Dissertations, Theses, and Field Essays

Electronic versions of all PhD dissertations, and some MS theses since 2007, are available at ScholarWorks at UMass Amherst. This site is a digital showcase of the research and scholarly output of members of the University of Massachusetts Amherst community. The ScholarWorks repository is administered by the UMass Amherst Libraries and serves as a permanent digital archive for these scholarly materials.

2017 M.S. Recipients:

Cooper, Devin. (Field Essay). Dairy Farm Costs of Production. Faculty Advisor: Daniel A. Lass.

Cyr, Madeline. (Field Essay). Estimating 2012 Demand and Supply of Local Massachusetts Foods. Faculty Advisor: Daniel A. Lass.

Danilow, Alyssa. (Field Essay). Food Certification Industry Capacity and Ability to Comply with FSMA Final Rule on Accredited Third‐Party Certification. Faculty Advisor: Julie A. Caswell.

Flood, Jennifer. (Field Essay). From diesel to wind: the reduction in air emissions from the switch from the Block Island Power Company to the Block Island Wind Farm. 

Shrestha, Akhanda. (Field Essay). Univariate Methods to Load Forecasting. Faculty Advisor: Bernard J. Morzuch.

Zwane, Zama. (Field Essay). Forecasting Electricity Load for South Africa using ARIMA, Holt-Winters and State Space Models. Faculty Advisor: Bernard J. Morzuch.

2016 M.S. Recipients:

Dauphinais, Samuel. (Field Essay). A Review of Rebate Policy and Solar PV Adoption: An Analysis of the Benefits and Costs in the Northeastern United States.  Faculty Advisor: Christine Crago.

Hunter, Elizabeth. (Thesis). MOTIVATING HOUSEHOLD ENERGY CONSERVATION USING FEEDBACK AND SOCIAL NUDGES: A FIELD EXPERIMENT.  Faculty Advisor: Christine Crago.

Koegler, Eric. (Theses). COMMERCIAL SOLAR TECHNOLOGY ADOPTION IN THE UNITED STATES:  EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE ON EFFECTS OF STATE POLICIES.  Faculty Advisor: Christine Crago.

Lynch, Kathryn E. (Thesis). Examining Two Sides of Food System Challenges: A Case Study of the Potential Impacts of the Food Safety Modernization Act on U.S. Produce Growers and a Descriptive Analysis of the International Food Certification Industry.  Faculty Advisor: Julie A. Caswell.

Pizzi, Michael. (Field Essay). WILLINGNESS TO PAY FOR SUSTAINABLE PALM OIL: ELIMINATING HYPOTHETICAL BIAS. 

Van Orden, Mark. (Field Essay). Calorie Labeling and Consumer Decision Making at Fast-Food Restaurants. Faculty Advisor: Nathalie Lavoie.

2015 M.S. Recipients:

Berman, Zachary. (Field Essay). REFERENCE PRICE TRENDS IN THE NEW ENGLAND WHOLESALE ELECTRICITY MARKET. Faculty Advisor: Christian Rojas.

Besse, Tyler. (Field Essay). TEAM BASED LEARNING IN STATISTICS: AN EDUCATION PRODUCTION FUNCTION.  Faculty Advisor: Daniel A. Lass.

Pradhan, Tejesh. (Thesis). HUMAN CAPITAL, EMPLOYMENT AND SUBJECTIVE-OBJECTIVE POVERTY: A MICRO CASE STUDY OF NEPAL.  Faculty Advisor: Sheila Mammen.

2014 Ph.D. Recipients:

Burns, Christopher. THREE ESSAYS ON ESTIMATION OF APPLIED ECONOMIC MODELS IN FISHERIES. Faculty Advisor: Daniel A. Lass.

Colantuoni, Francesca. EMPIRICAL STUDIES ON THE EFFECTIVENESS OF SODA TAXES TO CURB OBESITY. Faculty Advisor: Christian Rojas.

2014 M.S. Recipients:

Chernyakhovskiy, Ilya. (Thesis). SOLAR PV ADOPTION IN THE UNITED STATES: AN EMPIRICAL INVESTIGATION OF STATE POLICY EFFECTIVENESS. Faculty Advisor: Christine Crago.

Colarusso, Samantha. (Field Essay). THIRD PARTY CERTIFICATION CAPACITY FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF THE FSMA IMPORT RULE. Faculty Advisor: Julie A. Caswell

Morin, Nicole B. (Field Essay). CONSUMER WILLINGNESS TO PAY FOR CERTIFIED BEE FRIENDLY BLUEBERRIES. Faculty Advisor: Thomas H. Stevens.

Wang, Xi. (Field Essay). EMPIRICAL ANALYSIS OF FACTORS INFLUENCING NEW PRODUCT LIFE CYCLE IN THE READY-TO-EAT CEREAL INDUSTRY. Faculty Advisor: Emily Wang.

2013 Ph.D. Recipient:

Zirogiannis, Nikolaos. DYNAMIC FACTOR ANALYSIS FOR PANEL DATA: A GENERALIZED MODEL. Faculty Advisor: John K. Stranlund.

