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Exploitation And Social Reproduction In The Japanese Animation Industry, James Garrett 2018 California State University, Monterey Bay

Exploitation And Social Reproduction In The Japanese Animation Industry, James Garrett

Capstone Projects and Master's Theses

Japanese animation, or ‘Anime’ is considered a unique creative cultural product that has become a global phenomenon, but little attention is paid to its industrial production process, the poor working conditions of domestic animators, and their position within the structure of labor organization in Japan. By analyzing research concerning the current stakeholders in the industry, historical conditions that led to the creation of television broadcast animation, overseas subcontracting networks, and the development of commercial fan cultures through Maurizio Lazzarato’s concept of Immaterial Labor, Michael Hardt’s concept of Affective Labor, Laikwan Pang’s concepts of the intensification of contradictory ...


Finding A Way Out Of Poverty, Jonathan Chang, Christopher Dula 2018 Singapore Management University

Finding A Way Out Of Poverty, Jonathan Chang, Christopher Dula

Asian Management Insights

A social enterprise project that has brought income and dignity to a remote community in Indonesia.


An Evaluation Of The Asymmetric Impacts Of Communication By The Federal Reserve, Madison Lynn White 2018 Lehigh University

An Evaluation Of The Asymmetric Impacts Of Communication By The Federal Reserve, Madison Lynn White

Theses and Dissertations

This paper explores the impact of communications by the Federal Reserve on financial market returns before and after the financial crisis. It specifically looks at whether markets’ responses to communication differ depending on the source and depending on whether the tone is positive or negative. I extract the tone used in communications by using tools from computational linguistics to create a measure based on the number of positive and negative words appearing in a communication. Using this measurement for tone, I find that market returns respond more to the tone of communications after the financial crisis. Second, I find the ...


Price Matching Policies And Consumer Loyalty, GAOJIE LIN 2018 Lehigh University

Price Matching Policies And Consumer Loyalty, Gaojie Lin

Theses and Dissertations

I examine the relationship between brick-and-mortar retailers offering price-matching guarantees and the atmosphere of their stores. In an extension of the Hotelling model, if a retailer improves the atmosphere of its store, then it raises its price. However, with a price-match guarantee and a competitor with a lower-quality store and a lower price, some of the retailer’s consumers may demand a price match. I identify the circumstances under which a price-match guarantee prevents a retailer from earning increased revenues that may result from improving its in-store atmosphere. In my model, the results depend on the share of consumers who ...


Are Prize-Linked Savings Accounts The Solution To Arkansas' Savings Problem?, McKenzie Wages 2018 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Are Prize-Linked Savings Accounts The Solution To Arkansas' Savings Problem?, Mckenzie Wages

Accounting Undergraduate Honors Theses

This research finds that access to prize-linked savings could improve the financial security of Arkansans. Prize-linked savings (PLS) accounts are nontraditional savings products that offer depositors the chance to win cash prizes instead of a typical interest rate return. Given the low median incomes, high liquid asset poverty rates, and high levels of underbanked and undereducated individuals in Arkansas, there is a need for an innovative savings solution like PLS in the state. PLS accounts capitalize on individuals’ propensity for lottery-like risk-taking to inspire the productive behavior of personal saving. A wide range of individuals, especially those who could stand ...


A Study Into The Relationship Between Nutrition And Income In A College Setting, Alyssa Hicks 2018 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

A Study Into The Relationship Between Nutrition And Income In A College Setting, Alyssa Hicks

Economics Undergraduate Honors Theses

Many health related issues in the United States are linked to Americans’ poor diet choices. College students, a subset of that population, establish important trends in their diet habits that they will maintain over their four years in college and beyond. Although previous literature has found income to be a determinant of diet, this paper does not find income to be a significant predictor of student nutrition. One potential explanation is that college provides a unique environment and circumstance. Yet, additional income suggests it could be important for students who suffer from a lack of funds—increasing their income brings ...


The Effects Of Mass Shootings On Gun Sales, Elliot Chau 2018 College of the Holy Cross

The Effects Of Mass Shootings On Gun Sales, Elliot Chau

Economics Department Working Papers

The United States experiences mass shootings which cause the American public to respond in various ways. One measurable aspect is the demand for firearms following a shooting. Using the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System to proxy firearm sales, I create an ARMA model that estimates which characteristic of a mass shooting dictates the largest firearms purchase response. I find that President Obama’s tenure caused 210,000 more firearms sales per month. I also find that if the mass shooter was an internationally influenced terrorist, firearms sales increased by about 420,000 for the ...


