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    • Essays on Optimal Management of Portfolios 

      Neumar, Karl (2013-02-13)
      Individuals, endowments, pension funds, and sovereign wealth funds constantly face portfolio management decisions ultimately affecting the lives of billions. This dissertation addresses two crucial challenges in the context ...
    • Essays on Place and Punishment in America 

      Simes, Jessica Tayloe (2016-05-14)
      This dissertation consists of three essays on the spatial and neighborhood dynamics of incarceration in the United States. In the first essay, I apply theories of social control and urban inequality to study prison admission ...
    • Essays on Platforms: Asymmetric Information, Search, and Policy 

      Wang, Albert Zhao (2013-09-24)
      The three essays of this thesis cover two sets of topics: search in auction platforms in the first two papers, and political campaigning in the last. In platform settings, search cost reductions are often regarded as ...
    • Essays on Political Corruption 

      Faller, Julie Kathleen (2015-04-29)
      This dissertation presents three essays offering explanations for the persistence of corruption despite electoral competition. The first essay, co-authored with Adam Glynn and Nahomi Ichino, asks what the effect of electoral ...
    • 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 Political Economy, Industrial Organization, and Public Economics 

      Levonyan, Vardges Levon (2014-02-25)
      The first chapter of this dissertation analyzes voting behavior across multiple elections. The voting literature has largely analyzed voter turnout and voter behavior separately, focusing on individual elections. I present ...
    • Essays on Political Methodology and Data Science 

      Kashin, Konstantin Daniel (2015-05-15)
      This collection of six essays makes novel methodological contributions to causal inference, time-series cross-sectional forecasting, and supervised text analysis. The first three essays start from the premise that while ...
    • Essays on Provider Behavior in Health Care Markets 

      Fiedler, Matthew Aaron (2013-10-18)
      This dissertation consists of three essays that investigate the determinants of hospital and physician decisions and the consequences of those decisions for social welfare.
    • 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 Public Health Insurance 

      Wettstein, Gal (2016-04-26)
      Over the last ten years there have been dramatic changes in the health insurance environment in the United States, spurred on by broad reforms in the public health insurance sector. In 2006 the Medicare Prescription Drug, ...
    • Essays on Public Outcomes Reporting and Technology Adoption in Health Care 

      Wang, Thomas Dean (2013-02-08)
      This dissertation consists of three essays on hospital-based healthcare delivery. The first essay examines the effect of public reporting of hospital-level surgical mortality rates on patient outcomes in the context of ...
    • Essays on Random Choice 

      McClellon, Morgan (2015-05-13)
      Chapter 1 introduces and axiomatizes a new class of representations for incomplete preferences called confidence models, which describe decision makers who behave as if they have probabilistic uncertainty over their true ...
    • Essays on Retirement, Savings and Health 

      Fadlon, Yizhak (2015-05-05)
      As life expectancy rises and the workforce around the developed world ages, questions about retirement, savings, and health are becoming increasingly important. Are households saving enough for retirement? What is the role ...
    • Essays on Schools, Crime, and Punishment 

      Shollenberger, Tracey Lynn (2015-05-19)
      This dissertation consists of three essays on schools, crime, and punishment. The first essay — stemming from collaborative work with Christopher Jencks, Anthony Braga, and David Deming — uses longitudinal school and ...
    • Essays on Social Contexts and Individual Politics: The Political Influence of Religious Institutions and Ethno-Racial Neighborhood Contexts 

      Woolfalk, Katherine Miya Miya (2013-10-08)
      Citizens regularly encounter social contexts that have important consequences for political behavior. This dissertation evaluates the political influence of two such environments: religious institutions and ethno-racial ...
    • 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 Stock Investing and Investor Behavior 

      Ranish, Benjamin Michael (2013-09-30)
      Chapter one shows that US households with high unconditional and cyclical labor income risk are more leveraged and allocate a greater share of their financial assets to stocks. I use self-reported risk preferences to show ...
    • Essays on Strategy, Institutions, and Multinationals in Global Supply Chains 

      Carlsson, Kjell (2012-08-09)
      This dissertation investigates two major themes: (1) the strategies that global firms use to overcome weak institutions in their outsourcing and (2) how local institutions affected how firms reconfigured their global supply ...
    • 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 ...
    • Essays on the Determinants of Human Capital 

      Adelman, Melissa (2013-02-22)
      This dissertation consists of three empirical essays broadly concerned with the determinants of human capital. The first essay estimates the causal effect of exposure to maternal psychological stress generated by the 9/11 ...