PhD Program

Proposal and Defense Archive

Proposals and Defenses

The following is a list of dissertation proposal and defense presentations. Dissertation presentations are open to faculty and students. View an archive of proposals and defenses from previous years.

Defense: "Servicer Distress and Mortgage Renegotiation"
By: Chenfei Lu
Date/Time: Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 10 a.m. in room Harper Center 3SW
Committee: Amit Seru (Co-Chair), Amir Sufi (Co-Chair), Gregor Matvos, and Kelly Shue (in absentia)

Defense: "The Marginal Benefit of Inpatient Hospital Treatment"
By: Nathan Petek
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 3 p.m. in room Harper Center 3SW
Committee: Matthew Gentzkow (Chair; Department of Economics, Stanford University), Neale Mahoney, Devin Pope, and Chad Syverson

Defense: "Assessing the Effects of Mandated Compensation Disclosures"
By: Brandon Gipper
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 3 p.m. in room Harper Center 3A
Committee: Christian Leuz (Chair), Philip Berger, Mark Maffett, and Luigi Zingales

Defense: "Liquidity Sharing and Financial Contagion"
By: John Nash
Date/Time: Monday, May 2, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. in room Harper Center 100-9H
Committee: Douglas Diamond (Chair), Lin William Cong, Zhiguo He, Stavros Panageas, and Amit Seru

Defense: "Attribution Bias in Economic Decision Making"
By: Kareem Haggag
Date/Time: Monday, May 2, 2016, at 9 a.m. in room Harper Center 3SW
Committee: John List (Co-Chair; Department of Economics, University of Chicago), Devin Pope (Co-Chair), Marianne Bertrand, and Richard Thaler

Defense: "Disorder, Naturalness, and Their Influence on Aesthetics and Behavior"
By: Hiroki Kotabe
Date/Time: Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at 10 a.m. in room Harper Center 3B.
Committee: Marc Berman (Chair; Department of Psychology, University of Chicago), Daniel Casasanto (Department of Psychology, University of Chicago), Reid Hastie, and Wilhelm Hofmann (Social Cognition Center, University of Cologne) 

Defense: "The Dynamic Effect of Incentives on Post-Reward Task Engagement"
By: Indranil Goswami
Date/Time: Monday, April 25, 2016, at 1 p.m. in room Harper Center 223.
Committee: Oleg Urminsky (Chair), Dan Bartels, Jean-Pierre Dube, and George Wu

Defense: "Anticipated Affective Reactions in Gift-Giving Decisions"
By: Adelle (Xue) Yang
Date/Time: Friday, April 22, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. in room Harper Center 3B.
Committee: Oleg Urminsky (Chair), Dan Bartels, Chris Hsee, and Ann McGill

Defense: "Preference for Past Pain: An Empirical Test of the Bias Toward the Future"
By: Natalie Wheeler
Date/Time: Thursday, April 21, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. in room Harper Center 3SW.
Committee: Eugene Caruso (Chair), Daniel Bartels, Ed O'Brien, and George Wu

Defense: "Firm Performance and Risk in Supply Chain Networks"
By: Jing Wu
Date/Time: Wednesday, April 20 at 1:30 p.m. in room Harper Center 223.
Committee: John R. Birge (Chair), Elena Belavina, Rene Caldentey, Bryan T. Kelly, and Christopher S. Tang (UCLA Anderson School of Management; in absentia)

Proposal: "Immediate Rewards and Intrinsic Motivation"
By: Kaitlin Woolley
Date/Time: Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. in room Harper Center 223.
Committee: Ayelet Fishbach (Chair), Ann McGill, Jane Risen, Oleg Urminsky 

Defense: "Conditional Market Exposures of the Value Premium"
By: Xiao Qiao
Date/Time: Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at 10 a.m. in room Harper Center 3B.
Committee: Toby Moskowitz (Co-Chair; in absentia), Lubos Pastor (Co-Chair), Pietro Veronesi, and Bryan Kelly

Proposal: "Essay on Smooth Statistics: Modern Perspectives"
By: Xiaolong (David) Wu
Date/Time: Thursday, March 17, 2016, at Noon in room Harper Center 3A
Committee: Ruey Tsay (Chair), Drew Creal, Christian Hansen, and Robert McCulloch (in absentia)

