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See detailBitcoin Governance as a Decentralized Financial Market Infrastructure
Nabilou, Hossein UL

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Bitcoin is the oldest and most widely established cryptocurrency network with the highest market capitalization among all cryptocurrencies. Although bitcoin (with lowercase b) is increasingly viewed as a ... [more ▼]

Bitcoin is the oldest and most widely established cryptocurrency network with the highest market capitalization among all cryptocurrencies. Although bitcoin (with lowercase b) is increasingly viewed as a digital asset belonging to a new asset class, the Bitcoin network (with uppercase B) is a decentralized financial market infrastructure (dFMI) that clears and settles transactions in its native asset without relying on the conventional financial market infrastructures (FMIs). To be a reliable asset class as well as a dFMI, however, Bitcoin needs to have robust governance arrangements; whether such arrangements are built into the protocol (i.e., on-chain governance mechanisms) or relegated to the participants in the Bitcoin network (i.e., off-chain governance mechanisms), or are composed of a combination of both mechanisms (i.e., a hybrid form of governance). This paper studies Bitcoin governance with a focus on its alleged shortcomings. In so doing, after defining Bitcoin governance and its objectives, the paper puts forward an idiosyncratic governance model whose main objective is to preserve and maximize the main value proposition of Bitcoin, i.e., its censorship-resistant property, which allows participants to transact in an environment with minimum social trust. Therefore, Bitcoin governance, including the processes through which Bitcoin governance crises have been resolved and the standards against which the Bitcoin Improvement Proposals (BIPs) are examined, should be analyzed in light of the prevailing narrative of Bitcoin as a censorship-resistant store of value and payment infrastructure. Within such a special governance model, this paper seeks to identify the potential shortcomings in Bitcoin governance by reference to the major governance crises that posed serious threats to Bitcoin in the last decade. It concludes that the existing governance arrangements in the Bitcoin network have been largely successful in dealing with Bitcoin’s major crises that would have otherwise become existential threats to the Bitcoin network. [less ▲]

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See detailCustomary Land Conversion and the Formation of the African City
Picard, Pierre M UL; Selod, Harris

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As cities grow and spatially expand, agricultural land is converted into residential land. In many developing countries, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, this process is accompanied by a change in land ... [more ▼]

As cities grow and spatially expand, agricultural land is converted into residential land. In many developing countries, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, this process is accompanied by a change in land tenure, whereby plots held under traditional customary arrangements are sold to new urban residents, possibly with formal property rights. This paper studies joint land-use and land-tenure conversion in an urban economics model in which intermediaries purchase agricultural land from customary owners and attempt to transform it into residential plots with statutory property rights. The spatial equilibrium includes a mix of land uses and rights where statutory and non-statutory residential plots coexist with customary land that is mainly used for agriculture. Because customary ownership is subject to uncertainty (because of tenure insecurity), the conversion process includes a potential information asymmetry between customary owners and intermediaries. The analysis shows that a market failure may emerge whereby some customary owners prefer to continue farming their land rather than participate in the urban residential land market, which results in a city that is too small. Empirical analysis using Malian data validates the key features of the model captured by land price gradients, as well as the ranking and the variance of land prices, and is suggestive of the presence of information asymmetry. [less ▲]

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See detailBeing a World Young Leader in Dementia: Between academic brilliance and acts of kindness. Blog post
Leist, Anja UL

E-print/Working paper (2020)

The blog post describes my journey from being selected as an 'Emerging Leader in Dementia' in 2014/15 by the UK Science and Innovation Network to helping to form, with other emerging leaders, a truly ... [more ▼]

The blog post describes my journey from being selected as an 'Emerging Leader in Dementia' in 2014/15 by the UK Science and Innovation Network to helping to form, with other emerging leaders, a truly global network of World Young Leaders in Dementia, now spanning 400+ members in 29+ countries, and aiming to facilitate careers of young professionals in the field of dementia. [less ▲]

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See detailMeasuring Pants
Doan, Nhat Minh UL; Parlier, Hugo UL; Tan, Ser Peow

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We investigate the terms arising in an identity for hyperbolic surfaces proved by Luo and Tan, namely showing that they vary monotonically in terms of lengths and that they verify certain convexity ... [more ▼]

We investigate the terms arising in an identity for hyperbolic surfaces proved by Luo and Tan, namely showing that they vary monotonically in terms of lengths and that they verify certain convexity properties. Using these properties, we deduce two results. As a first application, we show how to deduce a theorem of Thurston which states, in particular for closed hyperbolic surfaces, that if a simple length spectrum "dominates" another, then in fact the two surfaces are isometric. As a second application, we show how to find upper bounds on the number of pairs of pants of bounded length that only depend on the boundary length and the topology of the surface. [less ▲]

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See detailChancen der Jugendarbeit und non-formaler Bildung an Schulen
Biewers, Sandra UL

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See detailFiscal effects of migrants in Europe: a quantile regression approach
Joxhe, Majlinda UL; Zanaj, Skerdilajda UL; Scaramozzino, Pasquale

E-print/Working paper (2020)

In this paper, we explore the fiscal impact of immigrants in Europe applying a quantile regression approach to data from the European Survey on Living Conditions (EU-SILC) for the period 2007-2015. Our ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we explore the fiscal impact of immigrants in Europe applying a quantile regression approach to data from the European Survey on Living Conditions (EU-SILC) for the period 2007-2015. Our estimations show that not only on average but also in almost all income quantiles, the fiscal position of both European and non-European migrants is not significantly different from that of native citizens. Furthermore, non-EU migrants are net contributors as compared to the corresponding native citizens in the Netherlands and Belgium for various quantiles. Lastly, we examine the link between migrants’ fiscal position and the fiscal perception of native European citizens measured using ESS data. We find a conflicting relationship: countries where migrants are perceived negatively are instead countries where they are net fiscal contributors and vice versa. [less ▲]

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See detailDepressionen am Arbeitsplatz in Luxemburg: ein Handlungsfeld
Sischka, Philipp UL; Steffgen, Georges UL

E-print/Working paper (2020)

Im Rahmen dieser Newsletter wird das aktuelle Depressionsrisiko am Arbeitsplatz in Luxemburg vorgestellt. Im Vergleich zu anderen europäischen Ländern weist Luxemburg einen relativ hohen Anteil an ... [more ▼]

Im Rahmen dieser Newsletter wird das aktuelle Depressionsrisiko am Arbeitsplatz in Luxemburg vorgestellt. Im Vergleich zu anderen europäischen Ländern weist Luxemburg einen relativ hohen Anteil an Arbeitnehmern mit Depressionsrisiko. Weibliche Arbeitnehmer sind im Vergleich zu männlichen geringfügig häufiger von einem Depressionsrisiko betroffen. Differenziert nach Beruf sind vor allem Hilfsarbeitskräfte, Manager sowie Arbeitnehmer in Dienstleistungsberufen besonders von einem Depressionsrisiko betroffen. Arbeitnehmer mit Depressionsrisiko berichten über nachteilige Arbeitsbedingungen und weisen auch eine geringere Arbeitsplatzzufriedenheit sowie weitere gesundheitliche Probleme auf. [less ▲]

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See detailFluctuations for matrix-valued Gaussian processes
Jaramillo Gil, Arturo UL; Pardo Millan, Juan Carlos; Diaz Torres, Mario Alberto

E-print/Working paper (2020)

We consider a symmetric matrix-valued Gaussian process $Y^{(n)}=(Y^{(n)}(t);t\ge0)$ and its empirical spectral measure process $\mu^{(n)}=(\mu_{t}^{(n)};t\ge0)$. Under some mild conditions on the ... [more ▼]

