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“Essays on Voluntary Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Disclosure”
Yin (Lavender) Yang
“Essays on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Disclosures”
"Essays on Financial Reporting Quality"
"Stock Price Behavior Around External Financing"
“Competition in the Market for Assurance Services”
"Essays on Corporate Disclosure and Organizational Structure"
"The Mechanism of Control in Organizations: Essays on Imperfect Measures of Managerial Talent"
Tae Wook Ryan Kim
"Essays on Earnings Management, Investment Efficiency, and Managerial Incentives"
"Essays on the Structural Models of Executive Compensation"
"Essays on Earning Management and Leading Indicator Variables"
"Essays in Accounting Regulation and Earning Management"
"Essays on Earnings Management and Corporate Governance"
Jong Chool Park
“Mandatory & Voluntary Disclosure: The Stock Market Reaction to Mandatory Segment Reporting Changes & the Credibility of Voluntary Management Forecasts”
"How Do Market Price and Cheap Talk Affect Coordination?"
"Essays on Accounting Conservatism, Managerial Incentives, and Investment Efficiency"
Amy Xue Sun
“Informativeness of Dividend Announcements and the Market’s Inefficient Response to Earnings”
“External Factors Influencing Firm Information Environment: Essays on Financial Analysts, Auditors, and Industry Peers”
"Essays on Information Transmission Mechanisms"
“Essays on Public Communication and Economic Incentives in Capital Markets”
"Essays on Multiple Strategic Producers of Information"
"Essays on Mandatory Disclosure and Enforcement"
"An Economic Inquiry into Information Disclosure by Banking Institutions"
"A Firm's Information Disclosure and the Markets for Its Inputs and Outputs"
Yinqing Janet Zhao
“Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Economics: Transparency, Competition, and Collusion”
"Essays on Economics of Technology Markets"
"Field Studies in Offshoring and Process Standardization"
Wai Fong Boh
“Learning, Knowledge-Sharing and Expertise Management in Project-Based Knowledge Work”
Bo Reum Choi
"Essays on Socialization in Online Groups"
"Understanding ERP Requirements Analysis and Design: User Participation, Knowledge Transfer and Shared Mental Models”
Elina Hyeunjung Hwang
"Knowledge Sharing and Creation through Social Media in Organizations”
Muhammad Zia Hydari
"Saving Patient Ryan—Can Advanced Electronic Medical Records Make Patient Care Safer?”
"Strategic Analyses of User Generated Contents and Platforms"
Byung Cho Kim
“Essays on Software Market: Security, Liability, and Pricing”
Seung Hyun Kim
"An Empirical Assessment of Knowledge Management Systems"
Tat Koon Koh
"Essays on Technology-Enabled Platforms"
"Marketing Implications of Shared Information Goods"
"Essays in Information Technology Management"
"Essays on Social Media Platforms"
"Essays on Internet and Network Mediated Marketing Interactions"
"Applications and Economic Impact of Machine Learning and Blockchain Technologies"
"A Structural Analysis of Sharing Economy Leveraging Location and Image Analytics Using Deep Learning"
"Essays on Local Labor Markets"
“Wealth, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Policy”
"Three Essays on Dynamic Discrete Choice"
“Structural Empirical Analysis on Market Conduct & Performance”
“Three Essays on Productivity Change, Growth and Development”
"Cost and Efficiency in Dynamic Government Outsourcing: Evidence from the Dredging Industry"
"Banking and Interest Rate Spreads in Macroeconomics"
"Essays on Bank Capital and Home Production"
"Essays on Macroeconomics and Public Finance"
“Risk Management and the Design of Efficient Incentive Schemes”
"Essays on the Provision and Funding of Public Goods"
"Essays on Education Economics"
"Cross-Sectional Phenomena and New Perspectives on Macro-Finance Puzzles"
"Discrete Resource Allocation Problems: Market Design and Axiomatic Mechanism Design"
Chi (Faith) Feng
"Decentralized Collaboration of Open Source Software Development"
"Applications of Machine Learning and Computational Linguistics in Financial Economics"
"Differentiated Products Solutions to Equilibrium Models”
"A Dynamic Structural Analysis of the PC Microprocessor Industry”
"Essays on the Economics of Flood Risk"
“Essays on Beliefs about Catastrophic Risks”
"Understanding International Price Dispersion"
"Essays on the Economics of Education"
Ari Choi Kang
"Parental Choices and the Labor Market Outcome of Children"
"Three essays in the stochastic overlapping generations models"
Cigdem Gizem Körpeoğlu
