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. 

Do NGOs make a difference: a case study of rural Rajasthan

Publication Date
2008-July-01
Document Type
Department or Program
Abstract

An empirical analysis of effects of NGO interventions on health and education of women and girls in rural Rajasthan employs an original micro data set to address criticisms of NGO effectiveness. Isolating the effects of the NGO's programs from personal...

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Mixture models and convergence clubs

Publication Date
2008-January-01
Document Type
Department or Program
Abstract

In this paper we argue that modeling the cross-country distribution of per capita income as a mixture distribution provides a natural framework for the detection of convergence clubs. The framework yields tests for the number of component distributions that are...

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Temporary employment decisions of registered nurses

Publication Date
1997-December-01
Document Type
Department or Program
Abstract

The decision whether or not to work for a temporary agency was examined using a 1990 cross-section survey of Illinois registered nurses and a model which corrects for the simultaneity between agency choice and wages (and benefits). Conditional on having...

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The economics of a centralized judiciary: Uniformity, forum shopping and the Federal Circuit

Publication Date
2008-May-01
Document Type
Department or Program
Abstract

In 1982, the US Congress established the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) as the sole appellate court for patent cases. Ostensibly, this court was created to eliminate inconsistencies in the application and interpretation of patent law across...

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The effect of temporary nursing services on the supply of labor to nursing

Publication Date
1997-December-01
Document Type
Department or Program
Abstract

Do temporary nursing agencies cause labor supply to nursing to be greater or less than it otherwise would be? Using cross-section survey data from 1984, 1988, and 1992, this question is examined within a nine-equation system capable of estimating hours...

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The political economy of conditionality: an empirical analysis of World Bank Enforcement

Publication Date
2008-January-01
Document Type
Department or Program
Abstract

Traditional aid conditionality has been attacked as ineffective in part because aid agencies - notably the World Bank - often fail to enforce conditions. This pattern undermines the credibility of conditionality, weakening incentives to implement policy reforms. The standard critique...

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