5 SSRN papers we found interesting this week

Captain Hindsight

These seem Reddit-ready:

1. Jefferson-Jones, Jamila, The Exchange of Inmate Organs for Liberty: Diminishing The “Yuck Factor” in the Bioethics Repugnance Debate (April 15, 2013). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2251248

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour granted clemency to Jamie and Gladys Scott on December 29, 2010. This decision indefinitely suspended their double life sentences and freed them after 16 years in prison for armed robbery. The price of their liberty: Gladys’ kidney [donated to her ailing sister]. . .

2. Ali, Mir M., Rizzo, John and Heiland, Frank, Big and Beautiful? Evidence of Racial Differences in the Perceived Attractiveness of Obese Females (April 15, 2013). Forthcoming, Journal of Adolescence. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2251215

We find that overweight and obese white female adolescents are, respectively, 23% and 40% less likely, on average, to be perceived as physically attractive compared to normal-weight white girls. The physical appearance penalties are significantly smaller for overweight and obese black girls compared to white girls.

3. Van Kippersluis, Hans and Galama, Titus J., Why the Rich Drink More and Smoke Less: The Impact of Wealth on Health Behaviors (February 24, 2013). Netspar Discussion Paper No. 02/2013-007. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2251190

We distinguish between the direct monetary cost and the indirect health cost (value of health lost) of unhealthy consumption. The health cost increases with wealth and the degree of unhealthiness, leading wealthier individuals to consume more healthy and moderately unhealthy, but fewer severely unhealthy goods. The empirical evidence presented suggests that differences in health costs may indeed provide an explanation for behavioral differences, and ultimately health outcomes, between wealth groups.

4. Zhang, Boyu, Cao, Zhigang, Qin, Cheng-Zhong and Yang, Xiaoguang, Fashion and Homophily (April 14, 2013). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2250898

We investigate fashion through a network game model, which is referred to as the fashion game, where there are two types of agents, conformists and rebels, who are allocated on a network. Each agent has two actions to choose, and interacts only with her neighbors. Conformists prefer to matching the majority action among her neighbors [homophily] while rebels like to mismatch.. . .The conclusion is quite clean: homophily, in general, inhibits the emergence of fashion cycles. . . .

5. Alzola, Miguel A., Corporate Dystopia: The Ethics of Corporate Political Spending (January 21, 2012). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2251588

. . . What is wrong with the current system of regulation of corporate lobbying and campaign finance is that it is inconsistent with the principles of political equality and consent. It follows that by taking advantage of this unfair regulatory framework, business firms are making a contribution to undermine the basis of a robust democratic regime at both the societal and the corporate level.