Browsing Theses and Dissertations by Duke Department "Business Administration"

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  • Yang, Jie (2010)
    <p>The costs and constraints to financing, and the factors that influence them, play critical roles in the determination of corporate capital structures.</p> <p>Chapter 1 estimates firm-specific marginal cost of debt ...
  • Pratt, Ryan (2012)
    <p>I study the effect of human capital on firms' leverage decisions in a structural dynamic model. Firms produce using physical capital and labor. They pay a cost per employee they hire, thus investing in human capital. ...
  • Kung, Howard Pan (2012)
    <p>In my dissertation, I study the link between economic growth and asset prices in stochastic endogenous growth models. In these settings, long-term growth prospects are endogenously determined by innovation and R\&D. ...
  • MURFIN, JUSTIN RILEY (2010)
    <p>The first essay of my dissertation investigates how lender-specific shocks impact the strictness of the loan contract that a borrower receives. Exploiting between-bank variation in recent portfolio performance, I find ...
  • Vernik, Dinah Alexandra (2009)
    <p>The ability to digitize information goods such as music and movies and the growing accessibility of the Internet has led to online piracy and the emergence of a new class of retailers that specialize in digital downloads. ...
  • Addoum, Jawad M. (2012)
    <p>This dissertation consists of two essays on household portfolio choice. The first essay is entitled 'Household Portfolio Choice and Retirement'. In this first essay, I empirically examine the portfolio decisions of ...
  • Wang, Shouqiang (2011)
    <p>This dissertation explores the incentive issues and strategic interactions among decentralized parties in three operations management environments: inventory systems, revenue management and healthcare policies. The first ...
  • Zhu, Xiumei (2009)
    <p>Expertise is regarded as the most important asset for groups working on knowledge-intensive tasks. This dissertation advances a multi-dimensional conception of group expertise that includes depth, breadth and variety ...
  • Alizamir, Saed (2013)
    <p>This dissertation studies the optimal control of two different dynamic systems with learning: (i) diagnostic service systems, and (ii) green incentive policy design. In both cases, analytical models have been developed ...
  • Ee, Benjamin (2013)
    <p>This dissertation investigates how variation in trade credit standards play a role in firm maturation. In Chapter 1, I survey existing research in trade credit. Following this, I identify lifecycle trends in supplier ...
  • Borochin, Paul Alexander (2011)
    <p>The first essay of my dissertation introduces a new method for eliciting market beliefs about the expected outcomes of a merger negotiation after announcement. During a merger negotiation, the market prices of the firms ...
  • Albert, Michael Joseph (2013)
    <p>This dissertation explores the role of executive compensation in determining the capital structure decisions of a firm. CEOs experience a large personal cost of default that interacts through the risk adjusted probability ...
  • Badolato, Patrick G. (2010)
    <p>While a considerable body of research examines the determinants of financial reporting decisions, much of the heterogeneity in financial reporting outcomes is not explained by firm and industry factors. Guided by the ...
  • Cavanaugh, Lisa Ann (2009)
    <p>Marketers seek to create and consumers seek to cultivate a variety of positive emotional experiences. Despite their importance to consumer behavior, researchers have lacked a clear understanding of the distinct behavioral ...
  • Gurumurthi, Suryanarayanan (2011)
    <p>This dissertation is written in three progressively restrictive parts. Part I is a set of two expansive essays on collaborative supply chain management that proposes several new perspectives and interconnections between ...
  • Shea, Catherine Theresa (2013)
    <p>An abstract of a dissertation that examines the motivational foundations of social networks. Five studies using diverse methods examine goal pursuit as an antecedent to social network structure, finding that self-oriented ...
  • Lieb, Daniel Stephen (2007-07-24)
    While a vast amount of research in marketing has examined how information prior to purchase helps consumers to make purchase decisions, relatively little work has considered how marketers can increase the value consumers ...
  • Bond, Samuel (2007-08-08)
    Consumers often face conflict between what "makes sense" and what "feels right" - between logical analysis and intuition. This dissertation focuses on the means by which such conflict is resolved. Extending dual-process ...
  • Yang, Linyun Wu (2010)
    <p>Since the cognitive ability to process information is limited, people often rely on stereotypes to help them make sense of their social environment. These knowledge structures allow people to utilize past experiences ...
  • Kim, Hyunseob (2012)
    <p>I examine how employing workers with specific human capital affects capital structure decisions by employers. Based on plant-level data from the U.S. Census Bureau, I use the opening of new plants as an exogenous reduction ...