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See detailPortability of Student Benefits in the European Union - The Luxembourg System
Silga, Janine UL

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Since its creation, Luxembourg’s system of financial aid for higher (university) studies has set as its primary objective the increase of the proportion of its resident population holding a higher ... [more ▼]

Since its creation, Luxembourg’s system of financial aid for higher (university) studies has set as its primary objective the increase of the proportion of its resident population holding a higher education degree. However, the fact that Luxembourg did not have its own university system until 2003 made this country even more dependent on other European countries to fulfil this policy objective. This explains why the portability of national financial assistance for higher education was crucial to achieve it. In the European Union (EU) context, the portability – or exportability – of student grants or loans may be defined as the faculty for students to ‘export’ such benefits to a Member State that is different from the one which allocates them. Portability is also the reason why the Luxembourg system falls into the scope of EU law, since it may interfere with equal treatment between workers all the more so, as frontier workers account for more than 45% of the country’s labour force. These peculiarities provide the background for the three decisions of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) on the portability of financial aid for higher studies for children of frontier workers that lie at the heart of this paper. It will start by briefly highlighting the evolution of Luxembourg’s system of financial aid for higher education and present its main features. Then, it will show that despite the recent clarifications given by the CJEU in the last two cases of 2016, several issues remain unanswered, both from an EU and national law perspective. [less ▲]

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See detailA Proof of Entropy Minimization for Outputs in Deletion Channels via Hidden Word Statistics
Atashpendar, Arash UL; Mestel, David; Roscoe, A.W. (Bill) et al

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From the output produced by a memoryless deletion channel from a uniformly random input of known length n, one obtains a posterior distribution on the channel input. The difference between the Shannon ... [more ▼]

From the output produced by a memoryless deletion channel from a uniformly random input of known length n, one obtains a posterior distribution on the channel input. The difference between the Shannon entropy of this distribution and that of the uniform prior measures the amount of information about the channel input which is conveyed by the output of length m, and it is natural to ask for which outputs this is extremized. This question was posed in a previous work, where it was conjectured on the basis of experimental data that the entropy of the posterior is minimized and maximized by the constant strings 𝟶𝟶𝟶… and 𝟷𝟷𝟷… and the alternating strings 𝟶𝟷𝟶𝟷… and 𝟷𝟶𝟷𝟶… respectively. In the present work we confirm the minimization conjecture in the asymptotic limit using results from hidden word statistics. We show how the analytic-combinatorial methods of Flajolet, Szpankowski and Vall\'ee for dealing with the hidden pattern matching problem can be applied to resolve the case of fixed output length and n→∞, by obtaining estimates for the entropy in terms of the moments of the posterior distribution and establishing its minimization via a measure of autocorrelation. [less ▲]

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See detailBetween European Precaution and National Compensation : The Disourses of Risk Management A Critical Analysis of Giovanni Pesce and Others v. Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri – Dipartimento della Protezione Civile and Others
Dufour, Pascale UL

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Contemporary society can undisputably be characterized, following Ulrich Beck, as a risk society. Indeed, catastrophic risks multiply themselves, and hence also need to be managed. This paper addresses ... [more ▼]

Contemporary society can undisputably be characterized, following Ulrich Beck, as a risk society. Indeed, catastrophic risks multiply themselves, and hence also need to be managed. This paper addresses more generally the question of how and by whom decision making regarding risk management is made in the European Union. More precisely, it provides a critical analysis of the legal discourse, on the one hand, on the use of the precautionary principle in risk management, and, on the other hand, on compensation of individuals that suffer financial losses related to decisions that are taken on the behalf of this principle. This critic will here be illustrated through an analysis of the Giovanni Pesce and Others v. Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri – Dipartimento della Protezione Civile and Others case. [less ▲]

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See detailWozu Mittelalterforschung? Zum 30. Jubiläum des CLUDEM
Pauly, Michel UL

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See detailProperness for circle packings and Delaunay circle patterns on complex projective structures
Schlenker, Jean-Marc UL; Yarmola, Andrew UL

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We consider circle packings and, more generally, Delaunay circle patterns - arrangements of circles arising from a Delaunay decomposition of a finite set of points - on surfaces equipped with a complex ... [more ▼]

We consider circle packings and, more generally, Delaunay circle patterns - arrangements of circles arising from a Delaunay decomposition of a finite set of points - on surfaces equipped with a complex projective structure. Motivated by a conjecture of Kojima, Mizushima and Tan, we prove that the forgetful map sending a complex projective structure admitting a circle packing with given nerve (resp. a Delaunay circle pattern with given nerve and intersection angles) to the underlying complex structure is proper. [less ▲]

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See detailAssociative, idempotent, symmetric, and order-preserving operations on chains
Devillet, Jimmy UL; Teheux, Bruno UL

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We characterize the associative, idempotent, symmetric, and order-preserving operations on (finite) chains in terms of properties of (the Hasse diagram of) their associated semilattice order. In ... [more ▼]

We characterize the associative, idempotent, symmetric, and order-preserving operations on (finite) chains in terms of properties of (the Hasse diagram of) their associated semilattice order. In particular, we prove that the number of associative, idempotent, symmetric, and order-preserving operations on an n-element chain is the nth Catalan number. [less ▲]

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See detailWWI: Kosakenmütze und roter Stern: Russische Gefangene in Luxemburg 1918
Ganschow, Inna UL

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Die vorliegende Teiluntersuchung beschäftigt sich mit den 3.100 russischen Kriegsgefangenen, die 1918 Luxemburg passierten. Etwa 300 blieben nachweislich in Luxemburg, da die sowjetische Ideologie in ... [more ▼]

Die vorliegende Teiluntersuchung beschäftigt sich mit den 3.100 russischen Kriegsgefangenen, die 1918 Luxemburg passierten. Etwa 300 blieben nachweislich in Luxemburg, da die sowjetische Ideologie in ihrer neuen Heimat, die nun Russische Sowjetische Föderative Sozialistische Republik hieß, sie nicht ansprach. In einer mikrohistorischen Perspektive werden mehrere Schicksale vorgeführt, anhand derer man zum einen die Bedingungen dieser Emigration versteht, die sich zwar auf neutralen Boden vollzog, jedoch unter der stetigen Verfolgung durch die deutsche Armee, die die Unabhängigkeit Luxemburgs wenig kümmerte. Zum anderen wird gezeigt, wie “Russisch” immer mehr mit “Kommunistisch” assoziiert wurde und alle Russen unter Verdacht standen, “rot” zu sein. [less ▲]

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See detailComposable, Unconditionally Secure Message Authentication without any Secret Key
Ostrev, Dimiter UL

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We consider a setup in which the channel from Alice to Bob is less noisy than the channel from Eve to Bob. We show that there exist encoding and decoding which accomplish error correction and ... [more ▼]

We consider a setup in which the channel from Alice to Bob is less noisy than the channel from Eve to Bob. We show that there exist encoding and decoding which accomplish error correction and authentication simultaneously; that is, Bob is able to correctly decode a message coming from Alice and reject a message coming from Eve with high probability. The system does not require any secret key shared between Alice and Bob, provides information theoretic security, and can safely be composed with other protocols in an arbitrary context. [less ▲]

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See detailLe régime d’Etat providence joue un rôle dans le bien-être
Samuel, Robin UL; Hadjar, Andreas UL; Brunel, Valentin

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See detailMore Necessary and Less Sufficient: An Age-Period-Cohort Approach to Overeducation in Comparative Perspective
Bar-Haim, Eyal UL; Chauvel, Louis UL; Hartung, Anne UL

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In many countries, the skilled labor market has lagged behind educational expansion. As a result of increased competition, younger cohorts of the highly educated face decreasing returns to education or ... [more ▼]

In many countries, the skilled labor market has lagged behind educational expansion. As a result of increased competition, younger cohorts of the highly educated face decreasing returns to education or overeducation. Surprisingly, decreasing occupational outcomes do not coincide empirically with the economic returns among those with tertiary education. Regarding the process of changes in economic returns to education based on cohort transformations, we expect that the expansion of tertiary education affects specific cohorts, which find themselves facing more labor market competition. As a result, the economic returns to education should decrease over cohorts even though they remain stable and even increase during the same period. To study this process, we model economic returns with a new Age-Period- Cohort-Trended-Lag (APCTLAG) method, which allows comparing the gap in economic returns between tertiary and less than tertiary education over cohorts. Using the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS), we analyze trends over three decades in 12 countries. Our results confirm that educational returns for tertiary education have declined over time, even though the gap between the educated and the less educated has remained similar in most of the countries. For younger cohorts, tertiary education has become more necessary to survive in the competitive labor market, but the actual economic returns to it have decreased - making tertiary education less sufficient than before. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Global Triumph of the Research University: A Driving Force of Science Production
Baker, David P.; Dusdal, Jennifer UL; Powell, Justin J W UL et al

