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    • Big Data and Big Cities: The Promises and Limitations of Improved Measures of Urban Life 

      Glaeser, Edward Ludwig; Kominers, Scott Duke; Luca, Michael; Naik, Nikhil (2016-01-06)
      New, “big” data sources allow measurement of city characteristics and outcome variables higher frequencies and finer geographic scales than ever before. However, big data will not solve large urban social science questions ...
    • Clusters of Entrepreneurship and Innovation 

      Chatterji, Aaron; Glaeser, Edward Ludwig; Kerr, William Robert (2013-05-21)
      This paper reviews recent academic work on the spatial concentration of entrepreneurship and innovation in the United States. We discuss rationales for the agglomeration of these activities and the economic consequences ...
    • Crowdsourcing City Government: Using Tournaments to Improve Inspection Accuracy 

      Glaeser, Edward Ludwig; Hillis, Andrew Blair; Kominers, Scott Duke; Luca, Michael (American Economic Association, 2016)
      The proliferation of big data makes it possible to better target city services like hygiene inspections, but city governments rarely have the in-house talent needed for developing prediction algorithms. Cities could hire ...
    • The Curley Effect: The Economics of Shaping the Electorate 

      Glaeser, Edward Ludwig; Shleifer, Andrei (Oxford University Press (OUP), 2005)
      James Michael Curley, a four-time mayor of Boston, used wasteful redistribution to his poor Irish constituents and incendiary rhetoric to encourage richer citizens to emigrate from Boston, thereby shaping the electorate ...
    • Does More Speech Correct Falsehoods? 

      Glaeser, Edward Ludwig; Sunstein, Cass Robert (2015-01-09)
      According to a standard principle in free speech law, the remedy for falsehoods is "more speech," not enforced silence. But empirical research demonstrates that corrections of falsehoods can actually backfire, by increasing ...
    • Entrepreneurship and Urban Growth: An Empirical Assessment with Historical Mines 

      Glaeser, Edward Ludwig; Kerr, Sari Pekkala; Kerr, William Robert (Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press (MIT Press), 2014-05-13)
      Measures of entrepreneurship, such as average establishment size and the prevalence of start-ups, correlate strongly with employment growth across and within metropolitan areas, but the endogeneity of these measures bedevils ...
    • Essays in Applied Econometrics and Education 

      Barrios, Thomas (2014-06-06)
      This dissertation consists of three essays. First, we explore the implications of correlations that do not vanishing for units in different clusters for the actual and estimated precision of least squares estimators.
    • Essays in Development Economics 

      Lichand, Guilherme Finkelfarb (2016-05-20)
      Chapter 1 studies the effects of fighting corruption on public service delivery. While corruption crackdowns have been shown to effectively reduce missing government expenditures, their effects on public service delivery ...
    • Essays in Economic Geography 

      Ziv, Oren (2015-05-18)
      While economic geography is concerned chiefly with proximity, models in urban economics eliminate proximity as a relative metric in order to preserve tractability. I introduce a new method of solving spatial models that ...
    • Essays in Experimental and Labor Economics 

      Liscovich, Andrey (2015-01-20)
      In Chapter 1, I propose a growth theory-based framework for analyzing experimental research in the social sciences. I apply a number of variations of the two standard growth models---Solow-Swan model, and the Schumpeterial ...
    • Essays in Labor and Public Economics 

      Jäger, Simon (2016-05-17)
      This dissertation consists of three independent essays in labor and public economics. Chapter 1 presents evidence on how exogenous worker exits affect a firm’s demand for incumbent workers and new hires. Using matched ...
    • Essays in Mechanism and Market Design 

      Tomoeda, Kentaro (2016-04-28)
      This thesis consists of three essays on mechanism and market design. The first chapter studies the question of when we can eliminate investment inefficiency in a general mechanism design model with transferable utility. ...
    • Essays in Public Economics 

      Gottlieb, Joshua (2013-02-19)
      Chapter 1 investigates whether physicians' financial incentives influence health care supply, technology diffusion, and resulting patient outcomes. In 1997, Medicare consolidated the geographic regions across which it ...
    • Essays in Urban Economics 

      Resseger, Matthew George (2014-06-06)
      In this set of essays, I grapple with issues related to the core questions of urban economics. Why are people so heavily clustered in urban areas? Why do some cities grow while others decline? What explains where people ...
    • Essays in US Fiscal Policy 

      Mahon, James (2015-04-20)
      This dissertation presents three chapters about US tax and spending policy. The first chapter investigates the take-up of a tax refund for corporate losses. We find that few firms claim the refund despite that it dominates ...
    • Essays on Intergenerational Mobility and Inequality in Economic History 

      Feigenbaum, James (2016-05-18)
      This dissertation explores intergenerational mobility and inequality in the early twentieth century. The first chapter asks whether economic downturns increase or decrease mobility. I estimate the effect of the Great ...
    • Essays on Public and Labor Economics 

      Sullivan, Daniel McArthur (2016-05-14)
      Chapter 1 presents evidence that current economics research significantly underestimates the effects of air pollution, regardless of the outcome of interest. This bias exists even in quasi-experimental estimates and arises ...
    • Essays on the Allocation of Scarce Resources among Competing Ends 

      Cicala, Steven Joseph (2013-09-04)
      The first chapter of this dissertation evaluates changes in fuel procurement practices by coal- and natural gas-fired electricity generating plants in the United States following state-level legislation that ended ...
    • Gary Becker (1930-2014) 

      Glaeser, Edward Ludwig; Shleifer, Andrei (American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 2014)
      Gary Becker, who died on 3 May 2014 at the age of 83, redefined economics both in its methodology and scope. He radically expanded the sphere of economic analysis. As the range of issues and especially data in economics ...
    • Growth in Cities 

      Glaeser, Edward Ludwig; Kallal, Hedi D.; Scheinkman, Jose A.; Shleifer, Andrei (University of Chicago Press, 1992)
      Recent theories of economic growth, including those of Romer, Porter, and Jacobs, have stressed the role of technological spillovers in generating growth. Because such knowledge spillovers are particularly effective in ...