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The book presents a careful mathematical study of Economic Cooperation and Competition among Nations. It appropriates the principles of Supply and Demand and of Rational Expectations to build the dynamic model of the Gross Domestic Products of two groups of nations which are linked up together.

The first group consists of Nigeria, the US, the UK and China. The second group is made up of Egypt, the US, Jordan and Israel. The link connecting the four nations of each group is mirrored in the net export function which is broadened to include trade, debts and the inflow or the outflow of wealth from the competing and cooperating nations. This realistic models of the four interacting GDP's, a hereditary differential game of pursuit are validated with historical data from International Financial Statistic Year Book. The Mathematical model is then studied for controllability: from a current initial GDPs a better state can be attained using government and private strategies which are carefully identified. We use regression and differential equation methods to test whether the four countries are competing or cooperating. The consequences of competition or cooperation are explored. Cooperation can be realized and the growth of wealth assured because the system is controllable and we can increase the growth of GDP and then increase the coefficient of cooperation. The outcome may be unbounded growth of wealth for all concerned — the triumph of cooperation. With analogous simple examples the book shows that sufficiently cooperating systems grow unbounded and competing ones are either bounded at best, or become extinct in finite time. If competition is small, i.e., limited, or regulated the GDP's need not be extinct even after a long time. This results are in contrast with popular opinion which advocate competition over cooperation. The detailed policy implication of the cooperation analysis at one time or the other were advocated by Pope John Paul II, President Clinton and President Bush. The mathematical message is clear: the strategy of cooperation is the best way in an Interconnected World: Cooperation triumphs over competition.

The same type of analysis allows the book to argue through modeling that prosperity, internal peace and harmony can flourish in Nigeria among the old three regions and the newer six geopolitical regions. The same is true for the four powerful states in the Middle East.

Thus the author’s refreshing approach is the "scientific" treatment of cooperation and competition models of the gross-domestic product of two groups of nations — Nigeria, the USA, the UK, and China, and the USA, Egypt, Jordan and Israel. Attempts are made to provide "scientific" answers to broad national policies. It allows predictions of growth to be made with some degree of accuracy for up to 4 years. MATLAB and Maple programs in accompanied CD are provided. The author's individual nations economic models are cited. The dynamics are ordinary and hereditary games of pursuit also cited from the original earlier writings of the author are models of the economic state of each nation — a vector of six things — the gross domestic product (GDP) (y), interest rate R; employment (or unemployment) (L), value of capital stock (k), prices p(t), and therefore inflation and cumulative balance of payment (E). Each economic state is isolated except the impact of export function on aggregate demand.

The main difference between this earlier contributions and this book is the link and its apparent policy implications and consequences.

Key features:

* Study of Cooperation and Competition among Nations with real life examples from the World Bank, the IMF data of Nigeria, the US; the UK, China, Egypt, Jordan and Israel.

* Complete MATLAB or MAPLE program with data output and graphs, and possible realistic prediction of economic growth.

* Including a comprehensive CD presenting each program in an easy and accessible way.

* Realistic Model — comparison of real data and diagram of output. Duplicatable results.

* With the CD and IMF data and generic programs, other groups of nations' economies can be studied as well as the economy of all UN members as a group.

* Study of Cooperation and Competition among Nations with real life examples from the World Bank, the IMF data of Nigeria, the US; the UK, China, Egypt, Jordan and Israel.

* Complete MATLAB or MAPLE program with data output and graphs, and possible realistic prediction of economic growth.

* Including a comprehensive CD presenting each program in an easy and accessible way.

* Realistic Model — comparison of real data and diagram of output. Duplicatable results.

* With the CD and IMF data and generic programs, other groups of nations’ economies can be studied as well as the economy of all UN members as a group.

Synopsis:

There are ten papers in this volume. They are:

1. An Empirical Examination of The Intraday Return Volatility Process.

This paper presents a comprehensive analysis of the distributional and time-series properties of intraday returns. The purpose is to determine whether a GARCH model that allows for time variance in a process can adequately represent intraday return volatility.

2. The Valuation of New Product Introduction Under Uncertain Competition: A Real Option Approach.

This paper investigates how a stochastic competition process in a two-factor real option model could affect the value of future product development opportunities. Our results also indicate that product development opportunities are more valuable: (1) in a more volatile environment; (2) when the window of opportunities is longer; and (3) when the competitive intensity is lower.

3. Earnings, Dividends, and Equity Value of Multinational Firms.

This paper develops and tests a valuation model, whose main prediction is that equity value is a function of earnings, dividends and book value, where the function depends on the relative level of multinationality.

4. Benford's Law and Its Application in Financial Fraud Detection.

This paper has discussed Benford's law, which explains that the leading (first or leftmost) digit in a series of natural numbers is not evenly distributed among the digits 1 to 9. The main purpose of this study actually seeks to explore a new methodological approach to datamining that can be of some real practical value; especially to the auditors and forensic accountants in detecting financial frauds.

