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Author/s: Carriquiry, Miguel; M. A., Du, X., G. R. Timilsina
Date: 2014
Editorial: Springer
The production cost of biofuels is a major determinant of their potential contribution as alternative sources of energy. This chapter provides a review of the literature on production costs of first and second generation biofuels, including a breakdown of their main components. In the process we highlight some of the resasons behind the widely divergent cost estimates that have been published.

Date: 2013
Author/s: Bérgolo, Marcelo ; Cruces, Guillermo
Date: 2013
Editorial: Oxford University Press
This study contributes to the policy dabate on the consequence of the expansion of social safety nets in Latin America region by analyzing the potential effects on informality of recent extension of health coverage to the dependants of formal workers (i.e., to be registered and contribute to the social security system) in Uruguay as part of a 2008 policy reform.
Date: 2013
Editorial: Edward Elgar Publishing
Republished in The Economics Of Worker Cooperatives edited by John H. Pencavel. This article presents new econometric evidence on the comparative behavior of worker cooperatives and capitalist firms, highlighting the differences in wages and employment responses. We use a comprehensive panel data set that covers the entire population of cooperatives and their capitalist counterparts registered in the social security records in Uruguay from April 1996 to December 2005. We analyze the data to study the employment and wage decisions in both types of enterprises, the results of which suggests that their adjustment mechanisms to idiosyncratic price changes and macroeconomic shocks may differ greatly. The data set also allows us to estimate wage and employment variations for members and non-members of cooperatives separately, and provides an empirical test for the so-called degeneration hypothesis. Our findings are broadly consistent with previous studies for Italian cooperatives and plywood cooperatives in the United States. As studies of this kind are so few, our research provides a significant contribution to the empirical literature on labor managed firms. Moreover, comparing worker cooperatives and capitalist firms offers an exceptional opportunity to determine how control by workers may lead to different organizational behavior.
El comportamiento demográfico de las cooperativas de trabajadores: observaciones empíricas y nuevas preguntas para el caso uruguayo
Editorial: SCEAM-Udelar y Nordan Ed
Las organizaciones nacen, se desarrollan y potencialmente mueren. En este sentido, puede decirse que toda organización económica presenta un ciclo de vida. Asimismo, las organizaciones económicas pueden clasificarse en función de quién ejerza el control último dentro de ellas. El presente artículo presenta una comparación de la evolución de distintos estadísticos demográficos para el universo de cooperativas de trabajadores y empresas capitalistas uruguayas.
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