Proposal: "Online Consumer Search with Partially Revealed Information"
By: Chris (Naiqing) Gu
Date/Time: Monday, January 11, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. in room Harper Center 3B
Committee: Pradeep Chintagunta (Co-Chair), Jean-Pierre Dube (Co-Chair), Gunter Hitsch, Anita Rao

Proposal: "Performance Analysis and Control of Queuing Systems with (Endogenous) Abandonments"
By: Xiaoshan Peng
Date/Time: Thursday, December 3, 2015, at 9 a.m. in room Harper Center 3SW
Committee: Baris Ata (Chair), Donald D. Eisenstein, Varun Gupta, Sunil Kumar, Peter W. Glynn (Stanford University)

Defense: "Financial Shocks, Cyclicality of Labor Productivity and The Great Moderation"
By: Rasool Zandvakil
Date/Time: Wednesday, December 2, 2015, at 3 p.m. in room Harper Center 100-9A
Committee: Lars Hansen (Chair, Dept. of Economics, University of Chicago), Anil Kashyap, Stavros Panageas, and Amit Seru

Proposal: "The Marginal Benefit of Inpatient Hospital Treatment"
By: Nathan Petek
Date/Time: Wednesday, December 2, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. in room Harper Center C01
Committee: Matthew Gentzkow (Chair, Stanford University Department of Economics), Neale Mahoney, Devin Pope, Chad Syverson

Proposal: "Assessing the Effects of Disclosing Management Compensation"
By: Brandon Gipper
Date/Time: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. in room Harper Center 3A
Committee: Christian Leuz (Chair), Philip Berger, Mark Maffett, Luigi Zingales

Proposal: "Preference for Past Pain: An Empirical Test of the Bias Toward the Future"
By: Natalie Wheeler
Date/Time: Thursday, November 12, 2015, at 10:40 a.m. in room Harper Center C06
Committee: Eugene Caruso (Chair), Daniel Bartels, Ed O'Brien, George Wu

Proposal: "Disclosure Dynamics and Investor Learning"
By: Frank (Shuang) Zhou
Date/Time: Monday, November 9, 2015, at 3 p.m. in room Harper Center 3B
Committee: Douglas Skinner (Chair), Philip Berger, Richard Hahn, Haresh Sapra

Proposal: "Servicer Distress and Mortgage Renegotiation"
By: Chenfei Lu
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. in room Harper Center C02
Committee: Amit Seru (Co-Chair), Amir Sufi (Co-Chair), Gregor Matvos, and Kelly Shue

Proposal: "Liquidity Sharing and Strategic Responses to the Threat of Contagion"
By: John Nash
Date/Time: Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 1:20 p.m. in room Harper Center C03
Committee: Douglas Diamond (Chair), Zhiguo He, Amit Seru, Stavros Panageas, and Lin William Cong

Proposal: "Firm Performance and Risk in Supply Chain Networks"
By: Jing Wu
Date/Time: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 1 p.m. in room Harper Center 3A
Committee: John R. Birge (Chair), Elena Belavina, Rene Caldentey, Bryan T. Kelly, and Christopher S. Tang (UCLA Anderson School of Management)

Proposal: "Essays on Decomposing Perceived Disorder and Its Effects"
By: Hiroki Kotabe
Date/Time: Thursday, September 10, 2015, at 11 a.m. in room Harper Center 3SW
Committee: Marc Berman (Chair, Dept. of Psychology, University of Chicago), Reid Hastie, Daniel Casasanto (Dept. of Psychology, University of Chicago), and Wilhelm Hoffmann (University of Cologne, Social Cognition Center; in absentia)

Defense: "Dynamic Release Management: A Marketing Intensity Approach"
By: Angelo Mancini
Date/Time: Friday, July 24, 2015, at 1 p.m. in room Harper Center 3A
Committee: Dan Adelman (Chair), Baris Ata, Sunil Kumar, Rene Caldentey, and Christopher Ryan

Defense: "Essays on Resource Allocation Across and Within Firms in Mediated Markets"
By: Craig Tutterow
Date/Time: Thursday, July 23, 2015, at 3 p.m. in room Harper Center 3A
Committee: James Evans (Co-Chair, Dept. of Sociology, University of Chicago), Amanda Sharkey (Co-Chair), Andrew Abbott (Dept. of Sociology, University of Chicago), and Ronald Burt

