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    • Three essays on Mexican migration to the United States 

      Haraguchi, Kelii H., 1980- (University of Oregon, 2008-09)
      This dissertation consists of three essays that empirically address aspects of three common questions posed in the Mexican immigration literature: What characteristics define migrants from Mexico? How does US border-enforcement ...
    • Essays in health and environmental economics: Challenges in the empirical analysis of micro-level economic survey data 

      Cai, Beilei, 1979- (University of Oregon, 2008-09)
      Micro-level survey data are widely used in applied economic research. This dissertation, which consists of three empirical papers, demonstrates challenges in empirical research using micro-level survey data, as well as ...
    • Testing saving and investment rates to understand capital mobility and current account solvency 

      Herzog, Ryan William, 1981- (University of Oregon, 2008-12)
      Feldstein and Horioka (1980) motivated the international finance literature by claiming a least squares regression of domestic investment rates on domestic savings rates is an informative measure of capital mobility. Their ...
    • Willingness to pay for health risk reductions: The importance of scenario adjustment, household structure and type of disease 

      Johnson, Erica H. (University of Oregon, 2009-06)
      Environmental regulations are increasingly subjected to benefit-cost analysis as an aid to decision-making in policy. Economic benefits are most appropriately measured by the tradeoffs of other goods and services that ...
    • Three essays on adaptive learning, institutions and multiple equilibria 

      Steiger, Laura Christina, 1977- (University of Oregon, 2009-06)
      This dissertation examines the role that institutions play in the existence of multiple equilibria in models of economic development. In addition, it examines the dynamics of transition between such equilibria. In the first ...
    • Is God an economist? An economic inquiry into the relationship between self and God in Judeo-Christian theology 

      Muller, Edward Nicholas, IV, 1964- (University of Oregon, 2009-12)
      In the context of Judeo-Christian theology, I develop what appears to be the first formal economic model to analyze the joint interactions between human actors and a divine actor involved in the production of good works. ...
    • Health economics: Policy outcomes, individual choice, and adolescent behavior 

      Stiffler, Peter B., 1976- (University of Oregon, 2010-03)
      To complement a varied and growing literature in health economics, this dissertation is conducted in three substantive parts. First, I investigate the effect of public policy on health use and health outcomes, exploiting ...
    • Macroeconomic models with endogenous learning 

      Gaus, Eric (University of Oregon, 2010-06)
      The behavior of the macroeconomy and monetary policy is heavily influenced by expectations. Recent research has explored how minor changes in expectation formation can change the stability properties of a model. One common ...
    • Three Essays on Disease and Economic Development 

      Aksan, Anna-Maria, 1982- (University of Oregon, 2010-06)
      This dissertation addresses the high disease burden in developing countries today by examining the role of disease in economic development through its impact on productivity, fertility and human capital investment. In ...
    • Essays in experimental economics: Examining the effects of ambiguity and competition 

      Wozniak, David (University of Oregon, 2010-06)
      Individuals compete against each other in a variety of different settings. In labor markets they compete for promotion; in athletic tournaments they compete for fixed prizes. Important aspects of competitive choices include ...
    • Essays in political economy 

      Friedrich, Silke, 1980- (University of Oregon, 2010-06)
      The following essays address the impact of special interest groups on economic decision making processes. The hypothesis of the first essay is that there exists a dynamic relationship between politicians and lobby groups. ...
    • Choice difficulty and risk perceptions in environmental economics 

      Duquette, Eric Nigel, 1978- (University of Oregon, 2010-09)
      Economists typically assume that individuals behave in accordance with rational choice theory. In practice, however, individual behavior can deviate from the predictions of models founded upon basic economic theory. The ...
    • The exchange rate effects on different types of foreign direct investment 

      Kim, Chang Yong, 1972- (University of Oregon, 2010-09)
      Motivated by conflicting prior evidence for exchange rate effects on foreign direct investment (FDI), the first chapter of this dissertation explores theoretical evidence of the exchange rate effect on FDI in terms of ...
    • Structural change and economic development 

      Williams, Peter (University of Oregon, 2011-03)
      This dissertation emphasizes three aspects of structural change in economic development. Structural change is the process by which the distribution of economic output shifts from one sector to another and is crucial to ...
    • Monetary Policy Issues Arising From Bank Competition 

      Severe, Sean P. (University of Oregon, 2011-06)
      The banking sector has been extensively analyzed in economics. On the microeconomic side, research has advanced our understanding of banks and the inverse relationship between market power and bank production. The macroeconomic ...
    • Political economy of environmental disasters and voluntary approaches in environmental policy 

      Sipic, Toni, 1981- (University of Oregon, 2011-06)
      In Chapter II I analyze eco-labeling in the tourism industry, specifically the impact of the Blue Flag label for marinas and beaches on prices of marina slip rentals, weekly sailboat charter prices and hotel accommodation ...
    • A Satisficing Model of Consumer Behavior 

      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 ...
    • Choosing Health Insurance: Public, Private or None? 

      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 ...
    • Essays in Environmental and Public Economics 

      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, ...
    • The Economics of Commercial Lobbying 

      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 ...