015. I then show that this shock is a common feature of all transitional econ...
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In developed countries where LGB communities are both relatively accepted and well-researched, gays show to be better educated and reside in urban areas. This study assesses whether a similar pattern is preserved under institutional discrimination and ignorance. Gays are identified using same-sex partners in the Russian 2002 census. The residential...
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The present study explores Australian public support for more lenient treatment of persons found in possession of small amounts of illegal drugs for personal use. Data for the study are drawn from the 2013, 2016 and 2019 National Drug Strategy Household Surveys. Bivariate associations were tested using χ² tests corrected for survey design. Multivar...
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There is a claim that households where a female earns more than a man violate gender norms, which (through the increased stress) causes partnership dissolution and domestic violence towards females. This paper tests the immediate implication of the stress -- a higher prevalence of substance abuse. There is no evidence for the female or male breadwi...
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Addiction is a pressing issue worldwide that proved impossible to address with sanctions or harm reduction policies. Utilizing Chetty et al. (2014)'s high-quality inter-generational mobility estimates for the US counties and resolving endogeneity with a Bartik instrument, we show that lack of economic opportunity almost fully explains deaths from s...
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Smart Voting (SM) is an online service designed by the Russian political opposition to promote candidates with the best chance to defeat Kremlin approved politicians. In this paper, using annual county-level data on public expenditure and a triple difference (TD) strategy, I utilize a plausibly exogenous increase in political competition caused by...
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Background During 2008 and 2009, the Australian Government increased the tax on ready-to-drink alcoholic beverages by 70% to discourage drinking among adolescents. Methods To evaluate the tax, we use the difference-in-difference and comparative interrupted time series estimators, where age is used to define the control and treatment groups. This m...
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Only data from developed countries were used to estimate the sexual orientation difference in wages. This paper is the first that identifies the wage discrimination of gay men in Russia -- a country where institutional discrimination and ignorance against gay men are known to present. Gays are identified as men who reported having sex with other me...
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This work introduces STATA code for implementing the examiner design that leverages the interviewer quasi-random assignment and the interviewer effects (IEs). This design provides a powerful and widely available tool to estimate the causal effects of stigmatized behavior in interviewer-mediated surveys. Examples of an application include identifyin...
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A cross-country comparison of the middle-class with income polarization is commonplace in welfare economics. Using the housing cycle of 2001--2007 and national panels for Australia, the United States, Germany, and Switzerland, this study shows that polarization is sensitive to housing cycles, affecting the ranking of countries. However, adding impu...
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A medically supervised injecting room—a facility for safe injection of illicit drugs—is an example of a harm reduction approach against opioid epidemics. An economic theory of moral hazard suggests that such a room can intensify drug use by reducing the risk of lethal overdose, mediating an increase in crime, death and nuisance behaviour, thus, dep...
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During 2008 and 2009, the Australian Government increased the tax on ready-to-drink alcoholic beverages by 70% to discourage drinking among adolescents. To evaluate the tax, we use the difference-in-difference and comparative interrupted time series estimators, where age is used to define the control and treatment groups. This methodology is applie...
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We leverage interviewer assignment in an interviewer-mediated survey as a randomization device to measure the wage penalty of cannabis use. Using the Australian household survey, we show that the female wage penalty for cannabis use is 8.3%. For males, we estimate a noisy zero. This confirms findings from the medical literature that women are biolo...
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This study employs random assignment of interviewers as an instrumental variable (IV) to reassess previously studied differences between gay and straight men. This methodology is applied to the Household, Income, and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey with 11,340 subjects: 202 gay men and 11,138 heterosexual men. The two-stage least square...
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I present reduced-form and structural evidence that the reorganization of the Russian economy in the post-transitional period increased the demand on law and business graduates. This demand shock provides a novel unified explanation of the Russian wage structure for 1985–2015. I then show that this shock is a common feature of all transitional econ...
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This study uses judicial leniency as an instrumental variable to estimate the effect on recidivism of a monetary penalty for using or possessing a prohibited drug. Using data from the state of New South Wales, Australia, we find that fines have no measurable effect on recidivism. In contrast, ordinary least square estimates mistakenly suggest that...
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This is the first study that uses a large, nationally representative dataset to quantify the intergenerational transmission of alcohol consumption. The preferred estimates show that drinking is transmitted only from the parent who shares the offspring's gender. For females, the estimated elasticity is higher than for males and takes root at a young...
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This is the first paper that studies the effects of including non-monetary income from housing (imputed rent) in the measure of income on intergenerational income mobility. Using national panel data sets for Australia, the United States and Germany, it is shown that only Australian society becomes 22% less mobile as measured by an intergenerational...
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The grade inflation is a substantial and long-sustained increase in test scores. I incorporate unproductive test-specific knowledge (UTSK) into a standard auction-theoretical model of centralized college admission (CCA) and show that the model in this form explains the grade inflation and predicts colleges' reluctance to participate in centralized...

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