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    • A Study of the Impact of a Natural Disaster on Economic Behavior and Human Capital Across the Life Course 

      Ingwersen, Nicholas Shane (2015)
      How households and individuals respond to adverse and unanticipated shocks is an important concern for both economists and policy makers. This is especially true in developing countries where poverty, weak infrastructure, ...
    • Dynamic Models of Human Capital Accumulation 

      Ransom, Tyler (2015)
      This dissertation consists of three separate essays that use dynamic models to better understand the human capital accumulation process. First, I analyze the role of migration in human capital accumulation and how migration ...
    • Dynamic Models of Human Capital Investment 

      Ashworth, Jared (2015)
      My dissertation examines human capital investments and their role in individual's labor market outcomes. Chapter 2 analyzes how public school teachers decide to make human capital investments and the effects that these decisions ...
    • Essays in Economics of Education 

      Romano, Teresa Foy (2014)
      This dissertation consists of three separate essays on the economics of education. In the first chapter, co-authored with Esteban Aucejo, studies the relative effectiveness of reducing absences to extending the school calendar ...
    • Essays in Economics of Immigration 

      Rho, Deborah Tammy (2014)
      This dissertation consists of two related essays on the economics of immigration. The first chapter presents new evidence on whether the earnings of foreign-born workers grow faster than that of similarly educated natives. ...
    • Essays in Institutional Economics 

      Lustig, Scott Jordan (2011)
      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 institutions ...
    • Essays on Education Policy 

      Francis, Dania Veronica (2013)
      This dissertation consists of three essays on the topic of education policy. In the first essay, I evaluate the impacts of a teacher quality equity law that was enacted in California in the fall of 2006 prohibiting ...
    • Essays on NYC High Schools 

      Hu, Weiwei (2015)
      Over my Ph.D. study, I work on various projects about the school choice reform in New York City, with a special focus on understanding how students or parents choose high schools and evaluating education policies. Specifically, ...
    • Essays on Peer Effects 

      Mihaly, Kata (2008-04-23)
      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 ...
    • Essays on Urban and Labor Economics 

      Hizmo, Aurel (2011)
      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 ...
    • Executive Compensation and Firm Leverage 

      Albert, Michael Joseph (2013)
      This dissertation explores the role of executive compensation in determining the capital structure decisions of a firm. CEOs experience a large personal cost of default that interacts through the risk adjusted probability ...
    • Family Formation and Equilibrium Influences 

      Beauchamp, Andrew W. (2009)
      This dissertation considers incentives arising from equilibrium influences that affect the sequence of decisions that lead to family formation. The first chapter examines how state regulations directly aimed at abortion ...
    • Friendship Patterns in Schools: an Analysis Using the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health 

      Nathan, Anil Sathia (2008-07-21)
      The rigorous economic analysis of peer group formation is a burgeoning subject. Much has been written about how peers influence an individual's behavior, and these effects are quite prevalent. However, less has been written ...
    • Human Capital Specificity and Corporate Capital Structure 

      Kim, Hyunseob (2012)
      I examine how employing workers with specific human capital affects capital structure decisions by employers. Based on plant-level data from the U.S. Census Bureau, I use the opening of new plants as an exogenous reduction ...
    • Individual Incentives as Drivers of Innovative Processes and Performance 

      Sauermann, Henry (2008-04-24)
      Applied economists and strategy scholars have examined a variety of firm-level factors that may explain the level and direction of firms' innovative effort and performance, including firms' profit incentives. Innovation ...
    • Marriage Formation and Dissolution in the United States 

      Staub, Kalina Marie (2013)
      This dissertation consists of two essays that examine marital formation and dissolution in the United States. The first chapter highlights the roles that both the availability of men and competition from women within a ...
    • Network Disadvantages of Immigrants: Social Capital as a Source of Immigrant Disadvantages in the Labor Market 

      Lee, Hang Young (2015)
      Social capital has so far been suggested to enhance the career outcomes of disadvantaged immigrants by compensating for their lack of human capital. Contrastingly, by examining labor market outcomes by immigrant groups, ...
    • The Role of the Family as an Informal Insurance Mechanism 

      Dalton, Michael Robert (2013)
      This dissertation examines the extent of different forms of informal insurance provided by both co-resident and non-co-resident family members. Primarily relying on the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, a unique, longitudinal ...
    • Three Essays on Gender, Population Studies, and Labor Economics 

      Gorsuch, Marina Mileo (2015)
      In this dissertation, I examine three questions on gender and labor economics. The first two questions are inspired by a broad literature in social psychology which has established that respondents react negatively when ...
    • Topics on Economics of Education 

      Aucejo, Esteban Matias (2012)
      This dissertation consists of two separate essays on economics of education. First, the role of teacher-student interactions is analyzed. Teacher effectiveness is generally characterized by a single effect that is common ...