Essays in Financial Frictions, Entrepeneurship and Economic Development

Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2010

Author's School

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Author's Department


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Type



This dissertation consists of three essays that study the economic implications of financial frictions on entrepreneurial investment decision making and aggregate economic performance. The first essay studies investment horizon choice of a distribution of entrepreneurs when a fraction of the financiers within the economy consists of impatient type of lenders. The second essay studies the effects of financial contract enforcement in promoting productive entrepreneurship and economic development. The third essay studies the link between financial development and entrepreneurial capital-labor management.


English (en)

Chair and Committee

Ping Wang

Committee Members

Gaetano Antinolfi, James Bullard, Hong Liu, Bruce C. Petersen, Yongseok Shin


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