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    • Adaptive State Capitalism in the Indian Coal Industry 

      Chandra, Rohit (2018-05-15)
      Adaptive State Capitalism refers to a set of characteristics (bureaucratic discretion, operational capacity, resource self-sufficiency, political influence, and ability to push for rule changes) manifested in state-owned ...
    • Algorithms and Applied Econometrics in the Digital Economy 

      Mower, Emily (2019-05-17)
      This dissertation contains three papers that together study various aspects of the digital economy. Chapter 1 is entitled "The Impact of Financial Assistance on Online Learner Outcomes" and is an evaluation of the financial ...
    • Behavioral and Experimental Insights on Consumer Decisions and the Environment 

      Shrum, Trisha Renee (2016-05-19)
      In the following essays, I apply theoretical insights and experimental methods from behavioral science to address three questions at the intersection of environmental economics and consumer behavior. In Chapter 1, I use ...
    • Compensation and Employment Policies in the U.S. Public Sector 

      Quinby, Laura Doss (2017-04-27)
      How do compensation and employment policies distinct to the public sector affect the quality of public services in the United States? I explore labor-market reactions to de-unionization, defined-benefit pensions, and ...
    • Delivering Financial Services to the Poor: Constraints on Access Take-Up, and Usage 

      Harigaya, Tomoko (2017-05-05)
      A majority of the world’s poor lack access to basic financial services, leaving them with limited economic capabilities. Improving financial inclusion brings many challenges due to friction-driven constraints on service ...
    • Doctor of Philosophy 

      Bustos, Sebastian (2020-05-26)
      My dissertation contains four essays where I explore topics related to the question of how countries can become more competitive and sustain growth in a global economy. The four questions I tackle are: 1) how we can measure ...
    • Essays at the Intersection of Development and Education Economics 

      Bau, Natalie (2015-04-21)
      This dissertation uses tools from economics to study three different aspects of educational markets in the developing world. In chapter 1, I analyze how competition among private schools in Pakistan affects student outcomes ...
    • Essays at the Intersection of Environment and Development Economics 

      Walker, Elizabeth Ruth (2015-05-11)
      The three essays in this dissertation explore how households in Southern Africa interact with and rely upon environmental resources. The first chapter examines the relationship between irrigation dam placement and local ...
    • Essays at the Intersection of Environmental and Development Economics 

      Nilekani, Janhavi (2018-05-13)
      Air pollution levels in many developing countries are critically high and hazardous to human health. This dissertation studies interventions and policies to reduce air pollution in India. The first chapter focuses on ...
    • Essays in Behavioral Economics, Gender and Employment 

      Liu, Heidi (2020-05-12)
      This dissertation examines the factors underlying gender disparities in the workplace, alongside potential interventions. Chapter 1 theorizes that the stereotype of women being relatively risk-averse may be overstated by ...
    • Essays in Climate Policy and Innovation 

      Bailey, Megan R. (2020-05-15)
      This set of studies examines several critical issues related to climate policy and innovation. Innovation is an important facet of environmental policy, generally, as it generates new and improved technologies that bring ...
    • Essays in Development and Public Economics 

      Tourek, Gabriel Zenon (2019-05-10)
      This dissertation explores three developing world public economics questions. In chapter 1, I examine the tax behavior of small firms in Rwanda. Using administrative and survey data, combined with a field experiment, I ...
    • Essays in Development Economics 

      Holland, Abraham (2019-04-29)
      This dissertation explores three developing world public administration challenges. In chapter 1, I examine the potentially puzzling preferences of participants in Nepalese village relocation program. A significant share ...
    • Essays in Development Economics 

      Gray-lobe, Guthrie (2020-05-13)
      This dissertation explores three topics in development economics. Chapter 1 provides evidence on the relationship between the design of cash transfer programs and educational investments in children. I re-analyze the results ...
    • Essays in Development Economics and Education 

      Fabregas, Raissa (2018-05-11)
      Human capital accumulation is central to the process of economic development. This dissertation explores how the design and delivery of educational services affect its recipients. The first chapter examines the trade-offs ...
    • Essays in Development Economics and Governance 

      Gupta, Sarika (2018-05-11)
      Good governance plays an important role in facilitating economic development and promot- ing human welfare. This dissertation examines topics at the intersection of development economics and governance through a series of ...
    • Essays in Development Economics and Political Economy 

      Liaqat, Muhammad Asad (2020-05-14)
      This dissertation consists of three field experiments that explore how information and the social environment affect accountability and the provision of public goods in developing countries. The first chapter explores a ...
    • Essays in Development Economics and Political Economy 

      Mamidipudi, Ramakrishna Sharan (2020-05-15)
      This thesis features three closely linked essays in political economy of development. These all share the following aspects: first, they are all set in the Indian state of Bihar: an important, poor, fast-growing state in ...
    • Essays in Economic Development and Political Economy 

      Neggers, Yusuf (2016-05-17)
      The three chapters in this dissertation examine aspects of the relationships between transparency, government accountability, and the quality of public services. In the first chapter, I ask how ethnic diversity, or lack ...
    • Essays in Education and Development Economics 

      Majerowicz, Stephanie (2019-05-10)
      Despite large improvements in access to schooling across developing countries, there are large remaining gaps in educational quality: many students are in school but not learning. This dissertation explores how to improve ...