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Ali Al-Nadi, '11
Three Macroeconomic Essays: Budget Stabilization Funds, Terms of Trade, Durability and the Small Open Economy Business Cycle
First Position: Central Bank of Jordan, Deputy Executive Director


Evren Atiker Hus, ‘12
Essays in Industrial Organization

Omer Bayar, '10
Essays on Monetary Policy
First Position: University of Evansville, Evansville, Indiana, Assistant Professor in Economics

Nick Busko, '15
A Theoretical and Experimental Investigation of Efficiency, Equity, and Risk in Tournaments
First Position: Salisbury University, Visiting Professor

Juliana Butler, 14
Experimental Investigations in Industrial Organizatin and Environmental Economics
First Position: University of Delaware, Assistant Professor


Tami Gurley-Calvez, '06
Tax Policies and Entrepreneurship: Relative Tax Rates and Health Insurance 
First Position: United States Government Accountability Office, Washington, DC
Current Position: KU Medical Center, University of Kansas, Assistant Professor

Yin Chu, '15 
Analysis in the U.S. Power Industry: Market Restructuring, Cross-firm Production Efficiency, and Welfare Implication
First Position: Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, Assistant Professor

Jill Collins, '07
Choice Experiments: Application to Air Quality Policy Options and Investigation of Method's Incentive Compatibility
First Position: Eckerd College, St Petersburg, Florida

Steve Cotten, '09
An Analysis of Two Markets with Asymmetric Information
First Position: University of Houston-Clear Lake, Houston, Texas, Assistant Professor of Economics

Melanie Cozad, '12
A Consideration of the Potential Side Effects of Health Insurance Coverage
Furman University, Geenville, South Carolina


Alejandro Dellachiesa, '10
Trade, Pollution and the Environment: An Examination of Economic Growth and Greenhouse Emissions from Different Sources
First Position: Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, Professor in the Economics Department
Current Position: Colgate University, Hamilton, NY, Visiting Assistant Professor in Economics

Jie Deng, '15
The Identification of Regulatory Impacts Using Panel Data
First Position:Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, School of Public Finance and Taxation

John Deskins, '05
Essays on the Behavioral Effects of Tax Policy
First Position: Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, Assistant Professor of Economics
Current Position: Creighton University, Associate Professor of Economics




Natralia Gritsko, '14
Essays on The Optimality of Delaying Quality Tests and The Reverse Hold-up Problem
First Position: Terry College of Business, Department of Economics, Part Time Lecturer

Ye Gu, '15
Essay on Firm Inventory and Innovation Behavior
First Position: Bank of the West, Risk Forecasting Modeling


Kelly Padden Hall, ‘09
A Pure Test of Backward Induction

Brian Hill, '06
Vertical Competition and Mobile Capital: An Empirical Investigation
First Position: Salisbury University, Salisbury, Maryland, Assistant Professor
Current Position: Salisbury University, Salisbury, Maryland, Associate Professor of Economics, Chair, Department of Economics and Finance

Ahiteme Houndonougbo, '14
Essays on Fiscal Policy in Small Open Economies
First Position: Rollins College, Assistant Professor of Business and Social Entrepreneurship



Luke Jones, '11
Regulating Point and Nonpoint Emissions with Ambient-Based Taxes
First Position: Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia, Assistant professor of Economics


Panagiotis Kasteridis, '09
Three Essays on Count Data Estimation Methods with Applications to Health Economics
First Position: Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Tennessee, Chattanooga, TN
Current Position: Centre for Health Economics, Research Fellow

Valentina Kozlova, '13
Essays on Trade Costs, Supply Chain Uncertainty and CEO Compensation
The State University of New York, SUNY, Oswego, NY:


Youping Li, '11
Essays on Timing of Firm Actions in Industrial Economics
First Position: East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China, Associate Professor

Lirong Liu, '08
Essays on Environmental Policies under Incomplete Enforcement
First Position: Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX
Current Position: Department of Economics and Finance, Texas A&M University, Commerce, TX, Assistant Professor

Xiaowen Liu, '14
Tax Policy and Entrepreneurship
First Position: Midwestern State University


Julie Marshall, '08
Essays on Urban Sprawl
First Position: Joint Committee on Taxation of the United States Congress, Washington, DC,

Matthew McMahon, '14
Theory and Experiments Exploring Behavioral, Financial and Public Economics
First Position: University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Assistant Professor of Economics

Thomas Clay McManus, '14
The Effects of Trade Competition on Health, and Determinants of Workplace Behavior
First Position: Xavier University, Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics

Kara Mitchell, '11
Essays on State Lottery Demand and Revenue Earmarks
First Position: Belmont University, Nashville, TN, Assistant Professor of Economics




Kelly Padden, ' 09
A Pure Test of Backward Induction
First Position: Defense Financial Management & Comptroller School, Ira C. Eaker Center for Professional Development, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama

Kihyun Park, '10
Essays in Open Economy Macroeconomics
First Position: Korea Energy Economis Institute, Energy Conservation Policy Research Division, Kyonggi-Do, South Korea,

Sang Soo Park, '14
Essays on Pricing Behavior in the U.S. Auto Market: Evidence from Hybrid Electric Vehicles
First Position: Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade, Associate Research Fellow

Langchuan Peng '14
Exploring the Heterogeneity of Other-Regarding Preferences
First Position: Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, School of Public Finance and Taxation



Cristina Reiser, '12
Essays on Industrial Organization and Environmental Economics
First Position: University of New Mexico, Professor in the Economics Department

Zachary Richards, '09
Essays on Capital Gains Taxes and Housing
First Position: Joint Committee on Taxation of the United States Congress, Washington, DC

Justin Roush, '14
Essays in the Economics of Education and Environmental Economics
First Position: Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Georgia, Assistant Professor of Economics


Maria Sarigiannidou, '10
Government Intervention and Economic Growth
First Position: Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, Lecturer
Current Position: University of Bath, Bath Avon, United Kingdom, Teaching Fellow

Jens Schubert, '13
Essays on Forward Trading and Collusion, Investor Behavior and Environmental Quality, and the WTP-WTA Gap for Public Goods
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia

Bryan Shone, '09
Essays on Property Tax Limitation Mechanisms
First Position: United States Department of Defense, Arlington, Virginia

Caleb Siladke, '12
Essays on Individual Choice and Behavior
First Position: PMB Innovations, Northbrook, IL, Senior Research Analyst at Catamaran


Martin Tackie, '09
Essays on Financial Fraud and Tax Evasion
First Position: Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, Assistant Professor in Economics


Laura Ullrich, '08
School Finance Reform: Responses, Equity and Outcomes
First Position: Winthrop University, Rock Hill, South Carolina



Bruno Wichmann, '12
Social Structure, Non-market Valuation, and Bargaining
First Position: University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB Canada, Assistant Professor



Zhou Yang, '11
Essays on Gross Receipts Taxes
First Position: Robert Morris University, Moon Township, Pennsylvania, Assistant Professor of Economics

Todd Yarbrough, '13
Essays on State Fiscal Institutions
Aquinas College, Grand Rapids Michigan

Mark Assibey-Yeboah, '09
Essays on Financial Fraud and Tax Evasion
First Position: Dr. Mark Assibey Yeboah, Lecturer at GIMPA, a Senior Economist for the Bank of Ghana and now member of Parliament for Koforidua North



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