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  • Ryan, Mark Joseph, 1978- (University of Oregon, 2011-09)
    I develop a model in which a representative consumer selects an affordable consumption bundle, not as a single choice, but as the end result of a series of smaller, incremental purchase decisions. If the array of such ...
  • Taylor, Matthew (University of Oregon, 2012)
    I collect data on subjects' information acquisition during real and hypothetical risky choices using process-tracing software called Mouselab. I also measure subjects' cognitive ability using the cognitive reflective test ...
  • Groll, Thomas (University of Oregon, 2012)
    This dissertation addresses the economic behavior and political influence activities by lobbyists today by examining the existence, mechanisms, and welfare implications of commercial lobbying activities and their optimal ...
  • Clinton, Chelsea (University of Oregon, 2012)
    I estimate two models of consumer health insurance choices where individual attributes and e.g., income, age, gender, cost, etc. affect qualification for specific programs e.g., Medicaid and Medicare, but also affect the ...
  • Vander Naald, Brian (University of Oregon, 2012)
    Benefit-cost analysis of environmental policies typically focuses on benefits to human health and well-being. When it comes to humans' willingness to pay (WTP) for improvements in the quality of life for other species, ...
  • Tang, Hui-Hsuan (University of Oregon, 2012)
    This dissertation is comprised of two essays that broadly consider the role human capital plays in the matching process between individuals and institutions and builds on prior education literature that has found growing ...
  • Lee, Donghyun (University of Oregon, 2012)
    Foreign direct investment (FDI) has played a major role in the increasing economic globalization of the past couple decades. Cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M & A) is the major source of FDI, particularly for ...
  • Kaufman, Lance (University of Oregon, 2013-07-11)
    An important factor in the rise of health care costs is the structure and performance of health care markets. This is an area in which policy can be particularly effective. Health care markets are characterized by complex ...
  • Swensen, Isaac (University of Oregon, 2013-10-03)
    I present empirical research considering the response of health and educational outcomes to alcohol consumption, drug abuse, and collegiate athletics. Chapter II considers the effect of legal access to alcohol on student ...
  • Gibbs, Christopher (University of Oregon, 2013-10-03)
    This dissertation examines the forecast model selection problem in economics in both theoretical and empirical settings. The forecast model selection problem is that there often exists a menu of different suitable models ...
  • Cuffe, Harold (University of Oregon, 2013-10-03)
    This dissertation contains three essays on topics including crime, credit constraints, education, athletics and health. Tying the works together is a set of empirical tools that have come to define the field of labor ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...

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