Papers by Melberg
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Who am I?
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Ph.D. in progress
Review of textbooks
Collapse of Communism
Ph.D. in progress ...
Below is a series of observations and papers that are
related to the topics in my disserations (A cost-benefit analysis of different treatment programs for drug
addicts: Theory and application). Comments,
criticism and ideas are, as always, greatly appreciated. Please note that the papers are
often unfinshed working papers - sometimes even less than that (just simple observations).
They are not intended for citation and most of them will end up the dustbin long before
they reach a dissertation. My intention is simply to use this page as a tool to force
myself to write down ideas and to provide those who are intrested with an opportuinity to
follow and comment on my work.
Cost-Benefit | Correlation/Causation
| Social Interaction | Centralization/Decentralization
| Overview of all papers (not just Ph.D)
Project description (my original version)
Prosjektbeskrivelse (meget kort versjon på
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Kostnader og nytten av noen ulike typer
behandling: Et notat (kladd)
Hva er en
The concept of social cost
kriminalitetskostnader: Et notat
Paternalism: Three arguments
The problem of spurious correlation
Comparing treatments: Adjusting for missing
respondents and different group/client characteristics
Social interaction and cost-benefit analysis:
Social interaction, treatment and modelling
changes in the number of drug user
Notes on microfoundations and aggregate models of
Evolutionary models, observational learning,
stigma and the equilibrium number of drug users
What is the optimal degree of centralization?
Optimal centralization: A frame and more links and
is the value of information in a centralized structure if people behave like
Centralization vs. Decentralization: Sources of information and one
A very short project description (original, not modified)
The main (but impossible) question is
"What is the best treatment for drug addiction from a cost-benefit
perspective?"). Within this general headline I want to focus on four sub-questions:
Should all questions of public policy money should be guided by cost-benefit analysis? Do
we have enough information to do cost-benefit analysis?
(2) The problem of spurious correlation: How to reduce the risk of making
misleading claims about costs and benefits (and effects of treatment) when analysing
survey data; Simpson's paradox; correlation and causation.
(3) Addiction, theory and modelling: How to model agents that are less than
perfectly rational in an environment where interaction is important (so we cannot assume a
(4) The market for treatment: The market for treatment is dominated by instututions
that claim not to be motivated by profit. Moreover the market is governed by a set of
rules (e.g. about who is responsible for payment and the length of contracts). What kind
og incentive system is created by these rules? Do they encourage efficiency?