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Recent Ph.D. Dissertations


Zarah Albohmood
"Essays on Shocks and Household in Developing Countries" (adviser Marc Rockmore)

Mali Fan
"Essays on Intergenerational Impace on Sector of Employment Choices and Living Arrangement Changes: Evidence from China" (adviser Marc Rockmore)

Deniz Ozdiktas Lasater
"Three Essays on Transportation, Energy and Environmental Policy in Europe" (adviser Junfu Zhang)

Weixiao Wu
"Three Essays on International Trade:  The Efficiency of Export Processing Zone Policy, the Import Intensity and Exchange Rate Pass-through, and the Impact of Imported Intermediate Inputs on Export" (adviser Wayne Gray)

Xiaocong Xu
"Three Essays in Urban Economics and International Trade" (adviser Junfu Zhang)


Abir Bukhatwa
"Essays on the Effect of Armed Conflicts on the Accumulation of Human Capital" (adviser Marc Rockmore)

Brendan Casey
"Neighborhood Decline:  Examining Crime and Physical Disorder in Chicago" (adviser Wayne Gray)

Naseem Faraz
"Essays on Finance and Development" (adviser Marc Rockmore)

Richard Ramsawak
"Essays in Social Networks and Urban Development" (adviser Wayne Gray)

Tao Tao
"Essays on State Renewable Portfolio Standards" (adviser Wayne Gray)

Jing Tian
"Three Essays on Chinese Industries" (adviser Wayne Gray)

Haoyu Wu
"Three Essays on  International Tade Spillovers" (adviser Wayne Gray)


Abdulallah Abdulrahman
"The Economics of Climate Change Adaptation:  Essays on Values for Methods and Outcomes of Coastal Hazard Adaptation" (adviser Robert Johnston)

Rui Du
"Three Essays in Empirical Urban Economics" (adviser Junfu Zhang)

Fang He
"Three Essays in International Trade" (adviser Wayne Gray)

Christos Makriyiannis
"Biophysical Causality, Dual Commodities, and Outcome Uncertainty :  Implications for the Stated Preference Valuation of Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Policies" (adviser Robert Johnston)

Alejandro Mina Calvo
"Household Reaction to Different Kinds of Shocks:  Evidence from Developing Countries" (adviser Marc Rockmore)

Mochamad Pasha
"Essays on Early-Life Shocks and Human Capital in a Developing World" (adviser Marc Rockmore)


Khaled Abdullah Alderyaibi
"Investigating the Export Growth, Oil Export Growth, and Non-oil Economic Growth for GCC Countries" (adviser Chang Hong)

Benedict Holland
"Enhancing Information in Stated Preference Choice Experiment Surveys:  Quantifying the Role of Spatial Factors and Illustrating Resource Proximity" (adviser Robert Johnston)

John Korsak
"Divergent Urban Growth:  Growing and Declining Cities" (adviser Junfu Zhang)

Muhammad Nasir
"Essays on Shocks, Health and Behavior" (adviser Marc Rockmore)

Sharon Pailler
"Local Politics and Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon" (adviser Jacqueline Geoghegan)

Dhanushka Dulanjali Thamarapani
"Essays on the Children of Developing Countries" (adviser Marc Rockmore)


Xiaxin Hua
"An Exploration of the Determinants of Systematic Risk and Financial Crisis" (adviser Wayne Gray)

Saurav Katwal
"Exploring the Linkages between the Markets for Housing and Education" (adviser John Brown)

Chen Pan
"The Role of Education/Economic Prospects in Timing of First Marriage & First Birth in the U.S. and South Korea" (adviser Wayne Gray)

Gbetonmasse Blaise Somasse
"Essays on the Relationships between Education Policies, Achievement, Labor Market Outcomes, and Inequality" (adviser Wayne Gray)

Mariko Gayani Tilakaratne Wijekoon
"The Demand for Food and Nutrients in Sri Lanka"  (adviser Wayne Gray)


