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  • Schmiedel, Heiko; Malkamäki, Markku; Tarkka, Juha (2002)
    Suomen Pankin keskustelualoitteita 26/2002
    Published in Journal of Banking & Finance, 30, 6, June 2006: 1783-1806
    The paper investigates the existence and extent of economies of scale in depository and settlement systems.Evidence from 16 settlement institutions across different regions for the years 1993-2000 indicates the existence of significant economies of scale.The degree of such economies, however, differs by size of settlement institution and region.While smaller settlement service providers reveal high potential of economies of scale, larger institutions show an increasing trend of cost effectiveness. Clearing and settlement systems in countries in Europe and Asia report substantially larger economies of scale than those of the US system.European cross-border settlement seems to be more cost intensive than that on a domestic level, reflecting chiefly complexities of EU international securities settlement and differences in the scope of international settlement services providers.The evidence also reveals that investments in implementing new systems and upgrades of settlement technology continuously improved cost effectiveness over the sample period. Key words: securities settlement, economies of scale, technological progress JEL classification numbers: D4, G20, F36, L22, O33
  • Funke, Michael; Ruhwedel, Ralf (2003)
    BOFIT Discussion Papers 8/2003
    Published in Economics of Transition vol 13, no 1 (2005), pp. 25-50
    Utilising panel data for 14 East European transition economies, we find support for the hypothesis that a greater degree of export variety relative to the U.S. helps to explain relative per capita GDP levels.The empirical work relies upon some direct measures of product variety calculated from 5-digit OECD trade data.Although the issue is far from settled, the emerging view is that the index of relative export variety across countries correlates significantly with relative per capita income levels. Keywords: Product Variety, Transition Economies, Eastern Europe, Economic Growth, Panel Data JEL classification: C33, F43, O31, O33, O52.
  • Dahlberg, Tomi; Öörni, Anssi (2006)
    Bank of Finland Research Discussion Papers 32/2006
    Suomen Pankin projekti "Suomalaiset maksutavat 2010" ennakoi suomalaisten maksutottumusten olevan suurten muutosten edessä. Muutosten syitä ovat muun muassa eurooppalaisten maksujärjestelmien integroituminen ja standardoituminen, maksupalveluja koskevan lainsäädännön ja sääntelyn EU-tasoinen kehittäminen, maksupalvelujen kustannustekijöiden ja hinnoittelukäytäntöjen muutokset sekä tekniikan kehityksen tarjoamat uudet mahdollisuudet. Viime vuosina on kehitetty paljon uusia maksuvälineitä ja -palveluita, joille on tunnusomaista tieto- ja viestintätekniikan käyttöön perustuvan automaation lisääntyminen.Harva uusi palvelu on menestynyt.Maksamisen muutoksia koskevan ymmärryksen lisäämiseksi tässä tutkimusraportissa selvitetään kuluttajien tarpeiden, mieltymysten ja tottumusten vaikutusta uusien maksutapojen käyttöönottoon.Tutkimusaineisto kerättiin syyskuussa 2005 postikyselyllä, jossa käytiin läpi keskeiset maksutavat. Kysely lähetettiin 2000:lle satunnaisotannalla poimitulle suomalaiselle kuluttajalle.Tutkimuksen tulosten mukaan maksuvälineen turvallisuus ja luotettavuus koetaan tärkeimmiksi uuden maksutavan ominaisuuksiksi.Muita tärkeiksi koettuja maksuvälineen ominaisuuksia ovat tiedon saanti maksutapahtumasta, yhteensopivuus ostamis- ja maksutottumuksiin, laajakäyttöisyys, helppokäyttöisyys, ajan tai rahan säästö sekä riippumattomuus ajasta ja paikasta.Uudet maksutavat - sähköinen lasku ja ostosten maksaminen matkapuhelimella - eivät vuoteen 2010 mennessä syrjäytä vakiintuneita maksutapoja arvioituna sen perusteella, mitkä ovat kuluttajille tärkeimpiä ominaisuuksia.Luotettavuus tai hinnoittelu ei erottele tärkeimpien uusien maksutapojen - sähköinen lasku ja matkapuhelimella maksaminen - käyttöön myönteisesti ja kielteisesti suhtautuvia.Suppea joukko tekijöitä erottelee maksutapojaan muuttavat maksutapojaan muut4 tamattomista.Maksutavan helppokäyttöisyys vaikuttaa aikeisiin maksaa sekä sähköisellä laskulla että matkapuhelimella.Yhteensopivuus (laajakäyttöisyys) ja helppokäyttöisyys ovat matkapuhelimella maksamiseen vaikuttavia erottelevia tekijöitä.Asiasanat: maksutavat, kuluttajille suunnatut maksupalvelut, kuluttajakäyttäytyminen, innovaatioiden diffuusio, theory of planned behavior (TPB) JEL-luokittelu: A14, D14, L81,O33
  • Pekkala Kerr, Sari; Kerr, William R. (2017)
    Bank of Finland Research Discussion Papers 3/2017
    We study the prevalence and traits of global collaborative patents for U.S. public companies, where the inventor team is located both within and outside of the United States. Collaborative patents are frequently observed when a corporation is entering into a new foreign region for innovative work, especially in settings where intellectual property protection is weak. We also connect collaborative patents to the ethnic composition of the firm s U.S. inventors and cross-border mobility of inventors within the firm. The inventor team composition has important consequences for how the new knowledge is exploited within and outside of the firm.
