Recent Submissions

  • Behavioral Biases in General Equilibrium: Implications for Wealth Inequality and Human Capital Formation 

    Nighswander, Tristan (University of Oregon, 2018-09-06)
    My research focuses on the integration of behavioral economics into well understood general equilibrium macroeconomic models populated by overlapping generations of heterogeneous agents. Specifically, I analyze the ...
  • Essays on Nominal GDP Targeting 

    Brennan, Benjamin (University of Oregon, 2018-09-06)
    The subject of this dissertation is nominal GDP (NGDP) targeting. In the wake of the Great Recession, some economists have proposed using some form of NGDP target to replace current monetary policy. We evaluate the ...
  • Essays in Fiscal Policy 

    Falconer, Jean (University of Oregon, 2018-09-06)
    The subject of this dissertation is fiscal policy in the United States. In recent years the limitations of monetary policy have become more evident, generating greater interest in the use of fiscal policy as a stabilization ...
  • Essays in Environmental Economics 

    Mueller, Rosie (University of Oregon, 2018-09-06)
    This research examines both health effects and market responses from local changes in environmental quality. Both can be of significant interest to policy makers. I examine the health effects of population exposure to ...
  • Essays in Child Welfare 

    Rashid, Amani (University of Oregon, 2018-09-06)
    We empirically explore the effect of attorney representation for foster care youth in abuse and neglect hearings on adoption outcomes. By exploiting temporal variation in the passage of state-level statutes that mandate ...
  • Essays in Risk Taking, Belief Formation, and Self-Deception 

    Adams, Nathan (University of Oregon, 2018-09-06)
    In this dissertation, I examine changes in risk-taking behavior, beliefs, and self-deception induced by changes in policy and behavior. Specifically, Chapter II examines player performance and risk-taking behavior in ...
  • Macroeconomic Consequences of Uncertain Social Security Reform 

    Hunt, Erin (University of Oregon, 2018-09-06)
    The U.S. social security system faces funding pressure due to the aging of the population. This dissertation examines the welfare cost of social security reform and social security policy uncertainty under rational ...
  • Essays in Regime Switching Policy and Adaptive Learning in Dynamic Stochastic General Equilibrium 

    McClung, Nigel (University of Oregon, 2018-09-06)
    This dissertation studies monetary-fiscal policy interactions and adaptive learning applications in regime-switching DSGE models. A common thread through my research is understanding how policymakers may be affected by the ...
  • 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. ...

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