Vassar College Digital Library

Institutional Repository

Vassar College's institutional repository reflects the research and scholarly output of the Vassar College community.  It provides access to many collections, including a variety of senior theses and projects from disciplines ranging from American Culture to Urban Studies. 

In early 2022 Vassar College Libraries moved the institutional repository from Digital Window to the Vassar College Digital Library. This new method of access is a work in progress and will be officially launched in June 2022. The original Digital Window will remain accessible through July 1, 2022. 

Convergence among the U.S. states: Absolute, conditional, or club?

Publication Date
2003-October-01
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Department or Program
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This paper attempts to ascertain which of the convergence hypotheses – absolute, conditional, or club – best describes the economic development of the U.S. states since 1950. We use regression tree analysis to identify convergence clubs among the states and...

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Convergence and growth amongst rich and poor

Publication Date
1992-March-01
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Department or Program
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This paper reexamines the Baumol-Wolff (1988) hypothesis that there exists an exclusive international Convergence Club of rich nations whose members will move nearer each other with the passage of time. We argue that the Baumol-Wolff analysis does not really justify...

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Limited arbitrage, segmentation, and investor heterogeneity: Why the law of one price so often fails

Publication Date
2003-August-28
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Department or Program
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There are numerous examples of assets with identical payout streams being priced differently. These violations of the law of one price result from two factors. First, investors have heterogeneous asset valuations so that if two groups of investors trade in...

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Limited arbitrage, segmentation, and investor heterogeneity: Why the law of one price so often fails

Publication Date
2003-August-28
Document Type
Department or Program
Abstract

There are numerous examples of assets with identical payout streams being priced differently. These violations of the law of one price result from two factors. First, investors have heterogeneous asset valuations so that if two groups of investors trade in...

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The option value of patent litigation: Theory and evidence

Publication Date
2003-December-01
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Department or Program
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In this paper I present a real options model of patent litigation when patents are not perfectly enforceable. I consider both finite horizon and infinite horizon models. The theoretical results demonstrate that patent value depends not only on the underlying...

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The portfolio allocation effects of investor sentiment about the ability of managers to beat the market

Publication Date
2003-February-03
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Department or Program
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I present a model that can transform discounts on closed-end mutual funds into a measure of investor sentiment about the ability of fund managers to beat the market. This measure of sentiment varies positively with capital flows into actively managed...

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The sexual division of leadership in volunteer emergency medical squads

Publication Date
1992-August-01
Document Type
Department or Program
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This article reports on theoretical and empirical research that explored the hypothesis that there is a sexual division of leadership in volunteer emergency medical service (EMS) squads. This hypothesis was tested against survey data obtained from 216 current members of...

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Volunteer emergency squads and their communities: A demographic comparison

Publication Date
1992-December-01
Document Type
Department or Program
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This research compares the personal, household, and professional characteristics volunteer emergency medical service (EMS) providers in Ulster County, NY with those of the general population of this rural upstate county, using a survey instrument implemented by the author in conjunction...

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Volunteers and their communities: A comparative analysis of volunteer firefighters

Publication Date
1992-August-01
Document Type
Department or Program
Abstract

This article explores the multifaceted relationship between volunteer fire companies and their communities by examining a broad range of socioeconomic characteristics of volunteer fire fighters and general residents in rural New York State. The two data sets are generated by...

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