  • Pekkala Kerr, Sari; Kerr, William; Özden, Çağlar; Parsons, Christopher (2017)
    Bank of Finland Research Discussion Papers 2/2017
    Forthcoming in Journal of Economic Perspectives
    The global distribution of talent is highly skewed and the resources available to countries to develop and utilize their best and brightest vary substantially. The migration of skilled workers across countries tilts the deck even further. Using newly available data, we first review the landscape of global talent mobility, which is both asymmetric and rising in importance. We next consider the determinants of global talent flows at the individual and firm levels and sketch some important implications. Third, we review the national gatekeepers for skilled migration and broad differences in approaches used to select migrants for admission. Looking forward, the capacity of people, firms, and countries to successfully navigate this tangled web of global talent will be critical to their success.
  • Akcigit, Ufuk; Kerr, William R. (2013)
    Bank of Finland Research Discussion Papers 28/2013
    We study how exploration versus exploitation innovations impact economic growth through a tractable endogenous growth framework that contains multiple innovation sizes, multi-product firms, and entry/exit. Firms invest in exploration R&D to acquire new product lines and exploitation R&D to improve their existing product lines. We model and show empirically that exploration R&D does not scale as strongly with firm size as exploitation R&D. The resulting framework conforms to many regularities regarding innovation and growth differences across the firm size distribution. We also incorporate patent citations into our theoretical framework. The framework generates a simple test using patent citations that indicates that entrants and small firms have relatively higher growth spillover effects. JEL Classification: O31, O33, O41, L16 Keywords: Endogenous Growth, Innovation, Exploration, Exploitation, Research and Development, Patents, Citations, Scientists, Entrepreneurs
  • Pekkala Kerr, Sari; Kerr, William; Özden, Çağlar; Parsons, Christopher (2017)
    Bank of Finland Research Discussion Papers 7/2017
    This paper reviews recent research regarding high-skilled migration. We adopt a data-driven perspective, bringing together and describing several ongoing research streams that range from the construction of global migration databases, to the legal codification of national policies regarding high-skilled migration, to the analysis of patent data regarding cross-border inventor movements. A common theme throughout this research is the importance of agglomeration economies for explaining high-skilled migration. We highlight some key recent findings and outline major gaps that we hope will be tackled in the near future.
  • Pekkala Kerr, Sari; Kerr, William R. (2016)
    Bank of Finland Research Discussion Papers 33/2016
    We examine immigrant entrepreneurship and the survival and growth of immigrant-founded businesses over time relative to native-founded companies. Our work quantities immigrant contributions to new firm creation in a wide variety of fields and using multiple definitions. While significant research effort has gone into understanding the economic impact of immigration into the United States, comprehensive data for quantifying immigrant entrepreneurship are difficult to assemble. We combine several restricted-access U.S. Census Bureau data sets to create a unique longitudinal data platform that covers 1992-2008 and many states. We describe differences in the types of businesses initially formed by immigrants and their medium-term growth patterns. We also consider the relationship of these outcomes to the immigrants’ age at arrival to the United States.
