Browsing Theses and Dissertations by Duke Department "Economics"

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  • Fang, Danjie (2012-04-13)
    Empirical research on the impact of natural disasters on economic growth has provided contradictory results and few studies have focused on the United States. In this thesis, I bridge the gap by examining the merits of ...
  • Chen, Yunze (2012-04-16)
    John C. Bogle, the founder of the Vanguard Group, has long insisted on the superiority of index funds over actively managed mutual funds and the foolishness of attempts to time the market. He published two articles in the ...
  • Fifer, Daniel Paul Catron; Bunn, Nicholas Patrick (2009)
    The need for and efficacy of CAFE standards for auto-makers depends largely on whether consumers properly value fuel efficiency in their vehicle purchases. In this paper we use data describing heterogeneous driving behavior ...
  • Ozsoy, Sati Mehmet (2013)
    <p>This dissertation consists of three essays on asymmetric correlations in financial markets. In the first essay, I have two main contributions. First, I show that dividend growth rates have symmetric correlations. Second, ...
  • Mekjian, John (2012-04-16)
    A relevant factor in determining the quality of an initial public offering (IPO) mechanism is the level and variability of underpricing that occurs. The percentage difference between the IPO price and the closing price ...
  • Ryu, Angela (2011-04-18)
    Using high frequency stock price data in estimating nancial measures often causes serious distortion. It is due to the existence of the market microstructure noise, the lag of the observed price to the underlying value ...
  • Low, Ian (2012-04-15)
    Studying how a college education can impact one’s wages has always been an area of interest amongst labor and education economists. While previous studies have stressed using single academic factors (i.e. college major ...
  • Houghton, Daniel (2009)
    This paper examines the impact of mobile telephony on productivity in developing nations. Previous studies have suggested that mobile phones have real impacts on economic outcomes in these countries. Using micro-data ...
  • Slanchev, Vladislav Valeriev (2013)
    <p>This study uses the data from the National Institute for Children Health and Development Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development to evaluate features of wage and childcare price changes that are associated with ...
  • Mangum, Kyle Douglas (2012)
    <p>People live and work in local markets spatially distinct from one another, yet space is absent from most economic models of the national labor market. Workers choose the markets in which they will participate, but there ...
  • Aldrich, Eric Mark (2011)
    <p>This dissertation investigates computational methods for macroeconomic asset pricing models. It demonstrates that advances in economic modeling often require advances in computation and highlights a particular case where ...
  • Li, Richard; Zhu, Yiwen (2011-04-15)
    Adapting the definition from Forbes (2002), financial contagion is the significant increase in asset return correlation or transmission of volatility after a shock has occurred to a country or region. In this paper, we ...
  • Eacho, Gregory (2013-12-11)
    The prior literature on the phenomenon of the Resource Curse includes the theory of the Dutch disease, in which the resource exporting sector crowds out other exports through the an appreciation of the real exchange rate. ...
  • Kupiec, Kevin (2011-04-18)
    With the world full of situations in which information that is potentially useful to decision-making is dispersed among various individuals, research into how this information can be efficiently shared has been the focus ...
  • Gross, Adam (2008-09-29)
    Propensity score matching is a statistical technique recently introduced in the field of economics, which researchers use to assess the treatment effect of policy initiatives. In this study I use propensity score matching ...
  • Guo, Yangyang (2012-04-15)
    Various non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have sought to alleviate the problem of limited access to clean drinking water in Guatemalan villages by providing them with water filters. While traditional NGOs donate filters ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...