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  • Health and human capital effects of lead exposure 

    Author(s):Keyes, Christopher James
    Date Issued:2020
    Format:born digital; doctoral dissertations
    The legacy of lead in the United States is complex and intertwined with public health. As concerns over the toxicity of lead increased with time, policy makers responded with a series of national policies aimed at minimizing ...
  • Three essays on informalization 

    Author(s):Gálvez García, Jose Rolando
    Date Issued:2020
    Format:born digital; doctoral dissertations
    This dissertation uses informalization as a way to identify workers and enterprises that engage in low-productivity, or contingent economic activities, and are systemically excluded from the costs and benefits of social ...
  • Essays on the economics of natural disasters 

    Author(s):Hu, Yuchen
    Date Issued:2020
    Format:born digital; doctoral dissertations
    Natural hazards occur frequently, and the costs associated with these events are well into the billions of dollars. The rising frequency and costs from natural disasters require a comprehensive understanding of its impacts ...
  • Three essays on globalization of trade and structures of economic growth and (under) development: comparative analysis of advanced and emerging nations 

    Author(s):Ganguly, Arpan
    Date Issued:2020
    Format:born digital; doctoral dissertations
    With the rise of neoliberal perspectives on economic policy and development in the 1980s came a new phase of globalization in the world economy. Quantitative increases in trade and financial flows, coupled with qualitative ...
  • Essays on trade liberalization and the environment 

    Author(s):Dinh, Minh
    Date Issued:2020
    Format:born digital; doctoral dissertations
    This dissertation explores the relationship between trade liberalization and the environment in several aspects. Chapter 2 first examines the existence of the Environmental Kuznets Curve for carbon dioxide emissions, in ...
  • Wealth composition, capital flows, and the international financial system 

    Author(s):Baqais, Uthman Mohammed S.
    Date Issued:2020
    Format:born digital; doctoral dissertations
    International capital flows play a critical role in the development process. On the one hand, a stable stream of capital flows could augment the capital stock accumulation of a country and, hence, spur economic growth. On ...
  • Suicide mortality, economics and subgroup segregation 

    Author(s):Briggs, Thomas
    Date Issued:2020
    Format:born digital; doctoral dissertations
    In the United States, suicide is typically theorized as an individual act, and as symptom of a mental disorder. However, evidence shows that those who die of suicide (e.g., by sex, race) varies depending on cultural, social ...
  • Essays on natural disturbances and the provision of ecosystem services: monetizing impacts, assessing management tradeoffs, and measuring vulnerability 

    Author(s):Elmer, Matthew Joseph
    Date Issued:2019
    Format:born digital; doctoral dissertations
    This dissertation evaluates the effect of natural disturbances on the provision of ecosystem services. The first chapter examines whether small and frequent wildfires affect drinking water prices, finding both short-run ...
  • State correctional spending and the private prison industry 

    Author(s):White, Weston
    Date Issued:2019
    Format:born digital; masters theses
    The efficacy of using private contractors to house prisoners has been debated since the first private prison was built in the 1980's. Most of the previous research on private prison costs has focused on case study analysis ...
  • Impacts of flooding on the rice production of Bangladesh: a panel data study 

    Author(s):Hassan, S. M. Kamrul
    Date Issued:2019
    Format:born digital; masters theses
    This paper attempts to measure the impact of flooding on rice production in Bangladesh by using two versions of econometric model, namely a total production model and a yield model. The production model uses tons of ...
  • Three essays in regional growth, distribution, and resilience 

    Author(s):Kacher, Nicholas J.
    Date Issued:2019
    Format:born digital; doctoral dissertations
    This work delves into two significant but less understood topics in regional labor economics. The first contribution is to growing literature examining the effects of business dynamism on regional resilience. Significant ...
  • Bitcoin price formation: an empirical investigation 

    Author(s):Light, Aric
    Date Issued:2019
    Format:born digital; masters theses
    Created in 2008 and rising to prominence in 2017, Bitcoin continues to generate controversy as to whether it is a speculative asset or the harbinger of a future of global, decentralized commerce. The focus of this paper ...
  • Economic essays on wildlife-aircraft conflict in the United States 

    Author(s):Navin, Jordan
    Date Issued:2019
    Format:born digital; doctoral dissertations
    Wildlife-aircraft conflict poses a substantial economic and safety threat in the United States (US). Dolbeer, Wright, Weller, Anderson, and Begier (2014) estimates direct costs related to wildlife strikes burdened the US ...
  • Gender and racial inequality in U.S. credit markets 

    Author(s):Wentzel-Long, Melanie G.
    Date Issued:2019
    Format:born digital; doctoral dissertations
    Outstanding household debt in the U.S. has grown dramatically since the 1980s, and households' borrowing activity is on track to return to levels unseen since the 2008 Financial Crisis. There has been limited research in ...
  • Essays on regional economic development: finance, growth, and income distribution 

    Author(s):Petach, Luke
    Date Issued:2019
    Format:born digital; doctoral dissertations
    This dissertation explores the relationship between financial markets and economic activity across regions within the United States. In particular, it examines how regional variation in financial markets may affect variables ...
  • Essays on entrepreneurship and social capital in the wake of a catastrophic disaster 

    Author(s):Levitt, Ryan J.
    Date Issued:2019
    Format:born digital; doctoral dissertations
    Research on the economics of disasters has seen a surge in interest in recent years following a series of high-profile events, such as the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, and the 2010 Haitian ...
  • Economic consequences of health shocks, The 

    Author(s):McKee, Sophie
    Date Issued:2018
    Format:born digital; doctoral dissertations
    This dissertation is composed of three chapters which examine the extent of reverse causation or the causal pathway in going from health to financial components of social economics status (SES) on the heath-SES gradient ...
  • Making ends meet in a social context: grandparent childcare during the 2008 recession, debt of the poor and financial innovation, and relative poverty's effect on election outcomes 

    Author(s):Roberts, Michael
    Date Issued:2018
    Format:born digital; doctoral dissertations
    The chapters illustrate dynamics of the choices of individuals and households when facing income and time constraints in the recent United States. In the first chapter, grandparent childcare provision is studied from the ...
  • Three essays on invasive species management and risk 

    Author(s):Chomphosy, William Haden
    Date Issued:2018
    Format:born digital; doctoral dissertations
    Invasive alien species (IAS) threaten global biodiversity, ecological services, and economic welfare. Over the past several decades, these growing consequences have seen broader analysis of the determinants and consequences ...
  • Why prices matter: terms-of-trade, structural change, and development 

    Author(s):Duvall-Pelham, Alexander
    Date Issued:2018
    Format:born digital; doctoral dissertations
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