Ester Faia

Goethe University Frankfurt
Theodor W. Adorno Platz 3
Frankfurt am Main, 60323

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Institutional Affiliations: Goethe University Frankfurt and CEPR

NBER Working Papers and Publications

May 2020Social Interactions in Pandemics: Fear, Altruism, and Reciprocity
with Laura Alfaro, Nora Lamersdorf, Farzad Saidi: w27134
In SIR models, homogeneous or with a network structure, infection rates are assumed to be exogenous. However, individuals adjust their behavior. Using daily data for 89 cities worldwide, we document that mobility falls in response to fear, as approximated by Google search terms. Combining these data with experimentally validated measures of social preferences at the regional level, we find that stringency measures matter less if individuals are more patient and altruistic preference traits, and exhibit less negative reciprocity community traits. We modify the homogeneous SIR and the SIR-network model to include agents' optimizing decisions on social interactions. Susceptible individuals internalize infection risk based on their patience, infected ones do so based on their altruism, and re...
April 2020Elusive Safety: The New Geography of Capital Flows and Risk
with Laura Alfaro, Ruth A. Judson, Tim Schmidt-Eisenlohr: w27048
Using a unique confidential data set with industry disaggregation of official U.S. claims and liabilities, we find that dollar-denominated securities are increasingly intermediated by tax havens financial centers (THFC) and by less regulated funds. These securities are risky and respond to tax rates and prudential regulations, suggesting tax avoidance and regulatory arbitrage. Issuers are mostly intangible-intensive multinationals, investors require a high Sharpe ratio, suggesting search for yield. In contrast, safe treasuries are mainly held by the foreign offcial sector and increased with quantitative easing policies. Facts on privately held securities are rationalized through a model where multinationals with heterogeneous default probabilities endogenously choose to shift profits and a...
June 2018Foreign Expansion, Competition and Bank Risk
with Sebastien Laffitte, Gianmarco Ottaviano
in NBER International Seminar on Macroeconomics 2018, Jordi GalĂ­ and Kenneth West, organizers
March 2010Globalization, Pass-Through and Inflation Dynamic
with Pierpaolo Benigno: w15842
An important aspect of the globalization process is the increase in interdependence among countries through the deepening of trade linkages. This process should increase competition in each destination market and change the pricing behavior of firms. We present an extension of Dornbusch (1987)'s model to analyze the extent to which globalization, interpreted as an increase in the number of foreign products in each destination market, modifies the slope and the position of the New-Keynesian aggregate-supply equation and, at the same time, affects the degree of exchange-rate pass-through. We provide empirical evidence that supports the results of our model.

Published: Pierpaolo Benigno & Ester Faia, 2016. "Globalization, Pass-Through, and Inflation Dynamics," International Journal of Central Banking, International Journal of Central Banking, vol. 12(4), pages 263-306, December. citation courtesy of

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