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  • Comparisons and extensions of reduced form and structural approaches to retirement decision of Missouri public school teachers 

    Wu, Chao (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2019)
    There have been growing calls to reform teachers' pension systems. Designing of pension reforms requires modeling retirement decisions first. My thesis compares different models of teachers' retirement decisions. To further ...
  • Empirical analyses on the effects of economic incentives on teacher retention and teacher quality 

    Wang, Xiqian (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2019)
    This study conducts empirical analysis on the effects of economic incentives on retaining teachers, both in the late-career and early-career, and improving teacher quality in public schools. The first chapter analyzes ...
  • Three essays on bayesian analysis of nonlinear DSGE models 

    Noh, Sanha (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2019)
    The 2008 financial crisis has highlighted the importance of nonlinear features of our economy including risks, uncertainty shocks, rare disasters, structural changes, zero-lower bound, and occasionally binding constraints. ...
  • Essays on labor market policies in Korea 

    Lee, Tai (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2019)
    This dissertation examines the impact of employment protection regulations using job duration data in Korea. In 2007, the Korean government introduced a labor market reform that required employers to convert a worker's ...
  • Three essays on China's housing market, monetary policy and macroeconomy 

    Jia, Yifeng (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2019)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT REQUEST OF AUTHOR.] This dissertation studies China's housing market and macroeconomic activity with a strong focus on the role of monetary policy behind the markets. The ...
  • Essays in applied economics 

    Whitworth, Rebecca L. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2019)
    This dissertation examines several themes in applied economics. Specifically, Essay 1 examines the dynamics in an overlapping generations model with three-period lived agents, fiat money, and credit, Essay 2 reviews ...
  • Essays on applied macroeconomics and monetary policy 

    Dhital, Saroj (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2019)
    The dissertation presents three essays in applied macroeconomics and monetary theory. First essay explores the existence of global financial cycles and examines the relationship between financial and macroeconomic sectors ...
  • Essays on climate econometrics 

    Nam, Kyungsik (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2018)
    This paper proposes a nonlinear cointegrating regression model based on the well-known energy balance climate model. Specifcally, I investigate the nonlinear cointegrating regression of mean of temperature anomaly distributions ...
  • Two essays on the economics of education 

    Li, Xiang (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2017)
    In this study I focus on two related topics on the economics of education: one is the teacher labor market and the other is factors affecting student academic achievement. Chapter 1 empirically test the effect of state ...
  • Three essays on retail price competition 

    Kim, Taehwan (Ph.D. in Economics) (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2018)
    This dissertation consists of three chapters. The first chapter examines price dispersion in retail gasoline and focuses on differentiation along the service dimension: full service versus self service. Consistent with ...
  • Three essays on monetary and financial economics 

    Cao, Xueli (Ph.D. in Economics) (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2018)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] This three-chapter dissertation focuses on the research topics in Monetary and Financial Economics. The first paper examines the time-varying impact ...
  • Capital requirement and financial stability 

    Wei, Xingpeng (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2018)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] This dissertation consists of two chapters. In the first chapter, I examine the tradeoff between bank competition and financial stability resulting ...
  • Essays on empirical models of retirement 

    Kong, Wei (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2018)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] In this study, I examine effects of financial incentives and non-financial incentives on public school teachers' retirement in Missouri. For financial ...
  • Essays on labor economics 

    Tan, Li (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2018)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] This dissertation consists of two chapters on labor economics. In the first chapter, we study redistributions via the United States Social Security ...
  • Essays on decision making under uncertainty : Stochastic dominance 

    Zhuo, Longhao (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2017)
    Decision making under uncertainty is certainly the most important task of an economics agent and it is often a very difficult one. In most cases, the goal of further analysis of uncertainty is not necessarily to reduce it, ...
  • Three essays on the relationship between reputation and leverage : a Bayesian perspective 

    Ganguli, Sumittra (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2017)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] In markets involving repeated interactions between a principal and an agent, (labor markets, credit market, goods market) agency problems are further ...
  • Two applications of lifecycle models : teachers' retirement under time-varying pension rules and the income-health correlation in PSID 

    Wu, Weiwei (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2017)
    This study uses two structural models to predict public school teachers' retirement decisions and explore the correlations among people's health, occupational choices, and labor income. Extensive literature suggests that ...
  • Sector-specific surprise and news shocks 

    Baek, Ingul (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2017)
    I estimate the decomposition of total factor productivity (TFP) shocks by two sectors: (a) investment and (b) consumption. I also identify sectoral shocks by the timing of shocks realization, surprise shocks (unanticipated) ...
  • Information, incentives, markets and policy 

    Yang, Fan (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] Chapter One: How low might be the resource costliness of making signals credible? Using a job market as an example, I build a signaling model to determine ...
  • Essays on monetary economics 

    Song, Jian, 1987- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    This dissertation consists of two essays on monetary economics. The first essay studies a monetary model in which the lack of repayment enforcement causes the agent's credit limit to bind. When the credit constraint binds, ...

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