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dc.contributor.advisorKremer, Michael Robert
dc.contributor.authorBjorkegren, Daniel Ingvar
dc.date.accessioned2014-06-06T16:10:39Z
dc.date.issued2014-06-06
dc.date.submitted2014
dc.identifier.citationBjorkegren, Daniel Ingvar. 2014. Essays in Development Economics. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University.en_US
dc.identifier.otherhttp://dissertations.umi.com/gsas.harvard:11358en
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:12274106
dc.description.abstractEconomic development is often associated with the adoption of new technologies. The three chapters in this dissertation ask how societies can achieve efficient adoption of these technologies. The first two chapters analyze the dramatic spread of a new communication technology---the mobile phone---in the East African country of Rwanda, using transaction data. Many technologies important for the modern economy are network goods; these goods tend to diffuse inefficiently in the absence of careful policy design. The first chapter introduces a new method to estimate the value of a network good, and to simulate the effects of policies. Economic actors also must decide whether a given technology is worth adopting. The second chapter analyzes how individuals learn about a new technology, by tracing the adoption of a new, cheaper mobile phone plan. The third chapter considers the side effects of new technologies, specifically, how innovation affects dimensions of quality that are not observed by consumers.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipEconomicsen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
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dc.subjectEconomicsen_US
dc.subjectadoptionen_US
dc.subjectmobile phoneen_US
dc.subjectnetwork gooden_US
dc.subjectqualityen_US
dc.subjectRwandaen_US
dc.subjecttechnologyen_US
dc.titleEssays in Development Economicsen_US
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen_US
dash.depositing.authorBjorkegren, Daniel Ingvar
dash.embargo.until10000-01-01
thesis.degree.date2014en_US
thesis.degree.disciplineEconomicsen_US
thesis.degree.grantorHarvard Universityen_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberPakes, Arielen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLewis, Gregoryen_US
dash.contributor.affiliatedBjorkegren, Daniel Ingvar


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