PhD Program

Proposal and Defense Archive

Proposal and Defense Archive

The following is a list of past dissertation proposal and defense presentations. Dissertation presentations are open to faculty and students.

2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004

2013

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 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)

2012

Proposal: "Public Information and Price Discovery"
By: Shri Santosh
Date/Time: Monday, December 17, 2012, at 2 p.m. in Harper Center, 3B
Committee: Tobias Moskowitz (chair), John Cochrane, Bryan Kelly, and Juhani Linnainmaa

Proposal: "The Effect of Mergers and Acquisitions on Pharmaceutical Drug Shortages"
By: Alice Chen
Date/Time: Monday, December 17, 2012, at noon in Harper Center, 223
Committee: Marianne Bertrand (chair), Emily Oster, Steven Levitt (Department of Economics, University of Chicago; in absentia), and David Meltzer (Department of Medicine, University of Chicago)

Proposal: "Propagation of Investment Signals via Weak Social Ties"
By: Andrius Staisiunas
Date/Time: Monday, December 17, 2012, at 10 a.m. in Harper Center, 3B
Committee: Tobias Moskowitz (chair), Tarek Hassan, Juhani Linnainmaa, and Lubos Pastor

Proposal: "Determining Optimal Treatments for Patients: Clinical Trials and Beyond"
By: Vishal Ahuja
Date/Time: Thursday, November 29, 2012, at 10 a.m. in Harper Center, 3A
Committee: John Birge (chair), Donald Eisenstein, Chris Ryan, Chad Syverson, and Dr. Elbert Huang (Department of Medicine, University of Chicago)

Proposal: "Information Disclosures and Predictable Returns: The Resolution of Customer Momentum"
By: Josh Madsen
Date/Time: Wednesday, November 14, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. in Harper Center, 3A
Committee: Douglas Skinner (chair), Ray Ball, Philip Berger, and Tobias Moskowitz

Proposal: "Maturity of Cash Flows and Expected Returns in Credit Markets"
By: Diogo Palhares
Date/Time: Tuesday, November 6, 2012, at 1:20 p.m. in Harper Center, C03
Committee: John Cochrane (chair), Ralph Koijen (in absentia), Lubos Pastor, and Lars Hansen (Department of Economics, University of Chicago)

Defense: "Concentrated Ownership and Equilibrium Asset Prices"
By: Valentin Haddad
Date/Time: Monday, November 5, 2012, at 2 p.m. in Harper Center, 3A
Committee: Pietro Veronesi (co-chair), Lars Hansen (co-chair; Department of Economics, University of Chicago), Zhiguo He, and Stavros Panageas (in absentia)

Defense: "Heterogeneous Firms, International Trade and Merger and Acquisition Incentives"
By: Daniel Gomez
Date/Time: Friday, November 2, 2012, at 1:40 p.m. in Harper Center, 100-9H
Committee: Dennis Carlton (chair), Brent Neiman, Ralph Ossa, and Chad Syverson

Defense: "Innovation, Investment, and Pricing in Digital Supply Chains"
By: Ayhan Aydin
Date/Time: Monday, October 29, 2012, at 10 a.m. in Harper Center, C08
Committee: Dan Adelman (co-chair), Rodney Parker (co-chair), John Birge, and Chad Syverson

Proposal: "Joint Dynamics of Bond and Stock Returns"
By: Serhiy Kozak
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 16, 2012, at 1:20 p.m. in Harper Center, C03
Committee: Pietro Veronesi (co-chair), Lars Hansen (co-chair; Department of Economics, University of Chicago), John Cochrane, and Stefano Giglio

Proposal: "High Frequency Intermediation"
By: Brian Weller
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at 11:45 a.m. in Harper Center, C07
Committee: John Cochrane (co-chair), Toby Moskowitz (co-chair), Bryan Kelly, and Lubos Pastor (in absentia)

Proposal: "Capacity Constraints and Demand for Financial Quality: Property-Casualty Insurers' Responses to Hurricanes"
By: Teresa Lwin
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 9, 2012, at 1:20 p.m. in Harper Center, C03
Committee: Toby Moskowitz (Chair), Doug Diamond, Anil Kashyap, and Amir Sufi

Proposal: "Corporate Bond Premia"
By: Yoshio Nozawa
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at 1:20 p.m. in Harper Center, C03
Committee: John Cochrane (chair), Ralph Koijen, Pietro Veronesi, and Lars Hansen (Department of Economics, University of Chicago)

Proposal: "Disclosure and Monitoring Regulation in the Commercial Banking Industry: Lessons from the National Banking Era"
By: Joao Granja
Date/Time: Thursday, September 27, 2012, at 1:20 p.m. in Harper Center, C06
Committee: Christian Leuz (chair), Randall Kroszner, Raghuram Rajan, Haresh Sapra, and Douglas Skinner

Proposal: "Determinants of Municipal Disclosure and the Consequences of Dissemination"
By: Christine Cuny
Date/Time: Monday, September 24, 2012, at 10 a.m. in Harper Center, 3A
Committee: Ray Ball (chair), Christian Leuz, Jonathan Rogers (in absentia), and Douglas Skinner

Proposal: "Critical Vendors and Bankruptcy"
By: Ramanadh Chivukula
Date/Time: Monday, September 17, 2012, at 10 a.m. in Harper Center, 3A
Committee: Raghuram Rajan (co-chair), Amir Sufi (co-chair), Amit Seru, and Douglas Baird (The Law School, University of Chicago)

Defense: "Essays on Venture Capital"
By: Tim Dore
Date/Time: Thursday, July 19, 2012, at 1 p.m. in Harper Center, 3B
Committee: Steve Kaplan (chair), Toby Moskowitz, Amir Sufi, and Paul Gompers (Harvard Business School, Harvard University; in absentia)

Defense: "Do Price and Volatility Jumps Explain the Cross-Section of Option Prices?"
By: Lei Lian
Date/Time: Friday, July 13, 2012, at 10 a.m. in Harper Center, 3B
Committee: George Constantinides (co-chair), Jeffrey Russell (co-chair), Alan Bester, and Ralph Koijen (in absentia)

Defense: "Evaluating Predictors within a Present-Value Framework"
By: Jhe Yun
Date/Time: Monday, July 2, 2012, at 11 a.m. in Harper Center, 3A
Committee: Ralph Koijen (chair), John Cochrane, Lubos Pastor, and Pietro Veronesi

Defense: "Essays in Asset Pricing and Information Quality"
By: Seung Min (James) Yae
Date/Time: Monday, June 11, 2012, at 10 a.m. in Harper Center, 3B
Committee: Nicholas Polson (chair), Milton Harris, Juhani Linnainmaa, and Lars Hansen (Department of Economics, University of Chicago)

Defense: "Moral Hazard and Internal Discipline: Theory and Evidence"
By: Meng Li
Date/Time: Friday, June 1, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. in Harper Center, 100-9A
Committee: Haresh Sapra (co-chair), Douglas Skinner (co-chair), Phil Berger, Pingyang Gao (in absentia), Milton Harris, and Abbie Smith

Defense: "Essays on Time-Variation in Financial Activity"
By: Matthew Plosser
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at 3 p.m. in Harper Center, 3A
Committee: Anil Kashyap (chair), Doug Diamond, Steve Kaplan (in-absentia) and Amit Seru

Defense: "Consumption-based Asset Pricing with Loss Aversion"
By: Marianne Andries
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at 11:30 a.m. in Harper Center, 3A
Committee: Pietro Veronesi (co-chair), Lars Hansen (co-chair; Department of Economics, University of Chicago), John Heaton (in-absentia), Emir Kamenica and Ralph Koijen

Defense: "Survival and Long-Run Dynamics with Heterogeneous Beliefs under Recursive Preferences"
By: Jaroslav Borovicka
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at 3:30 p.m. in Rosenwald Hall, Room 432
Committee: Lars Hansen (chair; Department of Economics, University of Chicago), John Heaton, Stavros Panageas and Fernando Alvarez (Department of Economics, University of Chicago)

Defense: "Risk Preferences and Demand Drivers of Extended Warranties"
By: Pranav Jindal
Date/Time: Monday, April 16, 2012, at 3 p.m. in Harper Center, 3SW
Committee: Jean-Pierre Dubé (chair), Pradeep Chintagunta, Günter Hitsch and George Wu

Defense: "Consumer Response to Repeated Advertising: Evidence from an Online Field Experiment"
By: Navdeep Sahni
Date/Time: Monday, April 16, 2012, at 1 p.m. in Harper Center, 3SW
Committee: Pradeep Chintagunta (co-chair), Günter Hitsch (co-chair), Jean-Pierre Dubé and Ali Hortacsu (Department of Economics, University of Chicago)

Defense: "Breadth Perspective Hypothesis: The Effect of Self-Affirmation on Consumer Interactions"
By: Sara Kim
Date/Time: Monday, April 16, 2012, at 1 p.m. in Harper Center, 3A
Committee: Ann McGill (chair), Eugene Caruso (in-absentia), Reid Hastie and Oleg Urminsky

Defense: "Essays on Applications of Particle Learning in Financial Econometrics"
By: Maria Rios
Date/Time: Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at 3 p.m. in Harper Center, C25
Committee: Hedibert Lopes (chair), Alan Bester, Drew Creal, Ralph Koijen and Matt Taddy

Proposal: "It Wasn't Me: The Effect of Perceived Self-Diagnosticity on Adherence to Goals and Standards"
By: Maferima Touré-Tillery
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at 12:30 p.m. in Harper Center, C25
Committee: Ayelet Fishbach (chair), Wilhelm Hofmann, Ann McGill, and Oleg Urminsky

Defense: "Essays in Econometrics"
By: Daniel Wilhelm
Date/Time: Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at 10 a.m. in Harper Center, 3B
Committee: Chris Hansen (co-chair), Susanne Schennach (co-chair; Department of Economics, Brown University; in absentia), Alan Bester, and Azeem Shaikh (Department of Economics, University of Chicago)

Defense: "Dynamic Electricity Pricing for Smart Homes"
By: Canan Uckun
Date/Time: Monday, February 13, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. in Harper Center, C25
Committee: John Birge (chair), Rod Parker, Che-Lin Su and Ali Hortacsu (Department of Economics, University of Chicago; in absentia)

2011

Proposal: "Variable Information Quality, Ambiguity, and Stock Returns"
By: Seung Min (James) Yae
Date/Time: Friday, December 16, 2011, at 10 a.m. in room HC 3A
Committee: Nicholas Polson (chair), Milton Harris (in absentia), Juhani Linnainmaa and Lars Hansen (Department of Economics, University of Chicago)

Proposal: "Heterogeneous Firms, International Trade and Merger and Acquisition Incentives"
By: Daniel Gomez
Date/Time: Thursday, December 8, 2011, at 10 a.m. in room HC C02
Committee: Dennis Carlton (chair), Brent Neiman, Ralph Ossa and Chad Syverson

Proposal: "Redundancy and Robust Organizations"
By: Yuan Hou
Date/Time: Wednesday, December 7, 2011, at 10 a.m. in room HC C50B
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; in absentia)

Proposal: "Moral Hazard and Internal Discipline: Theory and Evidence"
By: Meng Li
Date/Time: Tuesday, December 6, 2011, at 9 a.m. in room HC C03
Committee: Haresh Sapra (co-chair), Doug Skinner (co-chair), Phil Berger, Pingyang Gao, Milton Harris and Abbie Smith

Proposal: "Essays on Applications of Particle Learning in Financial Econometrics"
By: Maria Rios
Date/Time: Wednesday, November 16, 2011, at 4:30 p.m. in room HC 100-9A
Committee: Hedibert Lopes (chair), Alan Bester (in absentia), Drew Creal, Ralph Koijen and Matt Taddy

Proposal: "Intentionality in Slow Motion"
By: Zach Burns
Date/Time: Wednesday, November 9, 2011, at 3 p.m. in room HC 3A
Committee: Eugene Caruso (chair), Nick Epley, Reid Hastie and Jonathan Masur (The Law School, University of Chicago)

Proposal: "Do Price and Volatility Jumps Explain the Cross-Section of Stock Option Returns?"
By: Lei Lian
Date/Time: Thursday, October 27, 2011, at 1:20 p.m. in room HC 3B
Committee: George Constantinides (co-chair), Jeffrey Russell (co-chair), Alan Bester (in absentia) and Ralph Koijen

Proposal: "Bank Heterogeneity and Capital Misallocation: Evidence from Shale Fracking Shocks"
By: Matthew Plosser
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 18, 2011, at 1:20 p.m. in room HC C03
Committee: Anil Kashyap (chair), Doug Diamond, Steve Kaplan and Amit Seru

Proposal: "Creative Destruction and the Valuation of Incumbents"
By: Tim Dore
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 12, 2011, at 11:45 a.m. in room HC C07
Committee: Steve Kaplan (chair), Toby Moskowitz, Amir Sufi and Paul Gompers (Harvard Business School, Harvard University; in absentia)