We consider a symmetric matrix-valued Gaussian process $Y^{(n)}=(Y^{(n)}(t);t\ge0)$ and its empirical spectral measure process $\mu^{(n)}=(\mu_{t}^{(n)};t\ge0)$. Under some mild conditions on the covariance function of $Y^{(n)}$, we find an explicit expression for the limit distribution of $$Z_F^{(n)} := \left( \big(Z_{f_1}^{(n)}(t),\ldots,Z_{f_r}^{(n)}(t)\big) ; t\ge0\right),$$ where $F=(f_1,\dots, f_r)$, for $r\ge 1$, with each component belonging to a large class of test functions, and $$ Z_{f}^{(n)}(t) := n\int_{\R}f(x)\mu_{t}^{(n)}(\ud x)-n\E\left[\int_{\R}f(x)\mu_{t}^{(n)}(\ud x)\right].$$ More precisely, we establish the stable convergence of $Z_F^{(n)}$ and determine its limiting distribution. An upper bound for the total variation distance of the law of $Z_{f}^{(n)}(t)$ to its limiting distribution, for a test function $f$ and $t\geq0$ fixed, is also given. [less ▲]

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See detailA newform theory for Katz modular forms
Berhanu, Daniel UL

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In this paper, a strong multiplicity one theorem for Katz modular forms is studied. We show that a cuspidal Katz eigenform which admits an irreducible Galois representation is in the level and weight old ... [more ▼]

In this paper, a strong multiplicity one theorem for Katz modular forms is studied. We show that a cuspidal Katz eigenform which admits an irreducible Galois representation is in the level and weight old space of a uniquely associated Katz newform. We also set up multiplicity one results for Katz eigenforms which have reducible Galois representation. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimized Collision Search for STARK-Friendly Hash Challenge Candidates
Udovenko, Aleksei UL

E-print/Working paper (2020)

In this note, we report several solutions to the STARK-Friendly Hash Challenge: a competition with the goal of finding collisions for several hash functions designed specifically for zero-knowledge proofs ... [more ▼]

In this note, we report several solutions to the STARK-Friendly Hash Challenge: a competition with the goal of finding collisions for several hash functions designed specifically for zero-knowledge proofs (ZKP) and multiparty computations (MPC). We managed to find collisions for 3 instances of 91-bit hash functions. The method used is the classic parallel collision search with distinguished points from van Oorshot and Wiener (1994). As this is a general attack on hash functions, it does not exhibit any particular weakness of the chosen hash functions. The crucial part is to optimize the implementations to make the attack cost realistic, and we describe several arithmetic tricks. [less ▲]

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See detailFunctional inequalities on path space of sub-Riemannian manifolds and applications
Cheng, Li Juan UL; Grong, Erlend; Thalmaier, Anton UL

E-print/Working paper (2020)

For sub-Riemannian manifolds with a chosen complement, we first establish the derivative formula and integration by parts formula on path space with respect to a well-defined gradient operator. By using ... [more ▼]

For sub-Riemannian manifolds with a chosen complement, we first establish the derivative formula and integration by parts formula on path space with respect to a well-defined gradient operator. By using these formulae, we then show that upper and lower bounds of the horizontal Ricci curvature correspond to functional inequalities on path space analogous to what has been established in Riemannian geometry by Aaron Naber, such as gradient inequalities, log-Sobolev and Poincaré inequalities. [less ▲]

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See detailQuantitative two-scale stabilization on the Poisson space
Lachièze-Rey, Raphaël; Peccati, Giovanni UL; Yang, Xiaochuan

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See detailTransport inequalities for random point measures
Herry, Ronan; Gozlan, Nathael; Peccati, Giovanni UL

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See detailWidely-distributed Radar Imaging Based on Consensus ADMM
Hu, Ruizhi UL; Rao, Bhavani Shankar Mysore Rama; Murtada, Ahmed et al

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See detailCausal dynamical modelling predicts novel regulatory genes of FOXP3 in human regulatory T cells
Sawlekar, Rucha UL; Magni, Stefano UL; Chapelle, Christophe et al

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See detailLegal Readiness for Climate Finance: The case of Bangladesh towards a transition to climate resilience
Alexandraki, Chrysa UL

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Even though the Paris Agreement posits the need to align overall financial flows with low-carbon and climate-resilient development in the heart of its objectives, developing countries face ample ... [more ▼]

Even though the Paris Agreement posits the need to align overall financial flows with low-carbon and climate-resilient development in the heart of its objectives, developing countries face ample constraints in mitigating and adapting to climate change, while concomitantly embarking on reconciling the curbing of climate change with development concerns. Climate finance constitutes an enabling means not only for assisting developing countries in building capacities and enabling environments to address climate change in compliance with their commitments under the Paris Agreement, but most importantly for ushering a long-term development shift towards sustainability. This article furthers the discourse on what it means to be ‘legally ready’ for climate finance. It argues that legal reforms present a means to overcome legal barriers undermining climate finance effectiveness in developing countries, aimed at mainstreaming climate change considerations across all sectors and national policies, stimulating climate-related flows from all sources of finance, and instituting a paradigm shift towards climate-resilient development. First, it elaborates on the role of law in building climate finance readiness, the key legal barriers encountered in developing countries, and the main legal approaches and regulatory tools likely to enhance the four main capacities required to be ready for climate finance. Second, it illustrates the laws and policies currently implemented in Bangladesh concerning the country’s readiness for climate finance. The article concludes premised on the case study of Bangladesh that legal reforms are essential in developing countries, in order to ensure long-term climate finance effectiveness steering transformative changes. [less ▲]

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See detailApproximation of Riemannian measures by Stein’s method
Thompson, James UL

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See detailAn Overview of Generic Tools for Information-Theoretic Secrecy Performance Analysis over Wiretap Fading Channels
Kong, Long UL; Ai, Yun; Lei, Lei UL et al

E-print/Working paper (2020)

An alternative or supplementary approach named as physical layer security has been proposed to afford an extra security layer on top of the conventional cryptography technique. In this paper, an overview ... [more ▼]

An alternative or supplementary approach named as physical layer security has been proposed to afford an extra security layer on top of the conventional cryptography technique. In this paper, an overview of secrecy performance investigations over the classic Alice-Bob-Eve wiretap fading channels is conducted. On the basis of the classic wiretap channel model, we have comprehensively listed and thereafter compared the existing works on physical layer secrecy analysis considering the small-scale, large-scale, composite, and cascaded fading channel models. Exact secrecy metrics expressions, including secrecy outage probability (SOP), the probability of non-zero secrecy capacity (PNZ), average secrecy capacity (ASC), and secrecy bounds, including the lower bound of SOP and ergodic secrecy capacity, are presented. In order to encompass the aforementioned four kinds of fading channel models with a more \textit{generic} and \textit{flexible} distribution, the mixture gamma (MG), mixture of Gaussian (MoG), and Fox's $H$-function distributions are three useful candidates to largely include the above-mentioned four kinds of fading channel models. It is shown that they are flexible and general when assisting the secrecy analysis to obtain closed-form expressions. Their advantages and limitations are also highlighted. Conclusively, these three approaches are proven to provide a unified secrecy analysis framework and can cover all types of independent wiretap fading channel models. Apart from those, revisiting the existing secrecy enhancement techniques based on our system configuration, the on-off transmission scheme, jamming approach (including artificial noise (AN) & artificial fast fading (AFF)), antenna selection, and security region are presented. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentifiability of Finite Mixture Models with underlying Normal Distribution
Noel, Cédric; Schiltz, Jang UL

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In this paper, we show under which conditions generalized finite mixture with underlying normal distribution are identifiable in the sense that a given dataset leads to a uniquely determined set of model ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we show under which conditions generalized finite mixture with underlying normal distribution are identifiable in the sense that a given dataset leads to a uniquely determined set of model parameter estimations up to a permuta-tion of the clusters. [less ▲]

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See detailCorporate Technologies
Zetzsche, Dirk Andreas UL; Enriques, Luca

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See detailArtificial Intelligence in Finance: Putting the Humans in the Loop
Zetzsche, Dirk Andreas UL; Tang, Brian; Buckley, Ross et al

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See detailChallenging the Olympic Charter at the Swiss OECD National Contact Point
Baglayan, Basak UL