Belkis Johnanna Cerrato Caceres
"Analyzing the Food Environment's Impact in Neighboring Communities" (adviser Jacqueline Geoghegan)

Shane Dwyer
"An Exploration of the Relationship Between Private and Public Finance at the International, Regional, and Local Level" (adviser Wayne Gray)

Monica Lambon
"Health Insurance, Women Empowerment and Child Mortality in Ghana" (adviser Wayne Gray)

Wang Jin
"Environmental Regulation and Plant's Behavior" (adviser Wayne Gray)

Christa Michelle Marr
"Exploring Income Inequality in the United States through Redistribution Preferences, Intergenerational Mobility, and Political Polarization" (adviser Wayne Gray)

Luchao Zhang
"The Impact of Workplace Safety on Occupational Choices and Wages" (adviser Wayne Gray)


Michael D. McKay
"Maternal Bargaining Power and Safety Nets:  Impacts on Consumption and Childhood Health" (adviser Wayne Gray)

Shital Sharma
"Environmental Regulation, Pollution Abatement and Productivity:  A Frontier Analysis" (adviser Wayne Gray)

Samuel Kofi Ampaabeng
"Three Essays on the Determinants of Educational Achievement" (Chih Ming Tan)

Alemseged Gebreamlak Lemma
"Productivity and Turnover of the Private and Public Firms in the Ethiopian Manufacturing Sector" (adviser Wayne Gray)

Daniel Jonathan Martin
"Studies in Macro Labor Markets:  Flows, Stability, Search and Matching" (adviser John Brown)

Liang Zheng
"Measuring Urban Amenities and Disamenities in U. S. Cities - A Discrete-Choice Approach" (adviser Junfu Zhang)


Boishampayan Chatterjee
"Essays on Racial Residential  Segregation, Suburbanization and Black Unemployment" (adviser Junfu Zhang)

Michael Richard Johnson
" Two Essays on Free and Open Source Software" (adviser Sang Hoo Bae)

Hongshuang Li
"The Relationship Between Trade and the Environment and Their Impacts on Productivity:  Evidence from the U.S. and China" (adviser Wayne Gray)

Sergey Kazakov
"What Creates a Successful Entrepreneur? Study of Determinants of Entrepreneurial Survival and Success" (adviser Wayne Gray)

Jordan Marvakov
"Commuting, National Border Effects, and Regional Differences in the European Union" (adviser Wayne Gray)

Nkechi Srodah Onuoha Owoo
"Causes and Consequences of Fertility in the U.S. and Ghana: A Spatial Econometric Approach" (adviser Amy Ickowitz)

Ying Zhen
"English-Language Proficiency's Effects on Earnings and Employment of Foreign-Born Immigrants in the United States"
(adviser Wayne Gray)


Julien Bandiaky
"Labor Market Efficiency in West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU)" (adviser Wayne Gray)

Soumendra Nath Banerjee
"Environmental Regulation and Economic Performance in U.S. Manufacturing: Industries, Firms, and Plants" (adviser Wayne Gray)

Julien Bandiaky
"Labor Market Efficiency in West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU)"
(adviser Wayne Gray)

Oswaldo Patino
"Effects of International Alliances on Air Traffic: A Case Study of US and International Carriers"
  (adviser Sang Hoo Bae)

Allison Shwachman Kaminaga
"An Empirical Analysis of Social Interactions: Implications for HIV and Domestic Violence Prevention Programs in Rural Malawi"
  (adviser Amy Ickowitz)

Soumitra Das
"Discrimination and Affirmative Action" case of Labor Market in India"
  (adviser Wayne Gray)

Kaushik Ghosh
"OSHA Regulation: Worker Participation, Plant Compliance, and Productivity"
  (adviser Wayne Gray)

Sara Bothun
"Reassessing the Benefits of Education: Three Papers on the Effects of Education in Ghana"
  (adviser Amy Ickowitz)