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The demand for higher education in countries around the world has never been higher. This increase in education levels has generated many benefits to society, including more knowledgeable citizens ... [more ▼]

The demand for higher education in countries around the world has never been higher. This increase in education levels has generated many benefits to society, including more knowledgeable citizens, advanced economies, and enhanced longevity. We have also seen countries and universities invest heavily in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), including health (STEM+) research and scientific output. This has resulted in unexpected pure exponential growth in science production around the world. Increased competition, as well as boundary-spanning collaborations, drive unprecedented scientific advancement and technological innovation. In a book entitled The Century of Science: The Global Triumph of the Research University, we explore global scientific developments from the early 20th century to today. University-based research, especially, has risen globally to become the driving force of science production in STEM+ fields. Universities, with their multiple missions of research, teaching, and public service, are uniquely positioned to contribute to scientific output while simultaneously producing the next generation of scientists. [less ▲]

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See detailConnecting Personal Data of Third Country Nationals: Interoperability of EU Databases in the Light of the CJEU's Case Law on Data Retention
Quintel, Teresa Alegra UL

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On 12 December 2017, the EU Commission presented a proposal on the interoperability of EU large-scale Information Systems. The proposal seeks to enable all centralised EU databases for security, border ... [more ▼]

On 12 December 2017, the EU Commission presented a proposal on the interoperability of EU large-scale Information Systems. The proposal seeks to enable all centralised EU databases for security, border and migration management to be interconnected by 2020. The underlying IT systems retain data of Third Country Nationals (TCNs), namely travellers, applicants for international protection, information relating to visa applications or data on missing persons and criminals. With the proposal, the Commission seeks to create new possibilities to exchange information, manage migration challenges and to enhance the Union’s internal security. The interconnectivity of databases would introduce fundamental changes to the current structure of EU IT-systems and requires careful consideration and assessment of compliance with EU data protection standards. This also means that access to information in an interoperable system must be strictly aligned to the access rights of the underlying databases and that requesting authorities only obtain the data that they are authorized to access. With interoperability, data once held in silos would be retained in three new centralized databases and would be more easily accessible, also for the prevention, investigation and prosecution of crime. Where criminal investigations previously required multiple searches in separate databases, this cascading safeguard shall progressively be abandoned to streamline access to personal data by law enforcement authorities. Despite simplified access conditions, this would require new types of processing operations for which the interoperability proposal does not provide a legal basis. During recent years, several judgments of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) have highlighted the difficulty of striking a proper balance between the fundamental rights to privacy and data protection, enshrined in Article 7 and 8 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (EU Charter) with an increased demand for security and the surveillance of potential criminals. The Court repeatedly pointed out the need to strike a fair balance between these (allegedly) competing interests and emphasised that law enforcement authorities should not be granted access to personal data without prior authorization. Using the CJEU’s judgments as vehicle and considering the assumption that TCNs risk to become subject to data retention measures in a disproportionate manner, the following analysis seeks to assess both existing EU databases and their foreseen interoperability against the requirements established by the Court in order to evaluate their (in)-compatibility with the fundamental rights standards enshrined in the EU Charter. [less ▲]

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See detailDelaunay Triangulations of Points on Circles
despré, vincent; devillers, olivier; Parlier, Hugo UL et al

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Delaunay triangulations of a point set in the Euclidean plane are ubiquitous in a number of computational sciences, including computational geometry. Delaunay triangulations are not well defined as soon ... [more ▼]

Delaunay triangulations of a point set in the Euclidean plane are ubiquitous in a number of computational sciences, including computational geometry. Delaunay triangulations are not well defined as soon as 4 or more points are concyclic but since it is not a generic situation, this difficulty is usually handled by using a (symbolic or explicit) perturbation. As an alternative, we propose to define a canonical triangulation for a set of concyclic points by using a max-min angle characterization of Delaunay triangulations. This point of view leads to a well defined and unique triangulation as long as there are no symmetric quadruples of points. This unique triangulation can be computed in quasi-linear time by a very simple algorithm. [less ▲]

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See detailHolomorphic Frobenius actions for DQ-modules
Petit, François UL

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Given a complex manifold endowed with a Gm-action and a DQ-algebra equipped with a compatible holomorphic Frobenius action (F-action), we prove that if the Gm-action is free and proper, then the category ... [more ▼]

Given a complex manifold endowed with a Gm-action and a DQ-algebra equipped with a compatible holomorphic Frobenius action (F-action), we prove that if the Gm-action is free and proper, then the category of F-equivariant DQ-modules is equivalent to the category of modules over the sheaf of invariant sections of the DQ-algebra. As an application, we deduce the codimension three conjecture for formal microdifferential modules from the one for DQ-modules on a symplectic manifold. [less ▲]

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See detailBayesian variable selection in linear dynamical systems
Aalto, Atte UL; Goncalves, Jorge UL

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We develop a method for reconstructing regulatory interconnection networks between variables evolving according to a linear dynamical system. The work is motivated by the problem of gene regulatory ... [more ▼]

We develop a method for reconstructing regulatory interconnection networks between variables evolving according to a linear dynamical system. The work is motivated by the problem of gene regulatory network inference, that is, finding causal effects between genes from gene expression time series data. In biological applications, the typical problem is that the sampling frequency is low, and consequentially the system identification problem is ill-posed. The low sampling frequency also makes it impossible to estimate derivatives directly from the data. We take a Bayesian approach to the problem, as it offers a natural way to incorporate prior information to deal with the ill-posedness, through the introduction of sparsity promoting prior for the underlying dynamics matrix. It also provides a framework for modelling both the process and measurement noises. We develop Markov Chain Monte Carlo samplers for the discrete-valued zero-structure of the dynamics matrix, and for the continuous-time trajectory of the system. [less ▲]

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See detailFrom Clustering Supersequences to Entropy Minimizing Subsequences for Single and Double Deletions
Atashpendar, Arash UL; Beunardeau, Marc; Connolly, Aisling et al

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A binary string transmitted via a memoryless i.i.d. deletion channel is received as a subsequence of the original input. From this, one obtains a posterior distribution on the channel input, corresponding ... [more ▼]

A binary string transmitted via a memoryless i.i.d. deletion channel is received as a subsequence of the original input. From this, one obtains a posterior distribution on the channel input, corresponding to a set of candidate supersequences weighted by the number of times the received subsequence can be embedded in them. In a previous work it is conjectured on the basis of experimental data that the entropy of the posterior is minimized and maximized by the constant and the alternating strings, respectively. In this work, we present an algorithm for counting the number of subsequence embeddings using a run-length encoding of strings. We then describe two different ways of clustering the space of supersequences and prove that their cardinality depends only on the length of the received subsequence and its Hamming weight, but not its exact form. Then, we consider supersequences that contain a single embedding of a fixed subsequence, referred to as singletons, and provide a closed form expression for enumerating them using the same run-length encoding. We prove an analogous result for the minimization and maximization of the number of singletons, by the alternating and the uniform strings, respectively. Next, we prove the original minimal entropy conjecture for the special cases of single and double deletions using similar clustering techniques and the same run-length encoding, which allow us to characterize the distribution of the number of subsequence embeddings in the space of compatible supersequences to demonstrate the effect of an entropy decreasing operation. [less ▲]

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See detailEnergy efficiency optimization in MIMO interference channels: A successive pseudoconvex approximation approach
Yang, Yang UL; Pesavento, Marius; Chatzinotas, Symeon UL et al

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See detailLimit theorems for symmetric U-statistics using contractions
Döbler, Christian UL; Peccati, Giovanni UL

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See detailDigitalisierung der Arbeit in Luxemburg - Teil 3
Sischka, Philipp UL; Steffgen, Georges UL

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Arbeitnehmer unterscheiden sich hinsichtlich dem Grad durch den ihre Arbeit von der Digitalisierung betroffen ist sowie durch die Auswirkungen, die die Digitalisierung auf ihre Arbeit und ihr Arbeits(er ... [more ▼]

