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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: "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)


Proposal: "The Impact of Strategic Consumer Behavior on a Financially Distressed Retailer"
By: Xiao Wu
Date/Time: Monday, December 30, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. in Harper Center 3A
Committee: John Birge (chair), Donald Eisenstein (in absentia), Rodney Parker, Christopher Ryan, and Song Yang (London Business School; in absentia)

Proposal: "Managing and Planning Hospital Bed Capacity"
By: Thomas Best
Date/Time: Friday, December 20, 2013, at 10 a.m. in Harper Center 3A
Committee: Donald Eisenstein (co-chair), Burhaneddin Sandikçi (co-chair), Baris Ata, Varun Gupta, and David Meltzer (The Harris School, University of Chicago)

Proposal: "Partisan Person Perception: On the Psychology of Straw Men"
By: Mike Yeomans
Date/Time: Thursday, December 19, 2013, at 2 p.m. in Harper Center 3A
Committee: Nicholas Epley (chair), Oleg Urminsky, George Wu, and Boaz Keysar (Department of Psychology, University of Chicago)

Proposal: "Labor Market Peer Firms"
By: Nan Li
Date/Time: Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at 3:30 p.m. in Harper Center 100-9A
Committee: Douglas Skinner (chair), Ray Ball, Gary Becker, and Pingyang Gao

Proposal: "Cutting the Line: Variety Seeking Effects on Product Line Extensions"
By: Dan Nguyen
Date/Time: Monday, December 9, 2013, at 3:30 p.m. in Harper Center 100-9H
Committee: Jean-Pierre Dubé (chair), Pradeep Chintagunta, Günter Hitsch, and Anita Rao

Proposal: "Understanding the Effects of Political Advertising: A Control Function Approach"
By: David Toniatti
Date/Time: Monday, December 9, 2013, 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)

Proposal: "Consumer Learning and the Pricing of New Products"
By: Dan Zou
Date/Time: Monday, December 9, 2013, at 1 p.m. in Harper Center 100-9H
Committee: Günter Hitsch (chair), Pradeep Chintagunta, Jean-Pierre Dubé, and Chris Nosko

Proposal: "Inference in Nonparametric Models with a High-Dimensional Component"
By: Damian Kozbur
Date/Time: Thursday, December 5, 2013, at 1:20 p.m. in Harper Center 3B
Committee: Christian Hansen (chair), Matt Taddy, Azeem Shaikh (Department of Economics, University of Chicago), and Tim Conley (Department of Economics, University of Western Ontario)

Proposal: "Investors’ Access to Corporate Management: A Field Experiment about 1-on-1 calls"
By: Anne Heinrichs
Date/Time: Monday, November 25, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. in Harper Center 3A
Committee: Ray Ball (co-chair), Christian Leuz (co-chair), Philip Berger, Michael Minnis, and George Wu

Proposal: "Moralizing Goals: Consequences for Goal Pursuit and Judgment"
By: Christine Hosey
Date/Time: Thursday, November 21, 2013, at 10 a.m. in Harper Center 100-9A
Committee: Jane Risen (chair), Daniel Bartels, Eugene Caruso, and Ayelet Fishbach

Proposal: "Membership Has Its Burdens: The Role of Self-Efficacy Perceptions in Upholding Social Identity"
By: Soraya Lambotte
Date/Time: Monday, November 18, 2013, at 3 p.m. in Harper Center 100-9A
Committee: Ann McGill (chair), Daniels Bartels, Ayelet Fishbach, and Oleg Urminsky

Defense: “Supply and Demand Shocks in the Oil Market”
By: Avihay Rapaport
Date/Time: Thursday, November 14, 2013, at 10 a.m. in Harper Center 3A
Committee: George Constantinides (chair), Eugene Fama, Stefano Giglio, Lars Hansen (University of Chicago, Department of Economics), and Ralph Koijen (London School of Business; in absentia)  

Proposal: "Transparency Regulation, Bargaining, and the Price of Healthcare "
By: Eric Floyd
Date/Time: Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. in Harper Center 3A
Committee: Philip Berger (chair), Hans Christensen, Canice Prendergast, Haresh Sapra, and Douglas Skinner

Defense: "Political Influence and Financial Statements: Evidence from the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004"
By: Catherine Farmer Lee 
Date/Time: Monday, November 11, 2013, at 11 a.m. in Harper Center 3A
Committee: Merle Erickson (chair), Philip Berger, Abbie Smith, and Betsy Sinclair (Department of Political Science, University of Chicago)

Proposal: "What is the Effect of Bundling on the Information in Price?"
By: Zachary Kaplan
Date/Time: Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. in Harper Center 100-9A
Committee: Philip Berger (chair), Christian Leuz, Haresh Sapra, and Sarah Zechman

