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  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Blevins, Jason Ryan (2010)
    <p>This dissertation consists of three chapters relating to</p> <p>identification and inference in dynamic microeconometric models</p> <p>including dynamic discrete games with many players, dynamic games with</p> ...
  • Lustig, Scott Jordan (2011)
    <p>This dissertation is a collection of three chapters all pertaining to institutional economics. In short, the eld of institutional economics is an outgrowth of public economics, in the sense that in many cases he key ...
  • Sakane, Michiru (2011)
    <p>This dissertation consists of two chapters on international business cycles. In the first chapter, I revisit the problem of the anomaly of terms of trade dynamics. First, I empirically analyze the effect of a US aggregate ...
  • 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? ...