Arbeitnehmer unterscheiden sich hinsichtlich dem Grad durch den ihre Arbeit von der Digitalisierung betroffen ist sowie durch die Auswirkungen, die die Digitalisierung auf ihre Arbeit und ihr Arbeits(er)leben haben. Arbeitnehmer, deren Arbeit stärker durch die Digitalisierung beeinflusst ist, erleben tendenziell mehr Partizipation, Feedback und Autonomie auf ihrer Arbeit. Gleichzeitig weisen sie auch mehr emotionale und mentale Anforderungen, sowie mehr Zeitdruck auf. Arbeitnehmer, deren Arbeit nur in geringem Maß von der Digitalisierung betroffen ist, sind dagegen weniger von emotionalen und mentalen Anforderungen, sowie von Zeitdruck, Konkurrenz und Mobbing betroffen. Insbesondere die geringere Planbarkeit von Arbeitszeit und Freizeit sowie die stärkere Überwachung und Kontrolle der Arbeitsleistung sind negative Konsequenzen der Digitalisierung, die zu einem verstärkten Erleben von emotionalen und mentalen Anforderungen sowie von Zeitdruck, Konkurrenz und Mobbing führt. Die Möglichkeit durch die Digitalisierung auch von zuhause oder von unterwegs arbeiten zu können führt einerseits zu mehr wahrgenommener Autonomie, andererseits ist dieses Potenzial der Digitalisierung auch mit negativen Konsequenzen verknüpft (z.B. erhöhter Zeitdruck). [less ▲]

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See detailDigitalisierung der Arbeit in Luxemburg - Teil 2
Sischka, Philipp UL; Steffgen, Georges UL

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Arbeitnehmer mit höherer formaler Bildung sowie Arbeitnehmer, die als Manager und Führungskräfte, in akademischen Berufen, als Techniker und als Bürokräfte arbeiten, berichten eher von einer gestiegenen ... [more ▼]

Arbeitnehmer mit höherer formaler Bildung sowie Arbeitnehmer, die als Manager und Führungskräfte, in akademischen Berufen, als Techniker und als Bürokräfte arbeiten, berichten eher von einer gestiegenen Entscheidungsfreiheit, von geringerer körperlicher Belastung, von mehr Aufgaben, von der Notwendigkeit ständiger Weiterentwicklung der eigenen Fähigkeiten sowie einer erhöhten Arbeitsleistung durch die Digitalisierung. Insbesondere Hilfsarbeitskräfte geben seltener an sowohl von den Vorteilen aus auch von den Nachteilen der Digitalisierung betroffen zu sein. Differenziert nach Geschlecht oder nach Alter ergeben sich oft nur geringfügige Unterschiede. [less ▲]

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See detailBisymmetric and quasitrivial operations: characterizations and enumerations
Devillet, Jimmy UL

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We investigate the class of bisymmetric and quasitrivial binary operations on a given set X and provide various characterizations of this class as well as the subclass of bisymmetric, quasitrivial, and ... [more ▼]

We investigate the class of bisymmetric and quasitrivial binary operations on a given set X and provide various characterizations of this class as well as the subclass of bisymmetric, quasitrivial, and order-preserving binary operations. We also determine explicitly the sizes of these classes when the set X is finite. [less ▲]

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See detailDigitalisierung der Arbeit in Luxemburg - Teil 1
Sischka, Philipp UL; Steffgen, Georges UL

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Die Digitalisierung steht derzeit im Fokus der öffentlichen und politischen Debatte. Im Folgenden wird dargestellt, wie Arbeitnehmer in Luxemburg ihre Arbeit durch die Digitalisierung beeinflusst sehen ... [more ▼]

Die Digitalisierung steht derzeit im Fokus der öffentlichen und politischen Debatte. Im Folgenden wird dargestellt, wie Arbeitnehmer in Luxemburg ihre Arbeit durch die Digitalisierung beeinflusst sehen. Hierbei werden die verschiedenen Formen der Digitalisierung sowie die Angst durch den technischen Fortschritt seinen Arbeitsplatz zu verlieren näher beleuchtet. Manager und Führungskräfte, Arbeitnehmer in akademischen Berufen, Techniker sowie Bürokräfte konstatieren einen starken Einfluss der Digitalisierung auf ihre Arbeit. Diese Einschätzung fällt für Arbeitnehmer in Dienstleistungs- und in Handwerksberufen sowie für Bedienern von Anlagen und Hilfsarbeitskräfte moderater aus. Während Manager und Führungskräfte, sowie Arbeitnehmer in akademischen Berufen vor allem die Bedeutung von elektronischer Kommunikation und unterstützender elektronischer Geräte hervorheben, kommt für Techniker und Arbeitnehmer in Handwerksberufen auch noch das Arbeiten mit computergesteuerten Maschinen oder Robotern hinzu. Die mit der Digitalisierung und dem technischen Fortschritt häufig debattierte Angst vor Arbeitsplatzverlust ist insgesamt moderat ausgeprägt. Etwas stärker ist diese bei Arbeitnehmern der Altersgruppe ab 35 Jahren sowie bei Bedienern von Anlagen und Bürokräften ausgeprägt. [less ▲]

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See detailBrexit Seen from Luxembourg
Högenauer, Anna-Lena UL

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See detailAlonso and the scaling of urban profiles
Delloye, Justin; Lemoy, Rémi UL; Caruso, Geoffrey UL

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Urban characteristics scaling with total population has become an important urban research field since one needs to better understand the benefits and disadvantages of urban growth and fur- ther ... [more ▼]

Urban characteristics scaling with total population has become an important urban research field since one needs to better understand the benefits and disadvantages of urban growth and fur- ther population concentration. Urban scaling research, however, is largely disconnected from the empirics and theory of intra-urban structure for it considers averaged attributes and ignores resi- dential choice trade-offs between transport and housing costs within cities. Using this fundamental trade-off, the monocentric model of Alonso provides theory to urban density profiles. However, it is silent about how these profiles scale with population, thus preventing empirical scaling studies to anchor in a strong micro-economic theory. This paper fixes this gap by introducing power laws for land and for population density in the Alonso model. From an augmented model with land use, we derive the conditions at which equilibrium profiles match recent empirical findings about the scaling of urban land and population density profiles in European cities. We find that the Alonso model is theoretically compatible with the observed scaling of population density profiles and leads to a satisfactory representation of European cities. The conditions for this compatibility refine current understanding of wage and transport costs elasticities with population. Although they require a scaling power of the profile of the share of urbanised land that is different from what is observed, it is argued that alternatives specifications of transport cost functions could solve this issue. Thus our results call for revisiting theories about land development and housing processes as well as the empirics of agglomeration benefits and transport costs. [less ▲]

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See detailFragebogen HBSC 2018 (enseignement fondamental)
Heinz, Andreas UL

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See detailFragebogen HBSC 2018 (enseignement secondaire)
Heinz, Andreas UL

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See detailDemographics and FDI: Lessons from China's One-Child Policy
Donaldson, John B.; Koulovatianos, Christos UL; Li, Jian et al

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Lucas (1990) argues that the neoclassical adjustment process fails to explain the relative paucity of FDI inflows from rich to poor countries. In this paper we consider a natural experiment: using China ... [more ▼]

Lucas (1990) argues that the neoclassical adjustment process fails to explain the relative paucity of FDI inflows from rich to poor countries. In this paper we consider a natural experiment: using China as the treated country and India as the control, we show that the dynamics of the relative FDI flows subsequent to the implementation of China's one-child policy, as seen in the data, are consistent with neoclassical fundamentals. In particular, following the introduction of the one-child policy in China, the capital-labor (K/L) ratio of China increased relative to that of India, and, simultaneously, relative FDI inflows into China vs. India declined. These observations are explained in the context of a simple neoclassical OLG paradigm. The adjustment mechanism works as follows: the reduction in the (urban) labor force due to the one-child policy increases the savings per capita. This increases the K/L ratio and reduces the marginal product of capital (MPK). The reduction in MPK (relative to India) reduces the relative attractiveness of investment in China and is thus associated with lower FDI/GDP ratios. Our paper contributes to the nascent literature exploring demographic transitions and their effects on FDI flows. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of field homomorphisms through Pexiderized functional equations
Gselmann, Eszter; Kiss, Gergely UL; Vincze, Csaba

