A DISSERTATION SUBMITTED TO THE FACULTY OF THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA BY
IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY
Advisor: Larry E. Jones June 2009
c Simge Tarhan 2009
I would like to thank my advisor Professor Larry E. Jones for his encouragement and advice during the long writing process of this dissertation. I also would like to thank Professor V.V. Chari for patiently listening to my presentations at the Chari-Jones workshop, giving invaluable suggestions to improve my work. I thank Professor Jos´ -V´ctor R´os-Rull for encouraging me to think more critie ı ı cally with his questions and comments. I thank Professor Raymond D. Duvall for giving insightful comments about my research. Parts of this dissertation have been presented at various conferences and seminars. For their suggestions and comments, I would like to thank Kenneth Binmore, Francesca Carapella, Roozbeh Hosseini, Facundo Piguillem, Evsen ¸ T¨ rkay, and the members of the Chari-Jones Workshop, as well as the particiu pants at the III Guanajuato Workshop for Young Economists, the Third Annual Graduate Student Conference at Washington University in St. Louis, the 6th Midwest International Economic Development Conference, the 2009 European School on New Institutional Economics, and the 13th Annual Conference of the International Society for New Institutional Economics. The chapter titled “Self-selection of Politicians and Corruption” is written with Evsen T¨ rkay. ¸ u i
The Department of Economics at the University of Minnesota is blessed with the best staff! They have not only made my life so much easier by taking care of all the bureaucratic processes related to my studies, but also offered me their moral support and encouragement on a daily basis. I especially thank Catherine Bach and Kara Kersteter for all they have done for me from the time I took...