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  • Zabai, Anna (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
    In the first chapter, I explore the role of coordination problems and self-fulfilling beliefs as drivers of sovereign default risk. I employ global-game techniques to induce a unique equilibrium. Along the unique equilibrium, ...
  • Johnson, Lynn Christine, 1976- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
    I investigate whether voters judge the performance of their governor on taxes by comparing him to governors from neighboring states. If voters do make these comparisons, it creates "yardstick competition," where governors ...
  • Lee, Joonhwan; Fernández-Val, Iván (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
    This paper considers fixed effects estimation and inference in linear and nonlinear panel data models with random coefficients and endogenous regressors. The quantities of interest - means, variances, and other moments of ...
  • Shapiro, Joseph S (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
    The first chapter of this thesis uses a general equilibrium model of trade and the environment to investigate two questions. First, how do the gains from trade compare against the environmental costs of trade? Trade can ...
  • Walters, Christopher R (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
    This dissertation consists of three essays covering topics in the economics of education. Two common threads connect these essays: first, a focus on the inputs and practices driving variation in effectiveness across ...
  • Wang, Xiao Yu, Ph. D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
    The primary goal of this thesis is to gain a deeper understanding of how institutional structure responds and evolves in equilibrium, particularly in the idiosyncratic and dynamic settings of developing economies. I use ...
  • Pascu, Iuliana (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
    This dissertation is a collection of three essays on hospital response to regulation and risk preferences. Chapter 1 analyzes the Medicare Flex Program which allowed rural hospitals with fewer than 25 beds to convert to ...
  • Di Maggio, Marco, 1985- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
    In Chapter 1, I explore how speculators can destabilize financial markets by amplifying negative shocks in periods of market turmoil, and confirm the main predictions of the theoretical analysis using data on money market ...
  • Leight, Jessica E. (Jessica Ellen) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
    This thesis seeks to analyze two questions central to the economic welfare of rural households in developing countries: the trade-offs between equity and efficiency induced by hybrid forms of property rights, and the ...
  • Di Tella, Sebastian T. (Sebastian Tariacuri) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
    This thesis studies the role of the financial system in the amplification and propagation of business cycles. Chapter 1 studies the origin and propagation of balance sheet recessions. I first show that in standard models ...
  • Mohsenzadeh Kermani, Amir Reza (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
    The first chapter proposes a model of booms and busts in housing and non-housing consumption driven by the interplay between relatively low interest rates and an expansion of credit, triggered by further decline in interest ...
  • Pinkovskiy, Maxim L (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
    This thesis studies topics in public economics in developed and developing countries, including health insurance regulation, public goods provision and inequality and welfare measurement. The first chapter analyzes the ...
  • Ralston, Laura R. (Laura Rosalind) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
    This dissertation consists of three chapters on topics relating to conflict, social cooperation and development economics. Several studies have identified the impact of adverse economic shocks on civil conflict using ...
  • 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 ...
  • Leiserson, Gregory Quick (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
    This thesis investigates the influence of retiree health and pension policies on the retirement decisions of public sector employees. Chapter one documents the central role of eligibility for subsidized retiree health ...
  • Rees, Daniel (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
    This thesis examines the impact of terms of trade shocks on commodity-exporting small, open economies. The first chapter examines whether households, firms and policymakers in these economies can distinguish between temporary ...
  • Chan, David C. (David Cchimin) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
    This thesis contains essays on health care delivery and financing. Chapter 1 studies the effect of organizational structure on physician behavior. I investigate this by studying emergency department (ED) physicians who ...
  • Chetverikov, D. N. (Denis Nikolaevich) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
    Monotonicity is a key qualitative prediction of a wide array of economic models derived via robust comparative statics. It is therefore important to design effective and practical econometric methods for testing this ...
  • Barron, Daniel (Daniel Vincent) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
    This dissertation explores cooperation when formal contracts and legal institutions are imperfect. The first chapter (co-authored with Isaiah Andrews) considers how a principal allocates business among a group of agents ...
  • Larreguy Arbesú, Horacio Alejandro (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
    This dissertation investigates the different roles that networks play in political economy. In the first chapter, I study how a political party uses electoral data to monitor and incentivize the political brokers who control ...
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