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Essays of Political and Cultural Institutions
This dissertation comprises two essays. The first examines the role of a bureaucratic institution—the civil service system—in dampening political budget cycles across U.S. state governments. Using new data on state-specific ...
Essays on Drug and Alcohol Policies in the United States
This dissertation consists of two essays that explore the unintended consequences of drug and alcohol control policies in the United States. They both examine policy changes at the state level using a difference-in-differences ...
Essays on Trade Liberalization, Financial Integration and Development: Poland in the EU, Investment in Europe, and HIV Infection in Zambia
This dissertation is composed of three essays. In the first essay, Poland in the EU: Closer is Better, I study the spatial heterogeneity in outcomes of trade liberalization in Poland. I find that the 2004 EU accession of ...
Effects of Trade Liberalization on Gender Inequality: Empirical Evidence from India
This dissertation is composed of two essays. In the first essay, using a panel of establishments from the Annual Survey of Industries (ASI), I study the impact of the 1991 trade liberalization episode in India on the ...