A new study, carried out by the London School of Economics, said police have seen around 380 more domestic violence calls per week on average as a result of the coronavirus lockdown. Finding the cause is “almost exclusively” due to a rise in calls from third parties such as neighbours or family members who are not directly witnessing the incident.
Congratulations to Dr Felix Koenig on winning the 2020 Young Labour Economist Prize from the European Association of Labour Economists (EALE).
The prize was awarded for his CEP discussion paper: Technical Change and Superstar Effects: Evidence from the roll-out of television.
The prize jury described the paper as very innovative saying that it uses the launch of television as a natural experiment for studying superstar effects in the entertainment sector.
The jury said: “The data collection effort, knowledge of the industry and the historical context is very impressive. The identification strategy is very clear and has a strong underlying framework.
“The findings show that the increase in production scalability has profound effects on inequality. In this setting, the share of income going to the top 1% nearly doubles, whereas many workers further down the ‘talent distribution’ end up out of work.
“In this original, well-written paper, Felix shows how great scholarship can contribute to understanding of important contemporary issues.”
Dr Koenig is a postdoctoral researcher at Princeton University and an incoming assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He is an associate of the CEP Labour Markets programme.
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"It is a great honor to be awarded this special prize," Nick Stern said. "SIEPR is an outstanding institution and it is privilege to be included amongst the very distinguished previous recipients. Stanford has been an extraordinary leader across so many disciplines, especially economics, and I am delighted to hear of Stanford's new initiative to establish the school of sustainability, recognizing the immense challenges of climate change, and where - again - Stanford will lead."