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  • Lang, Ruitian (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
    The dissertation considers three topics in dynamic games and mechanism design. In both problems, asymmetric information causes inefficiency in production and allocation. The first chapter considers the inefficiency from ...
  • Shapiro, Bradley T. (Bradley Thomas) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
    This dissertation comprises of three chapters, each exploring different issues in the industrial organization of the pharmaceutical industry. In the first chapter, I study the effects of television advertising of antidepressants ...
  • Foarță, Octavia Daniela (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
    Chapter 1 examines how political economy considerations affect the desirability of banking unions. It presents a model in which bank recapitalizations are carried out by rent-seeking policymakers. These policymakers face ...
  • Jain, Anil (Anil Kumar) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
    Chapter 1 (co-authored with Ali Choudhary) exploits exogenous variation in the amount of public information available to banks about a firm to empirically evaluate the importance of adverse selection in the credit market. ...
  • Polyakova, Maria A. (Maria Alexandrovna) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
    The first chapter takes advantage of the evolution of the regulatory and pricing environment in the first years of a large federal prescription drug insurance program for seniors - Medicare Part D - to explore interactions ...
  • Rokkanen, Miikka (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
    This thesis consists of three methodological contributions to the literature on the regression discontinuity (RD) design. The first two chapters develop approaches to the extrapolation of treatment effects away from the ...
  • 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, ...
  • Feigenberg, Benjamin (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
    The first chapter of this dissertation examines the market for private school. Private school market shares are rising steadily in many developing countries, but we have a limited understanding of how private schools set ...
  • Forsythe, Eliza C. (Eliza Carla) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
    Workers find wage-growth and job-satisfaction by building careers. However a worker's ability to string together a sequence of jobs relies on the availability of appropriate opportunities either within their current firm ...
  • Gómez-González, Patricia; Rees, Daniel (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
    This thesis examines several aspects of open economies. The first two chapters are about sovereign debt and its interactions with domestic financial markets. The third chapter, coauthored with my classmate Daniel Rees, ...
  • Miller, Conrad, Ph. D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
    This thesis consists of three chapters on aspects of labor market inequality. In chapter 1, I estimate the dynamic effects of federal affirmative action regulation, exploiting variation in the timing of regulation and ...
  • Palmer, Christopher John (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
    The first chapter consists of my job-market paper. The foreclosure rate of sub-prime mortgages increased markedly across 2003-2007 borrower cohorts-sub-prime mortgages originated in 2006- 2007 were roughly three times more ...
  • Sacarny, Adam Jon (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
    The first chapter studies how incentives drive adoption by looking at a technology that generates revenue for hospitals: the practice of submitting detailed documentation about patients. After a 2008 reform, hospitals were ...
  • Pons, Vincent, Ph. D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
    My dissertation explores the political behavior of different groups, including immigrants, the youth, and uneducated and marginalized citizens - focusing on their registration and turnout decisions, as well as vote choices, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Andrews, Isaiah Smith (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
    Economic researchers and policymakers need reliable tools both to estimate economic relationships and to measure the uncertainty surrounding their estimates. Unfortunately, economic data sometimes contains limited information ...
  • Chandler, Dana, Ph. D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
    This thesis explores the economics of online labor markets. The first paper evaluates a market intervention that sought to improve efficiency within the world's largest online labor market. The second paper provides an ...
  • Swift, Henry Spencer (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
    Workers in similar occupations cluster, much like firms in similar industries. This may be due to firm clustering, but I propose a supply-side mechanism that may also provide an explanation. When workers face a risk of ...
  • Stantcheva, Stefanie (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
    This thesis consists of three chapters on optimal tax theory with endogenous wages. Chapter 1 studies optimal linear and nonlinear income taxation when firms do not know workers' abilities, and competitively screen them ...
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