"Essays on Microeconomic Theory and Its Applications"
"Essays on Public Finance and Auction Theory"
"Essays on Business Cycles, Unemployment, and Investment"
"Incentives, Information, and Dynamic Games: Applications in Corporations and Schools"
"Cooperation in Infinite Games: Applications to Finance and Public Economics"
“Essays on the Labor Force and Aggregate Fluctuations”
"Essays on Overlapping Generations Models and Social Security"
“Essays on Technical Change and Labor Markets”
"Three Essays on Medicare Quality Initiatives"
Fabrizio Orrego Peche
"Essays in Overlapping Generations Economies"
"Occupational Networks, Automation, and Social Insurance"
"Essays on Power System Economics"
Ali O. Polat
"Essays on Market/Mechanism Design"
"The Individual Anomalies and Aggregate Impacts of Households’ Consumption and Savings Decisions"
"Essays on the Economics of Health Care"
"Implementation of the Deferred Acceptance Algorithm in School Choice Application" [dissertation available by request]
"On the Securitization of Student Loans and the Financial Crisis of 2007–2009"
"Essays in Financial Economics: CDS and Sovereign Bond Market Liquidity, CDS as Sovereign Debt Collateral, Currency Risk and Pricing Kernel Volatility"
"Machine Learning Techniques in Applied Econometrics"
"Essays on Credit Frictions, Market Expansion, and Strategic Team Production"
"Essays on Strategic Behavior in Entry and Exit and the Impact on Local Economy"
"Economic Structures in Production Networks"
Jessie Jiaxu Wang
"The Effects of Contracting and Labor Search on Risks in Financial Markets"
"Three Essays in Macroeconomics"
Kevin Pierre Mott
“Essays on Applications of Machine Learning to the Macroeconomics of Retirement Savings”
“Networks, Complementarities, and Transaction Costs: Applications in Finance and Economic Development”
A. Cevdet Aydemir
“Stock Volatility and Correlations in Dynamic General Equilibrium Models”
Steven David Baker
"Modeling Financial Markets with Heterogeneous Agents"
"Incorporation of Information in Asset Prices: Dynamic Trading and Manipulation"
"Essays in Financial Economics"
"Essays in Finance: Pre-borrowing: Co-existence of Cash and Debt; Predators, Prey and Volatility on Wall Street"
Camilo Botía Chaparro
"Disclosure Policies, Bank Runs, and Managerial Incentives"
"A Theory of Voluntary Disclosure and Cost of Capital"
"Essays on Asset Pricing Puzzles"
"Essays on the Performance of Investment Funds"
"Financing Frictions and Firm Dynamics”
"A Classical Moment-Based Inference Framework with Bayesian Properties: Econometric Theory and Simulation Evidence from Asset Pricing"
Nam Jong Kim
"Essays on International Finance"
"Essays on Corporate Investment"
"Essays on Closed-End Funds and Advance Disclosure of Trading"
Siyu (Eric) Lu
“Essays on Bank Competition and Regulation”
Vitaly Meursault (Merso)
“Essays on Novel Methods in Empirical Finance”
"The Composition of Limited Partners in Private Equity Funds"
"Essays in Financial Economics: Securitizations Trading, Decentralized Interdealer Markets, and Strategic Information Acquisition with Overlaps"
Atanu (Rick) Paul
"Essays on the Liquidity of Financial Markets"
"Essays on Financial Intermediation and Economic Linkages"
"Essays on Asset Pricing and the Macroeconomy with Limited Stock Market Participation"
"Essays on Asset Pricing and Portfolio Choice with Time-Varying Uncertainty"
Santiago Téllez Alzate
“On the Asset Pricing Implications of Incomplete Information in Sovereign Debt Markets”
Tianyi (Robert) Yang
“Essays on the U.S. Equity Speed Bump and National Market System”
“Essays on Bayesian Machine Learning in Marketing”
"Human-AI-Interaction: Implications for Marketing and Policy-Making"
“Essays on Consumer Learning and New Product Adoption”
Pak Yan (Patrick) Choi
"Essays on Channels and Product Line Design"
Kevin YC Chung
"Essays on Brand Alliance in Marketing"
Francisco Orlando Cisternas Vera
"Essays on the Impact of New Technologies on Firm-Consumer Relationships"
“The Impact of Retailers’ Asymmetric Power on Channel Relations”
"Nonconscious Factors Influencing Attitude/Behavior/Judgment of Products and Sequences"
Colleen E. Giblin
"Ownership Polarization: Self-Reference as an Alternate Account of the Endowment Effect"
"Social Norms in Gift Giving: A Comprehensive Theory for Giver-Recipient Discrepancies in Gift Selection"
"Essays on Multi-Product Pricing"
Young Eun Huh
"Essays on Consumption: Top-Down Motivational Processes in Food Consumption"
“The Introduction of Human and AI-Powered Virtual Influencers on Social Media Marketing”
