• Essays on network dynamics and informational value of virtual communities 

    Chen, Hsuan-wei, 1980- (2008-08)
    Public press and companies have increasingly strong interests in the impact on businesses brought about by virtual communities. In recent years, virtual communities have become significant sources of information for consumers ...
  • Essays on non-price strategies in firm competition 

    Lee, Seokhoon, 1971- (2006-05)
  • Essays on organismal aspects of the fungus-growing ant symbiosis : ecology, experimental symbiont switches and fitness of Atta, and a new theory on the origin of ant fungiculture 

    Sánchez-Peña, Sergio René (2005)
    This dissertation includes several experimental approaches aimed at elucidating coadaptations between leaf-cutting ants and their symbiotic fungi. The second chapter provides ecological information on the fungus-growing, ...
  • Essays on participation dynamics and informational value of virtual communities 

    Park, Jaehong, 1973- (2010-08)
    In recent years, virtual communities have become increasingly popular among online users and businesses. Public press has shown a strong interest in virtual communities and announced their informational value. The explosive ...
  • Essays on political competition 

    Roeder, Oliver Kelly (2013-05)
    The three branches of American government---judicial, legislative, and executive---serve important governmental roles, and present their own interesting political questions. We answer three here. First, what are the ...
  • Essays on pricing and portfolio choice in incomplete markets 

    Zhou, Ti, 1981- (2008-12)
    This dissertation is a contribution to the pricing and portfolio choice theory in incomplete markets. It consists of three self-contained but interlinked essays. In the first essay, we present a utility-based methodology ...
  • Essays on pricing under uncertainty and heterogeneity in the finance-trade-growth nexus 

    Yousefi, Seyed Reza (2013-08)
    My dissertation consists of empirical and theoretical essays on Microeconomic Theory and International Economics. The first chapter discusses the existence and characterization of a model that determines producer's optimal ...
  • Essays on public economics and banking 

    Cheng, Hua, Ph. D.; 0000-0002-5791-532X (2017-05)
    This dissertation presents two lines of research on public finance and banking respectively. The research on public finance explores the source of China’s state capacity, including fiscal capacity and the bureaucracy, and ...
  • Essays on public finance 

    Zebian, Firas Mahmoud (2012-05)
    In the first chapter, I investigate the welfare effect of the government subsidizing medical insurance. To that extent, I construct and simulate a partial equilibrium computational model of medical care consumption and ...
  • Essays on public finance and health economics 

    Cui, Can, Ph. D. (2016-05)
    This dissertation examines several questions in public finance, including health care, workers' compensation program, and tax rebates. The first chapter, entitled, "Financial Incentives and Physicians’ Behavior: Evidence ...
  • Essays on public policy and labor economics 

    Zhou, Yun, Ph. D. (2017-07-13)
    The majority of insured Americans obtain health insurance coverage through employment as a non-portable fringe benefit. The link between health insurance coverage and employment could have potential important implica- tions ...
  • Essays on rational behavior in incomplete information 

    Han, Jae Joon (2006)
    This thesis examines the behavior of rational agents in market settings of incomplete information using tools of signal-jamming and signaling. I study the decision-making processes of agents who aggregate information ...
  • Essays on real life allocation problems 

    Dur, Umut Mert (2013-05)
    In the first chapter, we introduce a new matching model to mimic inter-college tuition exchange programs for dependents of faculty to attend other colleges tuition-free. Each participating college has to avoid being a ...
  • Essays on real options and strategic interactions 

    Dehghani Firouzabadi, Mohammad Hossein (2012-08)
    Chapter 2 considers technology adoption under both technological and subsidy uncertainties. Uncertainty in subsidies for green technologies is considered as an example. Technological progress is exogenous and modeled as a ...
  • Essays on regulations in the electricity industry 

    Jin, Yaran; 0000-0003-2516-4709 (2017-05)
    In this dissertation, I study the welfare consequences of environmental and price regulations in the electricity industry. I address two important questions. One is that what are the welfare consequences of allowing firms ...
  • Essays on regulatory impact in electricity and internet markets 

    Roderick, Thomas Edward (2014-05)
    This dissertation details regulation's impact in networked markets, notably in deregulated electricity and internet service markets. These markets represent basic infrastructure in the modern economy; their innate networked ...
  • Essays on reputation and repeated games 

    Sperisen, Benjamin Leonard (2015-05)
    This dissertation consists of three essays on reputation and repeated games. Reputation models typically assume players have full memory of past events, yet in many applications this assumption does not hold. In the first ...
  • Essays on retirement and health 

    Salinas, Gabriel, Jr.; 0000-0003-1829-4687 (2017-05)
    I exploit unanticipated reforms to the Texas Teacher's pension plan to estimate the effect of pension incentives on retirement decisions. In 2000 and 2002 the Teacher Retirement System increased the benefit levels of all ...
  • Essays on search intensity and health shock-induced poverty in rural China 

    Yan, Ping, doctor of economics (2008-08)
    In the labor market, workers can increase their chances of meeting potential employers through costly search. My first chapter aims to empirically quantify the search intensity of workers, both employed and unemployed. My ...
  • Essays on skill biased technological change and human capital 

    Lu, Qian (2015-05)
    This dissertation studies determinants of the U.S. labor market structure and human capital development, with a focus on technological change. A key feature of the U.S. labor market since 1980 is the substantial growth of ...