Proposal: "Consumption-Based Asset Pricing with Loss Aversion"
By: Marianne Andries
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 11, 2011, at 1:20 p.m. in room HC C03
Committee: Pietro Veronesi (co-chair), Lars Hansen (co-chair; Department of Economics, University of Chicago), Emir Kamenica (in absentia) and Ralph Koijen

Proposal: "Three Essays on Social Structure of Corporate Law Markets"
By: Eunjung (E.J.) Hyun
Date/Time: Thursday, October 6, 2011, at noon in room HC 100-9A
Committee: Damon Phillips (chair), Ron Burt, Steve Kahl and Amanda Sharkey

Proposal: "Skin in the Game and Equilibrium Asset Prices"
By: Valentin Haddad
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 4, 2011, at 1:20 p.m. in room HC C03
Committee: Pietro Veronesi (co-chair), Lars Hansen (co-chair; Department of Economics, University of Chicago), Zhiguo He and Stavros Panageas

Proposal: "A Present-Value Approach to Variable Selection"
By: Jhe Yun
Date/Time: Wednesday, September 28, 2011, at 11:45 a.m. in room HC C07
Committee: Ralph Koijen (chair), John Cochrane, Lubos Pastor and Pietro Veronesi

Defense: "Career Concerns versus Entrenchment in Money Management: Quantifying Limits to Arbitrage Using Lockup Maturities"
By: Alan Moreira
Date/Time: Friday, August 26, 2011, at 11 a.m. in room HC 3A
Committee: Doug Diamond (chair), John Heaton, Zhiguo He, and Lars Hansen (Department of Economics, University of Chicago)

Proposal: "Breadth Perspective Theory: The Asymmetric Effect of Self-Affirmation on Estimates of One's Own vs. Others' Emotions"
By: Sara Kim
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 24, 2011, at 1 p.m. in room HC 3A
Committee: Ann McGill (chair), Eugene Caruso, Reid Hastie, and Oleg Urminsky

Defense: "Life-Cycle Portfolio Allocation for Disappointment Averse Agents"
By: Revansiddha Khanapure
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 26, 2011, at 4 p.m. in room HC 3B
Committee: Pietro Veronesi (chair), Ralph Koijen, Juhani Linnainmaa, and Lars Hansen (Department of Economics, University of Chicago)

Defense: "Bayesian Switching Model for Causal Inference with Constraints and Nonlinear Functions"
By: Ni Xiao
Date/Time: Monday, June 6, 2011, at 2 p.m. in room HC 100-9A
Committee: Robert McCulloch (chair; McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin), Christian Hansen, Hedibert Lopes, Ruey Tsay, and Paul Damien (in absentia; McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin)

Defense: "Does Rating Shopping Distort Observed Bond Ratings?"
By: Mathias Kronlund
Date/Time: Monday, June 6, 2011, at 2 p.m. in room HC C24
Committee: Steve Kaplan (chair), Toby Moskowitz, Raghuram Rajan, and Amir Sufi

Defense: "Investor Sophistication, Disclosure and the Information Environment of the Firm"
By: Alon Kalay
Date/Time: Monday, June 6, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. in room HC 3A
Committee: Christian Leuz (chair), Philip Berger, Jonathan Rogers, Doug Skinner, and Luigi Zingales

Defense: "An Empirical Examination of Disclosure Horizon: Evidence from the Term Structure of Implied Equity Volatilities"
By: Jonathan Milian
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at 4 p.m. in room 3B
Committee: Doug Skinner (chair), Ryan Ball, Philip Berger, and Haresh Sapra

Proposal: "Extended Warranties - Demand Drivers and Price Discrimination"
By: Pranav Jindal
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at 2:30 p.m. in room HC 3A
Committee: Jean-Pierre Dube (chair), Pradeep Chintagunta, Gunter Hitsch, and George Wu

Proposal: "Consumer Response to Repeated Advertising: Evidence from an Online Field Experiment"
By: Navdeep Sahni
Date/Time: Friday, May 27, 2011, at noon in room HC 3B
Committee: Pradeep Chintagunta (co-chair), Gunter Hitsch (co-chair), Jean-Pierre Dube, and Ali Hortacsu (Department of Economics, University of Chicago)

Defense: "Essays on Mortgage Default"
By: Jennifer Bontas
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at 9 a.m. in HC 100-9A
Committee: Erik Hurst (chair), Amit Seru, Amir Sufi, and Steven Levitt (Department of Economics, University of Chicago)

Defense: "Predictable Trade Flows and Returns of Trade-Linked Countries"
By: Savina Rizova
Date/Time: Friday, May 6, 2011, at 10 a.m. in HC C07
Committee: Toby Moskowitz (co-chair), Lubos Pastor (co-chair), Eugene Fama, and Tarek Hassan

Defense: "International Liquidity Sharing: Evidence from Financial Crises"
By: Yian Liu
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. in HC 3SW
Committee: Anil Kashyap (chair), Zhiguo He, Raghuram Rajan, and Sam Kortum (Department of Economics, University of Chicago)

Defense: "Accounting Fraud: Booms, Busts, and Incentives to Perform"
By: Robert Davidson
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at 2 p.m. in HC 3A
Committee: Abbie Smith (co-chair), Ray Ball, Ryan Ball, and Christian Leuz

Defense: "Ambiguity Shifts and the 2007-2008 Financial Crisis"
By: Nina Boyarchenko
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. in HC C03
Committee: Pietro Veronesi (co-chair), Lars Hansen (co-chair), John Heaton, and Stavros Panageas

Defense: "Mitigating Incentive Conflicts in Inter-Firm Relationships: Evidence from Long-Term Supply Contracts"
By: Anna Costello
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. in HC 223
Committee: Doug Skinner (chair), Ray Ball, Abbie Smith, Regina Wittenberg-Moerman, and Ali Hortacsu (Department of Ecoomics, University of Chicago)

Defense: "A Network-Based Analysis of Over-the-Counter-Markets"
By: Michael Gofman
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. in HC C25
Committee: Doug Diamond (co-chair), Roger Myerson (co-chair; Department of Economics, University of Chicago), Richard Holden, Raghuram Rajan, and Luigi Zingales

Defense: "The Expert's Curse: Shifting to Negative Feedback"
By: Stacey Finkelstein
Date/Time: Monday, May 2, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. in HC 3A
Committee: Ayelet Fishbach (chair), Reid Hastie (in absentia), Wilhelm Hofmann, and Ann McGill

Defense: "Essays in Organizational Economics"
By: Karen Bernhardt-Walther
Date/Time: Friday, April 29, 2011, at 10 a.m. in HC 4SE
Committee: Luis Garicano (in absentia), Emir Kamenica, Canice Prendergast, and Lars Stole (in absentia)

Defense: "Spreading Information and Media Coverage: Theory and Evidence from New Drug Approvals"
By: Asaf Manela
Date/Time: Thursday, April 21, 2011, at 1 p.m. in HC C24
Committee: Pietro Veronesi (chair), Doug Diamond (in absentia), John Heaton, and Lubos Pastor

Defense: "Status, Quality and the Luck in Between-The Case of Securities Analysts"
By: Ayelet Ben-David
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 15, 2011, at noon in HC 100-9A
Committee: Damon Phillips (chair), Steven Kahl, Regina Wittenberg-Moerman, and Isil Eril (The Ohio State University)

Proposal: "An Empirical Examination of Disclosure Horizon: Evidence from the Term Structure of Implied Equity Volatilities"
By: Jonathan Milian
Date/Time: Thursday, January 6, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. in HC 3B
Committee: Doug Skinner (chair), Ryan Ball, Phil Berger, and Haresh Sapra

2010

Proposal: "Dynamic Electricity Pricing for Smart Homes"
By: Canan Uckun
Date/Time: Wednesday, December 29, 2010, at 2 p.m in HC 3B
Committee: John Birge (chair), Rodney Parker, Che-Lin Su, and Ali Hortacsu (Department of Economics, University of Chicago)

Defense: "Contract Portfolio Optimization for a Gasoline Supply Chain"
By: Shanshan Wang
Date/Time: Wednesday, December 29, 2010, at 11:30 a.m. in HC 3B
Committee: Dan Adelman (chair), John Birge, Laurens Debo, Robert Gertner, and Rodney Parker

Proposal: "Innovation, Investment and Pricing in Digital Supply Chains"
By: Ayhan Aydin
Date/Time: Wednesday, December 22, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. in HC 3B
Committee: Dan Adelman (co-chair), Rod Parker (co-chair), John Birge, and Chad Syverson

Proposal: "Life-Cycle Portfolio Allocation for Disappointment Averse Agents"
By: Revansiddha Khanapure
Date/Time: Wednesday, December 15, 2010, at 4 p.m. in HC 3A
Committee: Pietro Veronesi (chair), John Heaton, Ralph Koijen, Juhani Linnainmaa, and Lars Hansen (Department of Economics, University of Chicago)

Proposal: "Identification and Estimation of Nonparametric Panel Data Regressions with Measurement Error"
By: Daniel Wilhelm
Date/Time: Thursday, December 9, 2010, at 3:30 p.m. in HC 3B
Committee: Christian Hansen (co-chair), Susanne Schennach (co-chair; Department of Economics, University of Chicago), Alan Bester, and Azeem Shaikh (Department of Economics, University of Chicago)

Propsoal: "Investor Sophistication, Disclosure and the Information Environment of the Firm"
By: Alon Kalay
Date/Time: Wednesday, December 8, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. in HC C25
Committee: Christian Leuz (chair), Phil Berger, Jonathan Rogers, Doug Skinner, and Luigi Zingales

Proposal: "Combined LTV at Origination and Household Default Probability"
By: Jennifer Bontas
Date/Time: Monday, November 29, 2010, at 9:30 a.m. in HC 3B
Committee: Erik Hurst (chair), Amit Seru, Amir Sufi, and Steven Levitt (Department of Economics, University of Chicago)

Proposal: "Best face forward: Does rating shopping distort observed bond ratings?"
By: Mathias Kronlund
Date/Time: Thursday, November 18, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. in HC C24
Committee: Steve Kaplan (chair), Toby Moskowitz, Raghuram Rajan, and Amir Sufi

Proposal: "Bayesian Switching Model for Causal Inference with Constraints and Nonlinear Functions"
By: Ni Xiao
Date/Time: Tuesday, November 16, 2010, at 1 p.m. in HC 3A
Committee: Robert McCulloch (chair; McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin), Christian Hansen, Hedibert Lopes, Ruey Tsay, and Paul Damien (McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin)

Proposal: "Career Concerns versus Entrenchment in the Money Management Industry: Quantifying Limits to Arbitrage Using Lockup Maturities"
By: Alan Moreira
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 27, 2010, at noon in HC C07
Committee: Doug Diamond (chair), Zhiguo He, John Heaton, and Lars Hansen (in absentia; Department of Economics, University of Chicago)

Proposal: "Capital Market Pressures and Accounting Fraud"
By: Robert Davidson
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 26, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. in HC 3A
Committee: Abbie Smith (chair), Ray Ball, Ryan Ball, and Christian Leuz

Proposal: "International Real Liquidity Sharing: Evidence from Financial Crises"
By: Yian Liu
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 26, 2010, at 1:20 p.m. in HC C03
Committee: Anil Kashyap (chair), Zhiguo He, Raghuram Rajan (in absentia), and Sam Kortum (Department of Economics, University of Chicago)

Proposal: "Mitigating Incentive Conflicts in Inter-Firm Relationships: Evidence from Long-Term Supply Contracts"
By: Anna Costello
Date/Time: Monday, October 25, 2010, at 10 a.m. in HC 3B
Committee: Doug Skinner (chair), Ray Ball, Ali Hortacsu (Department of Economics, University of Chicago), Abbie Smith, and Regina Wittenberg-Moerman

Proposal: "Predictable Returns of Trade-Linked Countries: Evidence and Explanations"
By: Savina Rizova
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 5, 2010, at 1:20 p.m. in HC C03
Committee: Toby Moskowitz (co-chair), Lubos Pastor (co-chair), Eugene Fama, and Tarek Hassan

Proposal: "Spreading Information and Media Coverage: Theory and Evidence from New Drug Approvals"
By: Asaf Manela
Date/Time: Wednesday, September 29, 2010, at noon in HC C07
Committee: Pietro Veronesi (chair), Doug Diamond, John Heaton, and Lubos Pastor

Proposal: "A Network-Based Analysis of Over-the-Counter Markets"
By: Michael Gofman
Date/Time: Tuesday, September 28, 2010, at 1:20 p.m. in HC 03
Committee: Doug Diamond (co-chair), Roger Myerson (co-chair; Department of Economics, University of Chicago), Richard Holden, Raghuram Rajan, and Luigi Zingales

