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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.

Proposal: “The Nature and Extent of Post-reward Crowding-out”
By: Indranil Goswami
Date/Time: Monday, November 17, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in room Harper Center 3A
Committee: Oleg Urminsky (Chair), Dan Bartels, Jean Pierre Dube and George Wu

Proposal: “The Economic Consequences of Borrower Information Sharing: Relationship Dynamics and Investment”
By: Andrew Sutherland
Date/Time: Monday, November 17, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. in room Harper Center 3SW
Committee: Christian Leuz (Chair), Phil Berger, Michael Minnis and Amit Seru

Defense: "Essays on Status Dynamics in American Higher Education"
By: Noah Askin
Date/Time: Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. in room Harper Center 3B
Committee: Matthew Bothner (European School of Management and Technology; Co-Chair), John Levi Martin (Department of Sociology, University of Chicago; Co-Chair), Christopher Yenkey and Damon Phillips (Columbia Business School, Columbia University)

Proposal: "Private Information in the Chinese Stock Market: Evidence from Mutual Funds and Corporate Insiders”
By: Yeguang Chi
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 11:45 a.m. in room Harper Center C02
Committee: Lubos Pastor (Chair), Lars Hansen (Department of Economics, University of Chicago), Bryan Kelly and Juhani Linnainmaa

Proposal: "Information Asymmetry and Insider Trading"
By: Wei Wu
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 1:20 p.m. in room Harper Center C03
Committee: Eugene Fama (Co-Chair), Tobias Moskowitz (Co-Chair), Bryan Kelly and Amit Seru (in absentia)

Proposal:
“The Display of Information and Investor Behavior”
By: Maya Shaton
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 11:45 a.m. in room Harper Center C02
Committee: Kelly Shue (Co-Chair), Pietro Veronesi (Co-Chair), Richard Thaler and Robert Vishny

Proposal: "Precautionary Maturity Management in the Corporate Bond Market"
By: Qiping Xu
Date/Time: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 1:20 p.m. in room Harper Center C03
Committee: Douglas Diamond (Co-Chair), Anil Kashyap (Co-Chair), Zhiguo He, Gregor Matvos and Amir Sufi

Defense: "The Social Determinants of Economic Growth: Microenterprise and Microfinance in Latin America"
By: Laura Doering
Date/Time: Monday, September 29, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in room Harper Center 3A
Committee: Elizabeth Pontikes (Co-Chair), Mario Small (Co-Chair; Department of Sociology, Harvard University), Richard Taub (Department of Sociology, University of Chicago) and Rodrigo Canales (Yale School of Management, Yale University)

Proposal: "Political Interference in Firm Activity"
By: Nitish Kumar
Date/Time: Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. in room Harper Center 3A
Committee: Amit Seru (Co-Chair), Raghuram Rajan (Co-Chair; in absentia), Gregor Matvos and Amir Sufi

Defense: “A Regular Vine Copula Approach to Endogenous Regressors in Brand Value Estimation Models”
By: Anne Sutkoff
Date/Time: Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. in room Harper Center C04
Committee: Robert Gramacy (Chair), Pradeep Chintagunta, Drew Creal, and Christian Hansen

Proposal: "Dynamic Product Release Management"
By: Angelo Mancini
Date/Time: Monday, September 8, 2014, at 10 a.m. in Harper Center 3A
Committee: Dan Adelman (Chair), Baris Ata, Sunil Kumar, Chris Ryanl and Rene Caldentey (Stern School of Business, New York University)

Proposal: "Essays on Status Dynamics in American Higher Education"
By: Noah Askin
Date/Time: Friday, August 29, 2014, at 10 a.m. in Harper Center 3B
Committee: Matthew Bothner (European School of Management and Technology; co-chair), John Levi Martin (Department of Sociology, University of Chicago; co-chair), Christopher Yenkey, and Damon Phillips (Columbia Business School, Columbia University)

Defense: "Busy Directors and Firm Performance: Evidence from Mergers"
By: Roie Hauser
Date/Time: Friday, August 15, 2014, at 9 a.m. in Harper Center 223
Committee: Steven Kaplan (co-chair), Luigi Zingales (co-chair), Amit Seru (in absentia), and Kelly Shue

Defense: "Labor Market Peer Firms Estimation and Forecasting"
By: Nan Li
Date/Time: Thursday, July 31, 2014, at 1 p.m. in Harper Center 100-9A
Committee: Douglas Skinner (chair), Ray Ball, Pingyang Gao (in absentia), and Michael Minnis

Defense: "The Value of an Enhanced Information Pooling Process in Group Estimation and Forecasting"
By: John Burrows
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. in Harper Center C50A
Committee: Reid Hastie (chair), Harry L. Davis, Michael Gibbs, and George Wu

Defense: "Partisan Person Perception: Origins of the Straw Man"
By: Mike Yeomans
Date/Time: Thursday, July 17, 2014, at Noon in Harper Center 100-9A
Committee: Nicholas Epley (chair), Oleg Urminsky, George Wu, and Boaz Keysar (Department of Psychology, University of Chicago)

Defense: "What is Cyclical in Credit Cycles?"
By: Rui Cui
Date/Time: Monday, July 14, 2014, at 3 p.m. in Harper Center C50A
Committee: Douglas Diamond (co-chair), Lars Hansen (co-chair; Department of Economics, University of Chicago), Zhiguo He (in absentia), Steven Kaplan, and Randall Kroszner

Defense: "Does Bundling Matter?"
By: Zachary Kaplan
Date/Time: Friday, June 27, 2014, at 11 a.m. in Harper Center 3A
Committee: Philip Berger (chair), Christian Leuz, Haresh Sapra, and Sarah Zechman