Arnab Biswas
"Foreclosures and Housing Prices in a Heterogeneous Housing Market: Spatial Externalities, Crowding-in and Filtering Effects over the Short-and Long-run"
  (adviser John Brown)

Tuan Nguyen
"Theoretical and Empirical Studies on Bundling Incentives for US Cable Companies"
  (adviser Sang Hoo Bae)

Mahesh Ramachandran
"Three Essays in the Economics of Suburban Water Demand: A Spatial Panel Data Analysis of Residential Outdoor Water Demand"
  (adviser John Brown)

Trina Das
"Labor Force Participation, Earnings, and Occupational Distribution of Asian and Hispanic Married Female Immigrants"
  (adviser Wayne Gray)

Sujoy Das
"Educational Attainment: A Comparative Analysis of Asians vs. Traditional Minorities"
  (adviser Wayne Gray)


Alar Kein
"A Study of Spillovers of Returns and Volatilities and Associated Asymmetries in the Estonian Stock Market"
  (adviser Wayne Gray)

Ritashree Chakrabarti
"Essays on Affordable Housing and Regional Economic Growth"
  (adviser Junfu Zhang)

Naa Akofio-Sowah
"Exchange Rate Pass-Through and the Monetary Regime in Developing Countries and Emerging Economies: is there a Link?"
  (adviser Madhavi Bokil)

William Carlson
"The Gold Mine Model of Economic Development: Labor Sorting, Wage Gradients and Housing Prices"
  (adviser Wayne Gray)

Sutanuka Dev Roy
"Unemployment and Wage Rigidity in the European Monetary Union: An Imperical Investigation"
  (adviser Wayne Gray)

Dobdinga Fonchamnyo
"The Paradox of External Debt: Lessons from Two Decades of Debt Relief"
  (adviser Amy Ickowitz)

Samanmala Dorabawila
"The Dimensions of the Sri Lankan Dual Labor Market"
  (adviser Wayne Gray)


Nicole Bissessar
"Corruption: Its Consequences, Causes and Persistence"
  (adviser Amy Ickowitz)

Maggie Cole-Beebe
"What do Nurses Unions do? Implications for RN wages, the Patient Care Environment, and Patient Outcomes"
  (adviser Wayne Gray)


Chyanda Querido
"A Game-theoretic Approach to Mass Killing and War"
  (adviser Sang Hoo Bae)

John Moore
"Inter-district choice in the State of Massachusetts"
  (adviser Wayne Gray)

Suchandra Basu
"Transboundary Pollution Spill-ins and Local Regulatory Response"
  (adviser Wayne Gray)


Ladislav Wintr
"Three Essays Analyzing Internet Markets"
  (adviser Wayne Gray)

Anna Belova
"Equivocal Enforcement: Regulatory Contests in OSHA"
  (adviser Wayne Gray)

Soma Ghosh
"Strategic Interaction Among Local Governments: A Spatial Analysis of Spillover of Public Goods"
  (adviser Attiat Ott)

Bhramar Dey
"Revealing Agency Preferences: The Case of OSHA"
  (adviser Wayne Gray)


Bander Al-Abdulkarim
"An Analysis of Macroeconomic Fluctuations for a Small Open Oil-based Economy: The Case of Saudi Arabia"
  (adviser Myles Callan)

Hamza Al-Salem
"Demand for International Reserves of Oil Exporting Countries"
  (adviser John Brown)

Rabia Aslam
"Measuring the Peace Dividend: Evidence from Developing Economies"
  (adviser Wayne Gray)

Nirupama Devaraj
"Exit and Voice: An Analysis of Direct Participation in a Tiebout Framework"
  (adviser Attiat Ott)

Vladislav Dolgopolov
"Budget Deficit and Debt Accumulation: An Empirical Test of Two Theories"
  (adviser Attiat Ott)

