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Essays on financial intermediation and transition in rural China.

This dissertation seeks to understand the evolution of financial intermediation in the course of China's economic transition. The research is based on a unique data set collected by the author and other collaborators. I first show that China's two-decade long financial reform is a spontaneous proces

Essays in law and economics.

In this dissertation, I explore three questions in law and economics.; First, I discuss the contracting out of government services. The privatization literature depicts contracting out as a tradeoff between excessive private cost saving and inadequate public quality improvement. I show that monitori

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act and mitigation of earnings management.

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act (hereafter, SOA) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (hereafter SEC) certification order are expected to improve financial reporting quality. Prior studies have demonstrated that earnings management significantly influences financial reporting quality. This study examin

Brokered bargaining: Nuclear crises between middle powers.

This dissertation studies nuclear crisis behavior. Specifically, it theorizes behavior between middle powers with nuclear weapons that are nested within a world with larger hegemonic states. The situation represents a paradigm shift from the bipolar context of the Cold War where all nuclear crises i

A comparative study of mathematics achievement through the use of technology in Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) grant and non-grant school districts in Kentucky .

The Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) Act makes funding available for elementary and secondary school districts with the primary goal of improving students' academic achievement through the use of technology. The main purpose of this comparative analysis study is to show the impact of EE

Development of a model of startle resulting from exposure to sonic booms.

Aircraft manufacturers believe that it is possible to create supersonic business jets that would have quieter sonic booms than those that lead to the current ban on overland commercial supersonic flight over the US. In order to assess if the impact of these "low booms" is acceptable to the public, n