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Essays in the Economics of Education and Experimental Economics

Sahadewo, Gumilang (2017) Essays in the Economics of Education and Experimental Economics. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This dissertation consists of three studies in the economics of education and experimental economics. In Chapter 1, I address a debate in the literature about the effects of measures of school quality on labor market earnings. Using individual-level data, previous studies find no effects of measures of school quality and a subsequent study argues that the result is driven by the sample that includes mainly young individuals. I use recent NLSY79 Geocode data that provides extended earnings observations including prime-age earnings. I find that the percentage of teachers with a Master's degree has a positive long-run effect on individuals' earnings in the labor market. In Chapter 2, we examine the Dell Scholars Program which provides a combination of financial support and individualized advising to selected students throughout their postsecondary experience. We capitalize on an arbitrary cutoff in the program’s algorithmic selection process and a regression-discontinuity analytic strategy. We find that, at the margin of eligibility, being selected as a Dell Scholar has positive impacts on later persistence and on-time bachelor's degree completion. Finally, in Chapter 3, we conduct a series of laboratory experiments to explore the effects of religion on prosocial risk taking. We find that the religious message can induce prosocial risk taking only when doing so help others of the same beliefs.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Sahadewo, Gumilanggas61@pitt.edugas610000-0002-0543-054X
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairCoen-Pirani, Danielecoen@pitt.educoen
Committee MemberRipoll, Marlaripoll@pitt.eduripoll
Committee MemberBerkowitz, Danieldmberk@pitt.edudmberk
Committee MemberLinardi, Seralinardi@pitt.edulinardi
Committee MemberPage, Lindsaylpage@pitt.edulpage
Date: 28 September 2017
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 31 May 2017
Approval Date: 28 September 2017
Submission Date: 2 June 2017
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 130
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Economics
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: school quality, earnings, program evaluation, financial aid, college advising, college persistence, college completion, Islamic finance, profit and loss-sharing, religion, prosociality
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2017 00:13
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2017 00:13


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