Defense: "Biological Basis of Gender Gap in Risk Aversion and Competitiveness"
By: Moshe Hoffman
Date/Time: Friday, July 23, 2010, at 11 a.m. in HC 100-9A
Committee: John List (chair), Emir Kamenica, Steve Levitt, Daniel Fessler (Center for Behavior Evolution and Culture, UCLA), Uri Gneezy (Rady School of Management, UCSD), and Brian Rogers (MEDS, Northwestern University)

Defense: "Does It Matter Who Owns the Stock?"
By: Shastri Sandy
Date/Time: Thursday, July 15, 2010, at noon in HC 100-9A
Committee: Luigi Zingales (chair), Steve Kaplan, Juhani Linnainmaa, and Amir Sufi

Defense: "Cycles of Innovation and Financial Propagation"
By: Christian Opp
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 14, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. in HC 3B
Committee: Lars Hansen (chair), Stavros Panageas (in absentia), Lubos Pastor, Raghuram Rajan, and Pietro Veronesi

Defense: "Quantifying Search and Switching Costs in the U.S. Auto Insurance Industry"
By: Elisabeth Honka
Date/Time: Monday, July 12, 2010, at 2 p.m. in HC 3B
Committee: Pradeep Chintagunta (chair), Jean-Pierre Dubé, Chad Syverson, and Ali Hortacsu (Department of Economics, University of Chicago)

Defense: "Quantifying the Effect of Service Quality and Word of Mouth on Customer Acquisition, Usage and Retention"
By: Sungjoon Nam
Date/Time: Monday, July 12, 2010, at 11 a.m. in HC 3B
Committee: Pradeep Chintagunta (chair), Yesim Orhun, Ting Zhu, and Puneet Manchanda (Ross School of Business, the University of Michigan)

Defense: "What Explains the Variance of Prices and Returns? Time-Series vs. Cross-Section"
By: Denis Chaves
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 2, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. in HC 100-9A
Committee: John Cochrane (chair), George Constantinides, John Heaton, and Pietro Veronesi (in absentia)

Proposal: "Ambiguity, Information Quality and Credit Risk"
By: Nina Boyarchenko
Date/Time: Thursday, June 24, 2010, at 1 p.m. in HC 3B
Committee: Lars Hansen (co-chair), Pietro Veronesi (co-chair), John Heaton, and Stavros Panageas (in absentia)

Defense: "Learning the Long-Run Asset Pricing Model"
By: Francisco (Paco) Vazquez-Grande
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at 1 p.m. in room HC 3A
Committee: Lars Hansen (co-chair), Ruey Tsay (co-chair), Pietro Veronesi (in absentia), and Kenneth Judd (Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace; Stanford University)

Defense: "Tax and Non-Tax Incentives for Voluntary IFRS Adoption: Evidence from the UK"
By: Jeff Ng
Date/Time: Monday, June 7, 2010, at 1 p.m. in HC 3A
Committee: Merle Erickson (chair), Ryan Ball, Hans Christensen, and Doug Skinner

Proposal: "Experts Shift to Negative Feedback"
By: Stacey Finkelstein
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 19, 2010, at 2 p.m. in HC 3A
Committee: Ayelet Fishbach (chair), Reid Hastie, Ann McGill, and Wilhelm Hoffmann (Department of Psychology, University of Würzburg; in absentia)

Defense: "Trading Volume and Time Varying Betas"
By: Chris Hrdlicka
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at 1:45 p.m. in HC 3A
Committee: John Cochrane (chair), George Constantinides, John Heaton, and Ralph Koijen

Defense: "Free for a Fee: The Hidden Cost of Index Fund Investing"
By: Alexi Savov
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at 9 a.m. in HC 100-9A
Committee: George Constantinides (co-chair), Doug Diamond (co-chair), Eugene Fama, and Ralph Koijen

Proposal/Defense: "Essays on Private Information Exchange"
By: Wes Gray
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 11, 2010, at 9:30 a.m. in HC 3B
Committee: Pietro Veronesi (chair), Eugene Fama, Stavros Panageas (in absentia), and Amir Sufi

Defense: "Essays in Empirical Labor Economics"
By: Jessica Pan
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 11, 2010, at 9 a.m. in HC 100-9A
Committee: Marianne Bertrand (chair), Patricia Cortes, Jonathan Guryon, Kerwin Charles (Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago), and David Autor (MIT; in absentia)

Defense: "The Role of Rating Agencies and Conflicts of Interest: Evidence from Rating Agency Adjustments"
By: Pepa Kraft
Date/Time: Thursday, May 6, 2010, at 2:30 p.m. in HC C25
Committee: Ray Ball (chair), Phil Berger, Doug Diamond (in absentia), Christian Leuz, and Doug Skinner

Defense: "The Impact of Shareholders on Corporate Investments: Evidence from Mutual Fund Holdings"
By: Roni Kisin
Date/Time: Thursday, May 6, 2010, at 1:15 p.m. in HC C25
Committee: Raghuram Rajan (chair), Steve Kaplan, Gregor Matvos, Toby Moskowitz, and Amit Seru

Defense: "Beyond Payback: Grateful Responses to Help"
By: Ben Converse
Date/Time: Thursday, May 6, 2010, at 10 a.m. in HC 3B
Committee: Ayelet Fishbach (chair), Nick Epley, Jane Risen, and Boaz Keysar (Department of Psychology, University of Chicago)

Defense: "Trade Credit in Supply Chains: Theory and Empirical Evidence"
By: Song (Alex) Yang
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 4, 2010, at 3 p.m. in HC 3A
Committee: John Birge (chair), Dan Adelman, Laurens Debo, Doug Diamond, and Rodney Parker

Defense: "Amplified Interfaces: Essays on Organizational Identity and the Sociology of Hedge Funds"
By: Edward (Ned) Smith
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 4, 2010, at noon in HC 100-9H
Committee: Damon Phillips (chair), Matthew Bothner, Joseph Gerakos, Edward Laumann (Department of Sociology, University of Chicago), and John Levi Martin (Department of Sociology, University of Chicago)

Defense: "Informal Networks and the Modern Professional Managerial Career: Four Studies of Interpersonal Influence on Career Decisions & Outcomes"
By: Jennifer Merluzzi Hitler
Date/Time: Monday, May 3, 2010, at 2:30 p.m. in HC 3A
Committee: Ron Burt (chair), Matthew Bothner (in absentia), Damon Phillips, Elizabeth Pontikes, and Stanislav Dobrev (INSEAD; in absentia)

Defense: "Firm Characteristics, Covariances and Cross-Sectional Expected Returns"
By: Pengqin (George) Gao
Date/Time: Friday, April 30, 2010, at 11 a.m. in HC 3A
Committee: Tim Conley (chair), C. Alan Bester, John Cochrane, and Jeff Russell

Proposal: "Essays on Risk in the Macro Economy and Financial Markets"
By: Jaroslav Borovicka(Joint Program in Financial Economics)
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 27, 2010, at 3:30 p.m. in Rosenwald room 329
Committee: Lars Hansen (chair), Fernando Alvarez (Department of Economics, University of Chicago), John Heaton, and Robert Shimer (Department of Economics, University of Chicago)

Proposal: "Biological Basis of Gender Gap in Risk Aversion and Competitiveness"
By: Moshe Hoffman
Date/Time: Thursday, April 22, 2010, at 5 p.m. in HC C25
Committee: John List (chair), Steve Levitt, Emir Kamenica, Daniel Fessler (Center for Behavior Evolution and Culture, UCLA), Uri Gneezy (Rady School of Management, UCSD), and Brian Rogers (MEDS, Northwestern University)

Defense: "Sequential versus One-Off Decision Making: Statistical Guidelines and Behavior in a Watchful Waiting Medical Dilemma"
By: Elizabeth Moliski
Date/Time: Friday, April 16, 2010, at 2 p.m. in HC 223
Committee: Reid Hastie (chair), Tanya Menon, George Wu, and William Dale (Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago)

Proposal: "Analysts' Quality or Status: Do Market Investors Care?"
By: Ayelet Ben-David
Date/Time: Monday, April 12, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. in HC 100-9A
Committee: Damon Phillips (chair), Steven Kahl, Regina Wittenberg-Moerman, and Isil Erel (The Ohio State University)

Proposal: "Quantifying Search and Switching Cost in the U.S. Auto Industry"
By: Elisabeth Honka
Date/Time: Wednesday, February 17, 2010, at 1 p.m. in HC 3A
Committee: Pradeep Chintagunta (chair), Jean-Pierre Dubé, Chad Syverson, and Ali Hortacsu (Department of Economics, University of Chicago)

Proposal: "Tax and Non-Tax Incentives for Voluntary IFRS Adoption: Evidence from the UK"
By: Jeff Ng
Date/Time: Wednesday, January 13, 2010, at 1 p.m. in HC 3A
Committee: Merle Erickson (chair), Ryan Ball, Hans Christensen, and Doug Skinner

2009

Proposal: "Channel of Trade Optimization for a Gasoline Supply Chain"
By: Shanshan Wang
Date/Time: Wednesday, December 9, 2009, at 1 p.m. in HC 3A
Committee: Dan Adelman (chair), John Birge, Laurens Debo, Robert Gertner, and Rodney Parker

Proposal: "Choosing and Responding to Helpers"
By: Ben Converse
Date/Time: Monday, December 7, 2009, at 1 p.m. in HC C25
Committee: Nick Epley (co-chair), Ayelet Fishbach (co-chair), Jane Risen, and Boaz Keysar (Department of Psychology, University of Chicago)

Proposal: "Effects of Learning the Long-Run Asset Pricing Model"
By: Francisco (Paco) Vazquez-Grande
Date/Time: Wednesday, December 3, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. in HC 100-9A
Committee: Lars Hansen (co-chair), Ruey Tsay (co-chair), Pietro Veronesi (in absentia), and Kenneth Judd (Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford University)

Proposal: "Trade Credit in Supply Chains: Theory and Empirical Results"
By: Song (Alex) Yang
Date/Time: Monday, November 23, 2009, at 11:30 a.m. in HC 3A
Committee: John Birge (chair), Dan Adelman, Laurens Debo, Doug Diamond, and Rodney Parker

Proposal: "The Importance of Discount Rates and Cash Flows for Prices and Returns: Time-Series vs. Cross Section"
By: Denis Chaves
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 28, 2009, at noon in HC C07
Committee: John Cochrane (chair), George Constantinides, John Heaton, and Pietro Veronesi

Proposal: "Free for a Fee: The Hidden Cost of Index Fund Investing"
By: Alexi Savov
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 27, 2009, at 1:20 p.m. in HC C03
Committee: George Constantinides (co-chair), Doug Diamond (co-chair), Eugene Fama, and Ralph Koijen

Proposal: "Essays on Organizational Identity and the Sociology of Hedge Funds"
By: Edward (Ned) Smith
Date/Time: Friday, October 22, 2009, at 1:30 p.m. in HC 3A
Committee: Damon Phillips (chair), Matthew Bothner, Joseph Gerakos, Edward Laumann (Department of Sociology, University of Chicago), and John Levi Martin (Department of Sociology, University of Chicago)

Proposal: "Does It Matter Who Owns the Stock?"
By: Shastri Sandy
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 21, 2009, at noon in HC C07
Committee: Luigi Zingales (chair), Steven Kaplan, Juhani Linnainmaa, and Amir Sufi

Proposal: "Gender Segregation in Occupations: Do Tipping Points Matter?"
By: Jessica Pan
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 21, 2009, at 10 a.m. in HC 5SE
Committee: Marianne Bertrand (chair), Patricia Cortes (in absentia), Jonathan Guryan, Kerwin Charles (Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago), and David Autor (MIT; in absentia)

Proposal: "Impact of the Financial Conditions of Shareholders on Corporate Investment: Evidence from Mutual Fund Holdings"
By: Roni Kisin
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 14, 2009, at noon in HC C07
Committee: Raghuram Rajan (chair), Gregor Matvos, Toby Moskowitz, and Amit Seru

Proposal: "Volume and Changing Covariances"
By: Christopher Hrdlicka
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 13, 2009, at 1:20 p.m. in HC C03
Committee: John Cochrane (chair), George Constantinides, John Heaton, and Ralph Koijen

Proposal: "Innovation, Financing and Aggregate Risk"
By: Christian Opp
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 6, 2009, at 1:20 p.m. in HC C03
Committee: Lars Hansen (chair; Department of Economics, University of Chicago), Stavros Panageas (in absentia), Lubos Pastor, Raghuram Rajan (in absentia), and Pietro Veronesi (in absentia)

Proposal: "Characteristic –Based Covariances and Cross-Sectional Expected Returns"
By: Pengqin (George) Gao
Date/Time: Thursday, October 1, 2009, at 1:20 p.m. in HC 3B
Committee: Tim Conley (chair), Alan Bester, John Cochrane, and Jeff Russell