Nevila Kote
"The UN Security Council Veto: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis"
  (adviser Attiat Ott)

Trufat Woldesenbet
"Efficiency of Representative Democracy: A Comparative Study of Two Competing Models"
  (adviser Attiat Ott)

Ieva Rubene
"Does Inflation Targeting Matter? An Analysis of the European Central Bank Common Monetary Policy"
  (adviser Attiat Ott)


Michael Fragkias
"Essays in Applied Spatial Economics"
  (adviser Jacqueline Geoghegan)

Landy Johnson
"A Spatially-Explicit, Individual-Based Economic Model of Wetlands Losses in Urban and Rural Areas of Mississippi from 1982-1992"
  (adviser Jacqueline Geoghegan)

Elizabeth Wark
"The Impact of Health Insurance on the Determinants of Medical Expenditures in the United States from 1987 to 1996"
  (adviser Frank Puffer)


Constantine Alexandrakis
"Research and Development, Real Interest Rate, and Technological Growth"
  (adviser Attiat Ott)

Vjacheslav Dombrovsky
"Two Essays on Public Sector Economics"
  (adviser Attiat Ott)

Zahid Hafeez
"Long-run Analysis of the Impact of EPA and OSHA Regulation on Manufacturing Productivity"
  (adviser Wayne Gray)

Aleksandra Simic
"Internalizing Pollution Externalities through Out-Migration"
  (adviser Attiat Ott)

Rita Babihuga
"Estimating the Optimal Size of Government in the Context of Endogenous Growth Model"
  (adviser Attiat Ott)


Sunil Maheshwari
"Economic Growth and the Environment: An Examination of Indian Data"
  (adviser Wayne Gray)

George Andrew Riley
"Technology, High Technology, and Interstate Earnings Inequality"
  (adviser Wayne Gray)

Robert Thomas Jones
"Can Migration Lead to the de facto Merging of Rich and Poor Communities: A Special Application to the Provision of Medicaid"
  (adviser Attiat Ott)

Bansari Saha
"Impact of Air and Water Pollution on Housing Prices: A Spatial Hedonic Analysis for the Pulp and Paper Industry"
  (adviser Wayne Gray)


Socrates Karidis
"Fiscally Induced Migration in the European Union"
  (adviser Attiat Ott)

Saad Aslam
"Determinants of Consumption in the Long-Run and Short-Run: A Critical Analysis of the Implications of Permanent Income Hypothesis"
  (adviser Wayne Gray)

Aparna Sau
"Impact of Exchange Rate Change in a Spatial Model of Differentiated Goods"
  (adviser E. C. H. Veendorp)

Elizabeth Pitney Seidler
"A Comparison of Access to Health Care for the Black and White Populations in the United States Over the Past Twenty-five Years"
  (adviser Frank Puffer)


Jon Boulet
"The Austro-Hungarian Empire as an Optimal Currency Area"
  (adviser John Brown)

Yamini Gupt
"Pollution in a Spatial Model"
  (adviser E. C. H. Veendorp)

Colin Vance
"Land-Use Change, Deforestation, and Peasant Farm Systems; A Case Study of Mexico’s Southern Yucatan Peninsular Region"
  (adviser Jacqueline Geoghegan)


Malcom Asadoorian
"Environmental Awareness, Inequities, and Justice"
  (adviser Wayne Gray)

Shengjun (Steve) Guo
"The Influence of OSHA Inspectors’ Detection Capabilities on OSHA Effectiveness: Evidence from a Panel Data 1979-1985"
  (adviser Wayne Gray)

Mohua (Datta) Ghosh
"Rivalry in Business and among Nations: Applications to the Price Structure in the US Telecom Industry and Defense Spending in India and Pakistan"
  (adviser Wayne Gray)

Vivek Rao
"An Empirical Investigation in the Asymmetric Impact of Federal Reserve Policy on the Industrial Sector at the Disaggregated Level"
  (adviser Wayne Gray)