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See detailFast computation of half-integral weight modular forms
Inam, Ilker; Wiese, Gabor UL

E-print/Working paper (2020)

For many studies, it is essential to have a large number of Fourier coefficients of modular forms at one's disposal, for example Sato-Tate like problems where one needs many Fourier coefficients to obtain ... [more ▼]

For many studies, it is essential to have a large number of Fourier coefficients of modular forms at one's disposal, for example Sato-Tate like problems where one needs many Fourier coefficients to obtain significant statistical results. In this article, we exhibit bases for the space of modular forms of any half-integral weight and level 4, which have the property that many coefficients can be computed (relatively) quickly on a computer. [less ▲]

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See detailKernel Selection in Nonparametric Regression
Halconruy, Hélène UL; Marie, Nicolas

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In the regression model Y=b(X)+ε, where X has a density f, this paper deals with an oracle inequality for an estimator of bf, involving a kernel in the sense of Lerasle et al. (2016), selected via the PCO ... [more ▼]

In the regression model Y=b(X)+ε, where X has a density f, this paper deals with an oracle inequality for an estimator of bf, involving a kernel in the sense of Lerasle et al. (2016), selected via the PCO method. In addition to the bandwidth selection for kernel-based estimators already studied in Lacour, Massart and Rivoirard (2017) and Comte and Marie (2020), the dimension selection for anisotropic projection estimators of f and bf is covered. [less ▲]

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See detailA Welfare Evaluation of Green Urban Areas
Picard, Pierre M UL; Tran, Huyen

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Urban green areas cover more than 6% of urban land in Europe. This paper quan-tifies the impact of urban green areas on city structures for more than 300 Europeancities. It discusses the economic effects ... [more ▼]

Urban green areas cover more than 6% of urban land in Europe. This paper quan-tifies the impact of urban green areas on city structures for more than 300 Europeancities. It discusses the economic effects of the local amenity produced by green urbanareas using an urban economics model with various set of preferences. It estimatesthose models using data on detailed residential land uses, green urban areas and popu-lation density. It finally assesses the economic effects of reducing urban green areas incounterfactual exercises where cities are closed and open to migration and green urbanland is converted to residential plots or not. By this strategy, the economic assess-ment accounts for the general equilibrium effects through endogenous land prices andresidential space and location choices. It shows that the gross benefits of urban greenareas are substantial. A uniform removal of half of the urban green areas is equivalentto 6-9% reduction of household annual income. However, the conversion of those areasto residential plots brings a net gain of approximately 4% [less ▲]

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See detailDecentralized Finance (DeFi)
Zetzsche, Dirk Andreas UL; Buckley, Ross; Arner, Douglas

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See detailAutomation, Growth, and Factor Shares in the Era of Population Aging
Irmen, Andreas UL

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How does population aging affect economic growth and factor shares in times of increasingly automatable production processes? The present paper addresses this question in a new macroeconomic model of ... [more ▼]

How does population aging affect economic growth and factor shares in times of increasingly automatable production processes? The present paper addresses this question in a new macroeconomic model of automation where competitive firms perform tasks to produce output. Tasks require labor and machines as inputs. New machines embody superior technological knowledge and substitute for labor in the performance of tasks. The incentive to automate is stronger if wages are higher. Automation is shown to boost the aggregate demand for labor if and only if the incentives to automate are strong enough and to reduce the labor share. These predictions obtain even though automation is labor-augmenting in the reduced-form production function. Population aging due to a higher longevity or a decline in fertility may strengthen or weaken the incentives to automate. Irrespective of its source, population aging is predicted to increase the growth rate of per-capita GDP in the short and in the long run. The short-run effect of higher longevity on the labor share is positive whereas the effect of a declining fertility is negative. In the long run, population aging reduces the labor share. [less ▲]

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See detailFintech Toolkit: Smart Regulatory and Market Approaches to Financial Technology Innovation
Zetzsche, Dirk Andreas UL; Arner, Douglas; Buckley, Ross et al

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See detailOn the distribution of coefficients of half-integral weight modular forms and the Bruinier-Kohnen Conjecture
Inam, Ilker; Demirkol Özkaya, Zeynep; Tercan, Elif et al

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This work represents a systematic computational study of the distribution of the Fourier coefficients of cuspidal Hecke eigenforms of level Gamma_0(4) and half-integral weights. Based on substantial ... [more ▼]

This work represents a systematic computational study of the distribution of the Fourier coefficients of cuspidal Hecke eigenforms of level Gamma_0(4) and half-integral weights. Based on substantial calculations, the question is raised whether the distribution of normalised Fourier coefficients with bounded indices can be approximated by a generalised Gaussian distribution. Moreover, it is argued that the apparent symmetry around zero of the data lends strong evidence to the Bruinier-Kohnen Conjecture on the equidistribution of signs and even suggests the strengthening that signs and absolute values are distributed independently. [less ▲]

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See detailTESTS AND ESTIMATION STRATEGIES ASSOCIATED TO SOME LOSS FUNCTIONS
Baraud, Yannick UL

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See detailTasks, Technology, and Factor Prices in the Neoclassical Production Sector
Irmen, Andreas UL

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This paper introduces tasks into the neoclassical production sector. Competitive firms choose the profit-maximizing amounts of factor-specific tasks that determine their factor demands and output supplies ... [more ▼]

This paper introduces tasks into the neoclassical production sector. Competitive firms choose the profit-maximizing amounts of factor-specific tasks that determine their factor demands and output supplies. We show that the effect of factor-augmenting technical change on relative and absolute factor prices can be decomposed into a productivity effect and a task-demand effect of opposite sign. These effects appear since the novel task-based approach distinguishes between the demands for tasks and the demands for factors. This perspective provides a new intuition for the emergence of relative and absolute factor biases and the role of the elasticity of substitution. [less ▲]

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See detailQuality of Work – Project. Forschungsbericht zur Erhebungswelle 2019
Sischka, Philipp UL; Steffgen, Georges UL

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Der „Quality of Work Index Luxembourg“ (QoW)-Survey, der von der Universität Luxemburg und der luxemburgischen Chambre des Salariés konzipiert wurde, wurde 2019 zum siebten Mal durchgeführt. Ziel des ... [more ▼]

Der „Quality of Work Index Luxembourg“ (QoW)-Survey, der von der Universität Luxemburg und der luxemburgischen Chambre des Salariés konzipiert wurde, wurde 2019 zum siebten Mal durchgeführt. Ziel des Surveys ist es, die erlebte Arbeitssituation und -qualität luxemburgischer Arbeitnehmer zu erfassen. Der vorliegende Bericht dokumentiert die psychometrische Testung der Güte des aktuellen Erhebungsinstruments. In einem ersten Schritt erfolgt eine Beschreibung der Befragungsumstände sowie eine demographische Beschreibung der Stichprobe. Da die Erhebung 2019 als Mixed-Mode-Design – telefonische als auch Online-Befragung – durchgeführt wurde, wird auch analysiert, ob Stichprobenunterschiede zwischen den beiden Erhebungsmodi auftreten. Außerdem wird geklärt, ob es hinsichtlich demographischer Eigenschaften der Befragten, hinsichtlich der QoW-Skalen oder hinsichtlich verschiedener Well-Being-Maße zu systematischen Ausfällen seit der letzten Welle gekommen ist. Dann erfolgt eine Prüfung der Items der QoW-, der Beschäftigungsqualität- und der Well-Being-Skalen (fehlende Werte, verteilungsbeschreibender Maßzahlen, Balkendiagramme). In einem nächsten Schritt werden die Skalen mittels verschiedener Reliabilitätsstatistiken (Cronbach’s Alpha, Korrelationsanalysen der Items) sowie Koeffizienten zur Beschreibung der Skalenverteilung überprüft. Außerdem werden die Zusammenhänge der Skalen mittels Korrelationsanalysen überprüft. Im Anschluss daran wird die unterstellte Faktorenstruktur mittels konfirmatorischer Faktoren-analysen getestet. Die QoW- und Beschäftigungsqualität-Skalen werden außerdem auf verschiedene Well-Being-Skalen regressiert, um deren Relevanz für den QoW-Index zu prüfen. Ebenso werden einige Längsschnitt-Regressionsanalysen durchgeführt, um zu überprüfen ob einige Arbeitsbedingungen längerfristige Effekte auf das Well-Being der Arbeitnehmer aufweisen. Die QoW-Befragung 2019 hat außerdem das Schwerpunktthema „Leadership-Stil und Basic Needs“ behandelt. Die Güte der Skalen zu diesem Thema wird ebenfalls geprüft. Im Anschluss werden dann Korrelationen mit den QoW-, Beschäftigungsqualität- und Well-Being-Skalen berechnet. Abschließend wird das gesamte Erhebungsinstrument zusammenfassend diskutiert und Empfehlungen bezüglich zukünftiger Befragungen gegeben. [less ▲]