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See detailPositiv desintegriert: Krise als Chance
Baudson, Tanja UL

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See detailToo Much Unity in the European Union’s External Migration Policy?
Gatti, Mauro UL

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See detailStein's method for asymmetric alpha-stable distributions, with application to the stable CLT
Chen, Peng; Nourdin, Ivan UL; Xu, Lihu

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See detailConcentration of the Intrinsic Volumes of a Convex Body
Lotz, Martin; McCoy, Michael B.; Nourdin, Ivan UL et al

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See detailAre Capital Requirements on Small Business Loans Flawed?
Wolff, Christian UL; Bams, Dennis; Magdalena, Pisa

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See detailDihedral Universal Deformations
Deo, Shaunak UL; Wiese, Gabor UL

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This article deals with universal deformations of dihedral representations with a particular focus on the question when the universal deformation is dihedral. Results are obtained in three settings: (1 ... [more ▼]

This article deals with universal deformations of dihedral representations with a particular focus on the question when the universal deformation is dihedral. Results are obtained in three settings: (1) representation theory, (2) algebraic number theory, (3) modularity. As to (1), we prove that the universal deformation is dihedral if all infinitesimal deformations are dihedral. Concerning (2) in the setting of Galois representations of number fields, we give sufficient conditions to ensure that the universal deformation relatively unramified outside a finite set of primes is dihedral, and discuss in how far these conditions are necessary. As a side-result, we obtain cases of the unramified Fontaine-Mazur conjecture. As to (3), we prove a modularity theorem of the form `R=T' for parallel weight one Hilbert modular forms for cases when the minimal universal deformation is dihedral. [less ▲]

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See detailAsymptotic behaviour of large Gaussian correlated Wishart matrices
Nourdin, Ivan UL; Zheng, Guangqu UL

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See detailLocal curvature estimates for the Laplacian flow
Li, Yi UL

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See detailContinuous time Gaussian process dynamical models in gene regulatory network inference
Aalto, Atte UL; Viitasaari, Lauri; Ilmonen, Pauliina et al

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One of the focus areas of modern scientific research is to reveal mysteries related to genes and their interactions. The dynamic interactions between genes can be encoded into a gene regulatory network ... [more ▼]

One of the focus areas of modern scientific research is to reveal mysteries related to genes and their interactions. The dynamic interactions between genes can be encoded into a gene regulatory network (GRN), which can be used to gain understanding on the genetic mechanisms behind observable phenotypes. GRN inference from time series data has recently been a focus area of systems biology. Due to low sampling frequency of the data, this is a notoriously difficult problem. We tackle the challenge by introducing the so-called continuous-time Gaussian process dynamical model (GPDM), based on Gaussian process framework that has gained popularity in nonlinear regression problems arising in machine learning. The model dynamics are governed by a stochastic differential equation, where the dynamics function is modelled as a Gaussian process. We prove the existence and uniqueness of solutions of the stochastic differential equation. We derive the probability distribution for the Euler discretised trajectories and establish the convergence of the discretisation. We develop a GRN inference method based on the developed framework. The method is based on MCMC sampling of trajectories of the GPDM and estimating the hyperparameters of the covariance function of the Gaussian process. Using benchmark data examples, we show that our method is computationally feasible and superior in dealing with poor time resolution. [less ▲]

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See detailThe functional Breuer-Major theorem
Nourdin, Ivan UL; Nualart, David

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See detailOn the Hilbert eigenvariety at exotic and CM classical weight 1 points
Deo, Shaunak UL; Betina, Adel; Fite, Francesc

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See detailA parallel dual-grid multiscale approach to CFD-DEM couplings
Pozzetti, Gabriele UL; Jasak, Hrvoje; Besseron, Xavier UL et al

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In this work, a new parallel dual-grid multiscale approach for CFD-DEM couplings is investigated. Dual- grid multiscale CFD-DEM couplings have been recently developed and successfully adopted in different ... [more ▼]

In this work, a new parallel dual-grid multiscale approach for CFD-DEM couplings is investigated. Dual- grid multiscale CFD-DEM couplings have been recently developed and successfully adopted in different applications still, an efficient parallelization for such a numerical method represents an open issue. Despite its ability to provide grid convergent solutions and more accurate results than standard CFD-DEM couplings, this young numerical method requires good parallel performances in order to be applied to large-scale problems and, therefore, extend its range of application. The parallelization strategy here proposed aims to take advantage of the enhanced complexity of a dual-grid coupling to gain more flexibility in the domain partitioning while keeping a low inter-process communication cost. In particular, it allows avoiding inter- process communication between CFD and DEM software and still allows adopting complex partitioning strategies thanks to an optimized grid-based communication. It is shown how the parallelized multiscale coupling holds all its natural advantages over a mono-scale coupling and can also have better parallel performance. Three benchmark cases are presented to assess the accuracy and performance of the strategy. It is shown how the proposed method allows maintaining good parallel performance when operated over 1000 processes. [less ▲]

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See detailEntwicklungen der Trans*-Bewegung in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
De Silva, Adrian UL

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See detailContinuous Breuer-Major theorem: tightness and non-stationarity
Campese, Simon UL; Nourdin, Ivan UL; Nualart, David

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See detailSojourn time dimensions of fractional Brownian motion
Nourdin, Ivan UL; Peccati, Giovanni UL; Seuret, Stéphane

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See detailAlmost sure limit theorems on Wiener chaos: the non-central case
Azmoodeh, Ehsan; Nourdin, Ivan UL

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See detailFirst Experiments with a Flexible Infrastructure for Normative Reasoning
Benzmüller, Christoph UL; Parent, Xavier UL

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A flexible infrastructure for normative reasoning is outlined. A small-scale demonstrator version of the envisioned system has been implemented in the proof assistant Isabelle/HOL by utilising the first ... [more ▼]

A flexible infrastructure for normative reasoning is outlined. A small-scale demonstrator version of the envisioned system has been implemented in the proof assistant Isabelle/HOL by utilising the first authors universal logical reasoning approach based on shallow semantical embeddings in meta-logic HOL. The need for such a flexible reasoning infrastructure is motivated and illustrated with a contrary-to-duty example scenario selected from the General Data Protection Regulation. [less ▲]

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See detailAccounting for Differences in Income Inequality across Countries: Ireland and the United Kingdom
Sologon, Denisa M.; Van Kerm, Philippe UL; Li, Jinjing et al

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This paper proposes a framework for studying international differences in the distribution of household income. Integrating micro-econometric and micro-simulation approaches in a decomposition analysis it ... [more ▼]

This paper proposes a framework for studying international differences in the distribution of household income. Integrating micro-econometric and micro-simulation approaches in a decomposition analysis it quantifies the role of tax-benefit systems, employment and occupational structures, labour prices and market returns, and demographic composition in accounting for differences in income inequality across countries. Building upon EUROMOD (the European tax-benefit calculator) and its harmonized datasets, the model is portable and can be implemented for any cross-country comparisons within the EU. An application to the UK and Ireland--two countries that have much in common while displaying different levels of inequality--shows that differences in tax-benefit rules between the two countries account for roughly half of the observed difference in disposable household income inequality. Demographic differences play negligible roles. The Irish tax-benefit system is more redistributive than UK's due to a higher tax progressivity and higher average transfer rates. These are largely attributable to policy parameter differences, but also to differences in pre-tax, pre-transfer income distributions. [less ▲]

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See detailLa réponse au défi migratoire : «Europe souveraine» ou «souverainisme de repli» ?
Gatti, Mauro UL

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La migration est probablement le « défi majeur » de l’Europe, aujourd’hui et dans les années qui viennent, comme le reconnaît Emmanuel Macron dans son discours de la Sorbonne de septembre 2017. On peut ... [more ▼]

La migration est probablement le « défi majeur » de l’Europe, aujourd’hui et dans les années qui viennent, comme le reconnaît Emmanuel Macron dans son discours de la Sorbonne de septembre 2017. On peut noter, par ailleurs, que la gestion de ce défi est à présent inadéquate : si 285.000 migrants ont été sauvés par des opérations coordonnées par l’Union européenne, 3.139 sont morts en 2017 ; en outre, l’état des droits des migrants dans l’Union et, surtout, dans les pays partenaires, reste problématique. Le « souverainisme de repli » n’assure aucune solution : « l’Europe seule peut, en un mot, assurer une souveraineté réelle » (Macron). Et la souveraineté de l’Europe – conçue comme la « capacité à exister dans le monde actuel pour y défendre nos valeurs et nos intérêts » – ne peut que s’assurer par la « solidarité » entre les Etats membres. Emmanuel Macron propose deux solutions au défi de la migration, qui paraissent toutefois insuffisantes ou illusoires : la création d’un « espace commun des frontières » vis-à- vis de l’extérieur et une gestion plus efficace de l’asile à l’intérieur de l’Union. [less ▲]