“Multi-Unit Consumption Structure and its Influence on Hedonic Decline”
"Cross-Market Impact and Technology Adoption in the Sharing Economy"
“Marketing Solutions Enabled by Big Data Using Structural Models”
"Product-Line Design in Emerging Markets"
"A Dynamic Structural Analysis of the Health Care Service Market with Information Asymmetry"
Zijun (June) Shi
"Essays on Technology-driven Marketing"
"Taking the World As It Is: Three Essays in Marketing"
"Sentimental Value and Its Influence on Hedonic Adaptation"
"Essays on Conservation and Waste in Consumption"
“Essays on Designing Resilient Solutions for Problems in Transportation and Analyzing Conditional Promotional Offers”
Yanhan (Savannah) Tang
“Essays on emerging problems in operations management”
"Statistical Estimation Problems in Inventory Management"
“Incorporating Buyer Behavior to Drive Supply Chain Operations”
"Strategies and Implications of Entertainment Media Consumption"
Musa Eren Celdir
“Essays on Contemporary Matching and Allocation Problems”
"Essays on Operations Management"
"Deterministic and Stochastic Models for Practical Scheduling Problems"
"Stochastic Analysis of Maintenance and Routing Policies in Queueing Systems"
"Essays in Service Operations Management"
"Applications of Stochastic and Queueing Models to Operational Decision Making"
"Competition and Cooperation in Global Supply Chain Networks"
"Essays on Operations Management"
"Innovation and Crowdsourcing Contests"
“An Operational Analysis of Innovative Transportation Technologies”
"New Markov Decision Process Formulations and Optimal Policy Structure for Assemble-to-Order and New Product Development Problems"
"Innovative Models in Service Operations"
"Global Supply Chain Planning: Impact of International Taxation and Transfer Pricing"
"Regulation and Management of Innovative Technologies"
Vincent W. Slaugh
“Essays in Service Operations Management”
"Capacity Management with Technology Considerations"
"Managing Technology and Operations in Emerging Markets"
Mulan Xiaofeng Wang
"Risk Management and Supply Chain Management in the Natural Gas and Global Liquefied Natural Gas Industry"
"Operational Decisions Under the Influence of Government Regulation"
“A Pathwise Optimization Approach for Reinforcement Learning in Merchant Energy Operations”
Kent Hoj Andersen
“Split Disjunctions and Mixed Integer Linear Programs”
"Equity and Efficiency in Computational Social Choice"
“Stochastic Optimization Problems in the Service Industry with Customer Considerations”
Violet (Xinying) Chen
“Fairness Methods in Optimization and Artificial Intelligence”
Andre Augusto Cire
“Decision Diagrams for Optimization”
“Essays on Logic-Based Benders Decomposition, Portfolio Optimization, and Fair Allocation of Resources”
Kyra (Jingyi) Gan
"Modern Methods in Precision Medicine"
"Models and Efficient Algorithms for Convex Optimization under Uncertainty"
"Interpretable Learning and Pattern Mining: Scalable Algorithms and Data-Driven Applications"
“Branch and Cut: An Empirical Study”
"Modern Methodologies for Practical Discrete Optimization"
Zeynep Melda Korkut
“Bandit Algorithms for Recommender Systems”
"Approximate Dynamic Programming for Commodity and Energy Merchant Operations"
"Essays on Postoptimality, Lift-and-Project, and Scheduling" [abstract]
Negar Soheili Azad
"Elementary Algorithms for Solving Convex Optimization Problems"
"Ad Slotting and Pricing: New Media Planning Models for New Media"
“Foundations of Clustering: New Models and Algorithms”
"Empirical Study of Private Firms"
"Methodologies and Applications for Scheduling, Routing & Related Problems"
Organizational Behavior and Theory
“Essays on the Supply- and Demand-Side Perspectives and Outcomes of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Processes”
"Cognitive Style Diversity in Teams"
"'Passing the Buck': Incongruence Between Gender Role and Topic Leads to Avoidance of Negotiation"
"An Achievement Goal Framework for Understanding the Learning-Performance Tension in Short-term Jobs"
"The Dirt on Coming Clean: The Perverse Effects of Disclosing Conflicts of Interest"
"Essays on Gender Differences in Sponsorship and Hiring Decisions"
Jin Wook Chang
"The Effects of Intergroup Status on Intragroup Processes"
"A Psychological Contract Perspective on Social Embeddedness and Knowledge Exchange"
Benjamin C. Collier
"Leadership Development in Core-Periphery Organizations"
Matthew A. Diabes
“Theory and Evidence of the Effects of Psychosocial Well-Being in Collaboration”
"Knowledge Transfer by Employees Across Firm Boundaries: a Micro Process with Consequential Macro Outcomes"
