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dc.contributor.advisor Mieszkowski, Peter
dc.creatorZarovnyi, Alexei
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-04T06:46:54Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-04T06:46:54Z
dc.date.issued 2000
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1911/18054
dc.description.abstract My dissertation consists of two unrelated essays. In the first essay, "Wage Subsidy in an Optimal Redistribution Program", I analyze the efficiency of income transfers and wage subsidies as instruments of income redistribution in an optimal taxation framework. I extend the Mirrlees model (1971) of income inequality by specifying a model in which individuals' productivity and wages depend on investment in skill acquisition in addition to ability. The principal result of the research is that a wage subsidy has an important role to play in an optimal system of income maintenance. In the second essay, "Bundling Hardware and Software", a class of simple models is analyzed to explain prevailing bundling practices in computer markets. A profit-maximizing monopolist may over-provide hardware-software bundles, practice "pure bundling" when preferences are symmetric with respect to software, and under-bundle and under-produce software when preferences are asymmetric.
dc.format.extent 115 p.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectEconomics
Economics, Commerce-Business
Labor economics
Economic theory
dc.title Essays in microeconomics: Wage subsidy in an optimal redistribution program and bundling hardware and software
dc.type.genre Thesis
dc.type.material Text
thesis.degree.department Economics
thesis.degree.discipline Social Sciences
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Doctoral
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy
dc.identifier.citation Zarovnyi, Alexei. "Essays in microeconomics: Wage subsidy in an optimal redistribution program and bundling hardware and software." (2000) Diss., Rice University. http://hdl.handle.net/1911/18054.


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