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See detailI/O Logic in HOL --- First Steps
Benzmüller, Christoph UL; Parent, Xavier UL

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A semantical embedding of input/output logic in classical higher-order logic is presented. This embedding enables the mechanisation and automation of reasoning tasks in input/output logic with off-the ... [more ▼]

A semantical embedding of input/output logic in classical higher-order logic is presented. This embedding enables the mechanisation and automation of reasoning tasks in input/output logic with off-the-shelf higher-order theorem provers and proof assistants. The key idea for the solution presented here results from the analysis of an inaccurate previous embedding attempt, which we will discuss as well. [less ▲]

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See detailIsolation of nucleic acids from low biomass samples: detection and removal of sRNA contaminants
Heintz-Buschart, Anna; Yusuf, Dilmurat; Kaysen, Anne UL et al

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Sequencing-based analyses of low-biomass samples are known to be prone to misinterpretation due to the potential presence of contaminating molecules derived from laboratory reagents and environments. Due ... [more ▼]

Sequencing-based analyses of low-biomass samples are known to be prone to misinterpretation due to the potential presence of contaminating molecules derived from laboratory reagents and environments. Due to its inherent instability, contamination with RNA is usually considered to be unlikely. Here we report the presence of small RNA (sRNA) contaminants in widely used microRNA extraction kits and means for their depletion. Sequencing of sRNAs extracted from human plasma samples was performed and significant levels of non-human (exogenous) sequences were detected. The source of the most abundant of these sequences could be traced to the microRNA extraction columns by qPCR-based analysis of laboratory reagents. The presence of artefactual sequences originating from the confirmed contaminants were furthermore replicated in a range of published datasets. To avoid artefacts in future experiments, several protocols for the removal of the contaminants were elaborated, minimal amounts of starting material for artefact-free analyses were defined, and the reduction of contaminant levels for identification of bona fide sequences using 'ultra-clean' extraction kits was confirmed. In conclusion, this is the first report of the presence of RNA molecules as contaminants in laboratory reagents. The described protocols should be applied in the future to avoid confounding sRNA studies. [less ▲]

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See detailUniversal scaling of quench-induced correlations in a one-dimensional channel at finite temperature
Calzona, Alessio UL; Gambetta, Filippo Maria; Carrega, Matteo et al

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See detailInternetdelikte und die Herausforderungen des Forum Shoppings
Schmitz, Sandra UL

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See detailMechanizing Principia Logico-Metaphysica in Functional Type Theory
Kirchner, Daniel; Benzmüller, Christoph UL; Zalta, Edward N.

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Principia Logico-Metaphysica proposes a foundational logical theory for metaphysics, mathematics, and the sciences. It contains a canonical development of Abstract Object Theory [AOT], a metaphysical ... [more ▼]

Principia Logico-Metaphysica proposes a foundational logical theory for metaphysics, mathematics, and the sciences. It contains a canonical development of Abstract Object Theory [AOT], a metaphysical theory (inspired by ideas of Ernst Mally, formalized by Zalta) that differentiates between ordinary and abstract objects. This article reports on recent work in which AOT has been successfully represented and partly automated in the proof assistant system Isabelle/HOL. [less ▲]

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See detailL'ethnographie du travail
de Saint-Georges, Ingrid UL

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See detailTime Averages of Markov Processes and Applications to Two-Timescale Problems
Pepin, Bob UL

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See detail3D Printing: The Next 5 years by Claude Wolf – Into the Future engineered by the Zs
Wolf, Claude UL

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3D Printing: The Next 5 years by Claude Wolf – Into the Future engineered by the Zs The future of 3D Printing or Additive Manufacturing [AM] will be driven by the next generation of engineers who are just ... [more ▼]

3D Printing: The Next 5 years by Claude Wolf – Into the Future engineered by the Zs The future of 3D Printing or Additive Manufacturing [AM] will be driven by the next generation of engineers who are just about to qualify, the Z generation (1994-2010). Do we, educators, know this Z generation? Do we know what motivates them? The Z generation is a generation of digital natives interacting with PCs, iPads, smartphones and the internet since birth, a pragmatic and short term orientated generation. Our prejudice brands them as unprepared and unmotivated, with their 10 second attention spans, but in reality, they have already proven they are creative, determined and hardworking as well as team oriented, when they are given the opportunity. They have understood that 3D printing offers them this opportunity. [less ▲]

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See detailScattering theory without injectivity radius assumptions and spectral stability for the Ricci flow
Güneysu, Batu; Thalmaier, Anton UL

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We prove a completely new integral criterion for the existence and completeness of the wave operators W_{\pm}(-\Delta_h,-\Delta_g, I_{g,h}) corresponding to the (unique self-adjoint realizations of) the ... [more ▼]

We prove a completely new integral criterion for the existence and completeness of the wave operators W_{\pm}(-\Delta_h,-\Delta_g, I_{g,h}) corresponding to the (unique self-adjoint realizations of) the Laplace-Beltrami operators -\Delta_j, j=g,h, that are induced by two quasi-isometric complete Riemannian metrics g and h on an open manifold M. In particular, this result provides a criterion for the absolutely continuous spectra of -\Delta_g and -\Delta_h to coincide. Our proof relies on estimates that are obtained using a probabilistic Bismut type formula for the gradient of a heat semigroup. Unlike all previous results, our integral criterion only requires some lower control on the Ricci curvatures and some upper control on the heat kernels, but no control at all on the injectivity radii. As a consequence, we obtain a stability result for the absolutely continuous spectrum under a Ricci flow. [less ▲]

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See detailTommaso Padoa-Schioppa [biography]
Chiocchetti, Paolo UL

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Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa (1940-2010) was an Italian banker, economist, and politician. He was one of the "architects of the euro" and helped to push forward the financial, monetary, and economic integration ... [more ▼]

Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa (1940-2010) was an Italian banker, economist, and politician. He was one of the "architects of the euro" and helped to push forward the financial, monetary, and economic integration of Europe. [less ▲]

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See detailWeakly Inscribed Polyhedra
chen, hao; Schlenker, Jean-Marc UL

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See detailDynamics of Income Rank Volatility: Evidence from Germany and the US
Chauvel, Louis UL; Hartung, Anne UL; Palmisano, Flaviana

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This paper presents a methodology for comparing income rank volatility profiles over time and across distributions. While most of the existing measures are affected by changes in marginal distributions ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a methodology for comparing income rank volatility profiles over time and across distributions. While most of the existing measures are affected by changes in marginal distributions, this paper proposes a framework that is based on individuals’ relative positions in the distribution, and is neutral in relation to structural changes that occur in the economy. Applying this approach to investigate rank volatility in Germany and the US over three decades, we show that while poorer individuals within both countries are the most volatile, the volatility trend for the middle class in each of these countries differs. [less ▲]

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See detailTowards a Quantitative Averaging Principle for Stochastic Differential Equations
Pepin, Bob UL

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See detailIsogeometric analysis of thin Reissner-Mindlin plates and shells: Locking phenomena and generalized local B-bar method
Hu, Qingyuan UL; Xia, Yang; Natarajan, Sundararajan et al

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We propose a generalized local $\bar{B}$ framework, addressing locking in degenerated Reissner-Mindlin plate and shell formulations in the context of isogeometric analysis. Parasitic strain components are ... [more ▼]

We propose a generalized local $\bar{B}$ framework, addressing locking in degenerated Reissner-Mindlin plate and shell formulations in the context of isogeometric analysis. Parasitic strain components are projected onto the physical space locally, i.e. at the element level, using a least-squares approach. The formulation is general and allows the flexible utilization of basis functions of different order as the projection bases. The present formulation is much cheaper computationally than the global $\bar{B}$ method. Through numerical examples, we show the consistency of the scheme, although the method is not Hu-Washizu variationally consistent. The numerical examples show that the proposed formulation alleviates locking and yields good accuracy for various thicknesses, even for slenderness ratios of $1 \times 10^5$, and has the ability to capture deformations of thin shells using relatively coarse meshes. From the detailed numerical study, it can be opined that the proposed method is less sensitive to locking and mesh distortion. [less ▲]