Defense: "Essays in Decision Making: Risk, Reward and Opportunity Cost"
By: Andrew Chiu
Date/Time: Wednesday, September 30, 2009, at 2 p.m. in HC 5SE
Committee: George Wu (chair), Eugene Caruso, Reid Hastie, and Oleg Urminsky

Defense: "Responsibility toward Others and its Effects on Motivation"
By: Ye Li
Date/Time: Friday, July 31, 2009, at 10 a.m. in HC 100-9A
Committee: George Wu (chair), Nick Epley, Reid Hastie, and Roberto Weber (Department of Social and Decision Sciences, Carnegie Mellon; in absentia)

Defense: "Resource Space Dynamics in the Evolution of Industries: Formation, Expansion and Contraction of the Resource Space and its Effects on the Survival of Organizations"
By: Aleksios Gotsopoulos
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 29, 2009, at 1 p.m. in HC 3A
Committee: Damon Phillips (co-chair), Stanislav Dobrev (co-chair; INSEAD, in absentia), Matthew Bothner, and Steven Kahl

Defense: "Measuring Welfare from Ambulatory Surgery Centers: A Spatial Analysis of Demand for Healthcare Centers"
By: Ellerie Weber
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 28, 2009, at 10 a.m. in HC C25
Committee: Kevin Murphy (chair), Sam Peltzman, Chad Syverson, and Guy David (The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania)

Defense: "Private Provision of Public Goods and Status"
By: Miguel Diaz Diaz
Date/Time: Thursday, July 23, 2009, at 1 p.m. in HC 3A
Committee: Luis Rayo (chair), Richard Holden, Haresh Sapra, and Alberto Simpser (Department of Political Science, University of Chicago)

Defense: "Negotiated Measurement Rules in Debt Contracts"
By: Ningzhong Li
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at 9 a.m. in HC 3A
Committee: Ray Ball (chair), Christian Leuz, Haresh Sapra, and Doug Skinner

Defense: "The Influence of Looking Back versus Ahead on Goal Pursuit"
By: Minjung Koo
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at 2 p.m. in HC 3A
Committee: Ayelet Fishbach (chair), Aparna Labroo, Ann McGill, and Nira Liberman (Department of Psychology, Tel Aviv University; in absentia)

Defense: "Does Social Approval Stimulate Prosocial Behavior? Evidence from a Field Experiment in the Residential Electricity Market"
By: Erez Yoeli
Date/Time: Monday, May 11, 2009, at 11:30 a.m. in HC C05
Committee: Kevin Murphy (chair), Marianne Bertrand, Matthew Gentzkow, Emir Kamenica, and John List (Department of Economics, University of Chicago)

Defense: "Does Education Cause Better Health? Evidence from Sibling Data"
By: Yoad Shefi
Date/Time: Monday, May 11, 2009, at 10 a.m. in HC 3A
Committee: Kevin Murphy (chair), Gary Becker, Dennis Carlton, and Robert Topel

Defense: "Buyer's Remorse: When Evaluation is Affect-Based Before You Chose but Deliberation-Based Afterwards"
By: Yan Zhang
Date/Time: Thursday, May 7, 2009, at 3 p.m. in HC 100-9A
Committee: Reid Hastie (chair), Nicholas Epley, Aparna Labroo, and Ann McGill

Defense: "Structural Estimation of a Moral Hazard Model: An Application to Business Selling"
By: Renna Jiang
Date/Time: Thursday, May 7, 2009, at 2 p.m. in HC C24
Committee: Pradeep Chintagunta (co-chair), Peter Rossi (co-chair), Jean-Pierre Dubé, and Milton Harris

Defense: "Essays in Market Microstructure and Asset Pricing"
By: Omid Sabbaghi
Date/Time: Thursday, May 7, 2009, at 11 a.m. in HC 100-9H
Committee: Federico Bandi (co-chair; in absentia), Jeffrey Russell (co-chair), George Constantinides, and Juhani Linnainmaa

Defense: "Selective Publicity and Stock Prices"
By: David Solomon
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at 11 a.m. in HC 4SE
Committee: Lubos Pastor (chair), Toby Moskowitz, Richard Thaler, and Luigi Zingales

Defense: "News Dissemination and the Impact of the Business Press"
By: Eugene Soltes
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. in HC 100-9A
Committee: Doug Skinner (chair), Christian Leuz, Abbie Smith, and Suraj Srinivasan (Harvard Business School; in absentia)

Defense: "The Impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act on Agency Costs"
By: John Scalf
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. in HC 3A
Committee: Robert Gertner (chair), Hans Christensen, Amir Sufi, and Ashwini Agrawal (NYU Stern; in absentia)

Defense: "Status and Surprises: Causes of Overreaction to New Information about Firm Performance"
By: Daniela Lup
Date/Time: Monday, May 4, 2009, at 1 p.m. in HC 100-9A
Committee: Damon Phillips (co-chair), Valery Yakubovich (co-chair; Wharton), Steven Kahl, and George Wu

Proposal: "Organizing for Problem Solving"
By: Karen Bernhardt-Walther
Date/Time: Friday, April 10, 2009, at 11 a.m. in HC 3A
Committee: Luis Garicano (chair), Emir Kamenica, Canice Prendergast, and Lars Stole

Proposal: "On Responsibility: Effects on Adherence to Social Norms and Employee Motivation"
By: Ye Li
Date/Time: Friday, March 20, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. in HC 3A
Committee: George Wu (chair), Nick Epley, Reid Hastie, John List (Department of Economics, University of Chicago), and Roberto Weber (Department of Social and Decision Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University; in absentia)

Prospoal: "Statistical Guidelines and Medical Decision Making: Can Mindset Help Healthcare Decision Makers Better Adhere to Guidelines When they Make Multi-Round Risky Decisions Using Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Decision Making as a Model?"
By: Elizabeth Ghini Moliski
Date/Time: Monday, March 9, 2009, at 1 p.m. in HC C01
Committee: Reid Hastie (chair), Tanya Menon, George Wu, and William Dale (Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago)

Proposal: "Do Managers Have Timing Ability in Firms Issuing and Repurchasing Equity?"
By: Larry Takeuchi
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 3, 2009, at 3 p.m. in HC 3A
Committee: Luigi Zingales (chair), Juhani Linnainmaa, Doug Skinnner, and Darren Roulstone (Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University; in absentia)

Proposal: "Does Education Cause Better Health? Evidence from Sibling Data"
By: Yoad Shefi
Date/Time: Monday, March 2, 2009, at 10 a.m. in HC 3A
Committee: Kevin Murphy (chair), Gary Becker, Dennis Carlton, and Robert Topel

Proposal: "The Impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act on Firm Transparency: Evidence from the Syndicated Loan Market"
By: John Scalf
Date/Time: Friday, January 20, 2009, at 10 a.m. in HC 3A
Committee: Robert Gertner (chair), Hans Christensen, Amir Sufi, and Ashwini Agrawal (Stern School of Business, New York University; in absentia)

Defense: "Why Are CEOs Rarely Fired? Evidence from Structural Estimation"
By: Luke Taylor
Date/Time: Friday, January 23, 2009, at 11:30 a.m. in HC C25
Committee: Lubos Pastor (chair), Steve Kaplan, Gregor Matvos, Pietro Veronesi, and Morten Sorensen (Columbia Business School; in absentia)

Proposal: "Negotiated Measurement Rules in Debt Contracts"
By: Ningzhong Li
Date/Time: Tuesday, January 20, 2009, at 9 a.m. in HC C25
Committee: Ray Ball (chair), Christian Leuz, Haresh Sapra (in absentia), and Doug Skinner

2008

Proposal: "Rating Agency Adjustments to GAAP Financial Statements and their Effect on Ratings and Bond Yields"
By: Pepa Kraft
Date/Time: Friday, December 12, 2008, at 2 p.m. in HC C24
Committee: Ray Ball (chair), Phil Berger, Doug Diamond, Christian Leuz, and Doug Skinner

Proposal: "News Dissemination and the Impact of the Business Press"
By: Eugene Soltes
Date/Time: Thursday, December 11, 2008, at 1 p.m. in HC C04
Committee: Douglas Skinner (chair), Christian Leuz, Abbie Smith, and Suraj Srinivasan (Harvard Business School; in absentia)

Proposal: "Vicarious Consumption and Social Prizes"
By: Miguel Diaz Diaz
Date/Time: Friday, December 5, 2008, at 8 a.m. in HC C24
Committee: Luis Rayo (chair), Haresh Sapra, Alberto Simpser (University of Chicago Department of Political Science), and Richard Holden (in absentia)

Proposal: "Missed Opportunities: The Psychology of Opportunity Costs"
By: Andrew Chiu
Date/Time: Thursday, December 4, 2008, at 10 a.m. in HC 3B
Committee: George Wu (chair), Eugene Caruso, Reid Hastie, and Oleg Urminsky

Proposal: "The Psychological Consequences of Pursuing an Action as an End versus a Means"
By: Jinhee Choi
Date/Time: Friday, October 31, 2008, at 2 p.m. in HC C24
Committee: Ayelet Fishbach (chair), Reid Hastie, Aparna Labroo, and Oleg Urminsky

Proposal: "Selective Publicity and Stock Prices"
By: David Solomon
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 22, 2008, at noon in HC 3B
Committee: Lubos Pastor (chair), Toby Moskowitz, Richard Thaler, and Luigi Zingales

Proposal: "Activating Self-Control: Isolated vs. Interrelated Temptations"
By: Kristian Myrseth
Date/Time: Friday, October 10, 2008, at 2 p.m. in HC 4SE
Committee: Ayelet Fishbach (chair), Reid Hastie, Richard Thaler, and Yaacov Trope (Department of Psychology, New York University; in absentia)

Proposal: "Buyer's Remorse: When Evaluation is Based on Simulation Before You Chose but Deliberation After"
By: Yan Zhang
Date/Time: Monday, September 22, 2008, at 1:30 p.m. in HC C24
Committee: Reid Hastie (chair), Aparna Labroo (in absentia), Ann McGill, and Nick Epley

Proposal: "Brokerage, Second-Hand Brokerage and Difficult Working Relationships: The Role of the Informal Organization on Speaking Up about Difficult Relationships and Being Deemed Uncooperative by co-Workers"
By: Jennifer Hitler
Date/Time: Monday, September 22, 2008, at 1 p.m. in HC 3A
Committee: Ron Burt (chair), Matthew Bothner, Damon Phillips, and Stanislav Dobrev (INSEAD; in absentia)

Proposal: "Resource Space Dynamics in the Evolution of Industries: Formation, Expansion and Contraction of the Resource Space and its Effects on the Survival of Organizations"
By: Aleksios Gotsopoulos
Date/Time: Friday, August 8, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. in HC 100-9A
Committee: Damon Phillips (co-chair), Stanislav Dobrev (co-chair; INSEAD), Matthew Bothner (in absentia), and Steven Kahl

Defense: "An Examination of Status Dynamics in the U.S. Venture Capital Industry"
By: Young-Kyu Kim
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 29, 2008, at 1 p.m. in HC 3B
Committee: Matthew Bothner (chair), Ron Burt, Damon Phillips, Sean Safford, and Stanislav Dobreve (in absentia; INSEAD Organizational Behavior Area)

Defense: "Group Dynamics and Contact: A Natural Experiment"
By: Arjun Chakravarti
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 29, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. in HC C25
Committee: Tanya Menon (chair), Reid Hastie, Damon Phillips, and Amit Gandhi (Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin)

Defense: "Essays in Corporate Governance"
By: Ashwini Agrawal
Date/Time: Monday, June 9, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. in HC 3A
Committee: Marianne Bertrand (co-chair), Morten Sorensen (co-chair), Steven Kaplan, and Joshua Rauh

Defense: "Essays on Consumer Finance"
By: Brian Melzer
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 4, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. in HC C25
Committee: Marianne Bertrand (co-chair), Toby Moskowitz (co-chair), Erik Hurst, Amir Sufi, and Luigi Zingales

Defense: "Male Incarceration and Teen Fertility"
By: Amee Kamdar
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 20, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. in HC C10
Committee: Steven Levitt (chair), Gary Becker, Marianne Bertrand, and Jonathan Guryan

Defense: "Essays on Economic Fundamentals in Asset Pricing"
By: Jie (Jennie) Bai
Date/Time: Monday, May 19, 2008, at noon in HC C03
Committee: George Constantinides (co-chair), Ruey Tsay (co-chair), Alan Bester, Lars Hansen, and Monika Piazzesi (in absentia)

Defense: "Asset-Intensity and the Cross-Section of Stock Returns"
By: Raife Giovinazzo
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 13, 2008, at noon in HC 100-9A
Committee: Toby Moskowitz (co-chair), Richard Thaler (co-chair), Eugene Fama, Andrea Frazzini, and Abbie Smith

