Mit economics phd thesis

She is planning to take two more in the fall. Saloom wants to know if the Pivot malnutrition program is reaching the people it should.

And there's another appeal: "I can take MIT accredited courses online, kind of at my own pace, at a kind of reasonable price based on my earnings," Saloom says. Students take five online courses for free.

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Students are admitted based on their performance in the online courses. If accepted, students would spend about six months on campus: a spring semester and a summer semester. They would be required to complete a capstone project involving a field experiment with randomized evaluation, which could be with their current employer. They would also write a master's thesis. MIT is still figuring out how much the first group of successful graduates of the online program would have to pay if admitted to the on-campus program, but it would be based on ability to pay.

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Abstract This thesis consists of four chapters on the causes of voter participation. In the first chapter, I study the effects of voting costs through a novel, quasi-experimental design based on geographic discontinuities. I compare parcels and census blocks located near borders between adjacent voting precincts. Units on opposite sides of a border are observationally identical, except for their assignment to different polling locations. The discontinuous assignment to polling places produces sharp changes in the travel distance voters face to cast their ballots.

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In a sample of nine municipalities in Massachusetts and Minnesota, I find that a 1-standard deviation. During non-presidential elections, effects in high-minority areas are three times as large as those in low-minority areas, while no significant difference emerges from the presidential election. Finally, I use my estimates to simulate the impact of various counterfactual assignments of voters to polling places.

I find that erasing the effect of distances to polling places would increase turnout by 1. By contrast, the optimal feasible counterfactual boundaries, holding polling locations constant, would result in small changes in the minority participation gap. The second chapter, coauthored with Vincent Pons, tests whether politicians can use direct contact to reconnect with citizens, increase turnout, and win votes.

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During the Italian municipal elections, we randomly assigned 26, voters to receive visits from city council candidates, from canvassers supporting the candidates' party list, or to a control group. While canvassers' visits increased turnout by 1. Candidates increased their own vote share in the precincts they canvassed, but only at the expense of their running mates. This suggests that their failure to mobilize nonvoters resulted from focusing on securing the preferences of active voters.

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Awards are made by April 15, and generally cover the first two years of study. The sources of financial support are varied.

Javits Program, as well as by international and foreign agencies. Applications for such fellowships must be made directly to the appropriate foundation or agency, and an application for admission must also be made to MIT.

NSF Fellowships have been a major source of support for students who are U. Hausman Fellowship, the Gregory K.