Theses and Dissertations - Department of Economics, Finance & Legal Studies

Theses and Dissertations - Department of Economics, Finance & Legal Studies

 

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  • Gilstrap, Collin (University of Alabama Libraries, 2017)
    This dissertation explores three areas where managerial discretion can impact firm outcomes. The in the first essay examines how CEOs with a career background in sales and marketing, “Sales CEOs”, impact operating outcomes ...
  • Chu, Chi-Yang (University of Alabama Libraries, 2017)
    Bandwidth selection plays an important role in kernel density estimation. Least-squares cross-validation and plug-in methods are commonly used as bandwidth selectors for the continuous data setting. The former is a data-driven ...
  • Cai, Anna Kathryn (University of Alabama Libraries, 2015)
    Since the seminal work of Lucas (1988), uncompensated knowledge spillovers have been shown to play a critical role in the process of economic development. However, the standard Lucas model studies human capital accumulation ...
  • Woodruff, Benjamin Rodney (University of Alabama Libraries, 2015)
    I examine three topics related to systemic risk which not usually considered in mainstream research. I find evidence that coffee price risk might be hedged by Ugandan producers, possibly mitigating the risk of economy-wide ...
  • Mills, Jackson (University of Alabama Libraries, 2015)
    This dissertation is composed of two essays that examine the feedback between firm financial characteristics and CEO behavioral tendencies. The first essay examines the relationship between CEOs’ facial width-to-height ...
  • Sherrill, Daniel Elijah (University of Alabama Libraries, 2014)
    This dissertation consists of three essays on exchange-traded funds (ETFs). The dissertation research seeks to contribute to a deeper understanding of the impact of ETFs upon the financial markets, discover insights into ...
  • Yerkes, Rustin Thomas (University of Alabama Libraries, 2013)
    The financial crisis of 2007-2011 resulted in unprecedented regulatory response. This dissertation analyzes three issues: the 2008 short sale ban; spillover effects of the ban to the Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) market; and ...
  • Hanby, Charles Martin (University of Alabama Libraries, 2016)
    In my first essay, we examine the financial impact of states’ legislative response regarding pension reforms since 2008 recession. Since 2001 the combined funded ratio of the 115 state level public systems in our data set ...
  • Whaley, Christopher Andrew (University of Alabama Libraries, 2016)
    In the first essay, we prove existence and uniqueness of equilibrium in a rent-seeking contest given a class of heterogeneous risk-loving players. We explore the role third-order risk attitude plays in equilibrium and find ...
  • Yan, Xinyan (University of Alabama Libraries, 2016)
    This dissertation explores three types of agency related issues. The first essay is related to the CEO-shareholder relation. We examine how the legal background of affects the corporate policy and shareholder wealth. We ...
  • Zhuang, Boyi (University of Alabama Libraries, 2016)
    Previous writers have attempted to resolve the equity premium puzzle by employing a utility function that depends on current consumption minus (or relative to) past habit consumption. The first chapter points out that an ...
  • Lim, Yuree (University of Alabama Libraries, 2016)
    The dissertation contains three essays in corporate finance. The first essay examines to what extent shareholder gain from activism is the result of wealth transfer from employees of a firm targeted by activism. My baseline ...
  • Washington, Patrick Bernard (University of Alabama Libraries, 2016)
    This dissertation is composed of three essays that study the interconnections between blockholders and CEO power, and the link between deferred compensation (inside debt) and financial performance/firm behavior. In the ...
  • Patton, Michaela (University of Alabama Libraries, 2015)
    This dissertation consists of three essays exploring how human capital heterogeneity within cities enhances individual productivity. Agglomeration theory suggests productivity is driven by rapid and frequent interactions ...
  • Rich, Tara (University of Alabama Libraries, 2015)
    Corporate decisions and policies made by executives have real effects on the financial valuation of firms. Therefore, the behavior of executives, including underlying causes and subsequent implications, is important in the ...
  • Adhikari, Binay Kumar (University of Alabama Libraries, 2015)
    This dissertation consists of three essays in corporate finance. There are five chapters. In the first essay, we find that local gambling preferences have economically meaningful effects on corporate innovation. Using a ...
  • Kanuri, Srinidhi (University of Alabama Libraries, 2015)
    In the first essay, we evaluate the performance of commodity mutual funds. The use of commodities to hedge inflation risk and diversify portfolios is generally considered to be an important consideration for portfolio ...
  • Mann, Christopher (University of Alabama Libraries, 2015)
    This dissertation sets out to determine if the health care sector suffers from low productivity growth and the implications on government finances in the long run. I use the condition treatment approach to measure utilization ...
  • Daughdrill, Stephen Bradley (University of Alabama Libraries, 2015)
    This dissertation consists of three essays on the strategic qualitative disclosure decisions of hedge funds and mutual funds. The dissertation research seeks to contribute to a new understanding of the relationship between ...
  • Otto, Daniel Lee (University of Alabama Libraries, 2015)
    In this dissertation, I study different aspects of the financial system within times of crisis with special attention paid to money market mutual funds (MMMF) and their use of repurchase agreements ("repos"). Repos play a ...

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