Browsing Duke Dissertations by Duke Department "Economics"

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  • Liu, Xuan (2007-05-10)
    This dissertation consists of two essays in international macroeconomics. The first essay shows that optimal fiscal and monetary policy is time consistent in a standard small open economy. Further, there exist many ...
  • Tabova, Alexandra (2011)
    <p>This dissertation consists of two essays in international macroeconomics. In the first essay I explore the role of portfolio diversification in explaining the distribution of foreign investment across countries. I do ...
  • Iyavarakul, Tongyai (2009)
    <p>This dissertation comprises of three essays in law and economics. The first chapter, a joint work with my advisor - Marjorie McElroy, examines the longly debated effect of the liberalized divorce laws in the United ...
  • Szemely, Bela (2011)
    <p>During 2007-2009 the U.S. economy experienced the most severe financial crisis since the Great Depression. Why did the financial crisis turn into such a severe recession? And what were the causes of the Great Recession? ...
  • Arias, Jonas (2013)
    <p>This dissertation consists of two essays in macroeconomics. In the first essay, I explain the increase in the interbank market credit spreads during the recent financial crisis using a model with endogenous default, in ...
  • Valasek, Justin (2011)
    <p>This dissertation explores the connection between voter turnout and candidate polarization. The first chapter considers a voting game with turnout and endogenous candidates, and maps the equilibria of the game under ...
  • Kuzmenko, Tatyana (2012)
    <p>This dissertation focuses on non-market valuation of environmental goods, using housing values and residential location decisions to infer the value of local environmental quality. It makes two contributions to the ...
  • Seoane, Hernan Daniel (2011)
    <p>This dissertation is a collection of essays with the main objective of estimate and understand macroeconomic behavior of emerging countries by the lenses of modern tools in general equilibrium modeling.</p><p>In the ...
  • Name-Correa, Alvaro (2013)
    <p>In this dissertation I present a theory of charitable fund-raising in which it is costly to solicit donors. The second chapter shows how optimizing fund-raisers will affect the equilibrium level of contributions, determine ...
  • James, Jonathan Webster (2011)
    <p>The literature on occupational matching has traditionally assumed that an individual's match in one occupation is completely uncorrelated with their match in every other occupation in the economy. In this paper I develop ...
  • Wang, Yucai Emily (2011)
    <p>This dissertation consists of three chapters relating to dynamic demand models of storable goods and their application to taxes that are imposed on soft drinks. Broadly speaking, the first chapter builds the estimation ...
  • Nekipelov, Denis (2008-04-08)
    <p>The dissertation consists of three essays. The first essay describes and estimates the model of bidding on eBay. Internet auctions (such as eBay) differ from the traditional auction format in that participants 1) typically ...
  • Landry, Peter (2013)
    <p>This dissertation explores the implications of endognenizing the times decisions are faced for intertemporal decision-making in a variety of contexts. Chapter 1 considers a standard, expected-utility maximizer whose ...
  • Rafferty, Barry John (2012)
    <p>This dissertation is a collection of papers with the unifying objective being to better understand crash risk in foreign exchange markets. I investigate how exposure to the risk of currency crashes is able to provide a ...
  • LaFave, Daniel Ryan (2012)
    <p>This dissertation investigates the economic behavior of families in developing settings. Utilizing uniquely rich, longitudinal survey data from Indonesia, it demonstrates the complexity of market environments facing ...
  • Wang, Yang (2009)
    <p>In this dissertation, I discuss two important factors in individuals' decision-making processes: subjective expectation bias and time-inconsistent preferences. In Chapter I, I look at how individuals' own subjective ...
  • Anenberg, Elliot (2011)
    <p>This dissertation comprises two papers on search in the housing market. The first paper looks at the effects of equity constraints and loss aversion on the home selling problem. The empirical findings are consistent ...
  • Kim, Tae Bong (2011)
    <p>This dissertation asks whether frequency misspecification of a New Keynesian model</p><p>results in temporal aggregation bias of the Calvo parameter. First, when a</p><p>New Keynesian model is estimated at a quarterly ...
  • Pancrazi, Roberto (2010)
    <p>This dissertation consists of three essays on macroeconomics in the frequency domain. In the first essay, I show that whereas the High-Frequency volatility of the majority of the macroeconomic series declined after the ...
  • Foerster, Andrew Thomas (2011)
    <p>This dissertation presents two essays on Markov-Switching dynamic stochastic general equilibrium models.</p><p>The first essay is "Perturbation Methods for Markov-Switching Models," which is co-authored with Juan ...