Defense: "Essays on Household Behavior"
By: Marlena Lee
Date/Time: Thursday, May 8, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. in HC 100-9A
Committee: Erik Hurst (chair), Eugene Fama, John Heaton, and Toby Moskowitz (in absentia)

Proposal: "How (Un)Accomplished Goal Actions Affect Goal Striving and Goal Setting"
By: Minjung Koo
Date/Time: Wednesday, April 23, 2008, at 2 p.m. in HC C25
Committee: Ayelet Fishbach (chair), Aparna Labroo, Ann McGill, and Nira Liberman (Department of Psychology, Tel Aviv University)

Defense: "Empirical Entry Games with Complementarities: An Application to the Shopping Center Industry"
By: Maria Ana Vitorino
Date/Time: Wednesday, April 23, 2008, at 10 a.m. in HC C25
Committee: Pradeep Chintagunta (co-chair), Jean-Pierre Dubé (co-chair), Matthew Gentzkow, Peter Rossi, and Kenneth Judd (Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace; Stanford University)

Defense: "Betas, Characterisitcs, and the Cross-Section of Hedge Fund Returns"
By: Mark Klebanov
Date/Time: Thursday, April 17, 2008, at 10 a.m. in HC C05
Committee: John Cochrane (chair), Eugene Fama, John Heaton, Steve Kaplan, and Lubos Pastor

Defense: "Expropriation Risk and Technology"
By: Marcus Opp
Date/Time: Wednesday, April 16, 2008, at 1:30 p.m. in HC C24
Committee: Doug Diamond (chair), Milt Harris, Raghuram Rajan, and Morten Sorensen

Defense: "Essays in Corporate Finance and Real Estate"
By: Itzhak Ben-David
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 1, 2008, at 10 a.m. in HC C25
Committee: Toby Moskowitz (chair), Erik Hurst, Steven Levitt, and Richard Thaler

Proposal: "Group Dynamics and Interpersonal Contact: A Natural Experiment"
By: Arjun Chakravarti
Date/Time: Thursday, March 27, 2008, at 9 a.m. in HC C25
Committee: Tanya Menon (chair), Reid Hastie (in absentia), Damon Phillips, and Amit Gandhi (Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin)

Proposal: "Structural Estimation of a Moral Hazard Model: An Application to Industrial Selling"
By: Renna Jiang
Date/Time: Wednesday, March 26, 2008, at 2 p.m. in HC 3B
Committee: Pradeep Chintagunta (co-chair), Peter Rossi (co-chair), Jean-Pierre Dubé (in absentia), and Milt Harris

Proposal: "Status, Quality, and Earnings Announcements: An Analysis of the Effect of News of which Confirms or Contradicts the Status-Quality Correlation on the Stock of a Company"
By: Daniela Lup
Date/Time: Monday, March 3, 2008, at 11:30 a.m. in HC C04
Committee: Damon Phillips (chair), Steven Kahl, George Wu, and Valery Yakubovich (Wharton)

Defense: "Diversification and its Discontents: Idiosyncratic and Entrepreneurial Risk in the Quest for Social Status"
By: Nick Roussanov
Date/Time: Friday, February 22, 2008, at 10 a.m. in HC C24
Committee: John Cochrane (co-chair), John Heaton (co-chair), Toby Moskowitz (in absentia), and Pietro Veronesi

2007

Proposal: "Essays in Corporate Governance"
By: Ashwini Agrawal
Date/Time: Thursday, December 6, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. in Room HC3B
Committee: Marianne Bertrand (Co-Chair), Morten Sorensen (Co-Chair), Steven Kaplan and Joshua Rauh

Proposal: "Essays in Market Microstructure and Asset Pricing"
By: Omid Sabbaghi
Date/Time: Friday, November 30, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. in Room HC3B
Committee: Federico Bandi (Co-Chair), Jeffrey Russell (Co-Chair), George Constantinides and Ioanid Rosu

Proposal: "Asset Intensity and the Cross-Section of Stock Returns"
By: Raife Giovinazzo
Date/Time: Thursday, November 29, 2007 at 12:00 p.m. in Room HC-100-9H
Committee: Tobias Moskowitz (Co-Chair), Richard Thaler (Co-Chair), Eugene Fama, Andrea Frazzini and Abbie Smith

Proposal: "Does Image Motivation Stimulate Prosocial Behavior? Evidence from a Field Experiment in the Residential Electricity Market"
By: Erez Yoeli
Date/Time: Thursday, November 29, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. in Room HC-C01
Committee: Kevin Murphy (Chair), Marianne Bertrand,Matthew Gentzkow, Emir Kamenica and John List (Department of Economics, University of Chicago)

Proposal: "House Prices, Consumption, and their Common Causes"
By: Marlena Lee
Date/Time: Thursday, November 8, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. in Room HC-100-9A
Committee: Erik Hurst (Chair), Eugene Fama, John Heaton and Tobias Moskowitz (in absentia)

Proposal: "Expropriation Risk and Technology - A Theory of Endogenous Property Rights"
By: Marcus Opp
Date/Time: Tuesday, November 6, 2007 at 1:20 p.m. in Room HC-C03
Committee: Doug Diamond (Chair), Milton Harris, Raghuram Rajan and Morten Sorensen

Proposal: "Economics of Spacemen: Tax Evasion, Stealing, Corporate Governance and Capital Structure Evidence from Russia"
By: Maxim Mironov
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 30, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. in Room HC-C01
Committee: Gary Becker (Chair), Atif Mian, Per Strömberg (Swedish Institute for Financial Research, in absentia) and Luigi Zingales

Defense: "Complementarities and the Demand for Home Broadband Internet Services"
By: Hongju Liu
Date/Time: Friday, October 19, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. in Room HC3B
Committee: Pradeep Chintagunta (Chair), Jean-Pierre Dube, Günter Hitsch, Jeremy Fox (Department of Economics, University of Chicago) and Ting Zhu

Proposal: "Why are CEOs Rarely Fired? Evidence from Structural Estimation" 
By: Luke Taylor
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 17, 2007 at 12:00 p.m. in Room HC-C09
Committee: Lubos Pastor (Chair), Steven Kaplan, Morten Sorensen and Pietro Veronesi

Proposal: "Betas, Characteristics, and the Cross-Section of Hedge Fund Returns"
By: Mark Klebanov
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 10, 2007 at 12:00 p.m. in Room HC-C09
Committee: John Cochrane (Chair), Eugene Fama, John Heaton, Steven Kaplan and Lubos Pastor

Proposal: "Male Incarceration and Teen Fertility" 
By: Amee Kamdar
Date/Time: Thursday, October 4, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. in Room HC-C01
Committee: Steven Levitt (Chair), Gary Becker, Marianne Bertrand and Jonathan Guryan

Proposal: "Entry into the Ambulatory Surgery Center Industry: Causes and Effects"
By: Ellerie Weber
Date/Time: Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. in Room HC3A
Committee: Kevin Murphy (Chair), Gary Becker, Guy David (Wharton School of Business) and Chad Syverson

Defense: "Self-Imposed Limits to Arbitrage"
By: Phil Maymin
Date/Time: Wednesday, September 12, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. in Room HC223
Committee: Richard Thaler (Chair), Nicholas Barberis (Yale University), Toby Moskowitz and Lubos Pastor

Proposal: "The Real Costs of Credit Access: Evidence from the Payday Lending Market" 
By: Brian Melzer
Date/Time: Thursday, August 30, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. in Room HC3B
Committee: Marianne Bertrand (Co-Chair), Toby Moskowitz (Co-Chair), Erik Hurst, Amir Sufi and Luigi Zingales

Defense: "The Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Choice of Bond Market by Foreign Firms"
By: Yu Gao
Date/Time: Thursday, July 26, 2007 at 9:30 a.m. in Room HC3A
Committee: Abbie Smith (Chair), Philip Berger, Joseph Piotroski (in absentia) and Doug Skinner

Proposal: "Incentives for Bundling in the Home Broadband Market"
By: Hongju Liu
Date/Time: Monday, July 23, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in Room HC3B
Committee: Pradeep Chintagunta (Chair), Jean-Pierre Dube, Günter Hitsch, Jeremy Fox (Department of Economics, University of Chicago) and Ting Zhu

Defense: "Determinants of Consumer's Confidence-Am I Sure What I Want?"
By: Claire Tsai
Date/Time: Friday, July 13, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. at Gleacher Center
Committee: Reid Hastie (Co-Chair), Joshua Klayman (Co-Chair), Ann McGill and Suresh Ramanathan

Defense: "What Determines Capital Structure: Evidence from Import Competition"
By: Jin Xu
Date/Time: Friday, July 6, 2007 at 3:00 p.m. in Room HC3B
Committee: Steven Kaplan (Chair), Marianne Bertrand, Doug Diamond, Anil Kashyap and Josh Rauh

Defense: "What's Driving Cross-listing Effects? An Analysis of Analyst Coverage Surrounding International Cross Listings"
By: Steve Crawford
Date/Time: Friday, June 22, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in Room HC3B
Committee: Ray Ball (Chair), Philip Berger (in absentia), Christian Leuz and Joseph Piotroski

Defense: "Manipulation of Collateral Values by Borrowers and Intermediaries"
By: Zahi Ben David
Date/Time: Thursday, June 14, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. in Room HC3B
Committee: Toby Moskowitz (Chair), Erik Hurst, Steve Levitt, and Richard Thaler

Defense: "Using Economic Theory to Build Optimal Portfolios"
By: Thomas Chevrier
Date/Time: Monday, June 4, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. in Room HC3B
Committee: Rob McCulloch (Chair), George Constantinides, Ravi Jagannathan (Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management), and Lubos Pastor

Defense: "Contract Enforcement and Organizational Form: A Study of Ownership Structures in a Multinational Firm 1982-2004"
By: Per Axelson
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 3:30 p.m. in Room HC3A
Committee: Luigi Zingales (Chair), Atif Mian, Joshua Rauh, and Per Strömberg (Swedish Institute for Financial Research, in absentia)

Defense: "Macroeconomic Condition, Credit Risk, and Corporate Financing Decisions"
By: Hui Chen
Date/Time: Monday, May 7, 2007 10:30 a.m. in Room HP3B
Committee: Monika Piazzesi (Chair), John Cochrane, Douglas Diamond and Peitro Veronesi

Defense: "Asymmetric Disconfirmation in Managerial Judgments of Employee Motivation"
By: Alex Markle
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 2, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. in Room HP100-9H
Committee: George Wu (Chair), Reid Hastie, Robert Gertner and Richard Larrick (Duke University)

Defense: "Economics of Spacemen: Tax Evasion, Stealing, Corporate Governance and Capital Structure Evidence from Russian banking transaction data"
By: Maxim Mironov
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 1, 2007 at 3:30 p.m. in Room HP100-9A
Committee: Gary Becker (Chair), Atif Mian, Per Strömberg (Swedish Institute for Financial Research, in absentia) and Luigi Zingales

Defense: "The Influence of Optimism on Goal Pursuit"
By: Ying Zhang
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 1, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. in Room HP5SE
Committee: Ayelet Fishbach (Chair), Ann McGill, Aparna Labroo and Ravi Dhar (Yale University, in absentia)

Defense: "Essays on Credit Rating"
By: Tony Tang
Date/Time: Monday, April 30, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. in Room HP3B
Committee: Douglas Diamond (Chair), Steven Kaplan (in absentia), Atif Mian, and Joshua Rauh

Defense: "The Costs of Financial Distress across Industries"
By: Arthur Korteweg
Date/Time: Monday, April 23, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. in Room HP3B
Committee: Nicholas Polson (Co-Chair), Pietro Veronesi (Co-Chair), Monika Piazzesi (in absentia) and Morten Sorensen

Defense: "Family Transfers in Rural Mexico: An Application to Risk Sharing and Labor Supply Elasticity"
By: Rachel Soloveickik
Date/Time: Thursday, April 5th, 2007 at 3:30 p.m. in Room HP3B
Committee: Jeremy Fox (Chair, University of Chicago, Department of Economics), Gary Becker, Marianne Bertrand (in absentia) and James Heckman (Department of Economics, University of Chicago)

Proposal: "Modeling Entry in a Cluster: An Application to the shopping Center Industry"
By: Maria Ana Vitorino
Date/Time: Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 4:00 p.m. in Room HP3A
Committee: Jean-Pierre Dube (Co-Chair), Pradeep Chintagunta (Co-Chair),Matthew Gentzkow, Peter Rossi and Kenneth L. Judd (Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford University)

Proposal: "The Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Choice of Bond Market by Foreign Firms"
By: Yu Gao
Date/Time: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. in Room HP3B
Committee: Abbie Smith (Chair), Philip Berger, Joseph Piotroski, and Douglas Skinner

