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Understanding Japanese Savings

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Book Series: Routledge Studies in the Growth Economies of Asia ISBN: 9780203645291 9780415129763 9781138810662 9781134793143 9781134793136 9781134793099 Year: DOI: 10.4324/9780203645291 Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Subject: Business and Management --- Economics
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Japan's savings are among the highest in the world, and these high rates have played a valuable role throughout the post-war period. However, over the next several decades, Japan's population will be ageing rapidly. Will this lower Japanese savings rates? Using up-to-date financial and demographical data, author Robert Dekle finds that the answer to this question is an emphatic 'yes'. Understanding Japanese Saving holds key lessons for Western nations undergoing similar demographic transformations as well as developing countries looking to establish public savings institutions.

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support --- ratio --- investment --- rates --- governments --- intertemporal --- budget --- constraint --- real --- interest

Decision-Making Experiments under Philosophical Analysis: Human Choice as a Challenge for Neuroscience

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Book Series: Frontiers Research Topics ISSN: 16648714 ISBN: 9782889196685 Year: Pages: 123 DOI: 10.3389/978-2-88919-668-5 Language: English
Publisher: Frontiers Media SA
Subject: Neurology --- Science (General)
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This introduction just aims to be a fast foreword to the special topic now turned into an e-book. The Editorial "Decision-Making Experiments under a Philosophical Analysis: Human Choice as a Challenge for Neuroscience" alongside with my opinion article "Neurophilosophical considerations on decision making: Pushing-up the frontiers without disregarding their foundations" play the real role of considering in more details the articles and the whole purpose of this e-book. What I must highlight in this foreword is that our intention with such a project was to deepen into the very foundations of our current paradigms in decision neuroscience and to philosophically moot its foundations and repercussions. Normal Science (a term coined by Philosopher Thomas Kuhn) works under a research consensus among a scientific community: A shared paradigm, consolidated methods, widespread convictions. Pragmatically, winning formulas must be kept, although, not at any cost. What differentiates a gifted and revolutionary scientist from a more bureaucratic colleague is the capacity and willingness of constantly reevaluating, depurating and refining his/her own paradigm. That is best strategy to avoid that a paradigm itself would gradually come under challenge. In my view, some achievements, in this sense, were brought about in our project. The e-book will be inspiring and informative for both neuroscientists that are concerned with the very foundations of their works and for philosophers that are not blind to empirical evidence. Kant once said: “Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind”. Paraphrasing Kant we could say: Philosophy without science is empty, science without philosophy is blind.

Optimum Choice of Energy System Configuration and Storages for a Proper Match between Energy Conversion and Demands

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ISBN: 9783039280360 9783039280377 Year: Pages: 362 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03928-037-7 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Science (General) --- Physics (General)
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This Special Issue addresses the general problem of a proper match between the demands of energy users and the units for energy conversion and storage, by means of proper design and operation of the overall energy system configuration. The focus is either on systems including single plants or groups of plants, connected or not to one or more energy distribution networks. In both cases, the optimum design and operation involve decisions about thermodynamic processes, about the type, number, design parameters of components/plants, and storage capacities, and about mutual interconnections and the interconnections with the distribution grids. The problem is absolutely general, encompassing design and operation of energy systems for single houses, groups of houses, industries, industrial districts, municipal areas, regions and countries. The presented papers show that similar approaches can be used in different applications, although a general standard has not been achieved yet.

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advanced exergy-based analysis --- superstructure-based --- superstructure-free --- mathematical programming --- flowsheet synthesis --- multi-objective optimization --- thermal power plants --- gas supply chain --- optimization --- distributed energy --- liquefied natural gas (LNG) --- compressed natural gas (CNG) --- small-scale compressed-air energy storage (SS-CAES) --- energy storage --- exergy analysis --- optimization --- Real Coded Genetic Algorithm (RCGA) --- Violation Constraint-Handling (VCH) --- oil palm --- palm oil mills --- palm oil residues --- value-added products --- supply chains optimization --- spatial analysis --- techno-economic analysis --- wave energy --- battery storage --- price estimation --- hourly distribution --- electricity production --- electricity demand --- synthesis/design optimization --- cycle configuration --- absorption technology --- absorption refrigerator --- district energy system --- optimization --- renewable energy systems --- combined heat and power --- operating cost --- uncertainty --- reliability --- sustainability --- IEEE-RTS --- uncertainties --- MONA --- energy storage --- thermo-electric --- supercritical CO2 --- solar energy --- thermal energy storage --- mixed integer linear programming --- rolling-horizon --- combined heat and power --- optimization --- energy systems --- integrated ship energy systems --- synthesis --- design and operation optimization --- intertemporal optimization --- dynamic optimization --- smart energy systems --- Mixed-Integer NonLinear/Linear Programming (MINLP/MILP) --- dynamic modelling --- design and operation optimization --- fleet of energy conversion and storage units --- smart power systems --- multi-energy systems --- optimization of energy systems design and operation

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