  • Pekkala Kerr, Sari; Kerr, William (2020)
    Research Policy 3 ; April
    We study immigrant entrepreneurship in 2007 and 2012 using the Survey of Business Owners. First-generation immigrants create about 25% of new firms in America, but this share exceeds 40% in some states. Conditional on basic regression controls, immigrant-owned firms tend to create fewer jobs than native-owned firms, have comparable pay levels, offer fewer benefits, and engage more in international activities. Prominent tech clusters display quite pronounced shares of immigrant entrepreneurs. Our results suggest that most of the impact of immigrant high-tech entrepreneurship for tech centers happens through the quantity dimension: Silicon Valley and similar tech hubs attract many immigrant founders.
  • Acemoglu, Daron; Akcigit, Ufuk; Bloom, Nicholas; Kerr, William (2013)
    Bank of Finland Research Discussion Papers 22/2013
    We build a model of firm-level innovation, productivity growth and reallocation featuring endogenous entry and exit. A key feature is the selection between high- and low-type firms, which differ in terms of their innovative capacity. We estimate the parameters of the model using detailed US Census micro data on firm-level output, R&D and patenting. The model provides a good t to the dynamics of firm entry and exit, output and R&D, and its implied elasticities are in the ballpark of a range of micro estimates. We find industrial policy subsidizing either the R&D or the continued operation of incumbents reduces growth and welfare. For example, a subsidy to incumbent R&D equivalent to 5% of GDP reduces welfare by about 1.5% because it deters entry of new high-type rms. On the contrary, substantial improvements (of the order of 5% improvement in welfare) are possible if the continued operation of incumbents is taxed while at the same time R&D by incumbents and new entrants is subsidized. This is because of a strong selection effect: R&D resources (skilled labor) are inefficiently used by low-type incumbent firms. Subsidies to incumbents encourage the survival and expansion of these firms at the expense of potential high-type entrants. We show that optimal policy encourages the exit of low-type firms and supports R&D by high-type incumbents and entry. JEL No. E2, L1, O31, O32 and O33 Keywords: entry, growth, industrial policy, innovation, R&D, reallocation, selection.
  • Dahlberg, Tomi; Öörni, Anssi (2006)
    Bank of Finland Research Discussion Papers 33/2006
    Suomen Pankin projekti "Suomalaiset maksutavat 2010" ennakoi suomalaisten maksutottumusten olevan suurten muutosten edessä. Muutosten syitä ovat muun muassa eurooppalaisten maksujärjestelmien integroituminen ja standardoituminen, maksupalveluja koskevan lainsäädännön ja sääntelyn EU-tasoinen kehittäminen, maksupalvelujen kustannustekijöiden ja hinnoittelukäytäntöjen muutokset sekä tekniikan kehityksen tarjoamat uudet mahdollisuudet. Viime vuosina on kehitetty paljon uusia maksuvälineitä ja -palveluita, joille on tunnusomaista tieto- ja viestintätekniikan käyttöön perustuvan automaation lisääntyminen.Harva uusi palvelu on menestynyt.Maksamisen muutoksia koskevan ymmärryksen lisäämiseksi tässä tutkimusraportissa selvitetään kuluttajien tarpeiden, mieltymysten ja tottumusten vaikutusta uusien maksutapojen käyttöönottoon.Tutkimusaineisto kerättiin syyskuussa 2005 postikyselyllä, jossa käytiin läpi keskeiset maksutavat. Kysely lähetettiin 2000:lle satunnaisotannalla poimitulle suomalaiselle kuluttajalle.Tutkimuksen tulosten mukaan maksuvälineen turvallisuus ja luotettavuus koetaan tärkeimmiksi uuden maksutavan ominaisuuksiksi.Muita tärkeiksi koettuja maksuvälineen ominaisuuksia ovat tiedon saanti maksutapahtumasta, yhteensopivuus ostamis- ja maksutottumuksiin, laajakäyttöisyys, helppokäyttöisyys, ajan tai rahan säästö sekä riippumattomuus ajasta ja paikasta.Uudet maksutavat - sähköinen lasku ja ostosten maksaminen matkapuhelimella - eivät vuoteen 2010 mennessä syrjäytä vakiintuneita maksutapoja arvioituna sen perusteella, mitkä ovat kuluttajille tärkeimpiä ominaisuuksia.Luotettavuus tai hinnoittelu ei erottele tärkeimpien uusien maksutapojen - sähköinen lasku ja matkapuhelimella maksaminen - käyttöön myönteisesti ja kielteisesti suhtautuvia.Suppea joukko tekijöitä erottelee maksutapojaan muuttavat maksutapojaan muut4 tamattomista.Maksutavan helppokäyttöisyys vaikuttaa aikeisiin maksaa sekä sähköisellä laskulla että matkapuhelimella.Yhteensopivuus (laajakäyttöisyys) ja helppokäyttöisyys ovat matkapuhelimella maksamiseen vaikuttavia erottelevia tekijöitä.Asiasanat: maksutavat, kuluttajille suunnatut maksupalvelut, kuluttajakäyttäytyminen, innovaatioiden diffuusio, theory of planned behavior (TPB) JEL-luokittelu: A14, D14, L81,O33
  • Leinonen, Harry (2008)
    Bank of Finland. Expository studies. A 111
