Browsing Theses and Dissertations by Duke Department "Economics"

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  • Zhang, Amy (Xiaoyue) (2011-04-18)
    Recent evidence reveals an interesting relationship between macroeconomic conditions and population health/health behaviors: economic downturns have been correlated with positive effects on overall health and health ...
  • Feng, Felix Zhiyu (2014)
    <p>In this dissertation I study the role of limited commitment in dynamic models. In the first part, I consider firms that face uncertainty shocks in a principal-agent setting but have only limited ability to commit to ...
  • Ransom, Tyler (2015)
    <p>This dissertation consists of three separate essays that use dynamic models to better understand the human capital accumulation process. First, I analyze the role of migration in human capital accumulation and how ...
  • Ashworth, Jared (2015)
    <p>My dissertation examines human capital investments and their role in individual's labor market outcomes. Chapter 2 analyzes how public school teachers decide to make human capital investments and the effects that these ...
  • Martorana, David; Piccolella, Christopher (2013-04-17)
    Commodities are an important yet poorly understood asset class, but outsized losses and gains in commodities in recent years have garnered public attention. Partly in reaction to financial market crashes, the suite of risk ...
  • Boleslavsky, Raphael (2009)
    <p>I characterize optimal long term contracts offered by a monopolist to a buyer whose private valuation evolves according to a branching process with privately known transition probability. The optimal contract can be ...
  • Lindsey, Derek; Elliott, Taylor (2014-04-20)
    For years, many have hoped to identify why high school students drop out. Typically, studies focus on factors identified in high school or middle school. By tracking a cohort of North Carolina students from third grade ...
  • Misra, Yamini (2011-04-18)
    The WHO estimates that 40% of the world’s population is at risk of getting dengue. Despite its high economic costs, dengue is often neglected in the face of more severe diseases. This paper aims to understand the effect ...
  • Fakhoury, Basel (2012-04-17)
    The Great Migration caused massive demographic changes in Northeastern and Midwestern cities as African Americans moved from the South to the North. These changes led to economic discrimination and segregation within ...
  • Elliott, Nick (2009)
    Exchange rates are a very important factor for businesses that operate internationally, especially when franchises are in international competition for the same talent pool. As an international league, this paper seeks ...
  • Short, David (2013-05-13)
    The Airline Deregulation Act of 1978 provided the impetus for domestic U.S. airlines to establish hub-and-spoke networks to improve profitability and stem financial losses. This study seeks to determine if a significant ...
  • Garcia Cicco, Javier (2009)
    <p>This dissertation is the collection of three essays aimed to evaluate the empirical performance of dynamic stochastic general equilibrium (DSGE) models in explaining the behavior of macroeconomic dynamics in emerging ...
  • Prasertsom, Nujin (2011)
    <p>This dissertation presents two essays on endogenous growth and renewable resources.</p><p>The first essay explores the role of renewable resources in a tractable</p><p>model of endogenous growth driven by horizontal and ...
  • Liu, Lily Yanli (2015)
    <p>This dissertation studies applied econometric problems in volatility estimation and CDS pricing. The first chapter studies estimation of loss given default from CDS spreads for U.S. corporates. This paper combines a ...
  • Peet, Evan D. (2013)
    <p>The essays in applied microeconomics contained within this dissertation examine prices in the developing economy contexts of Indonesia and the Philippines. Prices, observed and unobserved, are determined by and incentivize ...
  • Geissler, Christopher Scott (2013)
    <p>My dissertation focuses on employing microeconomic techniques to study markets and questions that are important and complex, and also have potential policy implications. Two of my chapters analyze the health industry ...
  • Ochoa-Coloma, Juan Marcelo (2013)
    <p>The three essays in this dissertation explore the role of fluctuations in aggregate volatility and global temperature as sources of systemic risk. </p><p>The first essay proposes a production-based asset pricing model ...
  • Kung, Edward (2012)
    <p>This dissertation explores issues regarding the design of consumer financial contracts and their implications for market structure and economic efficiency. These questions are important because, as the recent mortgage ...
  • Genoni, Maria Eugenia (2011)
    <p>This dissertation explores three important topics in the Development Economics literature. The first chapter provides further evidence on the consequences of illness episodes on earnings and consumption in Indonesia. ...