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See detailDemocratic legitimacy [glossary]
Chiocchetti, Paolo UL

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A political institution is legitimate when it succeeds in persuading people of the normative necessity of its existence. In a democratic system, this can be based both on various forms of popular consent ... [more ▼]

A political institution is legitimate when it succeeds in persuading people of the normative necessity of its existence. In a democratic system, this can be based both on various forms of popular consent (democratic legitimacy) and on other kinds of foundations (generic legitimacy). With reference to the European Union, debates have focused on empirical support for the EU, the nature of its "democratic deficit", and the potential conflict between European integration and national democratic sovereignty. [less ▲]

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See detailOn functional equations characterizing derivations: methods and examples
Gselmann, Eszter; Kiss, Gergely UL; Vincze, Csaba

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See detailReductions of points on algebraic groups
Lombardo, Davide; Perucca, Antonella UL

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See detailNotes on the Schwarzian tensor and measured foliations at infinity of quasifuchsian manifolds.
Schlenker, Jean-Marc UL

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The boundary at infinity of a quasifuchsian hyperbolic manifold is equiped with a holomorphic quadratic differential. Its horizontal measured foliation $f$ can be interpreted as the natural analog of the ... [more ▼]

The boundary at infinity of a quasifuchsian hyperbolic manifold is equiped with a holomorphic quadratic differential. Its horizontal measured foliation $f$ can be interpreted as the natural analog of the measured bending lamination on the boundary of the convex core. This analogy leads to a number of questions. We provide a variation formula for the renormalized volume in terms of the extremal length $\ext(f)$ of $f$, and an upper bound on $\ext(f)$. \par We then describe two extensions of the holomorphic quadratic differential at infinity, both valid in higher dimensions. One is in terms of Poincar\'e-Einstein metrics, the other (specifically for conformally flat structures) of the second fundamental form of a hypersurface in a "constant curvature" space with a degenerate metric, interpreted as the space of horospheres in hyperbolic space. This clarifies a relation between linear Weingarten surfaces in hyperbolic manifolds and Monge-Amp\`ere equations. Notes aiming at clarifying the relations between different points of view and introducing one new notion, no real result. Not intended to be submitted at this point [less ▲]

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See detailArbeitsmotivation von Arbeitnehmern in Luxemburg
Sischka, Philipp UL; Steffgen, Georges UL

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Die europäische Studie EWCS (Eurofund, 2016a, 2016b) zeigt auf, dass sich die Arbeitsmotivation der Arbeitnehmer in Luxemburg eher im mittleren Bereich wiederfindet. Die nationale Studie Quality of Work ... [more ▼]

Die europäische Studie EWCS (Eurofund, 2016a, 2016b) zeigt auf, dass sich die Arbeitsmotivation der Arbeitnehmer in Luxemburg eher im mittleren Bereich wiederfindet. Die nationale Studie Quality of Work Index belegt nur geringfügige Unterschiede der Arbeitsmotivation sowohl zwischen männlichen und weiblichen Arbeitnehmern als auch zwischen den verschiedenen Altersgruppen. Arbeitnehmer in einer Vorgesetztenposition, Manager und Führungskräfte zeigen im Durchschnitt eine höhere, Hilfsarbeitskräfte dagegen im Durchschnitt eine geringere Arbeitsmotivation. Überdurchschnittlich motiviert erweisen sich Arbeitnehmer in Nichtregierungsorganisationen (NGO). Die Arbeitsmotivation ist dabei mit verschiedenen psychosozialen Abeitsbedingungen sowie Arbeitsrahmenbedingungen korreliert. Parizipation an Entscheidungen, Feedback von Kollegen und Vorgesetzten, Kooperation unter Kollegen sowie Rollenklarheit sind positiv mit Arbeitsmotivation assoziert, das Erleben von Konkurrenz und Mobbing sind hingegen negativ assoziiert. Hinsichtlich Arbeitsrahmenbedingungen weist vor allem Arbeitsplatzsicherheit einen hohen Zusammenhang mit der Arbeitsmotivation auf, gefolgt von Einkommenszufriedenheit und Ausbildungsmöglichkeiten. [less ▲]

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See detailAssociative idempotent nondecreasing functions are reducible
Kiss, Gergely UL; Somlai, Gabor

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An n-variable associative function is called reducible if it can be written as a composition of a binary associative function. In this paper we summarize the known results when the function is defined on ... [more ▼]

An n-variable associative function is called reducible if it can be written as a composition of a binary associative function. In this paper we summarize the known results when the function is defined on a chain and nondecreasing. The main result of this paper shows that associative idempotent and nondecreasing functions are uniquely reducible. [less ▲]

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See detailHerman Van Rompuy [biography]
Chiocchetti, Paolo UL

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Herman Van Rompuy (b. 1947) is a Belgian and European politician. In his capacity as President of the European Council (2009-2014), he played a key role in the EU's response to the financial crisis and in ... [more ▼]

Herman Van Rompuy (b. 1947) is a Belgian and European politician. In his capacity as President of the European Council (2009-2014), he played a key role in the EU's response to the financial crisis and in the strengthening of the European framework of economic governance. [less ▲]

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See detailWolfgang Schäuble [biography]
Chiocchetti, Paolo UL

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Wolfgang Schäuble (b. 1942) is an active German politician. He played a key role in the German reunification process (1989-90) and in the management of the Eurozone crisis (since 2009).

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See detailSolidarity [glossary]
Chiocchetti, Paolo UL

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The principle of solidarity plays a key role in discussions of social, economic, and political issues. A polysemic notion, it may interrogate either individuals or public authorities. It often represents ... [more ▼]

The principle of solidarity plays a key role in discussions of social, economic, and political issues. A polysemic notion, it may interrogate either individuals or public authorities. It often represents the counterpart of competition in the analysis and assessment of social norms and public policies. [less ▲]

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See detailLocalisation résidentielle de la population étrangère selon la nationalité et la structure urbaine au Luxembourg
Pigeron-Piroth, Isabelle UL; Heinz, Andreas UL; Caruso, Geoffrey UL

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The number of foreigners living in Luxembourg is still rising and represents today about 48% of the inhabitants. This study focuses on the description and mapping of the place of residence for the ... [more ▼]

The number of foreigners living in Luxembourg is still rising and represents today about 48% of the inhabitants. This study focuses on the description and mapping of the place of residence for the different nationalities living in Luxembourg. It seeks to underline differences through indicators built from the 2011 census data. We focus on the territorial distribution of the different nationalities by taking into account the urban structure and distance to jobs. If differences according to nationalities in the residential behavior of households can be empirically identified they may raise issues of spatial equity and (un)equal accessibility to job market. We analyse whether the geographic location of different nationalities in Luxembourg is linked to urbanisation level, the distance to the “poles d´emploi” or general accessibility to jobs. [less ▲]

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See detailThe European Commission’s "Reflection Paper on Harnessing Globalisation"
Chiocchetti, Paolo UL

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The new EC reflection paper on globalisation sets new accents, but contains no major departure from current policy orientations. It takes a clear stand for free trade, while attacking "unfair competition ... [more ▼]

The new EC reflection paper on globalisation sets new accents, but contains no major departure from current policy orientations. It takes a clear stand for free trade, while attacking "unfair competition" and arguing for a "balanced, rules-based and progressive trade and investment agenda". Despite its insistence on a managed globalisation and a fair redistribution of its benefits, its proposals are unlikely to allay domestic anxieties and external criticism. [less ▲]

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See detailCross-border mergers and acquisitions: Evidence from Indochina
Wolff, Christian UL

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See detailLa restructuration des dettes publiques saisie par le droit de l'Union européenne
Allemand, Frederic UL

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En juillet 2015, le sommet de la zone euro fait part de l'existence de "sérieux doutes" sur le caractère soutenable de la dette grecque. La possibilité d'un reprofilage de la dette est envisagé et sa ... [more ▼]

