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  • Essays on financial economics 

    Zhang, He (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2020-04-24)
    This dissertation explores the problem of what kind of impacts can education of employees have on firms’ financial and economical performances, the problem of how monetary policy made by Federal Reserve Bank can influence ...
  • Internalizing externalities: Roles of networks, clubs and policy commitments 

    Qu, Jingwen (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2020-04-26)
    Externalities arising from actions of one player in the economy and directly affecting the well-being of another are ubiquitous. In these situations, market equilibria often fail to be efficient. This dissertation explores ...
  • Three essays in applied Industrial organization 

    Ahmed, Mishal (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-04-03)
    In this dissertation I analyze the impact of factors such as competition, technology and consumer behavior on the pricing and quality decisions of firms and service providers, as well as how certain pricing strategies can ...
  • Networks and energy transitions 

    Blackburn, Christopher J. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-03-28)
    This dissertation reflects on strategies for utilizing networks to catalyze a low-carbon energy transition. In particular, I focus on the role of networks for two policy strategies: (i) switching to alternative, low-carbon ...
  • On-job learning and human capital accumulation 

    Liu, Qinyi (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-05-11)
    The dissertation investigates the human capital accumulation through on-job learning. It has three empirical studies. The first two essays investigate skill accumulation through performing job tasks. The third one analyzes ...
  • Innovation and business strategy in healthcare markets 

    Zhai, Zhe (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-11-06)
    In the first chapter, we use patent and financial data from the pharmaceutical industry to examine the effects of international innovation on profitability and the channels through which the effects take place. Positive ...
  • Innovation, product quality, complexity, and duration of international trade 

    Yan, Sen (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-07-20)
    Factors affecting products arrive and duration in international market are examined. Intellectual property rights (IPR) and innovation are suggested to influence exports of new products. Product quality and complexity are ...
  • Innovation in the biopharmaceutical industry 

    Kamada, Vitor (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-06-26)
    Three aspects of the drug development process are little understood in the literature: 1) which type of organization has comparative advantage in conducting clinical trials, firms or nonprofit organization (NPOs)?; 2) what ...
  • Economic determinants of multilateral environmental agreements and their timing 

    Tian, Xinping (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016-07-19)
    This dissertation examines the economic factors that contribute to countries’ cooperation on multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs). Our results indicate that extensive economic interactions may help countries overcome ...
  • Competition and innovation in automobile markets 

    Ni, Jiayao (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016-06-23)
    Innovation is viewed as critical to fostering the growth of markets, generating efficiencies, and improving welfare. In this study we examine the determinants and the shifting dynamics of innovation in the U.S. automobile ...
  • Three essays on human capital: Development and impact 

    Tong, Tingting (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016-06-28)
    This dissertations investigates the development and impact of human capital, and it includes three essays. The first essay evaluates the impact of cognitive and noncognitive ability on leadership. We find that in additional ...
  • The role of environmental agreements on trade margins and investment flows 

    Wang, Jianqiu (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016-06-17)
    This dissertation consists of three essays that examine the impact of environmental agreements on member countries' trade flows and bilateral trade margins. The precise relationship between environmental regulation, the ...
  • Firm-level human capital and innovation: evidence from China 

    Sun, Xiuli (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015-07-27)
    This thesis examines firm innovation in China from firm-level human capital per- spective since resource-based theory and upper echelon theory reveal that the reason why firms vary in performance is that they differ in ...
  • Environmental regulation and firm behavior 

    Galloway, Emily E. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015-07-23)
    In three essays, the relationship between environmental regulation and firm behavior is explored. First, firms are found to influence the price in a regulatory market for emissions permits by exercising market power within ...
  • Market power, cost efficiency and pricing strategies of domestic airline industry 

    Wang, Ran (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015-07-29)
    This dissertation first develops a theoretical framework to enable the estimation of cost efficiency and conduct parameter without total cost data. By validating this framework using U.S. airline data, this dissertation ...
  • Chinese wheat price analysis - with application of cointegration and Granger causality test 

    Guo, Yuanxiang (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013-11-20)
    Traditional demonstration of price fluctuation in the wheat market, by the theory of supply and demand is not comprehensive enough. With limited understanding of macroeconomic effects on the wheat market, accurate prediction ...
  • Essays on interaction of multilateral environmental agreements and international trade 

    Wu, Mingge (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014-07-01)
    This thesis studies the interaction between the environmental regulations/ agreements and international trade. I investigate and verify pollution haven hypothesis with panel regression with industries and country level ...
  • UNICEF and ministry of education girls' education project in turkey: "Haydi Kizlar Okula?" Did it work? What is the aftermath? 

    Ergn, Saliha (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012-01-12)
    This study investigates whether the girls' education project "Haydi Kzlar Okula!" was able to increase girls' schooling and to what extent it was effective. In Turkey, there is still gender disparity in primary education ...
  • Cross-country convergence in income inequality 

    Miao, Xing (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012-11-13)
    Neoclassical models imply convergence of the entire distribution, not just the mean income levels. In this paper, we analyze convergence in income inequality by using the considerably enlarged data bases, from the World ...
  • Investing in high-speed passenger rail networks: insights from complex international supply chain, technologies and multiproduct firms 

    Zheng, Wen (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012-05-07)
    The growth of population and business during the rapid urbanization process in the twentieth century has generated significant demand for transportation. As the demands have grown, road and air transportation are suffering ...

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