5. Estimation of the Degree of Integration in the U.S. Maturity Rates Using Semiparametric Techniques.

This paper examines the order of integration of several U.S. Treasury maturity rates by means of using semiparametric techniques. The results show that the order of integration of the one and three year maturity rates is strictly above 1. It oscillates around one in case of the five-year rate, and the values are strictly below 1 (and thus showing mean reversion), for the seven and ten-year rates.

6. On Country-Fund Price Behavior-An Empirical Analysis of Cointegrating Factors.

This paper provides empirical evidence on the price behavior of closed-end country funds. Using the data from 47 closed-end single-country funds, we examine three Cointegrating factors to describe the long-run behavior of country-fund share prices. They are: the net asset value (NAV), foreign stock-market indexes, and the U.S. stock market index.

7. Strategic Capital Budgeting: the Abandonment Option with Political Risk.

This paper investigates the strategic role of political risk and timing in the capital budgeting process that includes both investment and disinvestments. The model developed in the paper highlights the role of the probability of an investment ending political event in the capital budgeting process.

8. Time Series Model Complexity and Firm Valuation: the Case of AR1 Firms Versus Non-AR1 Firms.

This study examines the effect of the complexity of quarterly earnings generating time series models on firm valuation. The examination is limited to the comparison between AR1 firms and non-AR1 firms, and the evaluations are based on the levels approach. Results consistently show that the association between quarterly stock prices and quarterly earnings is higher for AR1 firms than that for non-AR1 firms. The effect of firm size is also investigated.

9. Debt Covenant Violation and the Value Relevance of Accounting Information.

This study documents that investors exercise their liquidation option on firms facing less severe financial distress than bankruptcy filings. This study finds that the valuation shift from earnings to book value of equity in the violation manifestation period is reversed in the post-violation recovery period. This suggests that the valuation distortion in the pre-violation period is temporary rather than permanent.

10. What's Next: Merger in the Lebanese Banking Sector.

This paper studies banking preference and behavior of Lebanese people. If small banks are to survive, the findings of the study reaffirm the importance of vertically merging banks in Lebanon. The reliance on digital technology is increasing every day. To deepen the problem, small Lebanese banks are finding themselves in a digital environment that affects their ability to compete in a fierce environment.

Synopsis:

Complete List of Contents:

The Mineral Nutrition of Wild Plants Revisited: A Re-evaluation of Processes and Patterns.

R.Aerts and F.S. Chapin III

Co-evolution of Mycorrhizal Symbionts and their Hosts to Metal-contaminated Environments.

A.A. Meharg and J.W.G. Cairney

Estimates of the Annual Net Carbon and Water Exchange of Forests: The EUROFLUX Methodology.

M.Aubinet, A. Grelle, A. Ibrom, U. Rannik, J. Moncrieff, T. Foken, A.S. Kowalski, P.H. Martin, P. Berbigier, Ch. Bernhofer, R. Clement, J. Elbers, A. Granier, T. Grunwald, K. Morgenstern, K. Pilegaard, C. Rebmann, W. Snijders, R. Valentini and T. Vesala

The Cost of Living: Field Metabolic Rates of Small Mammals.

J.R. Speakman

Manipulative Field Experiments in Animal Ecology: Do They Promise More Than They Can Deliver?

D.G. Raffaelli and H. Moller

Fractal Properties of Habitat and Patch Structure in Benthic Ecosystems.

P.E. Schmid

About the Author

JOHN M. WALLACE was born in New York in 1940. He received his Bachelor's degree from Webb Institute of Naval Architecture and his PhD from MIT, where he worked closely with Professors Victor P. Starr and Reginald E. Newell. He has been a member of the faculty of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington since 1966. He has served terms as department chair, as Director of the Joint Institute of the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, and as Co-director of the University of Washington's Program on the Environment. His research interests include large scale atmospheric dynamics and climate variability and change. He regularly teaches an introductory graduate class in which this textbook is used.PETER V. HOBBS was born in London in 1936. He received his doctorate from Imperial College, University of London, where he worked in the research group headed by Sir B. John Mason. He joined the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington in 1963, and served as a faculty member there until his death in 2005. In his role as founder and director of the the Cloud and Aerosol Research Group(CARG) in the department, he acquired and maintained a series of instrumented research aircraft with which he and his staff and students made field measurements of clouds, frontal systems and effluents from fires, volcanoes and industrial sources in many different parts of the world. He was a prolific writer and a devoted instructor and mentor of students. In recognition of his research and teaching contributions he was named an Honorary Member of the American Meteorological Society.

University of Washington, Seattle, U.S.A.