    Payment services are constantly developing. However, current payment methods have developed out of paper-based services during a period with severe limitations on ICT resources. These limitations have now almost entirely disappeared, and customers are interested in new forms of digitalised and integrated payment instruments. Within the payment industry, we can see a trend towards internationally standardised network-based services, as in several other similarly ICT-dependent industries. This publication seeks to summarise current development trends, user demands, cost and pricing issues, technology and business trends as well as official views on payment developments. It endeavours to identify the most important factors affecting future payment habits for the period post-2010. Based on the analysis, technological developments will support completely integrated electronic payments processed in real time. The mobile phone seems likely to become an important device for initiation and acceptance of payments. The information conveyed as part of a payment transaction will be extended to encompass all information necessary for further and later use (for example, ordering and invoicing data). However, the prevailing practice of widespread (cross-)subsidisation makes it hard for end-users to perceive the actual cost differences between alternative means of payment, thus delaying the adoption of more efficient payment habits. The current market structures also contain strong barriers to competition in the form of monopoly, oligopoly or service provider cooperation. Official measures by authorities to increase competition along the lines of modern policies for other network industries would speed up developments in payment services as well. Keywords: payment services, electronic payments, payment trends, future payment instruments JEL classification: G10, G18, F15, H4, L86, O33
  • Chen, Xi; Funke, Michael (2012)
    BOFIT Discussion Papers 13/2012
    Published in Journal of Macroeconomics, Volume 38, Part B, December 2013, Pages 465-480
    This paper accounts for China.s economic growth since 1980 in a unified endogenous growth model in which a sequencing of physical capital accumulation, human capital ac-cumulation and innovation drives the rise in China.s aggregate income. The first stage is characterized by physical capital accumulation. The second stage includes both physical and human capital accumulation, and in the final stage innovation is added to the mix. Model calibrations indicate that the growth model can generate a trajectory that accords well with the different stages of development in China. Keywords: China, economic growth, transitional dynamics JEL-Classification: D90, O31, O33, O41
  • Itkonen, Juha (2019)
    BoF Economics Review 1/2019
    The impact of digitalisation is not fully reflected in economic statistics. Even though commonly used economic metrics such as GDP are still relevant in assessing the state of the economy, the production of statistics should be developed to measure the digital economy better. The most significant measurement challenges caused by digitalisation relate to new goods, free services, changes in quality and the movement of intellectual capital between countries. Due to digitalisation, GDP and productivity growth may have been understated and the rate of price inflation overstated. Measurement errors alone do not explain the exceptionally weak development in recent years, nor do they eliminate the problems of the Finnish economy and the key challenges for economic policy. Digital technology has, however, improved our well-being in ways that are difficult to measure in money.
  • Acemoglu, Daron; Akcigit, Ufuk; Hanley, Douglas; Kerr, William R. (2015)
    Bank of Finland Research Discussion Papers 26/2015
    We develop a microeconomic model of endogenous growth where clean and dirty technologies compete in production and innovation–in the sense that research can be directed to either clean or dirty technologies. If dirty technologies are more advanced to start with, the potential transition to clean technology can be difficult both because clean research must climb several rungs to catch up with dirty technology and because this gap discourages research effort directed towards clean technologies. Carbon taxes and research subsidies may nonetheless encourage production and innovation in clean technologies, though the transition will typically be slow. We characterize certain general properties of the transition path from dirty to clean technology. We then estimate the model using a combination of regression analysis on the relationship between R&D and patents, and simulated method of moments using microdata on employment, production, R&D, firm growth, entry and exit from the US energy sector. The model’s quantitative implications match a range of moments not targeted in the estimation quite well. We then characterize the optimal policy path implied by the model and our estimates. Optimal policy makes heavy use of research subsidies as well as carbon taxes. We use the model to evaluate the welfare consequences of a range of alternative policies.