Ravinder Chahil
"Interest Rate Spreads and the Business Cycle: Role of Liquidity and Uncertainty"
  (adviser Maurice Weinrobe)

Aylin Sertkaya
"Two Essays on Spatial Competition"
  (adviser E. C. H. Veendorp)


Kathleen Desai
"The Impact of Debt-Management Policies on the Treasury Yield Curve"
  (adviser Maurice Weinrobe)

Louis Nadeau
"An Empirical Investigation of EPA Effectiveness: Enforcement and Compliance in the Pulp and Paper Industry"
  (adviser Wayne Gray)


Arup Dutta
'Loan Sales: An Empirical Investigation of the Competition Hypothesis"
  (adviser Pete Ferderer)

Christian Dufresne
"The Effect of Firm Count on the Extent of Vertical Integration: An Empirical Investigation of the Inorganic Chemical Industry"
  (adviser Wayne Gray)

Mahadevan Ramachandran
"Food Security: Economics of Famine Food Aid and Market Integration in Ethiopia"
  (adviser Wayne Gray)

Sujha Subramanian
"Child Health and the Utilization of Primary Health Services in Tanzania"
  (adviser Attiat Ott)

Yong Zhu
"Impact of High Technology on Economic Growth"
  (adviser Wayne Gray)


Kamal Desai
"Capitalism of Fiscal Differences & Willingness to Pay: An Empirical Study Using Hedonic Price Mechanism"
  (adviser Attiat Ott)

Anjum Majeed
"Computer Modeling in Economics"
  (adviser E. C. H. Veendorp)

Peter Vasiliadis
"A Dominant Incentive Mechanism for the Provision of Local Public Goods"
  (adviser Attiat Ott)

Todd Bohan
"Speculative Attacks, Credibility, and Exchange Rate Uncertainty, Some Evidence from the European Monetary System: 1992-1993"
  (adviser Pete Ferderer)

Irene Peters
"The Impact of a Solid Waste Disposal Charge on Packaging: An Econometric Model"
  (adviser Donald Shakow)


Gary Tripp
"Steady-State Convergence and the Role of Public Capital Across U.S. States"
  (adviser Attiat Ott)

Kavita Iyengar
"Trade Policy with Endogenous Quality"
  (adviser E. C. H. Veendorp)


Albert Laryea
"The Effects of Devaluation on Output in Developing Countries"
  (adviser Robert Hsu)


David Zalewski
"An Empirical Analysis of Uncertainty and Investment During the Great Depression"
  (adviser Pete Ferderer)

Bonnie Orcutt
"Meeting Future Demands for Elderly Housing: A Suggested Approach"
  (adviser Attiat Ott)

Georgios M. Dairis
"Import Penetration in Oligopolistic Markets"
  (adviser E. C. H. Veendorp)


Ronald Shadbegian
What Determines the Size of the Local Public Sector? Leviathan versus the Median Voter"
  (adviser Attiat Ott)


Panagiotis Liargovas
"Sectoral Effects of Real Exchange Rate Uncertainty on Trade: A Case Study of the Greek Trade Flows"
  (adviser Michael Klein)

Kavita Sethi
"The Spatial Competition under Fear of Undercutting: A New Variant of Conjectural Behavior"
  (adviser E. C. H. Veendorp)

Janice Yee
"Determinants of Intra-Industry Trade: An Analysis of U.S.-Canadian Trade Flows"
(adviser Roger Van Tassel)

Panayiota Flori
"An Intertemporal Approach to the Current Account: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis of the Case of Cyprus"
  (adviser Michael Klein)

Evangelia Papapetrou
"Compensating Wage Differentials for Health Risks"
  (adviser Attiat Ott)


George Hondroyiannis
"A New Approach to Evaluate Risks to Life: A Case Study of End-Stage Renal Disease"
  (adviser Attiat Ott)

