Economics - Theses
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Essays in public economics: The effects of major policies on old and young Australians
This thesis consists of three essays examining the causal effects of major policy changes affecting old and young Australians. In the first essay, I examine the distributional effects of a reform in 1994 that gradually ...
Empirical studies of consumer search and market power
This thesis explores the interplay of search frictions and market power. In the first essay, we study how prices are negotiated between consumers and firms. In the electricity market that we study, with competitive ...
Input-output linkages in growth and development
Do input-output linkages impact growth and development? This dissertation provides three main chapters studying the role of input-output linkages in structural change and productivity measurement. I find that (i) input-output ...
Empirical studies on firm-level productivity and innovation
In Chapter 1, I define a novel concept of low productivity spells. Instead of treating productivity as a continuous variable, I define a low-productivity state as poor productivity growth over 2 years consecutively. This ...
Essays in macroeconomics
This thesis studies three essays in macroeconomics. The first study evaluates the welfare effects of trade in a setting with risk averse workers and uncertainty in labour market outcomes. We provide conditions under which ...
Measuring the macroeconomic impact of uncertainty
This dissertation provides three chapters that study uncertainty and its macroeconomics effects by using large data sets and combining both empirical and theoretical evidence. In the first chapter, we develop uncertainty ...
Challenges in early adulthood and the timing of nest-leaving
Recent young adult cohorts have delayed moving out from the parental home, reflecting social trends and macroeconomic conditions that undermine the affordability of independent living. This dissertation focuses on the ...
Decision-making under pressure: a study of tennis professionals
This thesis examines the effect of pressure on a sample of highly-trained individuals in a simple strategic setting. By modelling the strategic interaction between servers and receivers in professional tennis matches, ...
Beliefs and learning in the laboratory: essays in experimental economics
This thesis uses economic experiments to contribute to the literature on belief elicitation and learning. Belief elicitation helps researchers disentangle the ways that preferences and beliefs jointly govern the decision-making ...
Monte Carlo methods for pricing early-exercise financial derivatives
Pricing and hedging early-exercise financial derivatives has long been a challenging problem for both industrial practitioners and academic researchers. Especially, when the driving dynamics are of path-dependence and high ...