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Essays in Political Economy and Development
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 Economic Development and Political Economy
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 ...
Behavioral and Experimental Insights on Consumer Decisions and the Environment
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 ...
Essays in Optimizing Social Policy for Different Populations: Education, Targeting, and Impact Evaluation
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 ...
Oil and Water: Essays on the Economics of Natural Resource Usage
As the developing world continues its pace of rapid growth and the threat of climate change intensifies, the economics of natural resource usage become increasingly important. From the perspective of both economic efficiency ...
Three Essays on Human Capital in the Public Sector
This dissertation presents three empirical studies on how to improve human capital in the public sector. In reverse chronological order, the essays ask who is attracted to public sector jobs (Paper 3); consider who can ...