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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.

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.

 

2010

M.S. Recipients:

Alayon, Laura Maria (Thesis).REGULATORY COMPLIANCE IN SMALL-SCALE FISHERIES IN OLD PROVIDENCE ISLAND (COLOMBIA).

Dickinson, Brenton J. (Thesis). MASSACHUSETTS LANDOWNER PARTICIPATION IN FOREST MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS FOR CARBON SEQUESTRATION: AN ORDERED LOGIT ANALYSIS OF RATINGS DATA. Faculty Advisor: Thomas H. Stevens.

Laine, Benjamin (Field Essay). INVESTIGATING THE EFFECTS OF ENFORCEMENT ON PERMIT PRICES IN EXPERIMENTAL EMISSIONS TRADING MARKETS. Faculty Advisor: John Spraggon.

Rallis, Kate (Field Essay). MODELING NATIONAL PARK ATTENDANCE. Faculty Advisor: Thomas H. Stevens.

Sellati, Brenton (Thesis). DYNAMIC MODEL POOLING METHODOLOGY FOR IMPROVING ABERRATION DETECTION ALGORITHMS. Faculty Advisor: L. Joe Moffitt.

Tabatabaei, Maryam (Field Essay). HYPOTHETICAL BIAS AND AN EXPLICIT CONTRACT. Faculty Advisor: Thomas H. Stevens.

Weiss, Diana (Field Essay). BURDEN OF ASTHMA IN U.S. CHILDREN: DIRECT MEDICAL COST ESTIMATES FROM THE 2008 MEPS. Faculty Advisor: Sylvia Brandt.

 

 

2009

Ph.D. Recipients:

Nyiwul, Linus M. Essays on Environmental Policy and Markets. Faculty Advisor: John K. Stranlund.

Joseph, Siny. Country of Origin Labeling: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis of Market Effects in the U.S. Seafood Industry. Faculty Advisors: Nathalie Lavoie and Julie Caswell.

M.S. Recipients:

Bigelow, Daniel P. (Field Essay). Economic Impacts of an Easement National Forest in the Berkshires: A Literature Review. Faculty Advisor: David T. Damery.

Galiano, Ria. (Field Essay). Hypothetical Bias in Contingent Valuation. Faculty Advisor: Thomas H. Stevens.

Guo, Yidan. (Field Essay). Use-value Assessment of Massachusetts Farmland. Faculty Advisor: Daniel A. Lass.

Hedeman, Donald T. (Field Essay). Happiness and How Economists Measure It: A Literature Review. Faculty Advisor: M.J. Alhabeeb.

Larkin-Connolly, Brendan. (Field Essay). Determinants of the Cost Pass-Through Rate: What have we learned? Faculty Advisor: Christian Rojas.

Peterson, Daniel J. (Field Essay). A Review of Experiments in Emission Permit Trading Programs. Faculty Advisor: John Spraggon.

Woodford, Michelle. (Field Essay). Escaping Poverty: Rural Low-Income Mothers’ Access to Post-Secondary Education. Faculty Advisor: Sheila Mammen.

Zirogiannis, Nikolaos. (Thesis) Wildfire Prevention and Mitigation: The Case of Southern Greece. Faculty Advisor: John Spraggon.

 

 

2008

Ph.D. Recipients:

Baek, Moonyoung. A Study on Forecasting High-Frequency Time Series with Multiple Seasonal Patterns. Faculty Advisor: P. Geoffrey Allen.

Li, Chunxiang. Price Transmission and Market Power in the Vertically Separated Markets of Fluid Milk. Faculty Advisor: Daniel A. Lass.

Lopez, Maria Claudia. Internal, External and Dual Enforcement to Enhance Cooperation Among Users of Natural Resources:  Evidence from the Field. Faculty Advisor: John K. Stranlund.

 

M.S. Recipients:

Baker, Amy J. (Field Essay). Entrance of the Race Variable in Health Valuation Studies A Riview of the Literature. Faculty Advisor: Sylvia Brandt.

Bi, Hongbin. (Field Essay). Robust Defense Against a Multifaceted Terrorist Threat. Faculty Advisor: L. Joe Moffitt.

Dolan, Megan. M. (Thesis). The Impacts of the Organic Mainstream Movement: A Case Study of New England Organic Retail Prices. Faculty Advisor: Julie A. Caswell.

Ludwig, Daniel. J. (Field Essay). A Diesel Future? An econometric analysis of short-run elasticities and forecasting models. Faculty Advisor: Daniel A. Lass.

Martin, Thomas. (Field Essay). College Life With Asthma. Faculty Advisor: Sylvia Brandt.

Shen, Le (Field Essay). The Effect of Distributive Justice on Willingness to Pay for Time. Faculty Advisor: Thomas H. Stevens.

Wilson, Kimberly Claire. (Field Essay). The Weitzman Approach to the Stern Review Or Tails vs. Middles. Faculty Advisor: Barry C. Field.

Zhang, Wei. (Thesis). Financial Distress and the Performance of Emissions Trading Programs. Faculty Advisor: John K. Stranlund.

