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    • Aggregate Consequences of Innovation and Informality 

      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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • Culture and Economic Growth 

      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 ...
    • Demand, Market Structure, Entry, and Exit in Airline Markets 

      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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • Effects of Behavioral and Environmental Factors on Infant Health 

      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 ...
    • 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, ...
    • 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 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 ...
    • 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 in Labor Economics 

      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 ...
    • 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. ...
    • ESSAYS ON CHOICE WITH SPATIAL HETEROGENEITY 

      Wyer, Joseph (University of Oregon, 2016-10-27)
      Consumers make choices based on an array of product attributes or consumer-specific characteristics. This dissertation includes three separate essays that examine consumer choice as a function of different consumer-specific ...
    • Essays on Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions, Technology, and Frictional Costs 

      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 ...
    • Essays on Economic Development and Climate Change 

      Fitch-Fleischmann, Benjamin (University of Oregon, 2015-08-18)
      The first essay considers the relative effectiveness of government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as channels to allocate resources. I use a catastrophic climate-related shock--Hurricane Mitch--to examine the ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 School Choice, Information, and Textbook Funding 

      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 ...
    • Essays on the Economics of Health and Education 

      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 ...