Table of Contents

PART I: Fundamentals

1. A dynamical view of synoptic development

2. The interpretation problem of satellite water vapor imagery

PART II: Practical use of water vapor imagery and dynamical fields

3. Significant water vapor imagery features associated with synoptic dynamical structures

4.Use of water vapor imagery for assessing NWP model behavior and improving forecasts

Appendices

A. Radiative transfer theory and some radiation effects for the WV channels of Meteosat, GOES, and MSG

B. Synthetic (pseudo) water vapor images

C. PV modification technique and PV inversion to correct the initial state of the numerical model

D. Glossary of acronyms

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ISBN:
9780127329512
Author:
Wallace, John M.
Publisher:
Academic Press
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Hobbs, Peter V.
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Subject:
Meteorology
Subject:
Atmosphere
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Meteorology & Climatology
Subject:
Mechanics - Dynamics - Thermodynamics
Subject:
Earth Sciences
Subject:
Atmospheric physics
Subject:
Physics-Meteorology
Subject:
Education-General
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
International Geophysics
Series Volume:
92
Publication Date:
20060131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
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Y
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
11 x 8.5 in
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"Synopsis" by , There are ten papers in this volume. They are:

1. An Empirical Examination of The Intraday Return Volatility Process.

This paper presents a comprehensive analysis of the distributional and time-series properties of intraday returns. The purpose is to determine whether a GARCH model that allows for time variance in a process can adequately represent intraday return volatility.

2. The Valuation of New Product Introduction Under Uncertain Competition: A Real Option Approach.

This paper investigates how a stochastic competition process in a two-factor real option model could affect the value of future product development opportunities. Our results also indicate that product development opportunities are more valuable: (1) in a more volatile environment; (2) when the window of opportunities is longer; and (3) when the competitive intensity is lower.

3. Earnings, Dividends, and Equity Value of Multinational Firms.

This paper develops and tests a valuation model, whose main prediction is that equity value is a function of earnings, dividends and book value, where the function depends on the relative level of multinationality.

4. Benford's Law and Its Application in Financial Fraud Detection.

This paper has discussed Benford's law, which explains that the leading (first or leftmost) digit in a series of natural numbers is not evenly distributed among the digits 1 to 9. The main purpose of this study actually seeks to explore a new methodological approach to datamining that can be of some real practical value; especially to the auditors and forensic accountants in detecting financial frauds.

5. Estimation of the Degree of Integration in the U.S. Maturity Rates Using Semiparametric Techniques.

This paper examines the order of integration of several U.S. Treasury maturity rates by means of using semiparametric techniques. The results show that the order of integration of the one and three year maturity rates is strictly above 1. It oscillates around one in case of the five-year rate, and the values are strictly below 1 (and thus showing mean reversion), for the seven and ten-year rates.

6. On Country-Fund Price Behavior-An Empirical Analysis of Cointegrating Factors.

This paper provides empirical evidence on the price behavior of closed-end country funds. Using the data from 47 closed-end single-country funds, we examine three Cointegrating factors to describe the long-run behavior of country-fund share prices. They are: the net asset value (NAV), foreign stock-market indexes, and the U.S. stock market index.

7. Strategic Capital Budgeting: the Abandonment Option with Political Risk.

This paper investigates the strategic role of political risk and timing in the capital budgeting process that includes both investment and disinvestments. The model developed in the paper highlights the role of the probability of an investment ending political event in the capital budgeting process.

8. Time Series Model Complexity and Firm Valuation: the Case of AR1 Firms Versus Non-AR1 Firms.

This study examines the effect of the complexity of quarterly earnings generating time series models on firm valuation. The examination is limited to the comparison between AR1 firms and non-AR1 firms, and the evaluations are based on the levels approach. Results consistently show that the association between quarterly stock prices and quarterly earnings is higher for AR1 firms than that for non-AR1 firms. The effect of firm size is also investigated.

9. Debt Covenant Violation and the Value Relevance of Accounting Information.

This study documents that investors exercise their liquidation option on firms facing less severe financial distress than bankruptcy filings. This study finds that the valuation shift from earnings to book value of equity in the violation manifestation period is reversed in the post-violation recovery period. This suggests that the valuation distortion in the pre-violation period is temporary rather than permanent.

10. What's Next: Merger in the Lebanese Banking Sector.

This paper studies banking preference and behavior of Lebanese people. If small banks are to survive, the findings of the study reaffirm the importance of vertically merging banks in Lebanon. The reliance on digital technology is increasing every day. To deepen the problem, small Lebanese banks are finding themselves in a digital environment that affects their ability to compete in a fierce environment.

"Synopsis" by , Complete List of Contents:

The Mineral Nutrition of Wild Plants Revisited: A Re-evaluation of Processes and Patterns.

R.Aerts and F.S. Chapin III

Co-evolution of Mycorrhizal Symbionts and their Hosts to Metal-contaminated Environments.

A.A. Meharg and J.W.G. Cairney

Estimates of the Annual Net Carbon and Water Exchange of Forests: The EUROFLUX Methodology.

M.Aubinet, A. Grelle, A. Ibrom, U. Rannik, J. Moncrieff, T. Foken, A.S. Kowalski, P.H. Martin, P. Berbigier, Ch. Bernhofer, R. Clement, J. Elbers, A. Granier, T. Grunwald, K. Morgenstern, K. Pilegaard, C. Rebmann, W. Snijders, R. Valentini and T. Vesala

The Cost of Living: Field Metabolic Rates of Small Mammals.

J.R. Speakman

Manipulative Field Experiments in Animal Ecology: Do They Promise More Than They Can Deliver?

D.G. Raffaelli and H. Moller

Fractal Properties of Habitat and Patch Structure in Benthic Ecosystems.

P.E. Schmid

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