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VOL. XXXIV, Spring 2022

The Duke Journal of Economics is published each year to showcase outstanding research in economics by Duke Graduate and Undergraduate students.

We congratulate the authors of the research presented in this issue.

Charles Becker & Ed Tower, Faculty Advisors to the Journal

An older white man with a balding pate, large glasses, and white beard, his arms crossed in front, wearing a dark suit and patterened necktie
Vladimir Treml, professor of Economics at Duke University, 1967-1999

This edition of the Duke Journal of Economics is dedicated to the memory of Vlad Treml. Ed Tower recalls that Vlad collected cartoons from the Soviet humor magazine, Krokodil, Crocodile in Russian, which made fun of the distortions in the Soviet economic system. Tower and his micro econ students attended Vlad’s slide shows of these cartoons, to which his daughter added color. One cartoon shows a farmer feeding a loaf of bread to a cow. Vlad explained this made fun of the Soviet subsidy on bread but not grain, so it made sense to feed bread to the cows. Vlad and Emma hosted marvelous parties with fascinating guests from their wide circle of friends. Marilyn Dutton, who along with her husband, John, earned Duke econ PhDs, recalls that the Russian Easter bread that Emma made was memorable. She writes gratefully about Vlad’s mentorship of John and reflects with us that “Duke and many students were fortunate that Vlad Treml was on the faculty.” Especially moving was the flag draped bier at Vlad’s Russian Orthodox funeral, recalling his pride in serving in the US Marines.

Undergraduate Articles

Brandt, Alexander–Economic Situations and Social Distance: Taxation and Donation

Chouliara, Despoina–Corporate Governance in State-Owned and Privately-Owned Enterprises

Cooksey, Jackson–The Russian Maternity Capital Policy: Two Models

Kanzh, Riad–Economic Effects of the War in Donbas: Nightlights and the Ukrainian fight for freedom

Martin, Noah–Kazakhs and Russians: To Each Their Own

Morgenstern, Glenn–Subprime’s long shadow: Understanding subprime lending’s role in the St. Louis vacancy crisis

Quijano, Cheyenne–A perfect storm: The effect of natural disasters on child health

Rateb, George–The Case for Clemency: Differential Impacts of Pretrial Detention on Case and Crime Outcomes

Sun, Tony–Short and Long-Term Impacts of a Large-Scale Natural Disaster on Individual Labor Outcomes: Evidence from the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami

Tong, Mona–The Effects of Gentrification and Displacement on Academic Achievement in Durham Public Schools, 2010-2019

Welton, Daniella–Analysis of the Impact of Gender and Age of Protagonists in Top-Grossing Films from 2000-2019 on Film Success

 

Graduate Articles

Dodd, Stephanie–Rational Irreligiosity via Cognitive Dissonance 

He, Weixin–Product and process innovation when considering changes in consumer dispersion

Pandey, Rajas–Optimal environmental reporting and the role of regulations

Wang, Yucheng–Collusion as an Indirect Signal

Vol. XXXIII, Spring 2021

The Duke Journal of Economics is published each year to showcase outstanding research in economics by Duke Graduate and Undergraduate students.

We congratulate the authors of the research presented in this issue.

Charles Becker & Ed Tower, Faculty Advisors to the Journal

Undergraduate Articles

Forecasting the Effects of Battery Recycling on the Global Cobalt Market by Elena Cavallero

Bang for Your (Green) Buck: The Effects of ESG Risk on US M&A Performance by Richard Chen

The Impact of Conflict on Economic Activity: Night Lights and the Bosnian Civil War by Stephanie Dodd

Informing the Investor: A Comparative Analysis of the Importance of Pre-Initial Public Offering (IPO) Information on Stock Performance by Paul Snyder

Graduate Articles

The Role of Nuisance Arrest in Fighting Crime by Rongze Yang

Vol. XXXII, Spring 2020

The Duke Journal of Economics is published each year to showcase outstanding research in economics by Duke Graduate and Undergraduate students.

We congratulate the authors of the research presented in this issue.

Charles Becker & Ed Tower, Faculty Advisors to the Journal

Undergraduate Articles

Taxing Marijuana and the Road to Reparations: Comparing the Colorado and Illinois Cannabis Markets by Tommaso Carlo Filippo Babucci

Predictors of Student Loan Repayments: A Comparison Between Public, Private For-Profit and Private Nonprofit Schools by Mannat Bakshi and Arjun Ahluwalia

Nonprofit Location, Survival, and Success: A Case Study of El Sistema USA by Anderson Carroll

The Elusive “Stock-Picker’s Market”: Dispersion and Mutual Fund Performance by Jacob Epstein

Comparing the Performance of Active and Passive Mutual Funds in Developing and Developed Countries by Nalini Gupta

