Browsing Duke Dissertations by Duke Department "Business Administration"

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  • Samper, Luz-Adriana (2011)
    <p>I present a framework that describes how perceived discrepancies from an ideal, or hoped-for, self influence how people view and behave with products associated with identity attainment (i.e., "symbolic props"). In the ...
  • Fu, Shiming (2015)
    <p>This thesis examines how various agency frictions affect corporate financing, capital budgeting, managerial compensation and investment in dynamic settings. In the internal capital budgeting process, the agency issues ...
  • Ow Yong, Keng Kevin (2008-04-22)
    <p>This paper examines the role of earnings management for firms that report at least three consecutive years of annual earnings increases (hereafter earnings string firms). Specifically, I examine how levels of earnings ...
  • Sethuraman, Subramanian (2016)
    <p>This paper explores the effect of credit rating agency’s (CRA) reputation on the discretionary disclosures of corporate bond issuers. Academics, practitioners, and regulators disagree on the informational role played ...
  • Zhang, Ning (2013)
    <p>I examine the long-term valuation consequence of over-investment in mergers and acquisitions (M&As) on acquiring firms through the "anticipation effect," in which forward-looking prices embed investors' expectations ...
  • Choudhary, Preeti (2008-04-21)
    <p>I examine whether financial statement preparers (managers and auditors) treat recognized versus disclosed fair value of option compensation differently. Recognition refers to items that appear on the face of financial ...
  • Palley, Asa (2016)
    <p>Using the wisdom of crowds---combining many individual forecasts to obtain an aggregate estimate---can be an effective technique for improving forecast accuracy. When individual forecasts are drawn from independent and ...
  • Evans, Mark (2008-06-04)
    <p>I examine the relation between a corporate commitment to increased disclosure and measures of liquidity, information asymmetry, and cost of equity capital. Relative to prior research on voluntary disclosure, I use a ...
  • 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. ...
  • Shang, Yan (2016)
    <p>This dissertation contributes to the rapidly growing empirical research area in the field of operations management. It contains two essays, tackling two different sets of operations management questions which are ...
  • 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 ...
  • Rosoiu, Alexandru George (2016)
    <p>I study the link between capital markets and sources of macroeconomic risk. In chapter 1 I show that expected inflation risk is priced in the cross section of stock returns even after controlling for cash flow growth ...
  • Correia, Sergio (2016)
    <p>I study local shocks to consumer credit supply arising from the opening</p><p>of bank-related retail stores. Bank-related store openings coincide with</p><p>sharp increases in credit card placements in the neighborhood ...
  • Wei, Wei (2014)
    <p>I study firms' debt maturity decisions. I provide two models for optimal debt maturity choices when facing stochastic productivity and rollover risk. The first model is based on firms' need to smooth their capital when ...
  • 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. ...
  • Liu, Yan (2014)
    <p>In this thesis, I develop two sets of methods to help understand two distinct but also</p><p>related issues in financial economics.</p><p>First, representative agent models have been successfully applied to explain ...
  • 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 ...