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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.

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.

M.S. Recipients:

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

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.

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.

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.