Date of Award

2013

Degree Type

Report

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Economics and Finance

First Advisor

Randy T Simmons

Abstract

This paper wouldn’t be possible without the patient help of Dr. Ryan Yonk. I appreciate his willingness to give me access to data and read early, very rough drafts. I am also grateful to my committee for their willingness to help me through the process and discuss where this research could go next. Thanks are also due to the wonderful student researchers and staff at Strata who were willing to read my early drafts and put up with my occasional absent mindedness. I am very grateful to Greg Allan and his willingness to endure a long and busy year. I couldn’t have gotten through this program without the help of Chris Martin. I will forever be thankful for his willingness to answer my questions, fill me in on the classes I missed, and help with this paper. Without all the amazing people in my life there is no way that I could have I made it through this year, thanks to me family, friends, coworkers, and cohort.

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