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

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

 

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  • Connolly, Laura (University of Alabama Libraries, 2018)
    In the first essay, we use linked employer-employee data for the formal labor market in Brazil to examine the relative importance of firm age and firm size for job creation and destruction in Brazil. We find that firm age ...
  • Arnatt, Richard Anthony (University of Alabama Libraries, 2018)
    This dissertation comprises three essays based on the VIX Index, the Chicago Board Options Exchange’s (CBOE) index representing S&P 500 Index implied volatility. The first essay looks at the performance of VIX-related ...
  • Zhang, Weiwei (University of Alabama Libraries, 2017)
    This dissertation consists of two empirical essays and one theoretical essay. In the first essay, I investigate how sensitivity of CEO’s pay-for-performance compensation to stock prices affects firm’s payout and investment ...
  • Stover, Joseph Edward (University of Alabama Libraries, 2017)
    In the first essay, we examine corporate inversions, which occur when companies leave the United States to save on their taxes. We gather a unique sample of 80 corporate inversion announcements to explore what drives the ...
  • Shen, Mi (University of Alabama Libraries, 2017)
    This dissertation examines the behavioral traits of business executives that lead to financial misconduct. The first essay investigates whether executives act more honestly when ethical considerations are made to stand out ...
  • Choi, Daewoung (University of Alabama Libraries, 2017)
    My dissertation focuses on three essays. The first essay studies the effect of the 2006 compensation disclosure rules on the market for CEOs by providing additional information about CEOs’ marketability. Using unique ...
  • 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 ...

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