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    • The Clash of Brothers: Wars to Avoid Diffusion in a Contagious World 

      Lada, Akos (2015-05-18)
      My dissertation explores macro-level questions in Political Economy. Using the toolbox of Economics, I find a new reason for international conflict: cultural similarity. Two culturally similar nations may have very different ...
    • 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 Energy Economics and Entrepreneurial Finance 

      Howell, Sabrina T. (2015-05-11)
      When does government intervention successfully correct perceived market failures? What effects do such interventions have on firm decisions? These questions are especially vital to the energy sector, which features large ...
    • Essays in International Finance and Macroeconomics 

      Schreger, Jesse (2015-04-28)
      The way in which governments borrow has changed dramatically over the last decade. The first two chapters of this dissertation study the implications of the rise of local currency sovereign borrowing in emerging markets. ...
    • Essays in Political Economy 

      Hlavac, Marek (2017-05-05)
      This dissertation comprises three essays in political economy, presented as separate chapters. They share a focus on labor markets, occupational choice, and the political economy of redistribution and immigration attitudes. ...
    • Essays in Political Economy 

      Teso, Edoardo (2018-04-30)
      This dissertation is composed of three essays in Political Economy. The first essay investigates the role and consequences of political connections in the selection of public sector employees. The second essay examines the ...
    • 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 Finance and Economic Policy 

      Blattner, Laura (2018-05-10)
      This dissertation presents three empirical studies on how financial frictions shape the transmission and effects of economic policy. The dissertation investigates three settings: financial regulation, corporate tax policy, ...
    • Essays on Gender and Decision Making in Political Economy 

      Paryavi, Maliheh (2016-09-01)
      This dissertation contains three essays that address supply side, demand side and political factors that influence the attitudes and decisions that shape women’s economic and political status. It demonstrates how ...
    • Essays on Innovation and Growth 

      Lashkari, Danial (2017-05-05)
      This dissertation is composed of three essays on economic growth. The first chapter presents a new multi-sector growth model that accommodates long-run demand and supply drivers of structural change. The model generates ...
    • Essays on Political Economy 

      Fonseca Galvis, Angela M. (2015-05-19)
      This dissertation consists of three essays on political economy. The first essay studies the effect of competition on media bias in the context of U.S. newspapers in the period 1870-1910. We measure bias as the intensity ...
    • Essays on Social Influence in Political Economy: How Expectations and Identity Affect Pro-Social Leading and Following 

      Fernández Duque, Mauricio (2015-05-18)
      By social influence I understand the change in an individual’s thoughts, feelings, attitudes or behaviors that results from interactions with another individual or group. Political, commercial and public health campaigns ...
    • Essays on the Economics of Labor Demand and Policy Incidence 

      Garin, Andrew (2018-05-17)
      This dissertation studies social incentives in pro-social behavior and its various implications, including but not limited to disclosure policies, fundraising strategies and geographic polarization. In Chapter 1, I (with ...
    • Essays on the Macroeconomics of Labor Markets 

      Coglianese, John (2018-05-11)
      Chapter 1 documents that much of the decline in labor force participation of U.S. prime age men comes from "in-and-outs"---who I define as men who temporarily leave the labor force. Individuals moving in and out of the ...
    • Taxation, Corruption, and Engagement With the Formal State: Experimental Evidence From the D.R. Congo 

      Weigel, Jonathan (2018-05-13)
      Few countries achieve peace and prosperity without a capable and accountable government. Political scientists and historians have documented the consolidation of modern nation states in Europe, and the emergence of accountable ...
    • The Changing Influence of Committees in Congress 

      Ban, Pamela (2018-05-12)
      Congressional committees are central legislative units within Congress. They facilitate the legislative business in Congress and have the power to decide which bills and resolutions in their jurisdiction move forward to ...
    • Understanding the Process of Economic Development: Essays on Culture and Institutions 

      Lowes, Sara (2017-05-12)
      This dissertation explores the origins of various institutions and cultural norms and the implications of these institutions and norms for economic development and development policy. In the first paper, I examine how ...