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1. Kaufman, Adam. Essays in empirical health economics.

Degree: PhD, Economics, 2009, University of Southern California

These essays examine econometric models of health behavior. The first essay evaluates the Kids N Fitness program, an intervention to reduce childhood overweight and obesity. The second essay uses a Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles private dataset to examine determinants of diabetic glycemic control transitions. The third essay analyzes drinking behavior and the response to spousal death among the elderly, utilizing the Health and Retirement Study panel dataset. In each case, I analyze the health behavior choice controlling for available individual characteristics including economic variables. The models apply rigorous econometric techniques and are explicit about the underlying assumptions.; I find that the Kids N Fitness program is effective at helping overweight children reduce their BMI Z Score. In addition, the analysis points towards the conclusion that more highly trained instructors do not yield improved program efficacy. I find that being a teenager negatively impacts the probability that a child will return to good diabetes control from a spell of poor control. Lastly, I find evidence that spousal death and being a widow significantly impact elderly female drinking but not elderly male drinking.; The topics in these essays are generally approached from the medical literature and not the economic literature. My analyses illustrate some of the potential value of applying rigorous econometric and applied microeconomic techniques to these questions in health and healthcare. Advisors/Committee Members: Ham, John C. (Committee Chair), Goeree, Michelle (Committee Member), Mittelman, Steve (Committee Member).

Subjects/Keywords: health economics; econometric models of health; health program review

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APA (6th Edition):

Kaufman, A. (2009). Essays in empirical health economics. (Doctoral Dissertation). University of Southern California. Retrieved from http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p15799coll127/id/172959/rec/2429

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Kaufman, Adam. “Essays in empirical health economics.” 2009. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Southern California. Accessed October 28, 2020. http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p15799coll127/id/172959/rec/2429.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Kaufman, Adam. “Essays in empirical health economics.” 2009. Web. 28 Oct 2020.

Vancouver:

Kaufman A. Essays in empirical health economics. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Southern California; 2009. [cited 2020 Oct 28]. Available from: http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p15799coll127/id/172959/rec/2429.

Council of Science Editors:

Kaufman A. Essays in empirical health economics. [Doctoral Dissertation]. University of Southern California; 2009. Available from: http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p15799coll127/id/172959/rec/2429


University of Southern California

2. Derdenger, Timothy P. Vertical integration and two-sided market pricing: evidence from the video game industry.

Degree: PhD, Economics, 2009, University of Southern California

The focus of this dissertation is twofold. The first objective is to construct an empirical demand model for video game consoles which captures the complementary nature between hardware and software while accounting for software heterogeneity and competition. The second objective is to determine the effects of vertical integration on video game console price competition as well as consumer welfare and firm profits.; These objectives are answered with data from the 128 bit video game industry which consists of Nintendo Gamecube, Sony Playstation 2 and Microsoft Xbox. A new methodology is formed to estimate the demand for video game consoles. In order to understand how vertical integration impacts console price competition, my analysis extends the empirical industrial organization literature by constructing a new methodology which allows consumer demand for video game consoles to depend upon the set of available video games rather than only the number of games. The estimation technique differs from prior research by incorporating video game heterogeneity and software competition into the indirect network effect.; With the implementation of a model which is more flexible than prior models, I determine vertical integration in the video game industry increases price competition as well as consumer welfare and console manufacturer profits. There are two important trade-offs to vertical integration. The first is a demand effect which further differentiates consoles and forces prices higher. The second, a market structure effect, drives prices lower. Since price competition increases, the demand effect is thus dominated by the market structure effect which results in higher consumer welfare. Moreover, the increase in price competition also benefits console manufacturers. Lower prices generate greater demand for consoles which leads to a rise in the number of video games sold, where the "real" profits are made. I find that console makers are thus willing to set lower console prices in order to increase sales of their own developed video games. Under a more restrictive model, however, prices rise leading to the conclusion which is counter to what an industry insider would suspect. I determine that it is important to properly model the console manufacturers' profit functions and model the demand for video games well since console demand is derived from video game demand. Without doing so, incorrect policy conclusions are made. Advisors/Committee Members: Ridder, Geert (Committee Chair), Tan, Guofu (Committee Member), Goeree, Michelle (Committee Member), Zhu, Feng (Committee Member).

Subjects/Keywords: vertical integration; two-sided markets; pricing; video game industry

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Derdenger, T. P. (2009). Vertical integration and two-sided market pricing: evidence from the video game industry. (Doctoral Dissertation). University of Southern California. Retrieved from http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p15799coll127/id/254257/rec/7827

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Derdenger, Timothy P. “Vertical integration and two-sided market pricing: evidence from the video game industry.” 2009. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Southern California. Accessed October 28, 2020. http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p15799coll127/id/254257/rec/7827.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Derdenger, Timothy P. “Vertical integration and two-sided market pricing: evidence from the video game industry.” 2009. Web. 28 Oct 2020.

Vancouver:

Derdenger TP. Vertical integration and two-sided market pricing: evidence from the video game industry. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Southern California; 2009. [cited 2020 Oct 28]. Available from: http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p15799coll127/id/254257/rec/7827.

Council of Science Editors:

Derdenger TP. Vertical integration and two-sided market pricing: evidence from the video game industry. [Doctoral Dissertation]. University of Southern California; 2009. Available from: http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p15799coll127/id/254257/rec/7827

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