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QUALITY DIFFERENTIATION AND HETEROGENEOUS CONSUMER PREFERENCES
This dissertation consists of three independent but related papers. All of them are devoted to estimate demand functions in presence of unobservable product attributes, such as quality, using different identification ...
An Analysis of the Implications of Strengthened Intellectual Property Rights to Agriculture of Developing Countries and Responses of Selected Public Research Institutions in Southeast Asia
Better understanding of intellectual property rights (IPR) is indispensable to informed policy making in all areas of development, including agriculture - the backbone of economy of majority of developing countries. For ...
The Economics of Information with Applications in Advertising and Philanthropic Organizations
Information is a valuable commodity in the market place. Consumers gather information for products, producers supply information about product prices, quality, characteristics, etc., investors collect information on firms, ...
Place Becomes Us: Kairotic Entelechy, Identification, and Political Economy in Harney County, Oregon
This dissertation explores theories concerning time and place as instances of what Aristotle terms
Preferences for Wine and Food Consumption in China
The overall purpose of this dissertation is to investigate the Chinese consumers' preferences for wine products, how these preferences drive their purchasing habits and behavior, and the food consumption patterns in Chinese ...
Behavioral Economics of Retail Food Markets: Discounts, Coupons and Healthier Menus
The purpose of this dissertation is to study the effect of different marketing strategies on changing consumers' behavior from the perspective of behavioral economics. The dissertation is composed of three related studies. ...
Importing, Uncertainty, and the Costs of Trade
Costs of international trade are increasingly modeled as fixed costs paid by individual firms. In a dynamic setting, these fixed costs may take two different forms: costs of starting to trade and costs of continuing to ...
ESSAYS ON TRADE, IMMIGRATION, AND MICROFINANCE
This dissertation consists of three papers analyzing the effect of the South Asian free trade agreement, identifying various factors that influence the settlement of illegal immigrants and the impact of microfinance on ...
ESSAYS ON ACADEMIC LABOR MARKET AND FAMILY PLANNING
This dissertation consists of three independent papers. The first paper analyzes the impact of work-life policies on representation of female faculty in economics department of U.S. doctoral granting institutions. In ...