Defense: "Doing More, Doing Less: Consequences of Exceeding versus Falling Short of Promises"
By: Ayelet Gneezy
Date/Time: Tuesday, January 16, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. in Room HP223
Committee: Nicholas Epley (Chair), Reid Hastie, Aparna Labroo and Suresh Ramanathan (in absentia)

2006

Proposal: "Macro Fundamentals in Equity Premium Prediction"
By: Jie (Jennie) Bai
Date/Time: Monday, December 18th, 2006 at 12:00 p.m. in Room HP3A
Committee: George Constantinides (Co-Chair), Ruey Tsay (Co-Chair), Alan Bester, Lars Hansen (in absentia), and Monika Piazzesi

Proposal: "Contract Enforcement and Organizational Form: A Study of Ownership Structures in a Multinational Firm 1982-2004"
By: Per Axelson
Date/Time: Tuesday, December 12th, 2006 at 9:00 a.m. in Room HP25
Committee: Luigi Zingales (Chair), Atif Mian, Joshua Rauh, and Per Stromberg (Swedish Institute for Financial Research, in absentia)

Proposal: "What's Driving Cross-Listing Effects? An Analysis of Analyst Coverage Surrounding International Cross Listings"
By: Steven Crawford
Date/Time: Monday, December 11th, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. in Room Harper Center Room 01
Committee: Ray Ball (Chair), Philip Berger, Christian Leuz, and Joseph Piotroski

Proposal: "An Examination of Status Dynamics in the U.S. Venture Capital Industry "
By: Young-Kyu Kim
Date/Time: Monday, December 11th, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. in Room HP3B
Committee: Matthew Bothner (Chair), Ronald Burt, Timothy Conley, Stanislav Dobrev, Damon Phillips, and Sean Safford (in absentia)

Defense: "The Dynamics of Threshold Interest Rate Models"
By: Shang Chan Chiou
Date/Time: Wednesday, December 6th, 2006 at 11:45 a.m. in Room Harper Center Room 01
Committee: Ruey Tsay (Chair), Federico Bandi, Hedibert Lopes, and Monika Piazzesi

Proposal: "Determinants of Consumer Confidence-Am I Sure What I Want?"
By: Claire Tsai
Date/Time: Monday, December 4th, 2006 at 1:30 p.m. in Room HP100-9A
Committee: Reid Hastie (Co-Chair), Joshua Klayman (Co-Chair), Ann McGill and Suresh Ramanathan

Proposal: "Applied Portfolio Theory: An MCMC Approach to the Markowitz Problem with Informative Priors "
By: Thomas Chevrier
Date/Time: Wednesday, November 15th, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. in Harper Center25
Committee: Robert McCulloch (chair), George Constantinides, Lubos Pastor, and Ravi Jagannathan (Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University)

Defense: "Realized Variance Forecasting and Option Pricing "
By: Chen Yang
Date/Time: Wednesday, November 8th, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. in Room HP3A
Committee: Jeffrey Russell (Chair), Federico Bandi, Nicholas Polson, Monika Piazzesi, and Per Mykland (Department of Statistics, University of Chicago)

Defense: "Conservatism and Book-Tax Differences "
By: Wendy Heltzer
Date/Time: Friday, November 3rd, 2006 at 9:00 a.m. in Room HP3A
Committee: Merle Erickson (Chair), Ray Ball, Philip Berger, Joseph Piotroski, and Darren Roulstone

Proposal: "The Costs of Financial Distress across Industries "
By: Arthur Korteweg
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 11th, 2006 at 12:00 p.m. in Room HP3B
Committee: Nicholas Polson (Co-Chair), Pietro Veronesi (Co-Chair), Monika Piazzesi, and Morten Sorensen

Proposal: "Macroeconomic Conditions and the Puzzles of Credit Spreads and Capital Structure"
By: Hui Chen
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 10th, 2006 at 1:20 p.m. in Room Harper Center Room 03
Committee: Monika Piazzesi (Chair), John Cochrane, Douglas Diamond, and Pietro Veronesi

Proposal/Defense: "Follow the Leader: Peer Effects in Mutual Fund Portfoloio Decisions"
By: Lukasz Pomorski
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 4th, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. in Room HP223
Committee: Tobias Moskowitz (Co-Chair), Lubos Pastor (Co-Chair), Douglas Diamond, and Eugene Fama

Defense: "An Empirical Test of Warranty Theories in the Server Market" By: Junhong Chu
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 9th, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. in Room HP3A
Committee: Pradeep Chintagunta (Chair), Jean-Pierre Dube, Puneet Manchanda, and Peter Rossi

Defense: "Identifying Risk Preferences Using Betting Markets"
By: Amit Gandhi
Date/Time: Friday, August 4th, 2006 at 12:15 p.m. in Room HP3SW
Committee: Nicholas Polson (Chair), Robert McCulloch, Amil Petrin, and Philip Reny (Department of Economics, University of Chicago, in absentia)

Defense: "Social Balance Sheet and Syndication in the U.S. Venture Capital Industry: Social Assets and Social Liabilities on Reciprocation, Gift Giving, Gift Receiving, and Tie Formation"
By: Salih Zeki Ozdemir
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 1st, 2006 at 12:00 p.m. in Room HP3A
Committee: Matthew Bothner (Chair), Ronald Burt, Stanislav Dobrev, Damon Phillips, and Toby Stuart (Columbia Business School, Columbia University, in absentia)

Defense: "The Efficiency of State Subsidies to Public Universities "
By: Andriy Protsyk
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 26th, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. in Room HP3B
Committee: Kevin Murphy (Chair), Jonathan Guryan (in absentia), Sam Peltzman, and Lars Stole

Defense: "Investment and Returns"
By: Vito Gala
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 12th, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. in Room HP3A
Committee: John Cochrane (Chair), George Constantinides, Lars Hansen (Department of Economics, University of Chicago), John Heaton, Monika Piazzesi (in absentia), and Pietro Veronesi

Defense: "Influence of Family Dynamics and Structure on Child Test Scores, Marriage and Risk Preference"
By: Liqian Ren
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 11th, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. in Room HP3A
Committee: Erik Hurst (Chair), Jonathan Guryan, Robert Topel, and Derek Neal (Department of Economics, University of Chicago, in absentia)

Defense: "A Pure Production-Based Asset Pricing Model "
By: Frederico Belo
Date/Time: Monday, July 10th, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. in Room HP3A
Committee: John Cochrane (Chair), John Heaton, Monika Piazzesi (in absentia), and Pietro Veronesi

Proposal: "An Empirical Test of Warranty Theories in the Server Market"
By: Junhong Chu
Date/Time: Friday, July 7th, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. in Room HP3B
Committee: Pradeep Chintagunta (Chair), Jean-Pierre Dube, Puneet Manchanda (in absentia) and Peter Rossi

Proposal: "Import Competition and Capital Structure: Evidence from Textiles and Other Manufacturing Industries"
By: Jin Xu
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 28th, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. in Room HP3A
Committee: Steven Kaplan (Chair), Marianne Bertrand, Douglas Diamond, Anil Kashyap, and Joshua Rauh

Proposal: "Doing More, Doing Less: Asymmetric Consequences of Exceeding versus Falling Short of Promises"
By: Ayelet Gneezy
Date/Time: Tuesday, June 20th, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. in Room HP3A
Committee: Nicholas Epley (Chair), Reid Hastie, Aparna Labroo, and Suresh Ramanathan

Proposal: "Thinking about the Future: The Impact of Expectations on Goal-Related Actions in the Present"
By: Ying Zhang
Date/Time: Tuesday, June 6th, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. in Room HP223
Committee: Ayelet Fishbach (Chair), Ann McGill, Aparna Labroo, and Ravi Dhar (Yale School of Management, in absentia)

Proposal: "Information Asymmetry and Firms' Credit Market Access: Evidence from the Effects of Credit Rating Format Refinement"
By: Tony Tang
Date/Time: Monday, June 5th, 2006 at 9:00 a.m. in Room HP3B
Committee: Douglas Diamond (Chair), Steven Kaplan, Atif Mian and Joshua Rauh

Defense: "The Effect of Tort Reforms on Malpractice Premiums and Medical Markets"
By: Eric Sun
Date/Time: Thursday, June 1st, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. in Room HP3A
Committee: Robert Topel (Co-Chair), Tomas Philipson (Co-Chair, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago), Jonathan Guryan (in absentia) and David Meltzer (Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago)

Proposal: "Testing and Dating Financial Contagion"
By: Shang Chan Chiou
Date/Time: Thursday, May 18th, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. in Room Harper Center Room 01
Committee: Ruey Tsay (Chair), Federico Bandi, Hedibert Lopes, and Monika Piazzesi

Defense: "Agency, Incentives and Self-Designated Mutual Fund Benchmarks"
By: Berk Sensoy
Date/Time: Thursday, May 11th, 2006 at 1:30 p.m. in Room HP C09
Committee: Steven Kaplan (Chair), Eugene Fama (in absentia), Tobias Moskowitz, and Joshua Rauh

Defense: "Happiness from Sequences with Baseline and Extreme Outcomes"
By: Jiao Zhang
Date/Time: Thursday, May 11th, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. in Room HP3A
Committee: Christopher Hsee (Chair), Aparna Labroo, George Wu, and
Dilip Soman (Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, in absentia)

Defense: "Repeated Relationships between Venture Capitalists and Entrepreneurs"
By: Lars Ola Bengtsson
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 9th, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. in Room HP3A
Committee: Steven Kaplan (Chair), Anil Kashyap, Morten Sorensen, and
Per Stromberg (Swedish Institute for Financial Research, in absentia)

Defense: "The Role of Information Asymmetry and Financial Reporting in Debt Contracting: Evidence from the Secondary Loan Market"
By: Regina Wittenberg Moerman
Date/Time: Monday, May 8th, 2006 at 9:30 a.m. in Room HP3A
Committee: Ray Ball (Chair), Philip Berger, Douglas Diamond, Doug Skinner and Abbie Smith

Defense: "Causal Time Compression: The Influence of Causal Beliefs on Judgments of Elapsed Time"
By: David Faro
Date/Time: Thursday, May 4th, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. in Room HP C09
Committee: Ann McGill (Co-Chair), Reid Hastie (Co-Chair), Aparna Labroo, and Yuval Rottenstreich (Duke University Fuqua School of Business)

Defense: "Forecastibility from a Macroeconomic Term Structure Model"
By: Satadru Hore
Date/Time: Thursday, April 27th, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. in Room HP C09
Committee: Rob McCulloch (Chair), Alan Bester (in absentia), George Constantinides and Pietro Veronesi

Proposal: "Status, Diversification and Entrepreneurial Risk "
By: Nick Roussanov
Date/Time: Wednesday, April 26th, 2006 at 12:00 p.m. in Room Harper Center Room 10
Committee: John Cochrane (Co-Chair), John Heaton (Co-Chair), Tobias Moskowitz, and Pietro Veronesi

Defense: "Demand Uncertainty, Search Costs and Price Dispersion: Evidence from the Online Book Industry "
By: Minhua Wan
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 25th, 2006 at 1:30 p.m. in Room HP223
Committee: Austan Goolsbee (Chair), Jean-Pierre Dube, Amil Petrin, and Lars Stole

Defense: "Stochastic Volatility and Stock Returns: Evidence from Microstructure Data "
By: Elena-Claudia Moise
Date/Time: Monday, April 17th, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. in Room HP3B
Committee: Nicholas Polson (Chair), Federico Bandi, John Heaton, and Hedibert Lopes

Proposal: "The Effect of Tort Reforms on Malpractice Premiums and Medical Markets"
By: Eric Sun
Date/Time: Friday, March 17th, 2006 at 1:30 p.m. in Room HP3B
Committee: Robert Topel (Co-Chair), Tomas Philipson (Co-Chair, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago), Jonathan Guryan, and David Meltzer (Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago)

Defense: "Managerial Earnings Forecasts Bias and Managers' Decision to Issue Earnings Guidance: An Examination of Management Incentives"
By: Yoel Beniluz
Date/Time: Thursday, March 9th, 2006 at 9:15 a.m. in Room HP3B
Committee: Abbie Smith (Chair), Ellen Engel, Merle Erickson, and Franco Wong

Proposal: "The Volatility-risk, Jump-risk and Forward-rate-risk Premia Implicit in Foreign Exchange Options"
By: Chen Yang
Date/Time: Thursday, March 2nd, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. in Room HP223
Committee: Jeffrey Russell (Chair), Nicholas Polson, Monika Piazzesi, and Per Mykland (University of Chicago Department of Statistics, in-absentia)

Proposal: "Judgments about Agent's Capabilities, Trustworthiness, and Motivational Orientation: The Role of Asymmetric Disconfirmation"
By: Alex Markle
Date/Time: Monday, February 20th, 2006 at 1:30 p.m. in Room HP4 SE
Committee: George Wu (Chair), Robert Gertner, Reid Hastie, and Rick Larrick (Duke University)