En juillet 2015, le sommet de la zone euro fait part de l'existence de "sérieux doutes" sur le caractère soutenable de la dette grecque. La possibilité d'un reprofilage de la dette est envisagé et sa discussion reportée à la réalisation de la première évaluation des mesures d'ajustement mises en oeuvre par la Grèce. Toute décote nominale est cependant formellement exclue, car contraire au droit de l'Union. Les discussions se sont ouvertes au printemps 2016 sur les modalités d'allègement de la dette publique de la Grèce. Le sujet a été au coeur de la réunion de l'Eurogroupe du 22 mai. Aucun accord n'a été trouvé, mais les discussions continuent. Dans ce contexte, Frédéric Allemand a présenté le 17 mai dernier une communication sur la saisine des opérations de restructuration par le droit de l'Union lors du séminaire de recherche pluridisciplinaire "Les administrations publiques à l'épreuve de leur dette" organisé par Jean-François Boudet (Université Paris II) et Caroline Lequesne-Roth (Université de Nice). L'auteur conclut à la compétence de l'Union pour encadrer la restructuration des dettes publiques des États membres. [less ▲]

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See detailUnderstanding audit oversight transformation : ramifications of institutional work and the power of (de-)mythologizing
Löhlein, Lukas; Muessig, Anke UL

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This study investigates the dynamics that transformed audit oversight in Germany from an instrument, organized by the profession, to maintain international legitimacy into a regulatory regime that is ... [more ▼]

This study investigates the dynamics that transformed audit oversight in Germany from an instrument, organized by the profession, to maintain international legitimacy into a regulatory regime that is integrated into the state apparatus. While prior research has focused on countries where the global demand for oversight structures overlapped with local pressures for regulatory reforms, we examine the diffusion of patterns of control within a context that is characterized by a strong mythologized belief in the German qualified statutory auditor and professional self-regulation. By analysing archival documents and interviews with key actors, we investigate through the lens of institutional work how initially the audit establishment maintained the existing self-regulatory logic despite, and because of, the implementation of formal independent oversight structures. We illustrate how the institutional work of small auditors aimed at disrupting the large audit firms’ field dominance unintentionally undermined the mythologized self-regulation. In doing so, we offer insights into how institutional myth is both constructed and dismantled. Our focus on multiple actors allows us to shed light on how parallel institutional work of distinct actors can lead to mutually effective and unintended institutional consequences. We argue that a successful institutional worker executes a combination of two basic types of work, which we refer to as existential and instrumental modes of work. Finally, comparing our findings with literature on audit oversight in other countries allows us to conceptualize audit oversight along a political-operational dimension and a public-private dimension. [less ▲]

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See detailGesundheitsverhalten von Arbeitnehmern in Luxemburg
Sischka, Philipp UL; Steffgen, Georges UL

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Insbesonders unter den jüngeren Arbeitnehmern und unter den Arbeitnehmern mit geringer Bildung ist der Anteil der Raucher vergleichsweise hoch. Männliche und ältere Arbeitnehmer weisen wieder einen ... [more ▼]

Insbesonders unter den jüngeren Arbeitnehmern und unter den Arbeitnehmern mit geringer Bildung ist der Anteil der Raucher vergleichsweise hoch. Männliche und ältere Arbeitnehmer weisen wieder einen vergleichsweise hohen Alkoholkonsum auf. Differenziert nach Berufsgruppen zeigen vor allem Arbeitnehmer in Handwerksberufen sowie Manager und Führungskräfte einen hohen Alkoholkonsum. Die Arbeitnehmer in der jüngsten Altersgruppe (16 bis 24 Jährige) schlafen durchschnittlich etwas länger, im Vergleich zu den älteren Arbeitnehmern. Außerdem ist die Sporthäufigkeit in der jüngsten Altersgruppe am höchsten. Männliche Arbeitnehmer sowie Arbeitnehmer ohne Partner oder ohne Kinder treiben ebenfalls überduchschnittlich häufig Sport. Etwa 17% der Arbeitnehmer leidet unter Adipositas. Knapp 30% der Arbeitnehmer leidet manchmal oder häufiger an gesundheitlichen Problemen. Unter den gesundheitlichen Problemen sind Rückenprobleme besonders häufig, gefolgt von Schlafschwierigkeiten und Kopfschmerzen. Herzprobleme sind dagegen eher selten ausgeprägt. Arbeitnehmer mit Hochschulabschluss sowie Manager und Führungskräfte sind seltener von Gesundheitsproblemen betroffen. Gesundheitliche Probleme sind insgesamt mit Zigarettenkonsum, Schlafstunden pro Tag, Sporthäufigkeit und Body Mass Index assoziiert: Je weniger geraucht wird, je mehr geschlafen und Sport getrieben wird und je geringer das körperliche Gewicht der Arbeitnehmer, desto weniger Gesundheitsprobleme liegen tendenziell vor. [less ▲]

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See detailThe economic programme of Emmanuel Macron
Chiocchetti, Paolo UL

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The outsider Emmanuel Macron is the winner of the first round of the French presidential election. His economic programme is betting on a strategy of fiscal consolidation, tax cuts, targeted investments ... [more ▼]

The outsider Emmanuel Macron is the winner of the first round of the French presidential election. His economic programme is betting on a strategy of fiscal consolidation, tax cuts, targeted investments, and further Europeanisation. Success crucially hinges on the outcome of the June legislative elections and on a favourable evolution of the global economic environment. [less ▲]

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See detailHyperbolic ends with particles and grafting on singular surfaces
chen, qiyu; Schlenker, Jean-Marc UL

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We prove that any hyperbolic end with particles (cone singularities along infinite curves of angles less than π) admits a unique foliation by constant Gauss curvature surfaces. Using a form of duality ... [more ▼]

We prove that any hyperbolic end with particles (cone singularities along infinite curves of angles less than π) admits a unique foliation by constant Gauss curvature surfaces. Using a form of duality between hyperbolic ends with particles and convex globally hyperbolic maximal (GHM) de Sitter spacetime with particles, it follows that any convex GHM de Sitter spacetime with particles also admits a unique foliation by constant Gauss curvature surfaces. We prove that the grafting map from the product of Teichm\"uller space with the space of measured laminations to the space of complex projective structures is a homeomorphism for surfaces with cone singularities of angles less than π, as well as an analogue when grafting is replaced by "smooth grafting". [less ▲]

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See detailScaling evidence of the homothetic nature of cities
Lemoy, Rémi UL; Caruso, Geoffrey UL

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In this paper we analyse the profile of land use and population density with respect to the distance to the city centre for the European city. In addition to providing the radial population density and ... [more ▼]

In this paper we analyse the profile of land use and population density with respect to the distance to the city centre for the European city. In addition to providing the radial population density and soil-sealing profiles for a large set of cities, we demonstrate a remarkable constancy of the profiles across city size. Our analysis combines the GMES/Copernicus Urban Atlas 2006 land use database at 5m resolu- tion for 300 European cities with more than 100.000 inhabitants and the Geostat population grid at 1km resolution. Population is allocated proportionally to surface and weighted by soil sealing and density classes of the Urban Atlas. We analyse the profile of each artificial land use and population with distance to the town hall. In line with earlier literature, we confirm the strong monocentricity of the European city and the negative exponential curve for population density. Moreover, we find that land use curves, in particular the share of housing and roads, scale along the two horizontal dimensions with the square root of city population, while population curves scale in three dimensions with the cubic root of city population. In short, European cities of different sizes are homothetic in terms of land use and population density. While earlier literature documented the scaling of average densities (total surface and population) with city size, we document the scaling of the whole radial distance profile with city size, thus liaising intra-urban radial analysis and systems of cities. In addition to providing a new empirical view of the European city, our scaling offers a set of practical and coherent definitions of a city, independent of its population, from which we can re-question urban scaling laws and Zipf’s law for cities. [less ▲]

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See detailBenelux, Europe and the Cold War, the power of non-powers
Paravantis, Spero UL

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The conference “Benelux, Europe and the Cold War, the power of non-powers”, which took place on 30 and 31 March 2017 at the University of Luxembourg, was the first of three events planned in the FNR ... [more ▼]

The conference “Benelux, Europe and the Cold War, the power of non-powers”, which took place on 30 and 31 March 2017 at the University of Luxembourg, was the first of three events planned in the FNR-funded CORE junior project “Benelux”, as part of its public outreach and academic output objectives. The conference sought to highlight asymmetrical power relations in the Cold War period of European integration by examining European security. What was/is European security in the context of the Cold War? How was and is it conceived? What role did “non-powers” play in European security, and how did they help define it? This conference investigated these and other related questions by re-examining the US/European relationship in the early Cold War and the role that developments during this period played in the European integration movement. In so doing, the conference also showcased findings which helped unify historiographies of the Cold War and European integration. [less ▲]

