Recent Submissions

  • Three Essays in Public Economics 

    Nguyen, Tuan (University of Oregon, 2017-09-06)
    This dissertation consists of three separate papers in the field of public economics. In the first substantive chapter, I examine several factors that affect public sentiment on the death penalty, including individual ...
  • Railroads, Their Regulation, and Its Effect on Efficiency and Competition 

    McKenzie, Taylor (University of Oregon, 2017-09-06)
    Railroads have been subject to federal regulation since 1887. Due to the development of competing modes of transportation and changes in types of products being shipped, regulation began to impede efficiency and viability ...
  • Essays in Health and Labor 

    Birk, Erica (University of Oregon, 2017-09-06)
    To explore mechanisms driving the gender gap in competitive environments, we use an experimental setting to identify how the potential for cheating affects the individual's decision to enter competition and how this effect ...
  • Essays on Health and Development Economics 

    Selby, Rebekah (University of Oregon, 2017-09-06)
    This dissertation explores the impact of policy and economic conditions on the current economic crises of crime, substance abuse, and financial exclusion faced domestically and abroad. Although these issues span the income ...
  • The Effects of News Shocks and Bounded Rationality on Macroeconomic Volatility 

    Dombeck, Brian (University of Oregon, 2017-09-06)
    This dissertation studies the impact embedding boundedly rational agents in real business cycle-type news-shock models may have on a variety of model predictions, from simulated moments to structural parameter estimates. ...
  • Essays on Trade and Transportation 

    Friedt, Felix (University of Oregon, 2017-09-06)
    This dissertation considers the interconnections between trade and transportation. Through various theoretical and empirical analyses, I provide novel evidence of the simultaneity of trade and transportation, of spillover ...
  • 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 ...

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