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See detailDigital Finance & The COVID-19 Crisis
Zetzsche, Dirk Andreas UL; Arner, Douglas; Barberis, Janos Nathan et al

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See detailNormal approximation for functions of hidden Markov models
Kerchev, George UL

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See detailAssessing suppression strategies against epidemicoutbreaks like COVID-19: the SPQEIR model
Proverbio, Daniele UL; Kemp, Francoise UL; Magni, Stefano UL et al

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The current COVID-19 outbreak represents a most serious challenge for societies worldwide. It isendangering the health of millions of people, and resulting in severe socioeconomic challenges dueto lock ... [more ▼]

The current COVID-19 outbreak represents a most serious challenge for societies worldwide. It isendangering the health of millions of people, and resulting in severe socioeconomic challenges dueto lock-down measures. Governments worldwide aim to devise exit strategies to revive the economywhile keeping the pandemic under control. The problem is that the effects of distinct measures arenot well quantified. This paper compares several suppression approaches and potential exit strategiesusing a new extended epidemic SEIR model. It concludes that while rapid and strong lock-down isan effective pandemic suppression measure, a combination of other strategies such as social distanc-ing, active protection and removal can achieve similar suppression synergistically. This quantitativeunderstanding will support the establishment of mid- and long-term interventions. Finally, the paperprovides an online tool that allows researchers and decision makers to interactively simulate diversescenarios with our model. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the structure of symmetric $n$-ary bands
Devillet, Jimmy UL; Mathonet, Pierre

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We study the class of symmetric $n$-ary bands. These are $n$-ary semigroups $(X,F)$ such that $F$ is invariant under the action of permutations and idempotent, i.e., satisfies $F(x,\ldots,x)=x$ for all $x ... [more ▼]

We study the class of symmetric $n$-ary bands. These are $n$-ary semigroups $(X,F)$ such that $F$ is invariant under the action of permutations and idempotent, i.e., satisfies $F(x,\ldots,x)=x$ for all $x\in X$. We first provide a structure theorem for these symmetric $n$-ary bands that extends the classical (strong) semilattice decomposition of certain classes of bands. We introduce the concept of strong $n$-ary semilattice of $n$-ary semigroups and we show that the symmetric $n$-ary bands are exactly the strong $n$-ary semilattices of $n$-ary extensions of Abelian groups whose exponents divide $n-1$. Finally, we use the structure theorem to obtain necessary and sufficient conditions for a symmetric $n$-ary band to be reducible to a semigroup. [less ▲]

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See detailFast cross-validation for multi-penalty ridge regression
van de Wiel, Mark A.; van Nee, Mirrelijn M.; Rauschenberger, Armin UL

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Prediction based on multiple high-dimensional data types needs to account for the potentially strong differences in predictive signal. Ridge regression is a simple, yet versatile and interpretable model ... [more ▼]

Prediction based on multiple high-dimensional data types needs to account for the potentially strong differences in predictive signal. Ridge regression is a simple, yet versatile and interpretable model for high-dimensional data that has challenged the predictive performance of many more complex models and learners, in particular in dense settings. Moreover, it allows using a specific penalty per data type to account for differences between those. Then, the largest challenge for multi-penalty ridge is to optimize these penalties efficiently in a cross-validation (CV) setting, in particular for GLM and Cox ridge regression, which require an additional loop for fitting the model by iterative weighted least squares (IWLS). Our main contribution is a computationally very efficient formula for the multi-penalty, sample-weighted hat-matrix, as used in the IWLS algorithm. As a result, nearly all computations are in the low-dimensional sample space. We show that our approach is several orders of magnitude faster than more naive ones. We developed a very flexible framework that includes prediction of several types of response, allows for unpenalized covariates, can optimize several performance criteria and implements repeated CV. Moreover, extensions to pair data types and to allow a preferential order of data types are included and illustrated on several cancer genomics survival prediction problems. The corresponding R-package, multiridge, serves as a versatile standalone tool, but also as a fast benchmark for other more complex models and multi-view learners. [less ▲]

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See detailPoverty in Russia: the Role of the Marital Status and Gender
Zanaj, Skerdilajda UL

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See detailExplaining the Decline in the US Labor Share: Taxation and Automation DEM Discussion Paper 20-2020, University of Luxembourg
Irmen, Andreas UL; Heer, Burkhard; Süssmuth, Bernd

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This study provides evidence for the US that the secular decline in the labor share is not only explained by technical change or globalization, but also by the dynamics of factor taxation, automation ... [more ▼]

This study provides evidence for the US that the secular decline in the labor share is not only explained by technical change or globalization, but also by the dynamics of factor taxation, automation capital, and population growth. First, we empirically find indications of co-integration for the 1974-2008 period. Permanent effects on factor shares emanate from relative factor taxation. The latter also have a lasting effect on the use of robots. Variance decompositions reveal that taxing contributes to changes in the two income shares and in automation capital. Second, we analyse and calibrate a neoclassical growth model extended to include factor taxation, automation capital, and capital adjustment costs. The model is able to replicate the dynamics of the observed functional income distribution in the US during the 1965-2015 period. Counterfactual experiments suggest that the fall in the labor share would have been significantly smaller if labor and capital income tax rates had remained at their respective level of the 1960s. [less ▲]

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See detailEstimating the number of infected persons
Baraud, Yannick UL; Nourdin, Ivan UL; Peccati, Giovanni UL

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The aim of this paper is to provide a confidence interval on the number of infected persons by COVID-19 within the population from the number of deaths reported in the hospitals and the mortality rate ... [more ▼]

The aim of this paper is to provide a confidence interval on the number of infected persons by COVID-19 within the population from the number of deaths reported in the hospitals and the mortality rate (that is assumed to be known). [less ▲]

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See detailJust because they say it is sustainable development, it does not mean that it is: Sustainable development as a master-signifier in Swiss urban and regional planning
Carr, Constance UL

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With stunning green landscapes, exemplary public transport, and picturesque walkable cities, Switzerland often occupies the public imaginary of a place that has tackled sustainable development. This ... [more ▼]

With stunning green landscapes, exemplary public transport, and picturesque walkable cities, Switzerland often occupies the public imaginary of a place that has tackled sustainable development. This research, however, looks under the hood and finds that this development path supports not only modes of capital accumulation, but also certain less sustainable patterns of development and governance. This paper examines this apparent paradox by looking at the role of sustainable development as a master-signifier in Swiss urban development processes. Empirical observations were made in the Glatt Valley of Switzerland, where governing officials of small municipalities are confronted with coordinating urban development under growth pressure within cantonal and federal policy frameworks that claim sustainable development. It can be seen that sustainable development is an empty master-signifier that policy makers engage to justify the quilting of a certain hegemonic discourses of power that reflect in further uneven urban development. By reproducing business as usual market-led urban growth, fragmentation is maintained as are social spatial disparities are entrenched. [less ▲]

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See detailSmall Scale CLTs for the Nodal Length of Monochromatic Waves
Dierickx, Gauthier; Nourdin, Ivan UL; Peccati, Giovanni UL et al

