Vassar College Digital Library

Institutional Repository

Vassar College's institutional repository reflects the research and scholarly output of the Vassar College community.  It provides access to many collections, including a variety of senior theses and projects from disciplines ranging from American Culture to Urban Studies. 

In early 2022 Vassar College Libraries moved the institutional repository from Digital Window to the Vassar College Digital Library. This new method of access is a work in progress and will be officially launched in June 2022. The original Digital Window will remain accessible through July 1, 2022. 

Aid and sovereignty

Publication Date
1998-August-24
Document Type
Department or Program
Abstract

To achieve humanitarian objectives, international development assistance must be structured to insure its effectiveness. The resulting conditionality, however, raises sovereignty concerns as attempts to promote effectiveness may conflict with respect for recipient state sovereignty and indirectly violate individuals' right to...

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Do fringe benefits cause layoffs?

Publication Date
1990-October-01
Document Type
Department or Program
Abstract

It is commonly believed that firms prefer layoffs to worksharing, in part, because layoffs economize on fringe benefit costs. We find that when labor markets are characterized by optimal implicit contracts, layoffs will never occur in equilibrium, regardless of the...

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Foreign aid and domestic politics: Voting in congress and the allocation of USAID contracts across congressional districts

Publication Date
1998-June-01
Document Type
Department or Program
Abstract

This paper investigates the relationship between congressional support for foreign aid and the distribution of USAID contract spending across congressional districts within the United States. The extent to which such a relationship matters has become increasingly important in recent years...

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Price collusion in an infinitely repeated Hotelling duopoly

Publication Date
1998-August-01
Document Type
Authors
Department or Program
Abstract

This paper explores the effect product differentiation has on the ability of firms to collude in setting prices. It is often thought that product differentiation can be an impediment to collusion. However, the results in this paper suggest that product...

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Role of bank branch locations in minority lending

Publication Date
1998-March-01
Document Type
Authors
Department or Program
Abstract

Past studies on discrimination in home mortgage lending have focused on the loan approval process, yet results show that most of the variation in minority lending across banks is due to the variation in the volume of minority applications and...

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Sovereignty and NGOs

Publication Date
1998-May-12
Document Type
Department or Program
Abstract

Growing links between international governmental organizations and NGO/GROs in developing countries pose a moral dilemma as the promotion of effective development may conflict with respect for state sovereignty. This paper examines this dilemma and develops principles to balance the two...

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Unproductive expenditure in manufacturing

Publication Date
1990-August-01
Document Type
Department or Program
Abstract

A behavioral model is developed to explain the magnitude of surplus and the division of surplus into unproductive and profit for oligopoly firms in the manufacturing sector of advanced capitalist economies. Particular attention is focused upon the determinants of interfirm...

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