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  • Essays on sustainable development: renewable energy, regional growth, environment, and welfare 

    Author(s):Jeon, Hwayoung
    Date Issued:2021
    Format:born digital; doctoral dissertations
    Given the growing concerns about the consequences of climate change, development of renewable energy has attracted significant attention as a creditable alternative to fossil fuels. As a result, renewable energy has ...
  • Foreign direct investment in developing countries: productivity growth, dual economies, and location determinants 

    Author(s):Ohakim, John
    Date Issued:2021
    Format:born digital; doctoral dissertations
    This study revisits the role of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in developing countries along two dimensions. First, we empirically analyze the impact of FDI on productivity growth in 30 developing countries for the period ...
  • Modeling tax competition in developing countries: a theoretical and empirical analysis 

    Author(s):Nguyen, Hiep Quang
    Date Issued:2021
    Format:born digital; doctoral dissertations
    While much attention has been paid in the literature to tax competition in developed countries, little research has focused on tax competition among developing countries. These two groups of countries are very different, ...
  • Three essays on U.S. foreign assistance spending and U.S. politico-military integration 

    Author(s):McCarthy, Christopher David
    Date Issued:2021
    Format:born digital; doctoral dissertations
    Simulations show that recipient nations are directly impacted by U.S. foreign assistance spending (in the form of U.S. economic and military aid) in a manner similar to transfer payments, spurring growth, and easing liquidity ...
  • Three essays on the effect of domestic inequality and global inequality on economic growth 

    Author(s):Barasi, Fathalla
    Date Issued:2021
    Format:born digital; doctoral dissertations
    In the preface to his Principles of Political Economy and Taxation (1817; 1951, p. 5), David Ricardo wrote that the determination of laws of distribution is the principal problem in Political Economy. One of the political ...
  • Broken promise of mobility, The: higher education's funding impact on poverty and college debt 

    Author(s):Singleton, John
    Date Issued:2021
    Format:born digital; masters theses
    Following findings of increased poverty over time among Coloradans with college experience, I estimate the impact of Higher Education spending on poverty and debt outcomes for groups of individuals who have completed at ...
  • 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 ...

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