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Essays in Labor Economics and Contract Theory
This dissertation consists of three essays in labor economics and contract theory. The ﬁrst essay examines whether one’s wage is based on information about the performance of one’s personal contacts. I study wage determination ...
Essays in Applied Microeconomics
Chapter 1 develops a model of parallel trading of corporate securities (shares, bonds) and derivatives in which a large trader can sometimes profitably acquire securities and the corporate control rights inherent therein ...
Essays on Financial Economics and Macroeconomics
The first chapter studies mass layoff decisions. Firms in the SP 500 often announce layoffs within days of one another, despite the fact that the average SP 500 constituent announces layoffs once every 5 years. By contrast, ...
Essays on the Economics of the Family
This dissertation contains three essays analyzing how families form and how family members interact. The first chapter studies and connects recent trends in age at marriage and divorce. The second chapter looks within ...
Essays on International Trade and Political Economy
This dissertation consists of two essays in international trade and one essay in political economy. The ﬁrst essay analyzes the role of ﬁrm-level and country-level reputation for quality in international transactions. It ...
Essays in Development and Labor Economics
Income Risk and Aggregate Demand over the Business Cycle
This dissertation consists of three essays on income risk and aggregate demand over the business cycle, each addressing an aspect of the Great Recession. The ﬁrst chapter reframes the standard liquidity trap model to ...
Essays in Microeconomic Theory
If the number of individuals is odd, Campbell and Kelly (2003) show that majority rule is the only non-dictatorial strategy-proof social choice rule on the domain of linear orders that admit a Condorcet winner, an alternative ...
Essays on Public Outcomes Reporting and Technology Adoption in Health Care
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 in Political Economy
This dissertation consists of three essays on political economy. The first essay studies the various ways in which political activism affects policy making, drawing upon evidence from the Tea Party movement in the United ...