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See detailResearch Frameworks in Comparative Public Law: Law as Category, as Source and as Variable
Hofmann, Herwig UL

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This chapter outlines some basic approaches to identifying frameworks of comparative research. It first argues that establishing comparative frameworks is a task ubiquitous to legal methodology. The ... [more ▼]

This chapter outlines some basic approaches to identifying frameworks of comparative research. It first argues that establishing comparative frameworks is a task ubiquitous to legal methodology. The framework is the decisive factor identifying the comparators and allowing assessment of similarities and differences. The framework allows identification of what to compare, how many commonalities the comparators have to start with, and how ‘foreign’ the two elements subject to comparison may be, so as to facilitate meaningful comparison. The chapter thus shows how comparative frameworks are flexible in serving the objectives defined by comparative scholars. This fluid feature of the framework of comparison and the relatively ubiquitous nature of the comparative method is the backdrop to the discussions in this chapter, critically reviewing three major frameworks identified by the objectives of the comparative approach: law as ‘category’, as ‘source’, and as ‘variable’. [less ▲]

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See detailPreservation of DNA Privacy During the Large Scale Detection of COVID-19
Hollenstein, Marcel; Naccache, David; Roenne, Peter UL et al

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See detailUniversal Hall conductance scaling in non-Hermitian Chern insulators
Groenendijk, Solofo UL; Schmidt, Thomas UL; Meng, Tobias

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See detailQuality of Work – Project. Forschungsbericht zur Erhebungswelle 2020
Sischka, Philipp UL; Steffgen, Georges UL

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Der „Quality of Work Index Luxembourg“ (QoW)-Survey, der von der Universität Luxemburg und der luxemburgischen Chambre des Salariés konzipiert wurde, wurde 2020 zum achten Mal durchgeführt. Ziel des ... [more ▼]

Der „Quality of Work Index Luxembourg“ (QoW)-Survey, der von der Universität Luxemburg und der luxemburgischen Chambre des Salariés konzipiert wurde, wurde 2020 zum achten Mal durchgeführt. Ziel des Surveys ist es, die erlebte Arbeitssituation und -qualität luxemburgischer Arbeitnehmer zu erfassen. Der vorliegende Bericht dokumentiert die psychometrische Testung der Güte des aktuellen Erhebungsinstruments. In einem ersten Schritt erfolgt eine Beschreibung der Befragungsumstände sowie eine demographische Beschreibung der Stichprobe. Da die Erhebung 2020 als Mixed-Mode-Design – telefonische als auch Online-Befragung – durchgeführt wurde, wird auch analysiert, ob Stichprobenunterschiede zwischen den beiden Erhebungsmodi auftreten. Außerdem wird geklärt, ob es hinsichtlich demographischer Eigenschaften der Befragten, hinsichtlich der QoW-Skalen oder hinsichtlich verschiedener Well-Being-Maße zu systematischen Ausfällen seit der letzten Welle gekommen ist. Dann erfolgt eine Prüfung der Items der QoW-, der QoE- und der Well-Being-Skalen (fehlende Werte, verteilungsbeschreibender Maßzahlen, Balkendiagramme). In einem nächsten Schritt werden die Skalen mittels verschiedener Reliabilitätsstatistiken (Cronbach’s Alpha, Korrelationsanalysen der Items) sowie Koeffizienten zur Beschreibung der Skalenverteilung überprüft. Außerdem werden die Zusammenhänge der Skalen mittels Korrelationsanalysen überprüft. Im Anschluss daran wird die unterstellte Faktorenstruktur mittels konfirmatorischer Faktoren-analysen getestet. Die QoW- und QoE-Skalen werden außerdem auf verschiedene Well-Being-Skalen regressiert, um deren Relevanz für den QoW-Index zu prüfen. Ebenso werden einige Längsschnitt-Regressionsanalysen durchgeführt, um zu überprüfen ob einige Arbeits-bedingungen längerfristige Effekte auf das Well-Being der Arbeitnehmer aufweisen. Die QoW-Befragung 2020 hat außerdem das Schwerpunktthema „Arbeitsbedingungen in der Corona-Krise“ behandelt. Die Güte der Konstrukte zu diesem Thema wird ebenfalls geprüft. Im Anschluss werden dann Zusammenhänge mit den QoW-, QoE- und Well-Being-Skalen berechnet. Abschließend wird das gesamte Erhebungsinstrument zusammenfassend diskutiert und Empfehlungen bezüglich zukünftiger Befragungen gegeben. [less ▲]

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See detailpatRoon: Open Source Software Platform for Environmental Mass Spectrometry Based Non-target Screening
Helmus, Rick; ter Laak, Thomas; van Wezel, Annemarie et al

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See detailThe signature method : a new tool enhancing time series clustering
Clausel, Marianne; Lejay, Antoine; Terraza, Virginie UL

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See detailAfter Libra, Digital Yuan and COVID-19: Central Bank Digital Currencies and the New World of Money and Payment Systems
Zetzsche, Dirk Andreas UL; Arner, Douglas; Buckley, Ross et al

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See detailThe Supply of Hours Worked and Endogenous Growth Cycles
Irmen, Andreas UL; Iong, Ka-Kit UL

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We show that declining hours of work per worker in conjunction with a growing work force may give rise to growth cycles. This is accomplished in an overlapping generations model where individuals are ... [more ▼]

We show that declining hours of work per worker in conjunction with a growing work force may give rise to growth cycles. This is accomplished in an overlapping generations model where individuals are endowed with Boppart-Krusell preferences (Boppart and Krusell (2020)), i. e., the wage elasticity of their supply of hours worked is negative. On the supply side, economic growth is due to the expansion of consumption-good varieties through endogenous research. We show that a sufficiently negative equilibrium elasticity of the individual supply of hours worked to an expansion in the set of consumption-good varieties opens up the possibility of growth cycles where the economy fluctuates between two regimes, one with and the other without an active research sector. We identify period-2 and period-3 cycles, conclude with Li and Yorke (1975) that cycles of any periodicity exists, and generalize our findings to period-n cycles. We show that the possibility of cycles occurs under empirically plausible conditions. Throughout, we emphasize that the economics of cycles is linked to the intergenerational trade of shares and their pricing in the asset market. [less ▲]

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See detailEndogenous Task-Based Technical Change - Factor Scarcity and Factor Prices -
Irmen, Andreas UL

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This paper develops a static model of endogenous task-based technical progress to study how factor scarcity induces technological progress and changes in factor prices. The equilibrium technology is multi ... [more ▼]

This paper develops a static model of endogenous task-based technical progress to study how factor scarcity induces technological progress and changes in factor prices. The equilibrium technology is multi-dimensional and not strongly factor-saving in the sense of Acemoglu (2010). Nevertheless, labor scarcity induces labor productivity growth. There is a weak but no strong absolute equilibrium bias. This model provides a plausible interpretation of the famous contention of Hicks (1932) about the role of factor prices and factor endowments for induced innovations. It may serve as a micro-foundation for canonical macro-economic models. Moreover, it accommodates features like endogenous factor supplies and a binding minimum wage. [less ▲]

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See detailIn-work poverty in times of pandemic
Ratti, Luca UL

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The coronavirus crisis is exacerbating in-work poverty in the EU—and a powerful raft of labour-market and welfare measures is needed for an adequate response.