Proposal: "Busy Directors and Firm Performance: Evidence from Mergers"
By: Roie Hauser
Date/Time: Thursday, October 31, 2013, at noon in Harper Center 3A
Committee: Steve Kaplan (co-chair), Luigi Zingales (co-chair), Amit Seru, and Kelly Shue

Proposal: "Intermediation and Voluntary Exposure to Counterparty Risk"
By: Maryam Farboodi
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at 1:20 p.m. in Harper Center C03
Committee: Douglas Diamond (co-chair), Raghuram Rajan (co-chair; in absentia), Zhiguo He, and Lars Hansen (Department of Economics, University of Chicago)

Proposal: "What is Cyclical in Credit Cycles?"
By: Rui Cui
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 9, 2013, at 11:45 a.m. in Harper Center C02
Committee: Douglas Diamond (co-chair), Lars Hansen (co-chair; Department of Economics, University of Chicago), Zhiguo He, Steven Kaplan (in absentia), and Randall Kroszner

Proposal: "The More the Merrier? The Effect of Board Size on Performance.”
By: Filipe Lacerda
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 11:45 a.m. in Harper Center C02
Committee: Steve Kaplan (co-chair), Amit Seru (co-chair), Toby Moskowitz, Amir Sufi, and Luigi Zingales (in absentia)

Defense: “Public Information and Price Discovery”
By: Shrihari Santosh
Date/Time: Thursday, August 29, 2013, at 2 p.m. in Harper Center 3B
Committee: Tobias Moskowitz (chair), John Cochrane, Juhani Linnainmaa (in absentia), and Bryan Kelly  

Defense: "Propagation of Investment Signals via Weak Social Ties"
By: Andrius Staisiunas
Date/Time: Thursday, August 15, 2013, at 3 p.m. in Harper Center 3A
Committee: Tobias Moskowitz (chair), Tarek Hassan, Juhani Linnainmaa, and Lubos Pastor (in absentia)   

Proposal: "Particle Learning for Stochastic Volatility with Variance-Gamma Jumps in Returns"
By: Samir Warty
Date/Time: Monday, July 29, 2013, at 10 a.m. in Harper Center 3A
Committee: Hedibert Lopes (chair), Drew Creal (in absentia), Nicholas Polson, and Ruey Tsay

Defense: “Determining Optimal Treatments for Patients: Clinical Trials and Beyond”
By: Vishal Ahuja
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at 11 a.m. in Harper Center 3A
Committee: John Birge (chair), Donald Eisenstein, Christopher Ryan, Chad Syverson, and Elbert Huang (Department of Medicine, University of Chicago)   

Defense: "Corporate Bond Premia"
By: Yoshio Nozawa
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at 11 a.m. in Harper Center 3A
Committee: John Cochrane (chair), Pietro Veronesi, Lars Hansen (Department of Economics, University of Chicago), and Ralph Koijen (London Business School)

Proposal/Defense: "Assessing the Impact of Rebranding in the Hospitality Industry"
By: Yi-Lin Tsai
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. in Harper Center 3A
Committee: Pradeep Chintagunta (chair), Günter Hitsch, Ting Zhu (University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business), and Chekitan Dev (Cornell School of Hotel Administration)

Proposal: "Dear Decision Maker: A Three-Part Proposal on Strategies for Maximizing Welfare"
By: Raegan Tennant
Date/Time: Thursday, June 27, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. in Harper Center 3A
Committee: Reid Hastie (co-chair), Richard Thaler (co-chair), Christopher Hsee (in absentia), Joshua Klayman, and Oleg Urminsky

Defense: "The Dirichlet Portfolio Model: Uncovering the Hidden Composition of Hedge Fund Portfolios"
By: Laszlo Korsos
Date/Time: Monday, June 24, 2013, at 11 a.m. in Harper Center 3A
Committee: Jeffrey Russell (chair), Bryan Kelly, Ralph Koijen (in absentia), Nicholas Polson, and Matt Taddy

Defense: "The Diffusion of Identity, Status, and Stigma across Organizations and Markets"
By: Eunjung Hyun
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at 11 a.m. in Harper Center 3A
Committee: Damon Phillips (chair; Columbia Business School, Columbia University), Ron Burt, Amanda Sharkey, and Steven Kahl (Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College; in absentia)

Defense: "Disclosure Regulation in the Commercial Banking Industry: Lessons from the National Banking Era"
By: Joao Granja
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at 3 p.m. in Harper Center 3B
Committee: Christian Leuz (chair), Randall Kroszner (in absentia), Raghuram Rajan (in absentia), Haresh Sapra, and Douglas Skinner

Proposal: "Uncertainty Brings Excitement and Boosts Motivation"
By: Luxi Shen
Date/Time: Thursday, May 9, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. in Harper Center C50A
Committee: Ayelet Fishbach (chair), Chistopher Hsee, Devin Pope, and Oleg Urminsky

