Recent Submissions

  • REGIME SWITCHING AND THE MONETARY ECONOMY 

    Check, Adam (University of Oregon, 2016-10-27)
    For the empirical macroeconomist, accounting for nonlinearities in data series by using regime switching techniques has a long history. Over the past 25 years, there have been tremendous advances in both the estimation of ...
  • Preferences for Effort and Their Applications 

    Corbett, Colin (University of Oregon, 2016-10-27)
    In this dissertation, we experimentally examine individual preferences of effort, including time and risk preferences. In Chapter 3, we find that at least in certain settings and mindsets, individuals are very patient in ...
  • Sectoral Prices and Price-setting 

    Fulton, Chad (University of Oregon, 2016-10-27)
    This dissertation explores the price-setting behavior of firms both theoretically and empirically. The first portion constructs a theoretical model of price-setting in which firms are rationally inattentive: they ...
  • Incorporating High Dimensional Data Vectors into Structural Macroeconomic Models 

    Gelfer, Sacha (University of Oregon, 2016-10-27)
    In this dissertation I incorporate high dimensional data vectors in estimated Dynamic Stochastic General Equilibrium (DSGE) models, evaluating the labor market dynamics incorporated inside such data vectors, out-of-sample ...
  • Essays on Income Inequality and the Environment 

    Voorheis, John (University of Oregon, 2016-10-27)
    This dissertation considers two of the most pressing concerns of the current time, income inequality and exposure to pollution, and provides evidence that these two concerns may in fact be causally linked. In order to do ...
  • Essays on the Economics of Telephones and Evolving Technologies 

    Thacker, Michael (University of Oregon, 2016-10-27)
    Telephones have changed dramatically from their introduction to their current form, and done so most significantly since the introduction of cell phones in the 1980s. This has impacted competition in the telephony market. ...
  • ESSAYS ON CHOICE WITH SPATIAL HETEROGENEITY 

    Wyer, Joseph (University of Oregon, 2016-10-27)
    Consumers make choices based on an array of product attributes or consumer-specific characteristics. This dissertation includes three separate essays that examine consumer choice as a function of different consumer-specific ...
  • Effects of Behavioral and Environmental Factors on Infant Health 

    Cil, Gulcan (University of Oregon, 2015-08-18)
    Health at birth is considered an important indicator of health outcomes in adulthood. It is also shown to have a strong association with future educational attainment and labor market outcomes. I examine the effects of ...
  • Monetary Sunspots, Preference Discovery Costs, and the Equity Premium 

    Wilson, Matthew (University of Oregon, 2015-08-18)
    This dissertation investigates whether criticisms of standard economic models can be addressed with only minimal modifications to the assumptions. In the first essay, the Real Business Cycle (RBC) model is studied, though ...
  • Exchange Rate Fluctuations, Currency Invoicing, and International Trade 

    Roehling, Allison (University of Oregon, 2015-08-18)
    Economic intuition suggests that real currency depreciation should lead to long run improvement in a country's trade balance. The short run implications of real depreciation are relatively unknown. The current literature ...
  • Essays in Labor Economics 

    Lee, Logan (University of Oregon, 2015-08-18)
    I model a hiring process in which a candidate is evaluated sequentially by two agents of a firm. Each agent observes an independent signal of the candidate's productivity. I show that if the second agent values a non-productive ...
  • Culture and Economic Growth 

    Thompson, Jonathan (University of Oregon, 2015-08-18)
    The most fundamental question in economics is what causes some countries to prosper. An emerging literature has focused on the role of culture in determining growth. I interpret culture as "the collective programming of ...
  • The Impact of Transportation Costs and Trade Barriers on International Trade Flows 

    Query, Jason (University of Oregon, 2015-08-18)
    Because trade is seen as welfare improving for society, governments have long employed their policy-making powers to increase trade levels. In recent years, no strategy has been more employed by policy makers than free ...
  • Essays on Economic Development and Climate Change 

    Fitch-Fleischmann, Benjamin (University of Oregon, 2015-08-18)
    The first essay considers the relative effectiveness of government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as channels to allocate resources. I use a catastrophic climate-related shock--Hurricane Mitch--to examine the ...
  • Aggregate Consequences of Innovation and Informality 

    Schipper, Tyler (University of Oregon, 2014-09-29)
    The fundamental question in development economics is what causes some countries to become more prosperous than others. The literature, starting with Hall and Jones (1999), has identified differences in total factor ...
  • Essays on School Choice, Information, and Textbook Funding 

    Holden, Kristian (University of Oregon, 2014-09-29)
    The second chapter examines the impact of information about school quality on student enrollment. I use a regression discontinuity design to estimate the effects of a school choice program in California that provides ...
  • Learning, Evolution, and Bayesian Estimation in Games and Dynamic Choice Models 

    Monte Calvo, Alexander (University of Oregon, 2014-09-29)
    This dissertation explores the modeling and estimation of learning in strategic and individual choice settings. While learning has been extensively used in economics, I introduce the concept into standard models in ...
  • Stochastic Volatility, Financial Frictions, and the Great Moderation 

    Higgins, Charles (University of Oregon, 2014-09-29)
    This dissertation examines changing macroeconomic volatility and some of the empirical difficulties associated with studying volatility. Macroeconomic volatility can potentially have large welfare costs, so understanding ...
  • Demand, Market Structure, Entry, and Exit in Airline Markets 

    Mahoney, Daniel (University of Oregon, 2014-09-29)
    The airline industry is a major driver of economic activity in the United States, accounting for over $1 trillion annually. In this work, I study the airline industry and analyze several key economic issues facing the ...
  • The Macroeconomic Consequences of Poverty and Inequality 

    Allen, Jeffrey (University of Oregon, 2014-09-29)
    This dissertation examines the macroeconomic effects of poverty and inequality. The second chapter considers the effect of poverty and subsistence consumption constraints on economic growth in a two-sector occupational ...

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