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See detailCOVID-19 Crisis Management in Luxembourg: Insights from an Epidemionomic Approach
burzynski, Michal; Machado, Joel; Aalto, Atte UL et al

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We develop an epidemionomic model that jointly analyzes the health and economic responses to the COVID-19 crisis and to the related containment and public health policy measures implemented in Luxembourg ... [more ▼]

We develop an epidemionomic model that jointly analyzes the health and economic responses to the COVID-19 crisis and to the related containment and public health policy measures implemented in Luxembourg and in the Greater Region. The model has a weekly structure and covers the whole year 2020. With a limited number of parameters, the model is calibrated to depict the pre-crisis evolution of the Luxembourg economy, and to match post-lockdown leading economic indicators and industry-specific infection curves. The nowcasting part of our analysis reveals that each week of lockdown reduces national output by about 28% (and annual GDP by 0.54%). A first peak of the infection curve was observed at the very beginning of April. If the lockdown measures had been permanent, annual GDP would have decreased by 22% in 2020, the number of COVID-19 cases would have reached zero around mid-June, and the proportion of recovered people would have reached 1.4% of the population. In an economy heavily relying on skill-intensive services, we show that the role of teleworking has been instrumental to limiting the weekly economic output loss (almost by one half) and the propagation of the virus. In the forecasting part of the analysis, we quantify the epidemiological and economic responses to gradual deconfinement measures under various public health scenarios. If the post-lockdown transmission rates could be kept constant throughout the deconfinement period, restarting all sectors would have huge effects on the economy (limiting the annual GDP loss to about 7%) and no effect on the aggregate infection curve. While it is a good time for lifting containment measures, there is also a risk that increasing the density of employees at the workplace and resuming social activities would induce a rebound in the infection curve. Preventing such a relapse is possible with PCR testing of both national and cross-border workers, and with accompanying measures such as (i) maintaining teleworking practices, (ii) reopening hotels, restaurants and cafes at half of their full capacity or with equivalent physical distancing measures and last but not least, (iii) sustaining distancing measures in social activities. Overall, in our worst-case scenario, combining bi-monthly testing with contact tracing and quarantining measures appear to be a suficient (perhaps not necessary) policy option in the aftermath of the deconfinement plan. [less ▲]

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See detailOn Performance Characterization of Cascaded Multiwire-PLC/MIMO-RF Communication System
Ai, Yun; Kong, Long UL; Cheffena, Michael et al

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See detailSecure Vehicular Communications through Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces
Ai, Yun; Figueiredo, Felipe A. P. de; Kong, Long UL et al

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See detailGeographical Stratification of Green Urban Areas
Picard, Pierre M UL; Tran, Thi Thu Huyen UL

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This paper studies the provision of urban green areas in cities when residents havepreferences for the size of and access to those areas. At the optimum, the number ofurban green spaces is a non-monotone ... [more ▼]

This paper studies the provision of urban green areas in cities when residents havepreferences for the size of and access to those areas. At the optimum, the number ofurban green spaces is a non-monotone function of distance to the city centre, whilethe sizes and distances to other urban green areas increase as one moves to the urbanfringe. This paper empirically investigates those properties for the 300 largest Europeancities by using the GMES Urban Atlas database (European Environmental Agency).The empirical analysis confirms the non-monotone relationship between the numberof urban green spaces and the distance to the city centre. The distance between twoparks also increases as one moves toward the urban fringe. Finally, richer cities areassociated with a denser network of urban green areas. [less ▲]

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See detailThe solution of the immigrant paradox: aspirations and expectations of children of migrants
Beine, Michel UL; Montes Vinas, Ana Cecilia UL; Zanaj, Skerdilajda UL

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In this paper, we push forward the hypothesis that misalignment between expectations and aspirations crucially affects the educational outcomes of young adults. Using AddHealth, a dataset of 20,774 ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we push forward the hypothesis that misalignment between expectations and aspirations crucially affects the educational outcomes of young adults. Using AddHealth, a dataset of 20,774 adolescents between the grades 7-12, we show that the difference in school performance between migrant children and natives lies within the aspirations and expectations that migrant children form. More specifically, we find that positive misalignment between aspirations and expectations is a driving force for higher effort and better education outcomes of immigrant teenagers in the USA. This force resolves the well-known immigrant paradox. Furthermore, this result is specific to migrant children and does not hold for second-generation migrant pupils. [less ▲]

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See detailLocal constancy for reductions of two-dimensional crystalline representations
Torti, Emiliano UL

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See detailCultivation and characterization of human midbrain organoids in sensor integrated microfluidic chips
Spitz, Sarah; Zanetti, Cristian; Bolognin, Silvia UL et al

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See detailProfit taxation and royalties: evidence from gold mines in Sub-Saharan Africa
Bertinelli, Luisito UL; Bourgain, Arnaud UL; Zanaj, Skerdilajda UL

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In this paper, we analyze theoretically and empirically the effects of tax changes on firms’ profits in extractive industries. In the theoretical part, we assume a country that levies a profit tax and a ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we analyze theoretically and empirically the effects of tax changes on firms’ profits in extractive industries. In the theoretical part, we assume a country that levies a profit tax and a royalty on the profits of extractive firms to maximize its tax revenues. The mining companies may reduce their taxable income by cost manipulation. By analyzing the optimal choice of the government and of the firms, we first establish the optimal tax policy and then we investigate the impact of the optimal fiscal policy on firms’ profits. In the empirical part of the paper, we estimate the effect of the profit tax and royalty on the extracting firms’ profit in African countries during the period spanning from 2007 to 2018. We use the Mining Intelligence database to constitute a panel of annual individual data from a database of 363 gold mines located in 21 Sub-Saharan countries. We obtain an inverse relationship between the tax rate change of the two tax instruments and the profit of the firms. [less ▲]

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See detailFrom deformation theory of wheeled props to classification of Kontsevich formality maps
Andersson, Assar UL; Merkulov, Sergei UL

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We study homotopy theory of the wheeled prop controlling Poisson structures on arbitrary formal graded finite-dimensional manifolds and prove, in particular, that Grothendieck-Teichmueller group acts on ... [more ▼]

We study homotopy theory of the wheeled prop controlling Poisson structures on arbitrary formal graded finite-dimensional manifolds and prove, in particular, that Grothendieck-Teichmueller group acts on that wheeled prop faithfully and homotopy non-trivially. Next we apply this homotopy theory to the study of the deformation complex of an arbitrary Maxim Kontsevich formality map and compute the full cohomology group of that deformation complex in terms of the cohomology of a certain graph complex introduced earlier by Maxim Kontsevich in [K1] and studied by Thomas Willwacher in [W1]. [less ▲]

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See detailA Directive to protect whistle-blowers
Kafteranis, Dimitrios UL

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See detailA note on a quantization via the Ran space
Kalugin, Alexey UL

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See detailParliamentary Administrations in EU Politics: The Sources and Impact of Diversity
Högenauer, Anna-Lena UL

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National parliaments tend to delegate a range of tasks related to EU affairs scrutiny to their administrations. However, there is considerable variation in the extent to which national parliaments invest ... [more ▼]

National parliaments tend to delegate a range of tasks related to EU affairs scrutiny to their administrations. However, there is considerable variation in the extent to which national parliaments invest in EU affairs staff. This raises two questions: what is the source of this diversity, and what is its impact on the EU affairs scrutiny of national parliaments? This paper argues that greater investments in EU affairs staff are associated with public Euroscepticism, large parliaments and parliaments with strong scrutiny powers. A large EU staff is, in turn, associated with parliaments that are relatively active in EU affairs scrutiny. This is particularly true for the 15 EU member states that joined before 2004. [less ▲]

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See detailL'espace sportif européen: circulations, organisations et identité européenne
Moreau, Sebastien UL; Sbetti, Nicola; Dufraisse, Sylvain et al

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Dès la fin du xixe siècle, l’espace européen est le cadre d’un développement précoce des échanges sportifs et tient un rôle pionnier dans l’organisation internationale des sports. L’homogénéisation des ... [more ▼]

Dès la fin du xixe siècle, l’espace européen est le cadre d’un développement précoce des échanges sportifs et tient un rôle pionnier dans l’organisation internationale des sports. L’homogénéisation des pratiques et la mise en place de compétitions continentales, processus commencé dans l’entre-deux-guerres et qui se renforce après la Deuxième Guerre mondiale, a comme effet la constitution d’un espace sportif européen. Touchant autant les élites que les masses et le produit d’une intense médiatisation, les sports ont un impact qui dépasse largement les stades et permettent aux Européens de se rencontrer et in fine de mieux se connaître. [less ▲]