Defense: "Cash-Flow Maturity and Risk Premia in CDS Markets"
By: Diogo Palhares
Date/Time: Monday, May 6, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. in Harper Center C02
Committee: John Cochrane (chair), Ralph Koijen (in absentia), Lubos Pastor, and Lars Hansen (Department of Economics, University of Chicago)

Defense: "Determinants of Municipal Disclosure and the Consequences of Dissemination"
By: Christine Cuny
Date/Time: Thursday, May 2, 2013, at 3 p.m. in Harper Center 100-9A
Committee: Ray Ball (chair), Christian Leuz (in absentia), Jonathan Rogers, and Douglas Skinner

Defense: "Essays on Structurally Heterogeneous Redundancy"
By: Yuan Hou
Date/Time: Thursday, May 2, 2013, at 9 a.m. in Harper Center 100-9H
Committee: Reid Hastie (co-chair), Damon Phillips (co-chair; Columbia Business School, Columbia University), George Wu, and Edward Smith (Ross School of Business, University of Michigan)

Proposal: "Supply and Demand Shocks in the Oil Market and Their Predictive Power"
By: Avihai Rapaport
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at 11:45 a.m. in Harper Center C07
Committee: George Constantinides (co-chair), Lars Hansen (co-chair; Department of Economics, University of Chicago), Stefano Giglio, and Ralph Kiojen (in absentia)

Defense: "Capacity Constraints and Internal Capital Markets: Property-Casualty Insurers' Response to Hurricanes"
By: Teresa Lwin
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at 10 a.m. in Harper Center C50A
Committee: Tobias Moskowitz (chair), Douglas Diamond, Anil Kashyap, and Amir Sufi

Defense: "It Wasn't Me: The Effect of Perceived Self-Diagnosticity on Adherence to Goals and Standards"
By: Maferima Touré-Tillery
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. in Harper Center 3A
Committee: Ayelet Fishbach (chair), Wilhelm Hofmann, Ann McGill, and Oleg Urminsky

Defense: "Endogenous Risk-Taking and Risk Premia Dynamics"
By: Serhiy Kozak
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at 11 a.m. in Harper Center 3A
Committee: Pietro Veronesi (co-chair), Lars Hansen (co-chair; Department of Economics, University of Chicago), John Cochrane, and Stefano Giglio

Defense: "Intermediation Chains and Specialization by Speed: Evidence from Commodity Futures Markets"
By: Brian Weller
Date/Time: Monday, April 29, 2013, at 10 a.m. in Harper Center 3A
Committee: John Cochrane (co-chair), Tobias Moskowitz (co-chair), Bryan Kelly, Lubos Pastor, and Lars Hansen (Department of Economics, University of Chicago)

Defense: "Information Disclosures and Predictable Returns: The Resolution of Customer Momentum"
By: Joshua Madsen
Date/Time: Friday, April 26, 2013, at 3 p.m. in Harper Center C08
Committee: Douglas Skinner (chair), Ray Ball, Philip Berger, and Tobias Moskowitz (in absentia)

Defense: " 'It All Happened So Slow!': The Impact of Action Speed on Assessments of Intentionality"
By: Zachary Burns
Date/Time: Thursday, April 25, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. in Harper Center 3SW
Committee: Eugene Caruso (chair), Nick Epley, Reid Hastie, and Jonathan Masur (University of Chicago Law School)

Proposal: "Perceptions and Metaperceptions of Prosociality"
By: Nadav Klein
Date/Time: Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. in Harper Center 100-9H
Committee: Nicholas Epley (chair), Ayelet Fishbach, Reid Hastie, and Ann McGill

Proposal: "Bayesian Compositional State Space Models: Can Hedge Funds Predict the Future?"
By: Laszlo Korsos
Date/Time: Monday, April 8, 2013, at 1 p.m. in Harper Center 100-9H
Committee: Jeffrey Russell (chair), Ralph Koijen, Nicholas Polson, and Matt Taddy

Defense: "Critical Vendors and Bankruptcy"
By: Ramanadh Chivukula
Date/Time: Friday, February 1, 2013, at 4 p.m. in Harper Center 3A
Committee: Raghuram Rajan (co-chair), Amir Sufi (co-chair), Amit Seru, and Douglas Baird (University of Chicago Law School)

Proposal: "Political Influence and Financial Statements: Evidence from the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004"
By: Catherine Farmer
Date/Time: Thursday, January 31, 2013, at 9 a.m. in Harper Center,100-9H
Committee: Merle Erickson (chair), Philip Berger, Abbie Smith, and Betsy Sinclair (Department of Political Science, University of Chicago)

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