The Pro-Poor Gap Evaluation, Tung Nhu Nguyen 2018 Singapore Management University

The Pro-Poor Gap Evaluation, Tung Nhu Nguyen

Asian Management Insights

Improving the future design and implementation of public-private partnerships.


Individual Differences In Discounting Delayed Gains, Delayed Losses, And Probabilistic Losses, Yu-Hua Yeh 2018 Washington University in St. Louis

Individual Differences In Discounting Delayed Gains, Delayed Losses, And Probabilistic Losses, Yu-Hua Yeh

Arts & Sciences Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Many decisions in one’s daily life involve the discounting of delayed or probabilistic losses: Should we pay off our credit-card balance in full or incur interest; should we buy more collision and liability insurance or risk having to pay more in case of an accident? Despite its importance, however, discounting of losses is understudied, and few studies have focused on individual differences. The current study recruited 407 on-line participants through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk who completed three discounting questionnaires: delayed losses, probabilistic losses, and delayed gains. Magnitude effects were observed with delayed gains (i.e., larger delayed gains were ...


Efficacy Of Technology-Based And In-Person Health Education For Behavior Change In College-Aged Women, Madeline Bremel 2018 College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University

Efficacy Of Technology-Based And In-Person Health Education For Behavior Change In College-Aged Women, Madeline Bremel

All College Thesis Program, 2016-present

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine whether an in-person or technology based bone health intervention improved bone health knowledge and behaviors in college-aged women. Methods: 30 college-aged women were randomly divided into three groups: personal intervention (n = 10), technological intervention (n = 10), and control (n = 10). Both intervention groups received identical information regarding the importance of bone health and the appropriate behaviors for maintaining strong bones including weight-bearing exercise, calcium consumption, and vitamin D consumption. The technology group received the information via an online video, and the personal group via a one-on-one health intervention. Changes in bone ...


Does The Women, Infants, And Children Program (Wic) Improve Infant Health Outcomes?, Brent Kreider, John V. Pepper, Manan Roy 2018 Iowa State University

Does The Women, Infants, And Children Program (Wic) Improve Infant Health Outcomes?, Brent Kreider, John V. Pepper, Manan Roy

Economics Working Papers

We evaluate causal impacts of prenatal WIC participation on healthy birth outcomes, simultaneously accounting for self-selection of expectant mothers into WIC and systematic underreporting of program participation. In doing so, we extend existing partial identification methods to reflect the institutional details of the program. In particular, we allow for a richer measurement error model and apply a modified regression discontinuity design. Combining survey data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study Birth Cohort (ECLS-B) with administrative data from the USDA, our reduces the prevalence of unhealthy birth weight by at least 21 percent and unhealthy gestation duration by at least 9 ...


Income And Subjective Well-Being: Evidence From Singapore's First National Non-Contributory Pension, Yanying CHEN, Yi Jin TAN 2018 Singapore Management University

Income And Subjective Well-Being: Evidence From Singapore's First National Non-Contributory Pension, Yanying Chen, Yi Jin Tan

Research Collection School Of Economics

We use a new monthly panel and a difference-in-differences strategy to study the effects of an exogenous permanent income shock on subjective well-being along previously unexplored dimensions. This permanent income shock is the introduction of Singapore’s first national non-contributory pension, the Silver Support Scheme. The pension improved the life satisfaction of recipients, and appeared to be driven by social, household income, and economic satisfaction. Consistent with the predictions of standard consumption-savings models, well-being improved when the shock was unanticipated (at announcement), but did not improve significantly further when the shock was anticipated (at disbursement). In addition, we find evidence ...


Imitation In Heterogeneous Populations, Jonas Hedlund, Carlos Oyarzun 2018 University of Queensland

Imitation In Heterogeneous Populations, Jonas Hedlund, Carlos Oyarzun

Carlos Oyarzun

Abstract We study a boundedly rational model of imitation when payoff distributions of actions differ across types of individuals. Individuals observe others' actions and payoffs, and a comparison signal. Two possible inefficiencies may arise: (i) uniform adoption, i.e., all individuals choose the action that is optimal for one type but sub-optimal for the other, or (ii) dual incomplete learning, i.e., only a fraction of each type chooses its optimal action. Which one occurs depends on the composition of the population and how critical the choice is for different types of individuals. In an application, we show that a ...


