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  • Balestrieri, Filippo (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008)
    This thesis is a collection of three essays on mechanism design. In Chapter 1, we consider a general Informed Principal Problem in the context of procurement. Both the potential suppliers and the buyer hold some private ...
  • Kowalski, Amanda (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008)
    This dissertation consists of an empirical chapter, an econometrics chapter, and a theoretical chapter, all of which advance the study of the price elasticity of expenditure on medical care. In Chapter 1, I estimate the ...
  • Wahhaj, Zaki (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006)
    These essays are concerned with the problem of cooperation among individuals in a household and among households in a community under lack of commitment. The first chapter provides a theoretical investigation of consumption ...
  • Dzyabura, Daria (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012)
    This thesis consists of three related essays which explore new approaches to modeling and measurement of consumer decision strategies. The focus is on decision strategies that deviate from von Neumann-Morgenstern utility ...
  • Skinner, Thomas James (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1995)
  • Zettelmeyer, Jerónimo (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1995)
  • Riker, David A. (David Andrew) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1996)
  • Lai, Kum-Yew (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1987)
  • Finegan, Johanna Goth (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007)
    In the first chapter, "Supererogation and Defenses of Modest Moral Demands," I argue that a range of recent approaches to defending the "ordinary morality" view that the demands of morality are fairly modest make it hard ...
  • Branco, Fernando Manuel Ribeiro (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1992)
  • Diamond, Peter A (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1963)
    The first essay is concerned with evaluating a stream of utility which extends into the infinite future. In it are derived sufficient conditions on a preference ordering to permit the definition of a continuous utility ...
  • Spinnewijn, Johannes (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009)
    This dissertation consists of three chapters analyzing the optimal design of insurance contracts. I consider three relevant contexts that change the central trade-off between the provision of insurance and the provision ...
  • Reis, Catarina (Catarina Luis Monteiro dos) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007)
    This thesis studies the optimal income tax scheme in four different settings. Chapter 1 focuses on the implications of lack of commitment for the optimal labor and capital income tax rates. It finds that it is optimal to ...
  • Goundan, Pranava Raja (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007)
    (cont.) In the second part of the thesis, we focus on the design and analysis of simple, possibly non-coordinating contracts in a single-supplier, multi-retailer supply chain where retailers make both pricing and inventory ...
  • Venables, Sarah Elizabeth (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
    The first chapter presents a model in which a principal requires an agent to work on multiple tasks, which require varying levels of effort. Initially the appropriate actions are unknown to the principal and so he cannot ...
  • Martínez Bravo, Mónica (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010)
    This thesis is a collection of three independent essays on the causes and consequences of local elections in non-democratic regimes. The first essay examines the political consequences of local elections on the first ...
  • Weese, Eric Gordon (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009)
    In the first chapter of this thesis, I study Japanese municipal mergers using a political coalition formation model. Political coalition formation games can describe the formation and dissolution of nations, as well as the ...
  • Migueis, Marco (Marco A.) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010)
    Essay 1: The Effect of Political Alignment on Transfers to Portuguese Municipalities. In this paper, I use financial data of Portuguese municipalities (1992-2005) to investigate if political alignment between the central ...
  • Fergusson, Leopoldo (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011)
    The chapters in this thesis tackle different questions, but share the attempt to open the "black box" of the relationship between institutions and economic outcomes. In the first chapter, I examine mass media's role in ...
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