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  • Mihaly, Kata (2008-04-23)
    <p>This dissertation considers the relationship between peer and individual student interaction. The central finding is that self reported friends play a crucial role in individual behaviors, a role that is more significant ...
  • Wagman, Liad (2009)
    <p>This dissertation uses game theoretic models to examine the effects of agent anonymity on markets for goods and for information. In open, anonymous settings, such as the Internet, anonymity is relatively easy to obtain ...
  • Ungureanu, Sergiu (2013)
    <p>This dissertation collects work concerning the way individuals deal with imperfect information, both related to their knowledge of themselves and of others. The second chapter shows that bounded rationality, in the form ...
  • Groves, Alexander (2012)
    <p>This dissertation concerns methods to test whether or not self-control</p><p>is costly, the form of temptation, and the affects different assumptions</p><p>about costly self-control and temptation have on optimal ...
  • Tontarawongsa, Chutima (2014)
    <p>This thesis aims towards contributing to the understanding of the role of social networks in the context of developing countries. It contains two chapters that take on different aspects of social networks. </p><p>In the ...
  • Vogt, Erik (2014)
    <p>This dissertation develops new econometric techniques for use in estimating and conducting inference on parameters that can be identified from option prices. The techniques in question extend the existing literature in ...
  • Krasteva, Silvana Simeonova (2009)
    <p><p>This work analyzes the impact of regulation policies in two distinct settings.</p><p><p>Chapter 1 provides an overview of the existing theoretical literature on innovation and entrepreneurship. It summarizes some ...
  • Martinez, Erika Vivian (2011)
    <p>Comprised of three related chapters, this dissertation evaluates the effects of the North Carolina School Accountability System on agents in different markets using, in most part, school data provided by the North ...
  • Huang, Haifeng (2009)
    <p>This dissertation uses game-theoretic modeling, statistical testing, and case studies to analyze how authoritarian governments manage the news media to maintain regime stability, control local officials, and make reform. ...
  • Deng, Changrong (2014)
    <p>This dissertation focuses on understanding how negative externalities affect managerial decisions, specifically, the resource allocation and pricing in competitive environments.</p><p>We first study optimal allocation ...
  • Ee, Benjamin (2013)
    <p>This dissertation investigates how variation in trade credit standards play a role in firm maturation. In Chapter 1, I survey existing research in trade credit. Following this, I identify lifecycle trends in supplier ...
  • Hizmo, Aurel (2011)
    <p>In the first chapter of this dissertation I develop a flexible and estimable equilibrium model that jointly considers location decisions of heterogeneous agents across space, and their optimal portfolio decisions. Merging ...
  • Borochin, Paul Alexander (2011)
    <p>The first essay of my dissertation introduces a new method for eliciting market beliefs about the expected outcomes of a merger negotiation after announcement. During a merger negotiation, the market prices of the firms ...
  • Spiller, Elisheba (2011)
    <p>This dissertation explores the impact of gasoline prices and transportation policies on consumer behavior through three separate channels: 1) by affecting the relative operating costs of the vehicles in a household's ...
  • Stewart, Kelly (2007-08-10)
    Despite facing threat of extirpation in the eastern Pacific, the critically endangered leatherback turtle (<em>Dermochelys coriacea</em>) appears to be thriving in the Atlantic. The purpose of my dissertation was to establish ...
  • Lynch, Patrick John (2009)
    <p>Heterochromatin, or condensed chromatin, is a transcriptionally repressive form of chromatin that occurs in many eukaryotic organisms. At its natural locations, heterochromatin is thought to play important roles in ...
  • Little, Anna Victoria (2011)
    <p>This work deals with the problem of estimating the intrinsic dimension of noisy, high-dimensional point clouds. A general class of sets which are locally well-approximated by <italic>k</italic> dimensional planes but ...
  • Grynkiv, Iaryna (2012)
    <p>This dissertations presents the estimation methods of financial models for which the density function is not known in closed form, but the characteristic function (or Laplace transform) is available in the analytical ...
  • Ogburn, Matthew Bryan (2008-04-21)
    This dissertation investigated ingress of postlarval blue crabs Callinectes sapidus to the Newport River estuary, North Carolina, USA. Data from C. similis, Menippe mercenaria, Pachygrapsus transversus, and Arenaeus ...
  • Sours, Stephen (2011)
    <p>Eucharistic sacrifice is both a doctrine of the church and a sacramental practice. Doctrinally, it explains in what manner the sacrament is a sacrifice, or at least its sacrificial dimension; liturgically, it refers ...