The Department of Economics is part of the College of Arts and Science on the flagship campus of the University of Missouri. Its faculty conduct research that impacts both scholarly thought and policy at the international, national, and state levels. The department delivers instruction to a broad cross-section of the campus, including students in journalism, business, public affairs, and agricultural economics. Its undergraduate programs offer degrees in both the College of Arts and Science and the College of Business.

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  • Essays on fluctuations of the crude oil price and the economy 

    Zeng, Junchuan Jesse, 1983- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2013)
    This dissertation studies two major topics related to the crude oil price and the economy. The first topic studied is about the relationship between speculation and the crude oil price and the related implications on the ...
  • Essays on the economics of education 

    Parsons, Eric (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2013)
    The first chapter in this dissertation follows a cohort of initially high performing Missouri students from grade-3 through grade-9 and examines which school factors influence their academic success. Three key findings ...
  • Essays on retail pricing 

    Khan, Muhammad Taimur (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2013)
    Most empirical literature on Walmart Supercenters quantifies the price effect of Supercenter entries using lower frequency data (annual or monthly) and does not take into account finer geographical detail of retail markets ...
  • Three essays on educator labor markets: evidence from Missouri public schools 

    Shi, Shishan (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2013)
    This dissertation consists of three essays. The first essay investigates the feasibility of moving high-performing teachers to low-performing schools using administrative micro data from Missouri. I find when a teacher ...
  • Missouri historical tax summary 1970-2012 

    Research Center-State & Regional Fiscal Studies Unit (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2013)
    This report presents the compiled data from the tax receipts of Missouri residents between the years 1970 and 2012.
  • Estimation of spatial autoregressive models with dyadic observations and limited dependent variables 

    Luo, Shali (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2012)
    Spatial correlation, like temporal correlation, often leads to inconsistent estimates if not properly handled. This dissertation addresses spatial correlation in flow data that are recorded as binary or censored values. ...
  • Essays in health economics and health policy 

    Kim, Eun Young (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2011)
    This dissertation is a compilation of three essays. The first essay critiques a recent paper by Wilper et al. (2009) for its inappropriate model calibration in analyzing the association of health insurance and mortality. ...
  • The determinants and impacts of foreign direct investment in the Thai manufacturing sector: a three-way fixed effects approach 

    Laoswatchaikul, Pongsak (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2011)
    This study investigates the determinants of inward FDI in the Thai manufacturing sector. The data of industrial FDI are obtained from 14 source countries and 9 manufacturing industries during 1990 - 2008. The panel data ...
  • Essays on advance selling of new to-be-released products 

    Zeng, Chenhang (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2012)
    This dissertation comprises three essays on the same topic: advance selling of new to-be-released products. The first essay studies the retailer's optimal strategy in a model where the demand uncertainty comes from both ...
  • The impact of the distribution of economic activity on the gravity model estimation of international trade 

    Deng, Zhongyun (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2012)
    In this study, I test the gravity model in international trade in a series of simulation studies, with a focus on the impact of the distribution of economic activity, inter-regional distance measure, and the capital location ...
  • Forecasting county-level unemployment accounting for spatial correlation 

    Sweet, Dustin L. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2011)
    This paper analyzes the effect of including a spatial component in models that predict monthly county-level unemployment in Missouri. The initial analysis seeks to explore the general spatial structure of unemployment ...
  • Empirical inference for online auctions 

    Wang, Guojie (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2011)
    This dissertation consists of three essays. The first essay adopts the survival analysis to empirically analyze a new auction format, pay-per-bid auction, in which a fee occurs to the bidder when a new bid is submitted. ...
  • Econometric methods for improved measures of financial risk 

    Kim, Moohwan (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2011)
    Faced with the current financial crisis, several US and foreign banks and investment firms have failed due to excessive losses. The Value-at-Risk (VaR) was a widely-used risk model that was problematic. We evaluate competing ...
  • Strategic Choice of Channel Structure in an Oligopoly 

    Liu, Lin, 1977; Wang, X. H. (X. Henry), 1962-; Yang, Bill Z. (Department of Economics, 2011-03)
    The traditional wisdom holds that the benefits of a decentralized channel structure arise from downstream competitive relationships. In contrast, Arya and Mittendorf (2007) showed that the value of decentralization can ...
  • Estimating Estate-Specific Price-to-Rent Ratios in Shanghai and Shenzhen: A Bayesian Approach 

    Chen, Jie, 1980-; Ni, Shawn, 1962- (Department of Economics, 2010)
    The price-to-rent ratio, a common yardstick for the value of housing, is difficult to estimate when rental properties are poor substitutes of owner-occupied homes. In this study we estimate price-to-rent ratios of residential ...
  • The Role of Industry and Occupation in U.S. Unemployment Differentials by Gender, Race and Ethnicity: Recent Trends 

    Michaēlidēs, Marios; Mueser, Peter R., 1952- (Department of Economics, 2010-09)
    We examine how gender, racial, and ethnic variation in unemployment and Unemployment Insurance (UI) receipt changed over time in the U.S. economy and how these changes are influenced by shifts in the occupational and ...
  • A Nonlinear IV Likelihood-Based Rank Test for Multivariate Time Series and Long Panels 

    Miller, J. Isaac (Berkeley Electronic Press, 2010-12)
    A test for the rank of a vector error correction model (VECM) or panel VECM based on the well-known trace test is proposed. The proposed test employs instrumental variables (IV's)generated by a class of nonlinear functions ...
  • Recent Changes In The Characteristics Of Unemployed Workers 

    Michaēlidēs, Marios; Mueser, Peter R., 1952- (Department of Economics, 2009-10)
    We examine how gender, racial, and ethnic variation in unemployment and Unemployment Insurance (UI) receipt changed over time in the U.S. economy and how these changes are influenced by shifts in the occupational and ...
  • Selection of Multivariate Stochastic Volatility Models via Bayesian Stochastic Search 

    Loddo, Antonello, 1976-; Ni, Shawn, 1962-; Sun, Dongchu (Department of Economics, 2009)
    We propose a Bayesian stochastic search approach to selecting restrictions on multivariate regression models where the errors exhibit deterministic or stochastic conditional volatilities. We develop a Markov Chain Monte ...
  • Flunking ETS 

    Podgursky, Michael John (Education Next, 2001)
    Many education scholars would be surprised to learn that Harold Wenglinsky of the Educational Testing Service (ETS) had discovered, in his own words, “not only that teachers matter most” for student achievement, “but how ...

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