Defense: "Advertising and Portfolio Choice"
By: Henrik Cronqvist
Date/Time: Wednesday, February 8th, 2006 at 1:30 p.m. in Room Harper Center24
Committee: Richard Thaler (Chair), Anil Kashyap, Tobias Moskowitz, and Nicholas Barberis (Yale University, in-absentia)

2005

Defense: "Essays on the Regulation of Thrifts"
By: Jonathan Arnold
Date/Time: Wednesday, December 14th, 2005 at 8:30 a.m. in Room 223
Committee: Anil Kashyap (Chair), Luis Garicano, Sam Peltzman, and Jason Abrevaya (in-absentia)

Defense: "Accruals, investment, and the accrual anomaly”"
By: Xiaohu (Frank) Zhang
Date/Time: Friday, December 9th, 2005 at 9:30 a.m. in Room HP3A
Committee: Abbie Smith (Chair), Philip Berger, Merle Erickson, Tobias Moskowitz, and Joseph Piotroski

Proposal: "Conservatism, Book Income and Taxable Income"
By: Wendy Heltzer
Date/Time: Friday, November 18th, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. in HP4 SE
Committee: Merle Erickson (Chair), Ray Ball, Philip Berger, Joseph Piotroski, and Darren Roulstone

Proposal: "Macroeconomic Filtering from the Yield Curve"
By: Satadru Hore
Date/Time: Monday, November 14th, 2005 at 3:30 p.m. in HP3A
Committee: Robert McCulloch (chair), Alan Bester, George Constantinides, and Pietro Veronesi

Proposal: "Relative Performance Evaluation and Mutual Fund Benchmark and Portfolio Choice"
By: Berk Sensoy
Date/Time: Tuesday, November 1st, 2005 at 1:20 p.m. in Harper Center Room 03
Committee: Steven Kaplan (chair), Eugene Fama, Tobias Moskowitz, and Joshua Rauh

Proposal: "Risk-Sharing and Labor Supply Elasticity: An Application to Returns to Education"
By: Rachel Soloveichik
Date/Time: Thursday, October 20th, 2005 at 1:30 p.m. in Rosenwald 329
Committee: Jeremy Fox (Chair, Dept. of Economics), Gary Becker, Marianne Bertrand and James Heckman (Dept. of Economics)

Proposal: "A Study of Repeated Relationships between Venture Capitalists and Entrepreneurs"
By: Lars Ola Bengtsson
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 12th, 2005 at 12:00 noon in HP3B
Committee: Steven Kaplan (Chair), Anil Kashyap, Morten Sorensen and Per Strömberg (in-absentia, Swedish Institute of Financial Research)

Proposal: "Social Balance Sheet and Syndication in the U.S. Venture Capital Industry:
Social Assets and Social Liabilities on Tie Formation, Deal Giving, Deal
Receiving, and Reciprocation"
By: Salih Zeki Ozdemir
Date/Time: Monday, October 10th, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. in HP3A
Committee: Matthew Bothner (Chair), Ron Burt, Stanislav Dobrev, Damon Phillips and Toby Stuart (Columbia University, in-absentia)

Proposal: "A Pure Production Based Asset Pricing Model"
By: Frederico Belo
Date/Time: Monday, October 10th, 2005 at 12:00 noon in HP3A
Committee: John Cochrane (Chair), John Heaton, Monika Piazzesi and Pietro Veronesi

Proposal: "Demand Uncertainty, Search Cost and Price Dispersion"
By: Minhua Wan
Date/Time: Monday, September 26th, 2005 at 10:30 a.m. in HP3B
Committee: Austan Goolsbee (Chair), Jean-Pierre Dube, Amil Petrin, and Lars Stole

Proposal: "The Role of Information Asymmetry and Timely Loss Recognition in Debt Contracts: Evidence from the Secondary Loan Market"
By: Regina Wittenberg Moerman
Date/Time: Wednesday, September 21st, 2005 at 12:00 noon in HP3B
Committee: Ray Ball (Chair), Philip Berger, Douglas Diamond, Douglas Skinner, and Abbie Smith

Defense: "Heterogeneous Learning and the Targeting of Marketing Communication for New Products"
By: Sridhar Narayanan
Date/Time: Monday, August 29th, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. in HP3B
Committee: Pradeep Chintagunta (Co-Chair), Puneet Manchanda (Co-Chair), Guenter Hitsch, and Peter Rossi

Defense: "Inter-temporal Price Discrimination in the US Market for 32-bit Console Video-Games"
By: Harikesh Nair
Date/Time: Monday, August 29th, 2005 at 1:15 p.m. in HP3B
Committee: Pradeep Chintagunta (Co-Chair), Jean-Pierre Dube (Co-Chair), Guenter Hitsch, and Peter Rossi

Defense: "Analyst Coverage and Earnings Management"
By: Fang (Frank) Yu
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 17th, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. in HP3B
Committee: Luigi Zingales (Chair), Marianne Bertrand, Abbie Smith, and Richard Thaler

Defense: "The Impact of the Corporate Governance Reform Initiatives on Chief Financial Officer Compensation"
By: Xue Wang
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 16th, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. in HP3B
Committee: Abbie Smith (Chair), Marianne Bertrand, Ellen Engel, and Rachel Hayes (in absentia)

Defense: "Firm Boundaries and Financing Choices in Human Capital Intensive Firms: Theory and Evidence"
By: Krishnamurthy (Subbu) Subramanian
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005 at 9:00 a.m. in HP3B
Committee: Luigi Zingales (Chair), Marianne Bertrand, Wouter Dessein (in absentia), Milton Harris, and Raghuram Rajan (in absentia)

Proposal: "The Confirmatory Role of Accounting, Management Earning Forecasts, and Managers' Incentives to Bias their Forecasts"
By: Yoel Beniluz
Date/Time: Friday, July 22nd, 2005 at 10:30 a.m. in HP3B
Committee: Abbie Smith (Chair), Ellen Engel, Merle Erickson, and Franco Wong

Defense: "Catalog Creative Design and Consumer Demand: A Spatial Distance-Metric Approach"
By: Khim Yong Goh
Date/Time: Monday, July 18th, 2005 at 4:00 p.m. in HP3B
Committee: Pradeep Chintagunta (Co-Chair), Eric Anderson (Co-Chair, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University), Jean-Pierre Dube, and Puneet Manchanda

Proposal: "State Policies and Demand for Public Universities"
By: Andriy Protsyk
Date/Time: Thursday, July 14th, 2005 at 1:30 p.m. in HP3B
Committee: Kevin Murphy (Chair), Sam Peltzman, Lars Stole, and Jonathan Guryan (in absentia)

Defense: "Thirsty for Conflict? An Empirical Analysis of the Economic Consequences of Democracy in Mexico at a Local Level"
By: Regina Trevino
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 13th, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. in HP3B
Committee: Luis Garicano (Chair), Sam Peltzman, Luis Rayo, Ricard Gil (in absentia, non-GSB: University of California at Santa Cruz)

Proposal: "Catalog Creative Design and Consumer Demand: A Spatial Distance-Metric Approach"
By: Khim Yong Goh
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 6th, 2005 at 4:00 p.m. in HP3B
Committee: Pradeep Chintagunta (Co-Chair), Eric Anderson (Co-Chair, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University), Jean-Pierre Dube, and Puneet Manchanda

Proposal: "Causal Time Compression: On the Reciprocal Relationship between Time and Causality"
By: David Faro
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 29th, 2005 at 9:00 a.m. in HP3B
Committee: Reid Hastie (Co-Chair), Ann McGill (Co-Chair), Aparna Labroo, and Yuval Rottenstreich (Duke University, in-absentia)

Defense: "Executive Equity Holdings and Merger and Acquisition Efficiency"
By: Feng Li
Date/Time: Tuesday, June 28th, 2005 at 10:30 a.m. in HP3B
Committee: Philip Berger (Chair), Richard Leftwich, Canice Prendergast, Abbie Smith, and Franco Wong

Defense: "Financial Reporting and Product Markets"
By: Gil Sadka
Date/Time: Friday, June 24th, 2005 at 3:00 p.m. in HP3B
Committee: Ray Ball (Chair), Philip Berger, Sam Peltzman, Haresh Sapra, and Abbie Smith (in-absentia)

Proposal: "The Effect of Family Shocks on Child Test Scores"
By: Liqian Ren
Date/Time: Friday, June 24th, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. in HP3B
Committee: Erik Hurst (Chair), Robert Topel, Jonathan Guryan, and Derek Neal (Department of Economics)

Defense: "Firm Life Expectancy and the Heterogeneity of the Book-to- Market Effect"
By: Jason Chen
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 8th, 2005 at 12:00 p.m. in HP3A
Committee: George Constantinides (Chair), Eugene Fama, Lubos Pastor, Pietro Veronesi

Defense: "Does Poor Diversification Explain the Small-Firm Effect?"
By: Tapio Petteri Pekkala
Date/Time: Thursday, June 2, 2005 at 12:00 p.m. in Harper Center Room 08
Committee: John Cochrane (Co-Chair), Steve Davis (Co-Chair), George Constantinides, Pietro Veronesi

Proposal/Defense: "A Link between IPO Underpricing and Long-Term Performance"
By: Josh Schaeffer
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at 12:00 p.m. in Harper Center Room 07
Committee: John Cochrane (Chair), Lubos Pastor, Toby Moskowitz, Nicholas Barberis (in-absentia; Yale)

Proposal: "Will a few trips to Paris make you enjoy your normal life less? A norm-and-exception model of evaluation of temporarily distributed outcomes"
By: Jiao Zhang
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 25, 2005 at 9:00 a.m. in HP4SE
Committee: Christopher K. Hsee (Chair), George Wu, Aparna Labroo, Dilip Soman (in-absentia; non-GSB: Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto)

Defense: "Essays on Consumption Based Asset Pricing"
By: Michal Pakos
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. in HP3B
Committee: John Heaton (Chair), John Cochrane, Lubos Pastor, Monika Piazzesi, Pietro Veronesi

Proposal: "Estimation of Stochastic Diffusion Models with Leverage Effects, Jumps and Time-Varying Drift"
By: Juan Carlos Artigas
Date/Time: Monday, May 16, 2005 at 1:30 p.m. in HP3A
Committee: Ruey Tsay (Chair), Jeffrey Russell, Federico Bandi, Lubos Pastor, Hedibert Lopes

Defense: "Industry Equilibrium Implications of Credit Market Frictions"
By: David B. Greenberg
Date/Time: Monday, May 16, 2005 at 12:00 p.m. in HP3B
Committee: Luigi Zingales (Chair), Anil Kashyap, Marianne Bertrand, Chad Syverson

Defense: "Market Structure Implications of Software Piracy"
By: Svetla Tzenova
Date/Time: Monday, May 9, 2005 at 1:30 p.m. in HP3A
Committee: Dennis Carlton, GSB (Chair), Austan Goolsbee, Amil Petrin, Guy David (Wharton, in-absentia)

Defense: "Essays on Efficiency and Government Expenditures in Redistributive Public Procurement Programs"
By: Justin Marion
Date/Time: Monday, May 9, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. in HP4SE
Committee: Steve Levitt (Chair, Economics Department), Marianne Bertrand, Jonathan Guryan, and Ali Hortacsu (Economics Department)

Defense: "Loyalty Based Portfolio Choice"
By: Lauren Cohen
Date/Time: Monday, May 9, 2005 at 3:00 p.m. in HP223
Committee: Tobias Moskowitz (Chair), Nicholas Barberis (Yale, in absentia), Monika Piazzesi, Joshua Rauh, and Richard Thaler (in absentia).

