• 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 ...
  • Essays on social media, social influence, and social comparison 

    Tang, Qian, active 2013 (2013-08)
    Social networking and social media technologies have greatly changed the way information is created and transmitted. Social media has made content contribution an efficient approach for individual brand building. With ...
  • Essays on social values in finance 

    Page, Jeremy Kenneth (2011-05)
    This dissertation consists of three essays on the role of social values in financial markets. Chapter 1 uses geographic variation in religious concentration to identify the effect of people's gambling behavior in financial ...
  • Essays on strategies of product labeling 

    Stivers, Andrew Edward (2001-08)
  • Essays on subprime lending, present bias, and risk salience 

    Fekrazad, Amir; 0000-0001-9749-3507 (2017-05)
    In chapter 1, I examine the consequences of a policy change in Rhode Island that lowered the cap on payday loan fees (interest rates) from 15% of the principal to 10%. I use a difference-in-difference framework and a unique ...
  • Essays on subsidies, technology diffusion and the returns to education 

    Li, Yumin, 1986- (2016-05)
    This dissertation presents two lines of research on solar photovoltaic (PV) market and the returns to education respectively. The research on solar PV industry includes discussion of incentive pass-through for residential ...
  • Essays on taxation 

    Stuntz, Lori Elizabeth, 1979- (2007)
    This dissertation contains three chapters that examine various behavioral responses to statutory tax policies. In the first chapter, I develop a framework to estimate the impact of the marriage tax on the likelihood of ...
  • Essays on technology and innovation 

    Lin, Mei (2009-08)
    The IT age is marked by innovative approaches to the online commerce. Technology as the core of innovation has undergone numerous evolutions through the “creative destruction." Motivated by the phenomena and the challenges ...
  • Essays on the economics of education and human capital 

    Polson, Chester William; 0000-0002-6523-8517 (2015-05)
    This dissertation examines several facets of the current educational landscape in the United States and the impacts these characteristics have on individual outcomes. The first chapter examines high stakes exit exams, which ...