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A Comparative Case Study on Mix Design of Recycled Brick Chip Concrete and Concrete with Other Aggregate Materials for a Particular Strength

The effects of aggregate type, size, and content on the behaviour of concrete is evident. It is well recognized that coarse aggregate plays an important role in concrete. Coarse aggregate typically occupies over one-third of the volume of concrete, and research indicates that changes in coarse aggregate can change the strength and fracture properties of concrete. To predict the behaviour of concrete under general loading requires an understanding of the effects of aggregate type, aggregate size,...

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The Harberger-Laursen-Metzler Effect and Dutch Disease Problem: Evidence from South and Southeast Asia

This paper aims to investigate the Harberger-Laursen-Metzler effect in the context of fourteen selected countries from South and Southeast Asia using relevant annual data from 2000 to 2016. In addition, an attempt is made to link terms of trade shocks to initiation of the Dutch Disease problem in the local economies. Two subpanels are also considered to detect the possible SAARC and ASEAN region-specific nature of the association between terms of trade and current account balance. The study employed...

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Impacts of Corruption on Sustainable Development: A Simultaneous Equations Model Estimation Approach

Corruption is perceived to be a major factor hindering sustainable development all around the globe. The aim of this paper is to shed light on the corruption-sustainable development nexus from the perspective of select 47 countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The paper attempts to estimate the elasticities of socioeconomic and environmental development indicators with regard to corruption and other macroeconomic fundamentals using annual data from 2000 to 2015....

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Portfolio Optimization Using Ant Colony Method a Case Study on Tehran Stock Exchange

Portfolio Optimization and selection of the efficient frontier from Mean-Variance Markowitz(1952) model is easily accessible in the conditions with no constraints.However, it cannot be used to fulfil the investors’ needs based on having different constrains such as number of the assets in a portfolio. Since the Markowitz model is not the answer to these investors, there should be other methods to provide the optimal risk and return combination. Therefore, Meta-Heuristic methods have become a highly...

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Are Terms of Trade Improvement Inflationary?: An Investigation of Non-linear Terms of Trade-Inflation Nexus in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is a lower middle income country that has followed an export-led growth strategy to develop its economy over the years which signifies the importance of Terms of Trade (TOT) movements a crucial macroeconomic tool that can dictate its volume of trade. However, despite the fact that a TOT improvement is aimed to generate positive externality on various macroeconomic indicators, it is empirically acknowledged to trigger Inflation as well, mainly through movement in the exchange rates. The...

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Questioning the Effectiveness of Trade Openness in Facilitating Renewable Energy Transition: A Panel Data Analysis

The aim of this paper is to bridge the gap in the literature by empirically shedding light on the impacts of trade openness on facilitation of renewable energy transition in 38 selected countries across South Asia, Southeast Asia, Sub Saharan Africa, Latin America and Caribbean Islands. Annual data in, panel framework, stemming from 2000 to 2014 is incorporated in this paper and the Three-Stage Least Squares (3SLS) panel data estimation methodology is applied. In addition, Granger causality tests,...

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State Ownership, Governance and Financial Performance of Chinese State Owned Enterprises

The strand of literature on Chinese firm performance shows that state ownership clearly has influence. This state-performance relationship is found to be linear, concave and convex shaped which remains to be resolved yet there are few studies. The authors study a large and recent sample of 27,896 Chinese publicly listed firm year observations during 2001-2011 using panel regressions. The authors show that state ownership is related to financial performance as measured by Tobin’s Q and stock...

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A Better Distribution of Income Improves the US Economy

The recent economic upturn after the recession of 2007-2009 has been more sluggish than most previous recoveries. The new tax laws will lead to more government borrowing to finance its budget deficit which will raise the interest rate and crowd out households and firms which will reduce aggregate spending and will have a contractionary impact on the American economy. Although there is no consensus about a solution for recession, there are some economic policy recommendations which can help a contracted...

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Modeling Tax Evasion across South Asia: Evidence from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal

Mobilization of domestic revenue is of paramount importance in the context of the South Asian region since most of these regional countries are dependent on multidimensional development assistance which are expected to exhibit a decreasing trend in future. However, the low ratio of tax revenue to GDP scenario across South Asia is a major area of deep concern for the associated countries that have been ineffective in making remarkable improvements in their respective tax-GDP ratio. Thus, this paper...

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Role of Chatbot in Customer Service: A Study from the Perspectives of the Banking Industry of Bangladesh

The use of robots in live chats often known as chatbots is an emerging, smart and readily adoptable technology. It is also now a common customer service strategy as this is very much beneficial in rendering various customer services such as one-to-one conversations, customized offer, responsive customer service through 24/7/365 availability, etc. From this perspective the current study is an attempt to examine the role of chatbot in customer service of the banking industry of Bangladesh. The current...

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