2013 M.S. Recipients:

Denny, Matthew. (Field Essay). GIVING TOO MUCH: THE ROLE OF BELIEFS IN THRESHHOLD PUBLIC GODS GAMES. Faculty Advisor: John Spraggon.

Farland, Jonathan T. (Thesis). ZONAL AND REGIONAL LOAD FORECASTING IN THE NEW ENGLAND WHOLSEALE ELECTRICITY MARKET: A SEMIPARAMETRIC REGRESSION APPROACH. Faculty Advisor: Bernard J. Morzuch.

Gatautis, David J. (Field Essay). ECONOMIC VALUE OF NATIVE BEE POLLINATION TO CONSUMERS: BLUEBERRIES IN THE U.S. Faculty Advisor: Thomas H. Stevens.

Goggins, Andrew. (Thesis). ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF ECONOMICALLY DISPATCHABLE WIND RESOURCES ON THE NEW ENGLAND WHOLESALE ELECTRICITY MARKET. Faculty Advisor: Christian Rojas.

Magno, Rodolfo. (Field Essay). ENVIRONMENTAL AND FINANCIAL COST SAVINGS FROM GREEN CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY IN THE AMAZON BASIN: A CASE STUDY. Faculty Advisor: Thomas H. Stevens.

Podkowka, Christopher (Field Essay). ENDOGENOUS FIXED COSTS AND MARKET STRUCTURE. Faculty Advisor: Christian Rojas.

2012 M.S. Recipients:

Griffin, Michael (Field Essay). FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO THE PROVISION OF UNCOMPENSATED CARE BY GENERAL HOSPITALS IN PENNSYLVANIA. Faculty Advisor: Sheila Mammen.

Tuttle, Sarah (Field Essay). DETERMINANTS OF PHYSICIAN SUPPLY IN MASSACHUSETTS AFTER THE PASSAGE OF UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE. Faculty Advisor: Sheila Mammen.

Vergara Sobarzo, Lucia Andrea (Thesis). INVESTIGATING THE ABILITY OF PRO-SOCIAL EMOTIONS TO ENHANCE COOPERATIVE BEHAVIOR. Faculty Advisor: John Spraggon.

Walsh, Joseph (Field Essay). ALTERNATIVE PRODUCTION METHODS FOR LANDSCAPE TREES: COMPARING GROWTH AND WHOLESALE VALUE ACROSS TREATMENTS. Faculty Advisor: Daniel A. Lass.

2011 Ph.D. Recipients:

Timmons, David Selkirk. THE POTENTIAL SUPPLY OF CELLULOSIC BIOMASS ENERGY CROPS IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS. Faculty Advisor: Daniel A. Lass.

Viteri, Cesar Mejia. PRICING AND PRESERVING UNIQUE ECOSYSTEMS: THE CASE OF THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS. Faculty Advisor: Sylvia Brandt.

2011 M.S. Recipients:

Boyle, Robert J. (Field Essay). A SURVEY OF DECISION THEORY IN ECONOMICS. Faculty Advisor: L. Joe Moffitt.

Brassard, Olivia M. (Field Essay). FACTORS INFLUENCING WOOD BIOMASS ENERGY PRODUCTION IN MASSACHUSETTS – A LITERATURE REVIEW AND SENSITIVITY ANALYSIS OF MASSACHUSETTS LANDOWNER SURVEY DATA. Faculty Advisor: Thomas H. Stevens.

Casaceli, Jaclyn (Field Essay). MODELS OF VERTICAL DIFFERENTIATION AND THEIR USE IN THE AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS LITERATURE. Faculty Advisor: Nathalie Lavoie.

Iacono, Stacy (Field Essay). THE ECONOMICS OF FARMLAND AND OPEN SPACE PRESERVATION IN THE US. Faculty Advisor: Thomas H. Stevens.

Janjua, Bilal (Field Essay). STATE-LEVEL ADVERTISING RESTRICTIONS AND THEIR EFFECT ON DEMAND IN THE U.S. BEER MARKET. Faculty Advisor: Christian Rojas.

Magnoni, Scott (Field Essay). CHOICE ANALYSIS OF ALTERNATIVE ENERGY IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS. Faculty Advisor: Thomas H. Stevens.

Tiwary, Ruchita (Thesis). DETERMINANTS OF TAX PASS-THROUGH RATES: A STUDY OF THE U.S. BEER INDUSTRY. Faculty Advisor: Christian Rojas.

Valluri, Swetha (Thesis). DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH CARE USE AMONG RURAL, LOW-INCOME MOTHERS AND CHILDREN: A SIMULTANEOUS SYSTEMS APPROACH TO NEGATIVE BINOMIAL REGRESSION MODELING. Faculty Advisor: Sheila Mammen.

Weiss, Mitchell B. (Field Essay). ANALYSIS OF THE USE OF CORN AS A GREENHOUSE FUEL. Faculty Advisor: Daniel A. Lass.