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Essays in Development Economics
Chapter 1 studies the effects of fighting corruption on public service delivery. While corruption crackdowns have been shown to effectively reduce missing government expenditures, their effects on public service delivery ...
Challenging Cooperation: Inequality, Global Commons, Future Generations
Cooperation is abundant in the world around us, spanning all levels of biological and social organisation. Yet the existence and maintenance of cooperation is puzzling from an evolutionary perspective because the costs ...
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 ...
The Pursuit of Happiness: Quasi-Experimental and Experimental Evidence for the Causal Effect of Election Outcomes on Well-Being
This study measures the causal effect of U.S. presidential, congressional, and gubernatorial election outcomes on self-reported happiness using both quasi-experimental and experimental research designs in four parts. In ...