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See detailThe 2019 European Parliament Elections in Luxembourg in the Context of Past Elections
Högenauer, Anna-Lena UL

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The aim of this article is to analyse the 2019 European election in Luxembourg and to contextualize it by comparing it with past elections. The article presents the party landscape, the electoral campaign ... [more ▼]

The aim of this article is to analyse the 2019 European election in Luxembourg and to contextualize it by comparing it with past elections. The article presents the party landscape, the electoral campaign, the electoral system and the results of the 2019 European election. The results are then analysed in the context of past national and European elections in order to establish whether European elections are second-order elections in Luxembourg, how electoral volatility evolved over time, whether there is a rise in Eurosceptic parties and how the representation of women has evolved since 1979. [less ▲]

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See detailThe conformal group of a compact simply connected Lorentzian manifold
Melnick, Karin; Pecastaing, Vincent UL

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See detailConstant Gaussian curvature foliations and Schläfli formulas of hyperbolic 3-manifolds
Mazzoli, Filippo UL

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We study the geometry of the foliation by constant Gaussian curvature surfaces (S_k)_k of a hyperbolic end, and how it relates to the structures of its boundary at infinity and of its pleated boundary ... [more ▼]

We study the geometry of the foliation by constant Gaussian curvature surfaces (S_k)_k of a hyperbolic end, and how it relates to the structures of its boundary at infinity and of its pleated boundary. First, we show that the Thurston and the Schwarzian parametrizations are the limits of two families of parametrizations of the space of hyperbolic ends, defined by Labourie in 1992 in terms of the geometry of the leaves S_k. We give a new description of the renormalized volume using the constant curvature foliation. We prove a generalization of McMullen's Kleinian reciprocity theorem, which replaces the role of the Schwarzian parametrization with Labourie's parametrizations. Finally, we describe the constant curvature foliation of a hyperbolic end as the integral curve of a time-dependent Hamiltonian vector field on the cotangent space to Teichmüller space, in analogy to the Moncrief flow for constant mean curvature foliations in Lorenzian space-times. [less ▲]

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See detailDeconstructing Blockchains: A Comprehensive Survey on Consensus, Membership and Structure
Natoli, Christopher; Yu, Jiangshan; Gramoli, Vincent et al

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It is no exaggeration to say that since the introduction of Bitcoin, blockchains have become a disruptive technology that has shaken the world. However, the rising popularity of the paradigm has led to a ... [more ▼]

It is no exaggeration to say that since the introduction of Bitcoin, blockchains have become a disruptive technology that has shaken the world. However, the rising popularity of the paradigm has led to a flurry of proposals addressing variations and/or trying to solve problems stemming from the initial specification. This added considerable complexity to the current blockchain ecosystems, amplified by the absence of detail in many accompanying blockchain whitepapers. Through this paper, we set out to explain blockchains in a simple way, taming that complexity through the deconstruction of the blockchain into three simple, critical components common to all known systems: membership selection, consensus mechanism and structure. We propose an evaluation framework with insight into system models, desired properties and analysis criteria, using the decoupled components as criteria. We use this framework to provide clear and intuitive overviews of the design principles behind the analyzed systems and the properties achieved. We hope our effort will help clarifying the current state of blockchain proposals and provide directions to the analysis of future proposals. [less ▲]

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See detailProjective and conformal closed manifolds with a higher-rank lattice action
Pecastaing, Vincent UL

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We prove global results about actions of cocompact lattices in higher-rank simple Lie groups on closed manifolds endowed with either a projective class of connections or a conformal class of pseudo ... [more ▼]

We prove global results about actions of cocompact lattices in higher-rank simple Lie groups on closed manifolds endowed with either a projective class of connections or a conformal class of pseudo-Riemannian metrics of signature (p,q), with min(p,q)>1. In the continuity of a recent article, provided that such a structure is locally equivalent to its model X, the main question treated here is the completeness of the associated (G,X)-structure. The similarities between the model spaces of non-Lorentzian conformal geometry and projective geometry make that lots of arguments are valid for both cases, and we expose the proofs in parallel. The conclusion is that in both cases, when the real-rank is maximal, the manifold is globally equivalent to either the model space X or its double cover. [less ▲]

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See detailDer Arbeitsmarkt der Sozialen Arbeit 2018 = Le marché de l'emploi du secteur social en 2018
Flammang, Manou Laure UL; Böwen, Petra UL

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This newsletter describes the job market in the social work sector in Luxembourg in 2018. The data are derived from an ongoing research project by the "PraxisBüro" of the University of Luxembourg. The ... [more ▼]

This newsletter describes the job market in the social work sector in Luxembourg in 2018. The data are derived from an ongoing research project by the "PraxisBüro" of the University of Luxembourg. The newsletter presents a selection of statistics concerning for example the most sought after qualification levels, the distribution of practice fields, the distribution of job offers in public, municipal, private and non-governmental organisations and the documented gap between the demand of social workers with a Bachelor diploma and the number of Bachelor diplomas issued in Luxembourg. [less ▲]

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See detailAdvocate General Bobek on One of us – Legal Clarity vs Political Debate
Hiry, Jasmin UL

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See detailAdvocate General Bobek on One of us – Legal Clarity vs Political Debate
Hiry, Jasmin UL

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See detailLocal Social Interaction and Urban Equilibria
Picard, Pierre M UL; Augeraud-Veron, Emmanuelle; Maruhenda, Francisco

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In this paper we investigate the effect of local interaction in a simple urban economics model. Agents interact with others if and only if their interaction benefit outweights their travel cost and ... [more ▼]

In this paper we investigate the effect of local interaction in a simple urban economics model. Agents interact with others if and only if their interaction benefit outweights their travel cost and therefore meet others only within finite geographic windows. We show that two or more cites may co-exist at the equilibrium provided that they are sufficiently distant. For any interaction surplus function, there exists a unique spatial equilibrium on not too large city supports. The population density within a city is determined by a second order advance-delay differential equation, whose solutions are fully characterized for linear interaction surplus functions. Numerical analyses show that more localized interactions yield flatter population density and land rents over larger extents of the city support. They do not give support to the idea that multiple subcenters can be caused by small and finite geographic windows of interaction. [less ▲]

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See detailBorders and the mobility of migrants in Luxembourg
Paraschivescu, Claudia UL; Nienaber, Birte UL; Oesch, Lucas UL

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This country report sought to explore the border as a site of control and the ways in which it interferes with migrants’ (asylum seekers, refugees and rejected asylum seekers) trajectories before, upon ... [more ▼]

This country report sought to explore the border as a site of control and the ways in which it interferes with migrants’ (asylum seekers, refugees and rejected asylum seekers) trajectories before, upon and after arrival in Luxembourg. To this end, it explored, through qualitative interviews with a total of 29 state and civil society actors and migrants, as well as ethnographic observation at Findel airport, Luxembourg’s only external border, the multiple conceptualisations and experiences of borders. It has identified that the suppression of internal controls within the Schengen area has been accompanied by a surge of controls within the member states, either at the stage of lodging an asylum claim, or at the street level, where migrants can be stopped and searched by police officers. Furthermore, the data showed that the migrants interviewed not only did they experience bordering practices during their interactions with public actors, but they were also subject to bordering during their interactions with private actors from the housing and employment market. The principal finding of this research with regards to the interplay between borders and the mobility of migrants is that cross-border mobility is commonplace, the migrants’ mobility practices reflecting the movements of the local population. As such, borders do not represent efficient mechanisms of control which can prevent migrants’ mobility trajectories. [less ▲]

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See detailBorders and the mobility of migrants in the EU and Turkey
Paraschivescu, Claudia UL; Nienaber, Birte UL; Oesch, Lucas UL

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This comparative report investigates the ways in which the mobility of applicants for international protection, beneficiaries of international protection and irregular migrants intersect with the borders ... [more ▼]