Proposal: "Dynamic Lending Standards over the Business Cycle"
By: Yunzhi Hu
Date/Time: Monday, July 13, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. in room Harper Center 3A
Committee: Douglas Diamond (Co-Chair), Lars Peter Hansen (Co-Chair, Dept. of Economics), Zhiguo He, and Anil Kashyap (in absentia)

Proposal: "Conditional Market Exposures of the Value Premium"
By: Xiao Qiao
Date/Time: Monday, July 6, 2015, at 1 p.m. in room Harper Center 3A
Committee: Tobias Moskowitz (Co-Chair), Lubos Pastor (Co-Chair), Bryan Kelly, Pietro Veronesi

Defense: “Malpractice and the Diffusion of Medical Technology”
By: Samuel Kingsley
Date/Time: Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at 2 p.m. in room Harper Center C50A
Committee: Neale Mahoney (Chair), Owen Zidar, David Meltzer (Department of Medicine, University of Chicago), Matthew Notowidigdo (Department of Economics, Northwestern University)

Defense: “The Economic Consequences of Borrower Information Sharing: Relationship Dynamics and Investment”
By: Andrew Sutherland
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. in room Harper Center C50B
Committee: Christian Leuz (Chair), Philip Berger, Michael Minnis, Amit Seru (in absentia)

Defense: “Sharing Private Information with Customers: Strategic Default and Lender Learning”
By: Gerardo Perez Cavazos
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. in room Harper Center 4SE
Committee: Douglas Skinner (Chair), Philip Berger, Christian Leuz, Haresh Sapra

Defense: “The Topography of Generosity: Asymmetric Evaluations of Prosocial Behavior Across People, Cultures, and Age Groups”
By: Nadav Klein
Date/Time: Monday, May 11, 2015, at 2 p.m. in room Harper Center C50A
Committee: Nicholas Epley (Chair), Ayelet Fishbach, Reid Hastie, Ann McGill

Defense: “Analyst Performance, Institutional Ownership, and Post-Analyst Revision Drift”
By: Chattrin Laksanabunsong
Date/Time: Monday, May 11, 2015, at 1 p.m. in room Harper Center 4SE
Committee: Tobias Moskowitz (Chair), George Constantinides, Lars Hansen (Department of Economics, University of Chicago), Kelly Shue

Defense: “Clustering Multiple Time Series with Structural Breaks”
By: Yongning Wang
Date/Time: Friday, May 8, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. in room Harper Center 3A
Committee: Ruey Tsay (Chair), Drew Creal, Juhani Linnainmaa, Dacheng Xiu

Defense: “Dehumanizing Others’ Needs: People Undervalue Others’ High Level Needs Compared to Their Own”
By: Juliana Schroeder
Date/Time: Thursday, May 7, 2015, at 10 a.m. in room Harper Center C50A
Committee: Nicholas Epley (Chair), Ayelet Fishbach, Jane Risen, Boaz Keysar (Department of Psychology, University of Chicago)

Defense: “Hospital Bed Capacity Management”
By: Thomas Best
Date/Time: Thursday, May 7, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. in room Harper Center 3A
Committee: Donald Eisenstein (Co-chair), Burhaneddin Sandıkçı (Co-chair), Baris Ata, Varun Gupta, David Meltzer (Department of Medicine, University of Chicago)

Defense: “Connected Consumption”
By: Yanping Tu
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. in room Harper Center C50B
Committee: Ayelet Fishbach (Chair), Christopher Hsee, Abigail Sussman, Dilip Soman (Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto; in absentia)

Defense: “Information Display and Household Investment Behavior”
By: Maya Shaton
Date/Time: Monday, May 4, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. in room Harper Center C50B
Committee: Kelly Shue (Co-chair), Pietro Veronesi (Co-chair), Richard Thaler, Robert Vishny

Defense: “The Impact of Women's Health Clinic Closures on Preventive Care”
By: Yao Lu
Date/Time: Monday, May 4, 2015, at 9 a.m. in room Harper Center C50A
Committee: Emily Oster (Chair; Department of Economics, Brown University), Marianne Bertrand, Neale Mahoney, Matthew Notowidigdo (Department of Economics, Northwestern University)