Ute Schumacher
"Commodity Bundling in Duopoly Markets"
  (adviser E. C. H. Veendorp)

Caesar Cororaton
"A General Equilibrium Approach to the Analysis of the Short-run Effects of Tariff Restructuring and Foreign Exchange Rate Devaluation in the Philippines"
  (adviser Frank Puffer)

Gladstone Hutchinson
"Efficiency Gains through Privatization: An Empirical Analysis of the U.K. Experience"
  (adviser Attiat Ott)

Michael Compson
"The Effects of Group Behavior on Philanthropic Contributions: An Empirical Test of the Theory of Reciprocity"
  (adviser Attiat Ott)


Muhammad Arif
"The Role of the Agricultural Sector in the Economic Development of Pakistan: Inter-Sectoral Resource Flows and Growth Linkages (1972-81)"
  (adviser Robert Hsu)

Peter Damian Lena
"Export Earnings Instability and its Impact on Domestic Investment and Economic Growth: A Case Study of Twenty-Three Countries in the Asian Region, 1971-1986"
  (adviser Robert Hsu)

Jyh-Horng Lin
"The Determination of the Optimal Number of Firms in an Industry within the Contestable Market Paradigm"
  (adviser E. C. H. Veendorp)

Kamima Mwanza
"Determinants of Crop Acreage and Sales in Zambia: Econometric Estimates and Policy"
  (adviser Robert Hsu)

Eung Jin Kim
"The Selection of a Framework for Intermediate Monetary Policy Targets in a Changing Financial Environment"
  (adviser Maurice Weinrobe)

Tomas de los Santos
"The Distributive Impact of Inflation through Price, Income and Employment Effects: A Case Study of Mexico"
  (adviser Maurice Weinrobe)

Elisabetta Addis
"The Channels of Italian Monetary Policy 1970-1987: A VAR Analysis"
  (adviser Maurice Weinrobe)


Bruce Wundt
"Industrial Diversification and Manufacturing Employment Stability: A Study of the State of Connecticut"
  (adviser Frank Puffer)

El-Sayed Serry
"A Macroeconomic Model for the Egyptian Economy Specification, Estimation and Simulation under Alternative Principles of Economic Regulations"
  (adviser Donald Shakow)

Lorna Gross
"Modeling the Role of Natural Resources in the Economy: An Extended Materials-Balance Approach"
  (adviser Donald Shakow)


Oscar Gonzalez
"A Policy Planning Model for Guatemala"
  (adviser Frank Puffer)

Juan-Ramon Duran
"The External Factor of Retirement: An Empirical Study"
  (adviser Attiat Ott)

Anthony Laramie
"A Critique of Kaleckian Macroeconomics"
  (adviser Donald Shakow)

Mehdi Mohaghegh
"The Structural and Institutional Causes of Rural-to-Urban Migration in Developing Countries: A Dynamic Analysis"
  (adviser Robert Hsu)


Constantine Ziogas
"The Competitive Performance of the U.S. Manufacturing Sector, 1967-1980"
  (adviser Attiat Ott)

Athanassios Zambaras
"Externalities in Oligopolistic Markets"
  (adviser E. C. H. Veendorp)

Ellen Hughes-Cromwick
"The Effect of Deregulation on Monetary Control: A Time Series Analysis"
  (adviser Maurice Weinrobe)

Peter Liritzis
"Shadow Prices for Project Evaluation; A World Bank Approach for Greece"
  (adviser Frank Puffer)


Eleni Thanou
"Symmetry in Production Functions: Implications for Theory and Empirical Analysis"
  (adviser E. C. H. Veendorp)

Sam Mirmirani
"The Impact of Certificate-of-Need and Section 1122 of Social Security Act on Investment of Hospital Industry-Long Run"
  (adviser Attiat Ott)

Gerasimos Soldatos
"Incomes vs. Consumption Base Taxes: A Multiperiod Analysis of Equity"
  (adviser Attiat Ott)