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Essays in human capital development
This dissertation studies decisions pertaining to human capital investment, specifically education and health. Specifically, I examine human capital decisions through two key research questions. One, what is the effect of ...
Three essays on contract theory and applications
This dissertation consists of three essays. The first essay examines a general theory of information based on informal contracting. The measurement problem—the disparity of true and measured performances—is at the core of ...
Essays on the economics of education and human capital
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 ...
Essays on education, inequality and society
This dissertation consists of three chapters on labor economics. The first two chapters focus on education, and the third examines inequality and incarceration. Chapter one explores whether college students strategically ...