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  • Two models of institutional design in crime and education 

    Soin, Sikandar Singh (The University of Edinburgh, 2022-10-13)
    This thesis consists of two chapters looking at elements of optimal institutional design. In Chapter two I present a model of Crime Deterrence. One of the most ubiquitous aspects of modern society is crime. Adherence ...
  • Labour market extremes: a study of the high and low wage ends of the labour market 

    Scarfe, Rachel (The University of Edinburgh, 2022-09-30)
    This thesis is comprised of three essays studying the high and low wage ends of the labour market. Historically there has been little theoretical analysis of low-paid, non-standard work and so in the first and third essays ...
  • Essays on corruption and inequality 

    Stapenhurst, Christopher (The University of Edinburgh, 2022-06-29)
    The first part of my thesis studies a problem in which a polluting firm can bribe an inspector to conceal evidence of illegal pollution. The government can deter bribes by rewarding the inspector to report the evidence, ...
  • Essays on resource allocation, land investment and climate change in smallholder agriculture 

    Lippitsch, Christian (The University of Edinburgh, 2022-06-23)
    In this thesis we investigate drivers of agricultural productivity in the context of rural smallholder farmers in low-income countries. In the first chapter we explore the link between climate change induced adverse ...
  • Essays in development economics 

    Boudot-Reddy, Camille (The University of Edinburgh, 2022-06-09)
    The thesis consists of three independent chapters, each of which investigates a distinct research question pertinent to development economics. The first chapter explores the influence of marketing pressure on targeted ...
  • Essays on family economics and labour economics 

    Xiao, Jiacheng (The University of Edinburgh, 2021-12-04)
    In this thesis I study various aspects within the field of family economics and labour economics, with a particular focus on the economic linkage between parents and children. In the first chapter, I aim to bring the ...
  • Essays on inequality in human capital development 

    Mitchell, Mark (The University of Edinburgh, 2021-12-04)
    This thesis is comprised of three self-contained essays, each of which attempts to understand the early origins of inequality in “human capital”. Motivated by the unequal rise in rates of childhood obesity over the past ...
  • Essays on labor-substituting technologies 

    Feumo, Ludovic Christian (The University of Edinburgh, 2021-07-31)
    This thesis studies the effects of automation, artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics technologies on the capital-labor elasticity of substitution over time and in the presence of intellectual property products (IPPs) ...
  • Financial frictions, labour markets, and the macroeconomy 

    Moertel, Julia Stefanie (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-11-30)
    In the first chapter, we use detailed Danish micro-data and study how a credit-driven boom in consumer demand affects firm dynamics. We exploit the introduction of interest-only mortgages in 2003 to establish a structural ...
  • Essays on the selection and design of information structures 

    Ferguson, Sean (The University of Edinburgh, 2021-07-31)
    This thesis consists of three chapters, each of which is a self-contained analysis of a distinct theoretical setting. The chapters are linked by the overarching theme of choices about information structures. In each, I ...
  • Essays on collective bargaining, wage inequality and firm dynamics 

    Briskar, Juraj (The University of Edinburgh, 2021-07-31)
    In this thesis I study collective bargaining, wage inequality, firm dynamics and the ways in which they interact. In the first chapter I investigate the extent to which wages vary across different industries after ...
  • Role of uncertainty, stress and failure in dietary and economic decision making 

    Vitt, Nicolai (The University of Edinburgh, 2021-07-31)
    This thesis studies how economic circumstances and psychological factors in the decision environment affect individuals’ behaviours and choices, particularly in the context of dietary and economic decisions. Using both ...
  • Essays on dynamic procurement 

    Laugwitz, Justus Michael (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-07-15)
    This thesis studies the impact of uncertainty and its sequential resolution on the design of procurement mechanisms and, in particular, auctions. Procurement contracts constitute a considerable fraction of output in ...
  • Essays on heterogeneity over the business cycle 

    Forshaw, Rachel Joy (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-08-06)
    The three chapters of this PhD thesis look at how heterogeneity and business cycles interact. The first chapter features heterogeneity in the form of multidimentional tasks in occupations, and the composition of job-to-job ...
  • Economics of contests: theory and evidence 

    Trevisan, Francesco (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-08-06)
    This thesis consists of three chapters devoted to the study of the economics of contests. Each chapter can be read independently. A special attention is placed on teams’ behaviour and team-incentive schemes. These questions ...
  • Economics of fertility: repercussions and alterations 

    Robertson, Josephine (The University of Edinburgh, 2009)
    There are significant economic implications of an ageing population and in developed societies the main cause is the decline in fertility rates. The economic theory of fertility provides an understanding of the demand ...
  • Risk and cost optimised condition monitoring system design for marine renewable energy 

    Kenny, Calum Jethro (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-07-03)
    Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) has significant potential to contribute to global energy security and sustainability. However, the high initial Levelised Cost Of Energy (LCOE) of MRE, as well as issues with survivability ...
  • Economics and stuff 

    Kerr, Steven (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-11-29)
    This thesis consists of four self-contained works that are organised by chapter. They are arranged roughly in the chronological order that I worked on them. I provide a short abstract for each below. Chapter 1: The dating ...
  • Wage inequality in the global economy 

    Schröder, Sarah (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-11-29)
    This thesis is devoted to understanding the driving forces of growing wage inequality across and within countries. My research aims to empirically assess and to find theoretical justifications for two features of wage ...
  • Can behavioural economics make us healthier and more ethical? 

    Vecchi, Martina (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-11-29)
    This thesis discusses potential motivations behind unhealthy or unethical behaviour. With the experimental method and drawing on insights from behavioural economics, it identifies features of the decision making process ...

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