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  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Wood, Nicholas (University of Oregon, 2019-09-18)
    I investigate the effect to which consumer heterogeneity impacts varying markets. I find that it has a substantial effect all the markets that I consider. In the US automobile industry, we model demand for the durable goods ...
  • 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 ...
  • McNichols, Drew (University of Oregon, 2019-09-18)
    This dissertation includes three essays in labor economics. Youth Employment Opportunities and Crime: Criminal involvement has been shown to peak at a young age. While Becker's theory of the rational criminal is often ...

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