Discrimination: Does Perception Of Corruption Affect Our Interactions?, Ramón Garcia Gomez 2018 University of Pennsylvania

Discrimination: Does Perception Of Corruption Affect Our Interactions?, Ramón Garcia Gomez

Honors Theses (PPE)

Does our perception of corruption affect our interactions? This question was answered through an experimental survey of 90 participants and the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) from Transparency International’s 2017 Report. The survey revealed that those who were categorized as low-corrupt with an above average CPI exhibited altruism towards individuals from perceived high-corrupt regions but discriminated negatively against them when restrictions were placed on the interaction. In the experiment, participants were allowed to give any amount between zero and six dollars in both games. Altruism was measured through the dictator game and low-corrupt participants were found to give one dollar ...


Why Give? The Behavioral Economics Of Charitable Giving, Samuel Brackett 2018 University of Wyoming

Why Give? The Behavioral Economics Of Charitable Giving, Samuel Brackett

Honors Theses AY 17/18

Donations are important for the long-term survival of many institutions. However, it is still uncertain exactly why it is that people choose to donate. Behavioral economics combines economics with psychology to better understand how humans make choices in markets. This research project focuses on the psychology of charitable giving, nudges, and the impact of natural resource rents on charitable giving. Without understanding individuals, it is impossible to understand why they donate. Nudges seek to take what has been learned about individuals to manipulate them into behaving the way policy makers desire. Natural resource rents are another facet to consider in ...


Effect Of Government Quality Grade Labels On Consumer Demand For Pork Chops In The Short And Long Run, Jayson L. Lusk, Glynn T. Tonsor, Ted C. Schroeder, Dermot J. Hayes 2018 Purdue Univeristy

Effect Of Government Quality Grade Labels On Consumer Demand For Pork Chops In The Short And Long Run, Jayson L. Lusk, Glynn T. Tonsor, Ted C. Schroeder, Dermot J. Hayes

Economics Publications

Despite ample evidence of pork quality variability, at present there are few signals that would incentivize growers to produce higher quality pork. Using split-sample, choice experiment data from a nationwide online survey of U.S. pork chop eaters, this research determines changes in pork chop demand in response to a potential change in U.S. government policy that would introduce a new pork quality grading system based on color scores. Our simulations include novel short-run projections in which the conditional and latent class logit models are inverted to yield inverse demand curves. The inverse demand curves are used to calculate ...


Career: Location-Aware Social Science For Adaptation: Modeling Dynamic Patterns In Public Perceptions And Behavior, Peter D. Howe 2018 Utah State University

Career: Location-Aware Social Science For Adaptation: Modeling Dynamic Patterns In Public Perceptions And Behavior, Peter D. Howe

Funded Research Records

No abstract provided.


Smarter Lunchrooms, Brianna L. Johnson, Teresa Heck 2018 St Cloud State University

Smarter Lunchrooms, Brianna L. Johnson, Teresa Heck

Huskies Showcase

Award for "Best Applied Experience Display".

Abstract

School lunches are commonly to blame for the rising obesity rates in youth, which pushed law makers to enforce stricter regulations on what schools were able to offer their students. However, with these regulations in place many schools saw a drop in their rate of lunch participation. This led to the creation of The Smarter Lunchrooms Movement, which aims to making the healthy choice the easy choice, without taking the options away. The initial movement began in 2009 where examination of how principles of behavioral economics, the study of how the social and ...


The Impact Of Gap Years On Academic Outcomes For Women: A Case Study From The Missionary Age Change, Margaret Marchant 2018 Brigham Young University

The Impact Of Gap Years On Academic Outcomes For Women: A Case Study From The Missionary Age Change, Margaret Marchant

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Young adults throughout the United States and other countries participate in “gap years,” or time away from school, often for travel, work, or volunteering. This practice is promoted as a way to mature and refocus. However, some worry that it lowers the likelihood of college completion. Previous literature has investigated the academic, social, and personal benefits of gap years with mixed results; however selection into gap years confounds the true impact with unobservable personal characteristics. To overcome selection issues, I exploit an exogenous policy change that lowered age requirements for missionary service, a unique type of gap year, resulting in ...


Cradle To Grave Cotton Product Life-Cycle: How Can Excess Waste Water Be Recycled ?, Dana Knight, Sade Cole 2018 Kent State University

Cradle To Grave Cotton Product Life-Cycle: How Can Excess Waste Water Be Recycled ?, Dana Knight, Sade Cole

Undergraduate Research Symposium

Through literature review, this study entails concerns of waste- water used in the process of making apparel. Consumers’ behavior was not a determining factor in apparel purchased due to lack of knowledge of harmful environmental effects. This study is about how consumers perceive water waste and practices to extend the life of excess water use attained during the cotton product life-cycle. This study will implement an experimental design to answer the research question. Conducted research will challenge dye inclusive water waste practices by formulating an experiment using the variables 1lb of cotton t-shirts 3 gallons of water, and blue dye ...


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