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Honorable Mention

Dissertation Advisor

Martha Bailey


This dissertation contains three essays on the economics of people and places. The essays share a common goal of understanding the long-run consequences of economic and social processes on people, places, and the economy and they also share a common approach of combining newly available administrative data with transparent empirical methodologies. This longitudinal lens examines the 1980-1982 recession on educational attainment and income in the United States; the role of social interactions in location decisions; and finally the effect of social connectedness on crime across U.S. cities from 1960-2009.

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