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Essays in Health Economics
What effects does higher patient cost sharing have on the use of mental health care, patient outcomes, and provider behavior? This dissertation explores this question by investigating the effects of a national reform in ...
Essays in Urban Economics and Development
This dissertation comprises three essays at the intersection of Urban and Development Economics. The first chapter explores whether well-known facts about urbanization in the United States also hold in three large developing ...
Adding Value to Value-Added: Theory and Applications to Teachers and Bureaucrats
Value-added estimators are extensively used to study teachers and other groups. In addition to estimating an individual's causal impact on outcomes, value-added models describe the dispersion of individual effects: For ...
Essays in Housing Economics
Political debate around land use in cities often proceeds from the counterintuitive premise that housing development reduces affordability. In my first chapter I show that in Boston, the decision to approve a multifamily ...
Wrong Turns and Right Tails: Identifying Detours in New York City Taxi Rides
Credence goods are economic goods whose quality is difficult for consumers to verify due to information asymmetry. An example of a credence good is a taxicab ride. This paper presents a novel methodology of evaluating the ...