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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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 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 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 Environmental Economics and Industrial Organization 

      Gerarden, Todd Davis (2018-05-08)
      This dissertation consists of three essays at the intersection of environmental economics and industrial organization. The common theme is the use of empirical economic analysis to evaluate government policy affecting ...
    • Essays in Health and Behavioral Economics 

      Coussens, Stephen (2018-05-11)
      This dissertation consists of three chapters, each of which is an independent essay in the fields of health or behavioral economics. The first chapter explores the use of heuristics among highly-trained physicians diagnosing ...
    • Essays in Optimizing Social Policy for Different Populations: Education, Targeting, and Impact Evaluation 

      Nadel, Sara B. (2016-05-18)
      In the first chapter of this dissertation, I look at the relationship between preference sets among students in similar majors, compared with different majors, in Peru. I find that students within majors share preference ...
    • Essays in Political Economy and Development 

      Okunogbe, Oyebola Motunrayo (2016-05-17)
      Chapter 1 examines the impact of interethnic exposure on national integration in a multiethnic state. It uses variation arising from a mandatory program in Nigeria that randomly posted university graduates to different ...
    • Essays in the Political Economy of Conflict and Development 

      Acevedo, Maria Cecilia (2015-05-19)
      This dissertation seeks to identify causes and consequences of some of the most complex social phenomena, such as civil conflict and climate change. In the first essay I draw on existing theories of labor coercion (Acemoglu ...
    • Essays in Urban Economics and Development 

      Chauvin Rodriguez, Juan Pablo (2018-05-13)
      This dissertation comprises three essays at the intersection of Urban and Development Economics. The first chapter explores whether well-known facts about urbanization in the United States also hold in three large developing ...
    • Essays in Water Conservation and Water Quality Programs 

      Baker, Jonathan Early (2017-05-12)
      As growing populations continue to drive demand for water, managers of this fundamental resource face the dual challenge of providing both sufficient and clean supplies. In this dissertation, I undertake two analyses ...
    • Essays on Development Economics 

      Islam, Mahnaz (2015-05-18)
      This dissertation studies agricultural technology adoption, child labor and development. Although adoption of fertilizers has been high in South Asia, farmers may fail to use it efficiently. Besides higher costs incurred ...
    • Essays on Energy Technology Innovation Policy 

      Chan, Gabriel Angelo Sherak (2015-05-16)
      Motivated by global climate change, enhancing innovation systems for energy technologies is seen as one of the largest public policy challenges of the near future. The role of policy in enhancing energy innovation systems ...
    • Essays on Environmental Economics and Industrial Orgnanization 

      Chen, Cuicui (2018-05-02)
      This dissertation comprises three essays on environmental economics and industrial organization. A common theme for the essays is that they draw motivation from the real world and the theory literature to study individual ...