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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
My dissertation integrating theory and practice into fostering sustainable, ecofriendly, and equitable public policy that promote the well-being of generations to come. My main research questions are: how can we transform the complex socioeconomic systems to build future resilience? In the first chapter, I identify and quantify the effect of the presence of tight oil and gas extraction on the agricultural productivity. This study informs evidence-based policymaking on pressing environmental issues. In the next chapter, I studied the effectiveness of existing policy of urban growth control from an evolutionary landscape and found that the decades-old regulation does not fulfill its goal. I worked on long-term, high-resolution spatial-temporal satellite data from multiple sources to make the policy assessment achievable and accessible. This research design, instrumental in explaining the choice of the program enrollment, provides strong grounds for policy realignment that benefits the regional economies and promotes agricultural sustainability. In the final chapter, I evaluate the unintended effect of Shelter-in-Place order for COVID-19 in the United States while accounting for unobserved seasonality and the potential endogeneity of the policy. I find that counties with the Shelter-in-Place order have higher in percent of good AQI.
Siu, Wai Yan, "Essays on the Economics of Regional Development and Public Policy" (2021). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 8174.
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