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  • Lester, Chandler (University of Oregon, 2021-09-13)
    How we model individual’s expectations and predictions in economic models playsan essential role in economic outcomes. We can assume that individuals are well informed and developed nuanced views on the economy, meaning ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Dlouhy, Curtis (University of Oregon, 2020-09-24)
    Fossil fuel markets have formed the backbone of commerce in the United States for the better part of the last century. Whether it be through the extraction of raw materials, the refinement for future use, their use in the ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Jerman, Michael (University of Oregon, 2020-12-08)
    This dissertation presents methods for economic analysis in settings characterized by sparse data. In the first substantive chapter, I show that difference-in-differences estimators can be biased in the presence of treatment ...
  • Morehouse, John (University of Oregon, 2022-10-04)
    This dissertation examines spatial heterogeneity that results from various environmental policies. In Chapter 1, I provide a comprehensive overview of each dissertation chapter. Chapter 2 (with Ed Rubin) demonstrates that ...
  • Kopriva, Mary (University of Oregon, 2021-09-13)
    This dissertation consists of three essays: “The Effect of Women's Access to Free Health Care on Breastfeeding Practices: Evidence from Armenia” examines how women's decisions regarding breastfeeding respond to increased ...
  • Lennon, Connor (University of Oregon, 2022-10-26)
    This dissertation represents a study of how machine learning can be incorporated into existing econometric causal techniques, with explorationsboth in the costs and benefits of making that choice. The first chapter explores a ...
  • Raze, Kyle (University of Oregon, 2022-10-04)
    In this dissertation, I consider two potential sources of racial disparities: racially biased discipline at school and changes to voting rights protections. In the first chapter, I examine patterns of racial disparities ...
  • Biemiller, Nathan (University of Oregon, 2019-09-18)
    I use applied and experimental methods to empirically investigate individual decisions in a number of settings where behavior may be more consistent with models from behavioral economic theory than from traditional economic ...
  • Minard, Simeon (University of Oregon, 2019-09-18)
    This dissertation includes previously unpublished co-authored material. The first chapter of this dissertation outlines a new method of estimating the synthetic control technique that has a number of desirable properties. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Putz, Jenni (University of Oregon, 2022-10-04)
    I empirically explore the potential post-secondary enrollment effects of Louisiana’s legislation requiring high school students to file a FAFSA application, or opt-out, prior to graduation. FAFSA submissions increased ...
  • 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, ...

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