Defense: "Essays on Debt Maturity"
By: Efraim Benmelech
Date/Time: Thursday, May 5, 2005 at 9:30 a.m. in HP3B
Committee: Doug Diamond (Chair), Douglas Baird (Law School), Luigi Zingales, Raghuram Rajan (in-absentia), Steve Kaplan, Tobias Moskowitz

Defense: "Evidence and Implications of the Changing Asset Holdings of Seniors"
By: Stephanie Curcuru
Date/Time: Monday, May 2, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. in HP223
Committee: John Heaton (Chair), John Cochrane, Pietro Veronesi, Toby Moskowitz

Proposal: "The Impact of the Corporate Governance Reform Initiatives On Chief Financial Officer Compensation"
By: Xue Wang
Date/Time: Friday, April 28, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. in HP3B
Committee: Abbie Smith (Chair), Marianne Bertrand, Ellen Engel, Rachel Hayes

Defense: "The Relation Between Earnings Surprises and Voluntary Disclosures of High-tech Firms in Periods of Bad Economic News"
By: John J. Shon
Date/Time: Friday, April 22nd, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. in Harper Center Room 07
Committee: Ray Ball (Chair), Daniel Bens, Ellen Engel, Joseph Piotroski

Defense: "Jumps in Financial Markets: A New Nonparametric Test and Jump Discovery"
By: Seo Yeon Lee
Date/Time: Thursday, April 21st, 2005 at 12:00 p.m. in HP223
Committee: Federico Bandi (Co-Chair), Per Mykland (Co-Chair, Department of Statistics), Ruey Tsay, George Constantinides, Pietro Veronesi

Proposal: "Economic Impact of Software Piracy"
By: Svetla Tzenova
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 29th, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. in HP223
Committee: Dennis Carlton (Chair), Amil Petrin, Austan Goolsbee

Defense: "Geographical Segmentation of US Capital Markets"
By: Bo Becker
Date/Time: Monday, March 7th, 2005 at 10:30 a.m. in HP223.
Committee: Luigi Zingales (Chair), Toby Moskowitz, Per Stromberg, Raghuram Rajan (in absentia)

Proposal: "Thirsty for Conflict? An Agency Problem in Mexican Political Parties?"
By: Regina Trevino
Date/Time: Thursday, March 3rd, 2005 at 4:00 pm in HP3B
Committee: Luis Garicano (Chair), Sam Peltzman, Luis Rayo, Ricard Gil (in-absentia, non-GSB: University of California at Santa Cruz)

Proposal: "LOOP Holes: Persistent Violations of the Law of One Price"
By: Philip Maymin
Date/Time: Tuesday, February 1, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. in HP4SE.
Committee: Richard Thaler (Chair), Lubos Pastor, Tobias Moskowitz, Nick Barberis (in-absentia, non-GSB: Yale).

Proposal: "Accruals, business growth, and future stock returns"
By: Xiaohu Zhang
Date/Time: Tuesday, January 11th, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. in HP3B.
Committee: Abbie Smith (Chair), Philip Berger, Merle Erickson, Tobias Moskowitz.

Proposal: "Is market volatility priced?"
By: Elena-Claudia Moise
Date/Time: Monday, January 3rd, 2005 at 9:00 a.m. in HP3B.
Committee: Nicholas Polson (Chair), John Heaton, Hedibert Lopes, Federico Bandi (in absentia)

2004

Proposal: "Industry Equilibrium Effects of Credit Market Frictions"
By: David Greenberg
Date/Time: Wednesday, December 15th, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. in Harper Center Room 10.
Committee: Luigi Zingales (Chair), Marianne Bertrand, Anil Kashyap, Chad Syverson (Dept. of Economics).

Proposal: "Heterogeneous Learning and the Targeting of Marketing Communication for New Products"
By: Sridhar Narayanan
Date/Time: Wednesday, December 15th, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. in HP 3B.
Committee: Pradeep Chintagunta (Co-Chair), Puneet Manchanda (Co-Chair), Peter Rossi, Guenter Hitsch (in-absentia).

Proposal: "Local Supply of Capital"
By: Bo Becker
Date/Time: Thursday, November 18th, 2004 at 9:00 a.m. in HP 4SE.
Committee: Luigi Zingales (Chair), Tobias Moskowitz, Per Stromberg, Raghuram Rajan (in-absentia).

Proposal: "Asset Pricing with Durable Goods and Non-Homothetic Preferences"
By: Michal Pakos
Date/Time: Monday, November 15th, 2004 at 12:00 p.m. in Harper Center Room 09.
Committee: John Heaton (Chair), John Cochrane, Lubos Pastor, Pietro Veronesi, Monika Piazzesi

Defense: "Predictable Dividend and Returns: Identifying the Effect of Future Dividends on Stock Prices"
By: Ruy Ribeiro
Date/Time: Monday, November 8th, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. in Harper Center Room 09.
Committee: John Cochrane (Co-Chair), John Heaton (Co-Chair), George Constantinides, Lubos Pastor, Pietro Veronesi

Proposal: "Investment and Returns"
By: Vito Gala
Date/Time: Tuesday, November 2nd, 2004 at 1:20 p.m. in Harper Center Room 08.
Committee: John Cochrane (Chair), George Constantinides, Lars Hansen, John Heaton, Monika Piazzesi, Pietro Veronesi

Proposal: "Does Poor Diversification Explain the Small-Firm Effect?"
By: Tapio Pekkala
Date/Time: Friday, October 29th, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. in Harper Center Room 09.
Committee: John Heaton (Co-Chair), Steve Davis (Co-Chair), George Constantinides, Pietro Veronesi

Proposal: "Jumps in Financial Markets: A New Nonparametric Test and Jump Discovery"
By: Seo Yeon Lee
Date/Time: Thursday, October 28th, 2004 at 12:00 p.m. in Harper Center Room 09.
Committee: Federico Bandi (Co-Chair), Per A. Mykland (Co-Chair, Dept. of Statistics, U of C), George Constantinides, Ruey S. Tsay, Pietro Veronesi

Proposal: "Consumption and Portfolio Implications of Senior Home Mortgages"
By: Stephanie Curcuru
Date/Time: Monday, October 25th, 2004 at 12:00 p.m. in HP3B.
Committee: John Heaton (Chair), John Cochrane, Toby Moskowitz, Pietro Veronesi

Proposal: "Firm Life Expectancy and the Heterogeneity of the Book-to- Market Effect"
By: Jason Chen
Date/Time: Monday, October 18th, 2004 at 12:00 p.m. in Harper Center.
Committee: George Constantinides (Chair), Eugene Fama, Lubos Pastor, Pietro Veronesi

Proposal: "Computing Nash Equilibrium without Calculus: A Markov Chain Monte Carlo Approach"
By: Amit Gandhi
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 13th, 2004 at 3:30 p.m. in HP3B.
Committee: Nicholas Polson (Chair), Robert McCulloch, Amil Petrin, Phil Reny (U of C, Dept of Economics)

Proposal: "Analyst Coverage and Earnings Management"
By: Frank Yu
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 13th, 2004 at 12:00 p.m. in HP3B.
Committee: Luigi Zingales (Chair), Richard Thaler, Abbie Smith, Marianne Bertrand

Proposal: "Loyalty Based Portfolio Choice"
By: Lauren Cohen
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 12th, 2004 at 1:20 p.m. in Harper Center Room 08.
Committee: Tobias Moskowitz (Chair), Richard Thaler, Monika Piazzesi, Nicholas Barberis (non-GSB: Yale University, in-absentia)

Proposal: "Redistribution Through Public Purchases: Competition, Procurement Cost, and Efficiency in a Bid Preference Program"
By: Justin Marion
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 6th, 2004 at 1:15 p.m. in HP3B.
Committee: Steve Levitt (Chair), Marianne Bertrand, Jonathan Guryan, Ali Hortacsu (Dept. of Economics, University of Chicago)

Proposal: "Financial Reporting and Product Markets"
By: Gil Sadka
Date/Time: Tuesday, September 28th, 2004 at 3:00 p.m. in Harper Center.
Committee: Ray Ball (Chair), Phil Berger, Sam Peltzman, Haresh Sapra and Abbie Smith

Proposal: "Advertising and Portfolio Choice"
By: Henrik Cronqvist
Date/Time: Friday, September 24th, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. in Harper Center.
Committee: Richard Thaler (Chair), Anil Kashyap, Toby Moskowitz, Nicholas Barberis (in-absentia), Per Stromberg (in-absentia)

Defense: "Mobility Based Knowledge Diffusion and Economic Structure: Essays in Microeconomic Theory"
By: Judy Lubin
Date/Time: Thursday, September 23rd, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. in Harper Center.
Committee: Canice Prendergast (Chair), Robert Gertner, Luis Garicano and Lars Stole (in-absentia)

Proposal: "Dynamics of Pricing in Durable Good Markets: Application to 32-bit Console Video-Games"
By: Harikesh Nair
Date/Time: Thursday, September 23rd, 2004 at 1:30 p.m. in Harper Center.
Committee: Pradeep Chintagunta (Chair), Jean-Pierre Dube, Guenter Hitsch, Peter Rossi

Defense: "The Limits of Arbitrage: An Econometric Analysis of Evidence Based on Hedge Fund Returns"
By: David Mordecai
Date/Time: Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. in Harper Center.
Committee: Nick Polson (Chair), Sam Peltzman, Raghuram Rajan (in-absentia) and Tano Santons (Columbia)

Proposal: "The Limits of Arbitrage: An Econometric Analysis of Evidence Based on Hedge Fund Returns"
By: David Mordecai
Date/Time: Monday, July 26th, 2004 at 12:00 noon in Rosenwald 405.
Committee: Nick Polson (Chair), Tano Santos, Sam Peltzman and Raghuram Rajan (in absentia)

Defense: "Essays on Incentive Provision"
By: Lan Shi
Date/Time: Monday, July 19th, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. in Rosenwald 405.
Committee: Canice Prendergast (Chair), Abbie Smith, Marianne Bertrand and Toby Moskowitz (in-absentia)

Defense: "Long-Run Event Performance and Opinion Divergence"
By: Karl Diether
Date/Time: Thursday, July 1st, 2004 at 12:00 noon in Rosenwald 405.
Committee: Gene Fama (Chair), Doug Diamond, Toby Moskowitz and Owen Lamont (in-absentia)

Defense: "Interpersonal Miscalibration and Its Impact on Product Choice"
By: Katherine Burson
Date/Time: Tuesday, June 29th, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. in Rosenwald 405.
Committee: Joshua Klayman (Chair), France Leclerc, Yuval Rottenstreich and Richard Larrick (Duke)

Defense: "Freedom of Choice and Perceived Control: An Investigation of the Relationship between Preference for Choosing and Customer Satisfaction"
By: Simona Botti
Date/Time: Thursday, June 24th, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. in Rosenwald 405.
Committee: Ann McGill (Chair), France Leclerc, Yuval Rottenstreich, Chris K. Hsee (in-absentia) and Sheena S. Iyengar

Defense: "Four Essays on the Formation and Evolution of U.S. Biotechnology Companies"
By: Waverly Ding
Date/Time: Thursday, June 10th, 2004 at 3:00 p.m. in Rosenwald 129.
Committee: Toby Stuart (Chair), Matthew Bothner, Ronald Burt (in -absentia) and Damon Phillips.

Proposal: "Capabilities and firms, markets and hybrids: Theory and Evidence"
By: Krishnamurthy Subramanian
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 9th, 2004 at 12:30 p.m. in Rosenwald 15.
Committee: Luigi Zingales (Chair), Raghuram Rajan (in absentia), Milton Harris, Marianne Bertrand, Wouter Dessein

Proposal: "Asset Salability and Debt Maturity: Evidence from 19th Century American Railroads"
By: Effi Benmelech
Date/Time: Tuesday, June 8th, 2004 at 1:30 p.m. in Rosenwald 301.
Committee: Doug Diamond (Chair), Douglas Baird, Steve Kaplan, Tobias Moskowitz, Raghuram Rajan (in-absentia), Luigi Zingales

Defense: "Essay 1: Belief Bracketing: Can Partitioning Information Change Consumer Judgment?; Essay 2: Choosing to Consume Later: Determinants of Future-Based Choice"
By: Suzanne Shu
Date/Time: Friday, May 21st, 2004 at 2:30 p.m. in Rosenwald 405.
Committee: Richard Thaler (Chair), France Leclerc, Yuval Rottenstreich and George Wu

Defense: "Inventory Management with Demand Substitution Using a New Simulation Approach"
By: Hongsuk Yang
Date/Time: Thursday, May 13th, 2004 at 3:30 p.m. in Stuart 216.
Committee: Linus Schrage (Chair), Sergio Chayet, Don Eisenstein and Rob McCulloch

Defense: "Competition and Productivity: Micro-Evidence from Indian Manufacturing Sector Reforms"
By: Jagadeesh Sivadasan
Date/Time: Friday, April 30th, 2004 at 10:30 a.m. in Rosenwald 405.
Committee: Sam Peltzman (Chair), Marianne Bertrand, Amil Petrin and Jim Levinsohn

Defense: "The Convergence Between For-Profit and Nonprofit Hospitals in the United States"
By: Guy David
Date/Time: Friday, April 9th, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. in Rosenwald 405.
Committee: Kevin Murphy (Chair), Gary Becker, Dennis Carlton, Jonathan Guryan and David Meltzer

Proposal: "Executive Equity Holdings and Merger and Acquisition Efficiency"
By: Feng Li
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 6th, 2004 at 3:30 p.m. in Rosenwald 301.
Committee: Philip Berger (Chair), Richard Leftwich, Canice Prendergast, Abbie Smith, Franco Wong

Defense: "Analyst Ranking, Affiliation, and the Performance of Stock Recommendations for IPO's"
By: Xia Chen
Date/Time: Wednesday, March 3rd, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. in Rosenwald 301.
Committee: Ray Ball (Chair), Abbie Smith, Franco Wong and Toby Moskowitz

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