Defense: "Sequential Bayesian Learning for Stochastic Volatility with Variance-Gamma Jumps in Returns"
By: Samir Warty
Date/Time: Thursday, June 26, 2014, at 9 a.m. in Harper Center 3B
Committee: Hedibert Lopes (chair; Insper Institute of Education and Research), Drew Creal, Nicholas Polson, and Ruey Tsay

Proposal: "Financial Shocks, Cyclicality of Labor Productivity and the Great Moderation"
By: Rasool Zandvakil
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at 3 p.m. in Harper Center 3A
Committee: Lars Hansen (chair; Department of Economics, University of Chicago), Anil Kashyap, Stavros Panageas, and Amit Seru

Defense: "Intermediation and Voluntary Exposure to Counterparty Risk"
By: Maryam Farboodi
Date/Time: Thursday, May 29, 2014, at Noon in Harper Center C04
Committee: Douglas Diamond (co-chair), Lars Hansen (co-chair; Department of Economics, University of Chicago), Raghuram Rajan (co-chair; in absentia), and Zhiguo He

Defense: "Investors' Access to Corporate Management: A Field Experiment about 1-on-1 Calls"
By: Anne Heinrichs
Date/Time: Thursday, May 29, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. in Harper Center 3A
Committee: Ray Ball (co-chair), Christian Leuz (co-chair), Philip Berger, Michael Minnis, and George Wu

Proposal: "The Value of an Enhanced Information Pooling Process in Group Estimation and Forecasting"
By: John Burrows
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at 10 p.m. in Harper Center 3B
Committee: Reid Hastie (chair), Harry L. Davis, Michael Gibbs, and George Wu

Proposal: "I Need Purpose More Than You Do: Beliefs about Others’ Needs as a Measure of   Dehumanization"
By: Juliana Schroeder
Date/Time: Monday, May 19, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. in Harper Center 100-9H
Committee: Nicholas Epley (chair), Ayelet Fishbach, Jane Risen, and John Cacioppo (Department of Psychology, University of Chicago)

Defense: "The Relationship Between Cohort Sex Ratios and Relative Female Educational Attainment in Post-1949 China"
By: Christina Jenq
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at 1 p.m. in Harper Center 3A
Committee: C. Hoyt Bleakley (chair), Emily Oster, Robert Topel, and Alessandra Voena (Department of Economics, University of Chicago)

Defense: "The More the Merrier? The Effect of Board Size on Performance"
By: Filipe Lacerda
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. in Harper Center 3B
Committee: Steven Kaplan (co-chair), Amit Seru (co-chair), Tobias Moskowitz, Amir Sufi (in absentia), and Luigi Zingales

Defense: "Uncertainty Increases Motivation"
By: Luxi Shen
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at 2 p.m. in Harper Center 3A
Committee: Ayelet Fishbach (chair), Christopher Hsee, Devin Pope and Oleg Urminsky

Defense: "Political Advertising and Voter Turnout"
By: David Toniatti
Date/Time: Thursday, May 1, 2014, at 2 p.m. in Harper Center 100-9A
Committee: Matthew Notowidigdo (chair), Chad Syverson, Ali Hortaçsu (Department of Economics, University of Chicago), and Steven Levitt (Department of Economics, University of Chicago)

Defense: "Transparency Regulation, Bargaining, and the Price of Healthcare"
By: Eric Floyd
Date/Time: Thursday, May 1, 2014, at 10 a.m. in Harper Center 3A
Committee: Philip Berger (chair), Hans Christensen, Canice Prendergast, Haresh Sapra (in absentia), and Douglas Skinner

Defense: "Econometric Essays"
By: Damian Kozbur
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at 2 p.m. in Harper Center 3A
Committee: Christian Hansen (chair), Matt Taddy, Azeem M. Shaikh (Department of Economics, University of Chicago), and Tim Conley (Department of Economics, University of Western Ontario; in absentia)

Defense: "Moralizing Goals: Consequences for Goal Pursuit and Judgment"
By: Christine Hosey
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at 2 p.m. in Harper Center 100-9H
Committee: Jane Risen (chair), Daniel Bartels, Eugene Caruso, and Ayelet Fishbach

Proposal: "Joint Consumption"
By: Yanping Tu
Date/Time: Thursday, April 17, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. in Harper Center 100-9A
Committee: Ayelet Fishbach (chair), Christopher Hsee, Abigail Sussman, and Dilip Soman (Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto)

Proposal: "A Regular Vine Copula Approach to Endogenous Regressors in Brand Value Estimation Models"
By: Anne Sutkoff
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at 3:30 p.m. in Harper Center 3B
Committee: Robert Gramacy (chair), Pradeep Chintagunta (in absentia), Drew Creal, and Christian Hansen

Proposal: "Food Purchases During the Great Recession"
By: William Cha
Date/Time: Thursday, March 20, 2014, at 9 a.m. in Harper Center 3B
Committee: Pradeep Chintagunta (chair), Sanjay Dhar (in absentia), Chris Nosko, and Anita Rao

Defense: “Do the Poor Benefit From More Generous Medicaid Physician Payments?"
By: Alice Chen
Date/Time: Friday, March 7, 2014, at 2 p.m. in Harper Center 3A
Committee: Marianne Bertrand (co-chair), Emily Oster (co-chair), Matthew Notowidigdo, and David Meltzer (Department of Medicine, University of Chicago)

Proposal: "Marriage Market Returns to Education: Evidence from Post-1949 China"
By: Christina Jenq
Date/Time: Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. in Harper Center 3A
Committee: C. Hoyt Bleakley (chair), Emily Oster, Robert Topel, and Alessandra Voena (Department of Economics, The University of Chicago)

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