Author ORCID Identifier


Date of Award

Winter 11-28-2023

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Public Management and Policy

First Advisor

Ross Rubenstein

Second Advisor

James C. Cox

Third Advisor

Vjollca Sadiraj

Fourth Advisor

Alan Marco

Fifth Advisor

Omar I. Asensio


The dissertation examines the concept of skills, and and their impact on charitable giving behavior, labor market outcomes, and marital choices. The first essay conducts a controlled laboratory experiment, investigating the relationship between worker performance and their pro-social behavior in the context of charitable contributions. The second essay estimates the employment premium associated with online certificates in data science through a randomized field experiment. The third essay expands on a multi-period microeconomics model of educational and marital choices in developing countries. The outcomes of this study address questions that are shared concern for the academic community and policy-makers.