 

 

2007

Ph.D. Recipients:

McEvoy, David Michael. Enforcing Voluntary Agreements for Environmental Protection: A Theoretical and Experimental Analysis. Faculty Advisor: John K. Stranlund.

Naidu, Sirisha. Heterogeneity on the Commons: An Analsysis of Use and Management of Common Forests in Himachal Pradesh, India. Faculty Advisor: Thomas H. Stevens.

Souza-Monteiro, Diogo M. Theoretical and Empirical Analysis of the Economics of Traceability Adoption in Food Supply Chains. Faculty Advisor: Julie A. Caswell.

Yadav, Lava P. Hypothetical Bias in Contingent Valuation. Faculty Advisor: Thomas H. Stevens.

 

M.S. Recipients:

Cai, Qian. (Field Essay). Non-Tariff Barriers in South-South Trade in Agricultural and Food Products. Faculty Advisor: Julie Caswell.

Godoy Liere, Juan Andres. (Field Essay). Faculty Advisor: Barry Field.

LeVert, Michael J. (Thesis). Conservation of Private Forestland in the Northeast: The Role of Economic Incentives, discounting and ACORN. Faculty Advisor: Thomas H. Stevens.

Lopez, Maria Claudia. (Non-thesis, Ph.D. 2008). Faculty Advisor: John Stranlund.

Yadav. Lava. P. (Non-thesis, Ph.D. 2007). Faculty Advisor: Thomas Stevens.

 

2006

Ph.D. Recipients:

Damery, David T. Factors Influencing Forest Management Planning by Private Forest Landowners. Faculty Advisor: Thomas H. Stevens.

Velez, Maria.  Three Essays on the Determinants of Behavior in the Commons: Experimental Evidence from Fishing Communities in Colombia.  Faculty Advisor: John Stranlund.

 

M.S. Recipients:

Schroeder, Michael. A. (Field Essay). Energy Crises' Estimates of U.S. Gasoline Demand. Faculty Advisor: L. Joe Moffitt.

Souza-Monteiro, Diogo. M. (Non-thesis, Ph.D. 2007). Faculty Advisor: Julie A. Caswell.

Boschert, Kathryn. A. (Thesis). Living with Asthma: An Economic Assessment of an Asthma Intervention for Vulnerable Populations. Faculty Advisor: Sylvia Brandt.

Haskell, William B. (Thesis). Comparative Statics for Robust Optimal Solutions. Faculty Advisor: L. Joe Moffitt.

Kruzewski, Michael T. (Thesis). Disparities in Repeat Emergency Room Visits. Faculty Advisor: Sylvia Brandt.

Urdaneta, Bernardo A. (Thesis). Conjoint Analysis of Public Opinion Towards Alternative Funding Mechanisms for Acadia National Park. Faculty Advisor: Thomas H. Stevens.

 

 

2005

M.S. Recipients:

Zhong, Yi. (Thesis). Disparities of Races, Income, and Exposure to Pollution, and Hospitalization Rates of Asthma, Diabetes, and Cardiovascular Diseases in the State of Massachusetts. Faculty Advisor: Sylvia Brandt.

Hanig, Ross A. (Field Essay). Human Rights as a Means and an End: A Cross-Section Time-Series Analysis of Possible Determinants of Economic Growth and Human Rights. Faculty Advisor: P. Geoffrey Allen.

Manolakos, Panayiotis T. (Thesis). An Investigation Of Shortages in Markets For Nurses. Faculty Advisor: Bernard J. Morzuch.

Naidu, Sirisha. (Non-Thesis, Ph.D. 2007). Faculty Advisor: Thomas H. Stevens.

Olanyk, Amy B. Agroterrorism:  The Farmers' Incentive for Self-Protection. Faculty Advisor: Barry C. Field.

Velez. Maria. A. (Non-thesis, Ph.D. 2006). Faculty Advisor: John Stranlund.

Volpe, Richard J. (Thesis). The Effect of Wal-Mart Supercenters on Grocery Prices in New England. Faculty Advisor: Nathalie Lavoie.

 

 

2004

Ph.D. Recipients:

Caffera, Marcello. The Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Regulation in a Less Developed Market Economy:  Evidence from Uruguay. Faculty Advisor: John K. Stranlund.

Korneeva, Margarita. Transferable permit systems to control spatial pollutants: a laboratory experiment. Faculty Advisor: James Murphy.

Samnaliev, Mihail D. Hypothetical Bias in Contingent Valuation of Environmental and Health Commodities. Faculty Advisor: Thomas H. Stevens.

 

M.S. Recipients:

Erdem, Seda. (Thesis). Decision-Making Tools for Effective Redution of Food Borne Safety Risk. Faculty Advisor: Julie Caswell.

Ndaba, Phumla.(Thesis). Economic Aspects of Carbon Sequestration Through Rangeland Rehabilitation in South Africa. Faculty Advisor: Barry C. Field.

Salemme, Michael T. (Field Essay). Rural Mothers on Assistance: Factors Affecting Their Labor Force Supply. Faculty Advisor: Sheila Mammen.