User Loyalty and Willingness to Pay for a Music Streaming Subscription Identifying Asset Specificity in the Case of Streaming Platforms by Nell Jones

Where You Live and Where You Move: A Cross-City Comparison of the Effects of Gentrification and How these Effects Are Tied to Racial History by Divya Juneja

Forecasting Corporate Bankruptcy: Applying Feature Selection Techniques to the Pre-and Post-Global Financial Crisis Environments by Parker Levi

The Impact of Medicare Nonpayment: A Quasi-Experimental Approach by Audrey Kornkven

The Effects of Health IT Innovation on Throughput Efficiency in the Emergency Department by Michael Levin

Hedonic Pricing in the Sneaker Resale Market by Kevin Ma and Matthew Treiber

Private Equity Buyouts and Strategic Acquisitions: An Analysis of Capital Investment and the Timing of Takeovers in the United States by Anthony Melita

An Unequal Dream: The Mortgage Rate Premium Paid by Black Communities by Michael Nicholson

Transit-Induced Neighborhood Change: Evaluating Neighborhood Racial Change in Charlotte, North Carolina’s Light Rail Corridor by Rahi Patel

Competition and Innovation: Evidence from Third-Party Reprocessing in the Medical Device Industry by Varun Prasad

Exploring an Alternative to Student Loans: Constructing and Exploring the Demand for an Income Share Agreement Market by Paul Zimmer and Alex Hilsenrath

Graduate Articles

Optimal (Non-)Repression Under Preference Falsification by Ming-yen Ho

Vol. XXXI, Spring 2019

The Duke Journal of Economics is published each year to showcase outstanding research in economics by Duke Graduate and Undergraduate students.

We congratulate the authors of the research presented in this issue.

Charles Becker & Ed Tower, Faculty Advisors to the Journal
Dongkeun Lee, Associate Editor



Undergraduate Articles

Durham and Gentrification: Assessing the Impact of Displacement in the Bull City by Armin Ameri

The Impact of Violence in Mexico on Education and Labor Outcomes: Do Conditional Cash Transfers Have a Mitigating Effect? by Hayley Barton

The Impact of Collegiate Athletic Success and Scandals on Admissions Applications by William J. Battle-McDonald

The Future of Economic Geopolitics: Network Effects in Intercultural Trade by Joshua Curtis

Responses to EU Carbon Pricing:The Effect of Carbon Emissions Allowances on Renewable Energy Development in Advanced and Transitional EU Members by John Dearing

Investigating a Case of Alleged Collusion in Michigan Public Oil and Gas Lease Auctions by Lucas Do

Does Media Coverage of Sexual Assault Cases Cause Victims to Go to the Police? Evidence from FBI Data and Google Trends by Harry Elworthy

Wrangling the Herd: A Cross-Cultural and Cross-Industry Approach to Herding Market Behavior by Tyler Fenton and Jarred Kotzin

The Impact of Originality in a Transitioning Movie Industry by Jacob Graber-Lipperman

Evidence of Stalinist Terror in Modern Adult Height Data by David Henderson

Collusive Strategies in EC Cartel Cases and Implications for Antitrust Compliance Programs by Rhea Padival and Divya Srinivasan

Social Capital and Financial Development after Economic Shocks: Evidence from Italy after the Financial Crisis of 2007-2009 by Sujay Rao and Ethan Lampert

Female Labor Force Participation in Turkic Countries:A Study of Azerbaijan and Turkey by Natasha Jo Torrens

Graduate Articles

A Theory of Ambiguous Property Rights: Choices, Efficiencies, and Transition Paths by Bangyu He

Vol. XXX, Spring 2018

The Duke Journal of Economics is published each year to showcase outstanding research in economics by Duke Graduate and Undergraduate students.

We congratulate the authors of the research presented in this issue.

Charles Becker & Ed Tower, Faculty Advisors to the Journal
Dongkeun Lee, Associate Editor



Undergraduate Articles

Regulatory Uncertainty: The Impact of the 2015 Open Internet Order on Broadband Infrastructure Investment by Dane Bourcy Burkholder and Chin Jie Lim

How Consumers Respond to Food Safety Crisis A Study of Peanut Butter and Egg Recalls on Consumer Behavior by Yanwen Chen

What Fosters Innovation? A Cross-Sectional Panel Approach to Assessing the Impact of Cross Border Investment and Globalization on Patenting Across Global Economies by Michael Dessau and Nicholas Vega

The Impact of Environmental Disamenities on Property Values:Evaluating the Municipal Fringe by Ryan B. Hoecker

The Effect of Competition on Strategic Discharge at Long-Term Acute-Care Hospitals by Michael Karamardian

Benefit Spillovers and Higher Education Financing: An Empirical Analysis of Brain Drain and State-Level Investment in Public Universities by Chinmay Pandit

Effect of Sentiment on Bitcoin Price Formation by Brian Perry-Carrera