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dc.contributor.advisorRoth, Alvin E.
dc.contributor.authorMonteiro de Azevedo, Eduardo
dc.date.accessioned2013-02-13T17:58:39Z
dash.embargo.terms2014-06-21en_US
dc.date.issued2013-02-13
dc.date.submitted2012
dc.identifier.citationMonteiro de Azevedo, Eduardo. 2012. Essays in Microeconomics. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University.en_US
dc.identifier.otherhttp://dissertations.umi.com/gsas.harvard:10181en
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:10288815
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation consists of three essays on microeconomics. The first essay considers matching markets, markets where buyers and sellers and concerned about who they interact with. It proposes a model to analyze these markets akin to the standard supply and demand framework. The second essay considers mechanism design, the problem of designing rules to make collective decisions in the presence of private information. It proposes the concept of strategyproofness in the large, which is that an agent without too fine information has negligible gains from misreporting her type in a large market. It argues that, for all practical purposes, this concept correctly separates mechanisms where behavior akin to price-taking is observed, and those where participants rampantly manipulate their stated preferences. A Theorem is proven that gives a precise sense in which strategyproofness in the large is not a very restrictive property. The third essay considers the evolutionary origins of the endowment effect bias, where the willingness to pay for a good is smaller than the willingness to accept. It gives evidence that this bias is not present in a modern hunter-gatherer population, questioning standard evolutionary accounts. It shows that cultural shocks in a subpopulation did give rise to the bias.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipEconomicsen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
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dc.subjecteconomicsen_US
dc.subjectmatching marketsen_US
dc.subjectmechanism designen_US
dc.subjectpsychologyen_US
dc.titleEssays in Microeconomicsen_US
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen_US
dash.embargo.until10000-01-01
thesis.degree.date2012en_US
thesis.degree.disciplineEconomicsen_US
thesis.degree.grantorHarvard Universityen_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberAthey, Susanen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHart, Oliveren_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberShleifer, Andreien_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBudish, Ericen_US


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