This comparative report investigates the ways in which the mobility of applicants for international protection, beneficiaries of international protection and irregular migrants intersect with the borders encountered during their trajectories before, during and after their arrival in six EU countries (Greece, Hungary, Germany, Luxembourg, France and Spain) and Turkey. After defining the concept of borders, this study contextualises the securitisation of EU external and internal borders, and it provides some background information on the CEAS and the Dublin Regulation, which are central to this research. Moreover, it engages with the legislative framework in place in the field of asylum in the seven countries on which this report draws. Based on qualitative interviews with a total of 96 asylum seekers, refugees and irregular migrants, as well as 94 state and non-state actors and ethnographic observation, the empirical part of the study explored the following aspects: experiences and conceptualisations of borders; mobility patterns and trajectories; the interplay between the Schengen zone and the Dublin system; the shortcomings of CEAS; as well as policies and experiences in the fields of housing and employment. The main finding of this comparative report is that while territorial borders cannot always impede human mobility, they are recreated within countries as administrative borders, which can encourage secondary movements. [less ▲]

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See detailBorders and the mobility of migrants in France
Paraschivescu, Claudia UL; Nienaber, Birte UL; Oesch, Lucas UL

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This country report investigates the ways in which the border as a site of control interferes with asylum seekers’ and refugees’ mobility trajectories before, upon and after arrival in France. The ... [more ▼]

This country report investigates the ways in which the border as a site of control interferes with asylum seekers’ and refugees’ mobility trajectories before, upon and after arrival in France. The interplay between borders and mobility plays a key role in the Common European Asylum System, the Schengen area and the Dublin regulation, which all have been affected by the 2015 so-called migration crisis. Based on in-depth qualitative interviews with thirteen migrants and ten institutional actors in the city of Metz, the overarching finding indicates that migrants’ movements evolve from geographical trajectories in order to reach a country of destination, to administrative trajectories, in order to become regularised in the host country. Furthermore, while physical borders have interfered with some informants’ migratory journeys, they have done so only by changing their trajectories, and, at times, the initial country of destination. Thus, they did not deter the migrants from reaching a safe country of destination. Once in Metz, the migrants become subject to administrative borders performed by state agents, such as the Préfecture and the French Agency for Immigration and Integration (OFII), as well as by private actors from the employment market. [less ▲]

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See detailBelgien und Deutschland: eine kleine Beziehungsgeschichte
Brüll, Christoph UL

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See detailBad representations and homotopy groups of Character Varieties
Guerin, Clément UL; Lawton, Sean; Ramras, Daniel

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Let G be a connected, reductive, complex affine algebraic group, and let Xr denote the moduli space of G-valued representations of a rank r free group. We first characterize the singularities in Xr ... [more ▼]

Let G be a connected, reductive, complex affine algebraic group, and let Xr denote the moduli space of G-valued representations of a rank r free group. We first characterize the singularities in Xr resolving conjectures of Florentino-Lawton. In particular, we compute the codimension of the orbifold singular locus using facts about Borel-de Siebenthal groups. We then use this codimension to calculate some higher homotopy groups of the smooth locus of Xr, proving conjectures of Florentino-Lawton-Ramras. Lastly, using the earlier analysis of Borel-de Siebenthal groups, we prove a conjecture of Sikora about CI Lie groups. [less ▲]

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See detailDual pairs in the Pin-group and duality for the corresponding spinorial representation
Guerin, Clément UL; Liu, Gang; Merino, Allan

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In this paper, we give a complete picture of Howe correspondence for the setting (O(E,b),Pin(E,b),Π), where O(E,b) is an orthogonal group (real or complex), Pin(E,b) is the two-fold Pin-covering of O(E,b ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we give a complete picture of Howe correspondence for the setting (O(E,b),Pin(E,b),Π), where O(E,b) is an orthogonal group (real or complex), Pin(E,b) is the two-fold Pin-covering of O(E,b), and Π is the spinorial representation of Pin(E,b). More precisely, for a dual pair (G,G′) in O(E,b), we determine explicitly the nature of its preimages (G̃,G′~) in Pin(E,b), and prove that apart from some exceptions, (G̃,G′~) is always a dual pair in Pin(E,b); then we establish the Howe correspondence for Π with respect to (G̃,G′~). [less ▲]

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See detailRefining transparency and responsible investment?: The case of EIB and sustainable finance
Alexandraki, Chrysa UL

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On 8 January 2019, an action was brought before the Court of Justice of the European Union (hereafter CJEU) by an environmental law charity, ClientEarth (hereafter applicant) against a multilateral ... [more ▼]

On 8 January 2019, an action was brought before the Court of Justice of the European Union (hereafter CJEU) by an environmental law charity, ClientEarth (hereafter applicant) against a multilateral development bank (hereafter MDB) and European institution, the European Investment Bank (hereafter EIB). The case concerns the financing by the bank of a biomass energy generating project in Northern Spain – Galicia -, of the cost of 60 million euros, followed by the bank’s refusal to refine its decision to finance the aforementioned investment, regardless the applicant’s request for an internal review of this decision on April 2018. The applicant bases the request for an internal review on alleged ‘errors in the assessment of the financing combined with the provision of minimal information regarding the funding decision’. The main claim brought by the applicant involves the annulment of EIB’s refusal to conduct an internal review and subject its decision to scrutiny, as requested under Article 10 of the Aarhus Regulation (hereafter Regulation), bringing into discussion implementation issues of both International and European law. [less ▲]

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See detailThe dual volume of quasi-Fuchsian manifolds and the Weil-Petersson distance
Mazzoli, Filippo UL

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Making use of the dual Bonahon-Schläfli formula, we prove that the dual volume of the convex core of a quasi-Fuchsian manifold M is bounded by an explicit constant, depending only on the topology of M ... [more ▼]

Making use of the dual Bonahon-Schläfli formula, we prove that the dual volume of the convex core of a quasi-Fuchsian manifold M is bounded by an explicit constant, depending only on the topology of M, times the Weil-Petersson distance between the hyperbolic structures on the upper and lower boundary components of the convex core of M. [less ▲]

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See detailRegulating banks for the public? The dilemmas of prudential regulation
Commain, Sébastien UL

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The regulation of banking activities present policymakers with a conundrum: while essential for a healthy and growing economy, they also present important risks of crises that affect all citizens ... [more ▼]

The regulation of banking activities present policymakers with a conundrum: while essential for a healthy and growing economy, they also present important risks of crises that affect all citizens. Prudential regulation is intended to contain the risks while enabling the socially beneficial functions of banks, but the shadow of financial interests influence hangs over the regulatory process. Assessing the reality and extent of this influence, this paper argues, requires first to acquire asound understanding of the social costs and benefits of banking, and the capacity of regulation to promote social welfare. This paper then offers the reader a review of the main issues covered in the literature and suggests some lessons for the study of financial interest groups. [less ▲]

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See detailInsights into protein structural, physicochemical, and functional consequences of missense variants in 1,330 disease-associated human genes 693259
Iqbal, Sumaiya; Jespersen, Jakob B.; Perez-Palma, Eduardo et al

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Inference of the structural and functional consequences of amino acid-altering missense variants is challenging and not yet scalable. Clinical and research applications of the colossal number of ... [more ▼]

Inference of the structural and functional consequences of amino acid-altering missense variants is challenging and not yet scalable. Clinical and research applications of the colossal number of identified missense variants is thus limited. Here we describe the aggregation and analysis of large-scale genomic variation and structural biology data for 1,330 disease-associated genes. Comparing the burden of 40 structural, physicochemical, and functional protein features of altered amino acids with 3-dimensional coordinates, we found 18 and 14 features that are associated with pathogenic and population missense variants, respectively. Separate analyses of variants from 24 protein functional classes revealed novel function-dependent vulnerable features. We then devised a quantitative spectrum, identifying variants with higher pathogenic variant-associated features. Finally, we developed a web resource (MISCAST; http://miscast.broadinstitute.org/) for interactive analysis of variants on linear and tertiary protein structures. The biological impact of missense variants available through the webtool will assist researchers in hypothesizing variant pathogenicity and disease trajectories. [less ▲]

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