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  • Bernal, Autumn Joy (2012)
    <p>Low-dose ionizing radiation (LDIR) exposure (under 10.0 centigray (cGy)) from man-made sources, such as diagnostic imaging, predominates in the US population and comprises nearly 50% of an average individual's yearly ...
  • Stimpson Woodlief, Kaitlin Marie (2012)
    <p>The centromere is essential for chromosome segregation and genome stability. It is the site of kinetochore assembly and chromosome attachment to the spindle microtubules, and it is important for chromosome movement ...
  • Zhang, Kai (2012)
    <p>Soft matter systems exhibiting spatially modulated patterns on a mesoscale are characterized by many long-lived metastable phases for which relaxation to equilibrium is difficult and a satisfactory thermodynamic description ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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. ...
  • Kang, Songman (2012)
    <p>This dissertation consists of three essays in economics of crime. The first chapter examines the relationship between economic inequality and crime, and provides a new theoretical explanation and empirical evidence. ...
  • Duch, Katherine H. (2013)
    <p>This dissertation explores three topics relating to education and politics. The first chapter examines gender gaps in test scores among top-scoring students. Recent research by Pope and Sydnor (2010) and Nosek et al. ...
  • Vukotic, Marija (2010)
    <p>This dissertation consists of three essays in empirical macroeconomics. In the first essay, I explore the dynamic effects of aggregate news about</p> <p>future technology improvements on sectoral fundamentals. I ...
  • Carlston, Benjamin Arthur (2013)
    <p>This dissertation consists of three essays. In the first essay, I analyze the performance of five different classes of integrated variance estimators when applied to various stocks of differing market capitalization in ...
  • Li, Kai (2013)
    <p>My dissertation, consisting of three related essays, aims to understand the role of macroeconomic risks in the stock and bond markets. In the first chapter, I build a financial intermediary sector with a leverage ...
  • Shaliastovich, Ivan (2009)
    <p>The central puzzles in financial economics commonly include</p><p>violations of the expectations hypotheses, predictability of excess returns, and the levels and volatilities of nominal bond yields, in addition to ...
  • 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 ...
  • Cas, Ava Gail (2012)
    <p>This dissertation encompasses three essays that examine the extent to which parental loss and social programs affect the health, education and time allocation of children in developing countries. </p><p> The first chapter ...