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See detailUniversal Reasoning, Rational Argumentation and Human-Machine Interaction
Benzmüller, Christoph UL

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Classical higher-order logic, when utilized as a meta-logic in which various other (classical and non-classical) logics can be shallowly embedded, is well suited for realising a universal logic reasoning ... [more ▼]

Classical higher-order logic, when utilized as a meta-logic in which various other (classical and non-classical) logics can be shallowly embedded, is well suited for realising a universal logic reasoning approach. Universal logic reasoning in turn, as envisioned already by Leibniz, may support the rigorous formalisation and deep logical analysis of rational arguments within machines. A respective universal logic reasoning framework is described and a range of exemplary applications are discussed. In the future, universal logic reasoning in combination with appropriate, controlled forms of rational argumentation may serve as a communication layer between humans and intelligent machines. [less ▲]

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See detailPopulation ageing [glossary]
Chiocchetti, Paolo UL

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Population ageing is a major trend in contemporary European societies. A consequence of welcome shifts in life expectancy and fertility, it nevertheless entails important challenges for the adequacy ... [more ▼]

Population ageing is a major trend in contemporary European societies. A consequence of welcome shifts in life expectancy and fertility, it nevertheless entails important challenges for the adequacy, sustainability, and competitiveness of social and economic systems. [less ▲]

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See detailSudoses et inégalités sociales
Origer, Alain; Baumann, Michèle UL

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Des chercheurs du Ministère de la Santé (Dr. Alain ORIGER) et de l’unité de recherche INSIDE, Institut Santé & Comportement (Pr. Michèle BAUMANN et son équipe) ont publié récemment dans la revue ... [more ▼]

Des chercheurs du Ministère de la Santé (Dr. Alain ORIGER) et de l’unité de recherche INSIDE, Institut Santé & Comportement (Pr. Michèle BAUMANN et son équipe) ont publié récemment dans la revue scientifique PLoS ONE un article intitulé : A social gradient in fatal opioids and cocaine related overdoses ? Sélectionné par un jury d’experts internationaux, cet article a été primé au Scientific Award 2016 dans le cadre de l’European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction.h ttps://insideblog.uni.lu/surdoses-et-inegalites-sociales/ [less ▲]

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See detailTempered subanalytic topology on algebraic varieties
Petit, François UL

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On a smooth complex algebraic variety, we build the tempered subanalytic and Stein tempered subanalytic sites. We construct the sheaf of holomorphic functions tempered at infinity over these sites and ... [more ▼]

On a smooth complex algebraic variety, we build the tempered subanalytic and Stein tempered subanalytic sites. We construct the sheaf of holomorphic functions tempered at infinity over these sites and study their relations with the sheaf of regular functions, proving in particular that these sheaves are isomorphic on Zariski open subsets. We show that these data allow to define the functors of tempered and Stein tempered analytifications. We study the relations between these two functors and the usual analytification functor. We also obtain algebraization results in the non-proper case and flatness results. [less ▲]

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See detailThe maximum number of systoles for genus two Riemann surfaces with abelian differentials
Judge, Chris; Parlier, Hugo UL

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This article explores the length and number of systoles associated to holomorphic $1$-forms on surfaces. In particular, we show that up to homotopy, there are at most $10$ systolic loops on such a genus ... [more ▼]

This article explores the length and number of systoles associated to holomorphic $1$-forms on surfaces. In particular, we show that up to homotopy, there are at most $10$ systolic loops on such a genus two surface and that the bound is realized by a unique translation surface up to homothety. We also provide sharp upper bounds on the the number of homotopy classes of systoles for a holomorphic $1$-form with a single zero in terms of the genus. [less ▲]

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See detailImages of Galois representations in mod p Hecke algebras
Amoros Carafi, Laia UL

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See detailC’était extrêmement violent» Il y a 100 ans, la révolution de Février a provoqué la fin de l’Empire russe
Paravantis, Spero UL

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La révolution de Février, qui s'est déroulée du 8 mars (23 février) 1917 au 13 mars (28 février) 1917, marque le début de la révolution russe de 1917. Elle force l'abdication du tsar Nicolas II et ... [more ▼]

La révolution de Février, qui s'est déroulée du 8 mars (23 février) 1917 au 13 mars (28 février) 1917, marque le début de la révolution russe de 1917. Elle force l'abdication du tsar Nicolas II et provoque la fin de l'Empire russe. Un gouvernement provisoire dirige, mais la même année, la révolution d'Octobre met au pouvoir des bolcheviks et permet la création de l'Union des républiques socialistes soviétiques (URSS). Le chercheur au «Centre for Contemporary and Digital History» à l’Université du Luxembourg, Dr. Spero S.Z. Paravantis nous détaille ce chapitre de l’histoire. [less ▲]

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See detailWohlbefinden von Arbeitnehmern in Luxemburg
Sischka, Philipp UL; Steffgen, Georges UL

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Vergleicht man die Teilnehmer der Quality of Work Index Luxembourg Umfrage mit anderen europäischen Arbeitnehmern, zeigen die Teilnehmer aus Luxemburg im Durchschnitt ein geringeres Wohlbefinden ... [more ▼]

Vergleicht man die Teilnehmer der Quality of Work Index Luxembourg Umfrage mit anderen europäischen Arbeitnehmern, zeigen die Teilnehmer aus Luxemburg im Durchschnitt ein geringeres Wohlbefinden. Insbesondere jüngere Arbeitnehmer weisen ein tendenziell geringeres Wohlbefinden auf. Differenziert man die Arbeitnehmer nach Berufsgruppen, zeigen Manager und Führungskräfte, Arbeitnehmer in Dienstleistungsberufen sowie Hilfsarbeitskräfte das höchste Wohlbefinden. Arbeitnehmer mit geringeren faktischen Wochenstundenzahlen sowie Arbeitnehmer, die in kleinen Betrieben (1-4 Beschäftigte) arbeiten, berichten über ein höheres Wohlbefinden. Das Wohlbefinden ist hierbei nachweislich mit unterschiedlichen Arbeitsbedingungen assoziiert. So weisen Arbeitnehmer, je höher ihre Partizipation, ihre Rollenklarheit bei der Arbeit sowie ihre Arbeitsplatzsicherheit ist umso ein höheres Wohlbefinden auf. Das Wohlbefinden ist außerdem positiv mit Arbeitszufriedenheit, wahrgenommenem Respekt bei der Arbeit und negativ mit Stress und Burnout korreliert. [less ▲]

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See detailHow did the ECB become a fully-fledged central bank of the eurozone?
Gren, Jakub UL

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See detailEvaluating How Child Allowances and Daycare Subsidies Affect Fertility
Goldstein, Joshua R.; Koulovatianos, Christos UL; Li, Jian UL et al

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We compare the cost effectiveness of two pronatalist policies: (a) child allowances; and (b) daycare subsidies. We pay special attention to estimating how intended fertility (fertility before children are ... [more ▼]

We compare the cost effectiveness of two pronatalist policies: (a) child allowances; and (b) daycare subsidies. We pay special attention to estimating how intended fertility (fertility before children are born) responds to these policies. We use two evaluation tools: (i) a dynamic model on fertility, labor supply, outsourced childcare time, parental time, asset accumulation and consumption; and (ii) randomized vignette-survey policy experiments. We implement both tools in the United States and Germany, finding consistent evidence that daycare subsidies are more cost effective. Nevertheless, the required public expenditure to increase fertility to the replacement level might be viewed as prohibitively high. [less ▲]

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See detailPopulism [glossary]
Chiocchetti, Paolo UL

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A chameleonic concept, populism can be defined as an ideology, a communication style, a political strategy, or a misguided category. Its key elements are a positive appreciation of people, a negative view ... [more ▼]

A chameleonic concept, populism can be defined as an ideology, a communication style, a political strategy, or a misguided category. Its key elements are a positive appreciation of people, a negative view of the elite, and the exaltation of untrammeled popular sovereignty against representative democracy and liberal constitutionalism. The fortune of the term, despite its theoretical and practical drawbacks, is the reflection of intrinsic antinomies of modern democracy and of a growing popular dissatisfaction toward the performance of representative governments and institutions. [less ▲]

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