Defense: “Politics and Real Firm Activity: Evidence from Distortions in Bank Lending in India
By: Nitish Kumar
Date/Time: Friday, May 1, 2015, at 2 p.m. in room Harper Center 3B
Committee: Raghuram Rajan (Co-chair; in absentia), Amit Seru (Co-chair), Gregor Matvos, Amir Sufi

Defense: “The Distinctive Consequences of Collective vs. Membership Social Identity Threats: Membership Has Its Burdens”
By: Soraya Lambotte
Date/Time: Thursday, April 30, 2015, at 11 a.m. in room Harper Center 3B
Committee: Ann McGill (Chair), Daniel Bartels, Ayelet Fishbach, Oleg Urminsky

Defense: “Kicking Maturity Down the Road: Early Refinancing and Debt Maturity Management in the Corporate Bond Market”
By: Qiping Xu
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at 1:20 p.m. in room Harper Center C03
Committee: Douglas Diamond (Co-chair), Anil Kashyap (Co-chair), Zhiguo He, Gregor Matvos, Amir Sufi

Defense: “Information Asymmetry and Insider Trading”
By: Wei Wu
Date/Time: Friday, April 24, 2015, at 1 p.m. in room Harper Center 3A
Committee: Eugene Fama (Co-chair), Tobias Moskowitz (Co-chair), Bryan Kelly, Amit Seru (in absentia)

Defense: “Consumer-Driven Operations Management”
By: Xiao Wu
Date/Time: Thursday, April 23, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. in room Harper Center C50A
Committee: John Birge (Chair), Donald Eisenstein, Rodney Parker, Chris Ryan, Song Alex Yang (London Business School; in absentia)

Defense: "The Existence of Consumer Negative State Dependence and the Effect on Product Assortments"
By: Dan Nguyen
Date/Time: Monday, April 13, 2015, at 10:40 a.m. in room Harper Center C50B
Committee: Jean-Pierre Dubé (Chair), Pradeep Chintagunta (in absentia), Günter Hitsch, Anita Rao

Defense: Intertemporal Pricing of New Products: Incentivizing Consumer Learning and Inertia”
By: Dan Zou
Date/Time: Friday, April 10, 2015, at 11 a.m. in room Harper Center 3B
Committee: Günter Hitsch (Chair), Pradeep Chintagunta (in absentia), Jean-Pierre Dubé, Chris Nosko

Defense: “Private Information in the Chinese Stock Market: Evidence from Mutual Funds and Corporate Insiders”
By: Yeguang Chi
Date/Time: Monday, April 6, 2015, at 2 p.m. in room Harper Center C50A
Committee: Lubos Pastor (Chair), Lars Hansen (Department of Economics, University of Chicago), Bryan Kelly, Juhani Linnainmaa

Defense: “Dividend Risk and the Cross-Section of Dividend Risk Premia”
By: Antonio Picca
Date/Time: Thursday, March 19, 2015, at 10 a.m. in room Harper Center 3B
Committee: Eugene Fama (Co-chair), John Heaton (Co-chair), Stefano Giglio, Lars Hansen (Department of Economics, University of Chicago), Bryan Kelly (in absentia)

Proposal: “Macroeconomic Implications of Small Firm Capital Structure and Investment Dynamics”
By: Aaron Pancost
Date/Time: Monday, March 9, 2015 at 3 p.m. in room Harper Center 3A
Committee: Lars Hansen (Chair; Department of Economics, University of Chicago), Steven Davis, Zhiguo He, Amit Seru

Defense: “Food Purchases During the Great Recession”
By: William Cha
Date/Time: Monday, February 16, 2015, at Noon in room Harper Center C50B
Committee: Pradeep Chintagunta (Chair), Sanjay Dhar, Chris Nosko (in absentia), Anita Rao

Proposal: “Medical Malpractice and the Adoption of Medical Technology”
By: Samuel Kingsley
Date/Time: Thursday, January 29, 2015, at Noon in room Harper Center 3A
Committee: Neale Mahoney (Chair), Owen Zidar, David Meltzer (Department of Medicine, University of Chicago), Matt Notowidigdo (Department of Economics, Northwestern University)