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  • 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, ...
  • Essays on financial sector and optimal monetary policy 

    Wang, Ting (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] The 2007-2009 economic events have renewed interests in the relationship between the financial sector and the macroeconomy and suggested that shocks ...
  • Two empirical analyses of the minimum wage impacts on employment 

    Liu, Yandi (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
    The contentious debates regarding minimum wages have produced little agreement so far on the extent to which it affects employment. The dissertation intends to provide a better understanding of minimum wage impacts on ...
  • Three essays on personnel economics in public education 

    Li, Jiaxi (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] This dissertation consists of three chapters on personnel economics in public education. The first chapter creates a simulation framework to examine ...
  • Spatio-temporal models of county-level economic growth 

    Beregovska, Tetyana (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
  • Cyclical Behavior of Prices and Inflation 

    Li, Xue (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
    One of the most important theme of macroeconomics is to describe and explain the behavior of key macroeconomic series, such as output, the price level, and inflation. This paper describes the way in which the price level ...
  • Empirical Analyses of Dynamic Categorical Data 

    Hu, Cai (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] Essay 1 analyzes the married couples' retirement decision using the PSID data. I employ the proportional hazard model to examine the factors that ...
  • Essays on Inflation Dynamics, Economic Fluctuations and Fiscal Policy 

    Chin, Kuo-Hsuan (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] Understand the short-run inflation dynamics is essential for conducting the fiscal or monetary policies, and the New Keynesian Phillips Curve (hereafter, ...
  • Three essays on financial markets 

    Cheng, Tengda (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2014)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.]
  • Essays on economics of microcredit and economics of fertility 

    Doan, Nguyen (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2014)
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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)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] The first chapter in this dissertation follows a cohort of initially high performing Missouri students from grade-3 through grade-9 and examines which ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...

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