"A Multi-Method Study of Iterative Processes in Creative Project Teams"
“Organizational Routines and Adaptability”
“Transactive Systems Model of Collective Intelligence: The Emergence and Regulation of Collective Attention, Memory, and Reasoning”
“Building Better Ideas Together: Understanding the Influence of Individual and Contextual Characteristics on the Emergence of Transactivity”
"The Appeal of Lotteries and Their Use in Incentive Design"
"A Simple and Effective Way to Reduce Overprecision in Judgment"
“Essays on Individual Performance and Organizational Networks” [abstract]
"Text-Based Unethical Behavior Forecasting: The Hidden Information Distribution and Evaluation (HIDE) Model"
"The Influence of Communication Networks and Turnover on TMS and Team Performance"
Kimberly S. Ling
"Sadness at Work: The Impact of Sadness on Information Perception, Search, and Use"
"Dynamic Teams: Exploring the Enabling Conditions and Outcomes of Coordination"
"Bad Deeds for Good Friends: Maintaining Independence and Objectivity in the Workplace"
“Essays on Collective Creative Problem-Solving”
“Essays on Organizational Learning Processes and Outcomes in Healthcare”
“Essays on Human Capital and Organizational Performance”
"The Market for Overconfidence"
"Essays on Conflicts of Interest in Medicine"
"Talking the Value Out of the Deal: Self-Perception and the Subjective Value of Negotiated Outcomes"
"Resolving the Conflict-Creativity Tension in Functionally-Diverse Innovation Teams"
"Concession Frames in Distributive Negotiations"
"Decisions about Workplace Favor Requests"
Courtney D. Williamson
"Community College Student Performance:The Effects of a Remedial Intervention, Demographic Factors, & Psychological Factors on Student Achievement & Retention"
"The Illusion of the Illusion of Control"
Evelyn Ying Zhang
"Intra-Organizational Mobility: Movers, Incumbents, and Communication Networks"
Joint Ph.D. Program: Algorithms, Combinatorics, and Optimization
Daniel de Roux
“Effective Linear Relaxations for Combinatorial Optimization”
Michael (Mik) Zlatin
“Polyhedral and Algorithmic approaches to Network Connectivity”
"Corner Polyhedra and Maximal Lattice-free Convex Sets: A Geometric Approach to Cutting Planes"
"New Techniques for Discrete Optimization"
"Expertise, Attribution, and Ad-Blocking in the World of Online Marketing"
"Hybrid Approaches to Scheduling and Clustering"
"Combinatorial Optimization Under Uncertainty"
"New Bounds on Integrality Gaps by Constructing Convex Combinations"
"Essays on Equilibrium Computation, MDD-based Constraint Programming and Scheduling"
“Learning and Earning under Noise and Uncertainty”
"Algorithms for Ranking and Routing Problems"
"Models and Methods for Omni-channel Fulfillment"
"Non-Recursive Cut Generation"
“On Scalable Algorithms and Algorithms with Predictions”
"Cutting Planes and Integrality of Polyhedra: Structure and Complexity"
"Large-Scale Optimization for Machine Learning and Sequential Decision Making"
"Understanding the Strength of General-Purpose Cutting Planes"
"Approximation Algorithms for Sequencing Problems"
"Transportation Scheduling Methods"
"Cutting Planes for Mixed Integer Programming"
"Essays on Sponsored Search Advertising"
“Iterative Methods in Combinatorial Optimization”
"Theoretical and Computational Methods for Network Design and Routing"
"Decision Diagram Relaxations for Integer Programming"
"Valid Inequalities for Mixed Integer Linear and Mixed Integer Conic Programs"
Joint Ph.D. Program: Behavioral Economics
"The Effects of the Presentation of Asset Price Information on Investor Biases"
Joint Ph.D. Program: Economics and Public Policy
"Essays on Urban Agglomeration"
"Three Essays on Economic Access to Public K-12 Education"
"The Labor Economics of the Great Migration”
"Essays in Housing Policy for Low-Income Households"
“An Economic History of Compulsory Attendance and Child Labor Laws in the United States, 1810-1926”
"Essays on Specification and Estimation of Models of Markets for Heterogeneous Housing"
"Three Essays on the Economics of Education"
Melanie A. Zaber
Joint Ph.D. Program: Management of Manufacturing and Automation
"Incentives in U.S. Healthcare Operations"
"Essays on Operations Management with Strategic Consumer Behavior, Real Earnings Management, and Capital Financing"
"Impact of Information on Operations Management in Emerging Businesses”
"Essays on Corporate Governance, Managerial Incentives, and Crowdfunding"
Yangfang Helen Zhou
"Managing Wind-based Electricity Generation and Storage"