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- ItemCharleston's Growing Entertainment DistrictWofford, Ellison; Litvin, StephenThe research that follows addresses numerous topics of interest: nighttime economies; the regulation of establishments with liquor licenses; gentrification; mixed-use neighborhoods; and the assurance of quality of life for residents in liquor license-dense vicinities. The study location is King Street in Charleston, South Carolina, which is one of the main retail, residential, and tourism-focused corridors of the city. The upper blocks of King Street, between the cross streets of Calhoun and Canon Street, were specifically studied as this area has undergone a rapid transformation. Merely ten years ago, locals did not frequent this area, it was of no interest to tourists, and it was regarded as a neighborhood that one would not want to walk through, especially at night. Many historical buildings sat vacant and in disrepair. Since the turn of the century, this area has seen a steady influx of retail businesses and for many years it was regarded as Charleston’s “Design District”. Even more recently, however, upper King Street has experienced a profound influx of liquor-licensed establishments. This paper considers, via a purely qualitative approach, the effects that this burgeoning nighttime corridor currently has and will have on other businesses, residents, and the Charleston community as a whole.
- ItemChoice among Equally Priced Food Alternatives in Rats(2013-11-04) Gonto (Burnette), Kelsey Leigh; Galuska, ChadStudies investigating unit price predictions of choice in humans and monkeys have indicated that – at relatively cheap prices – most subjects prefer a large reward for more work than a small reward for less work; however, the opposite pattern has been reported in pigeons. Our study further explored this issue by examining rats’ demand and choice between alternatives equal in price but comprised of different response requirements and reinforcer magnitudes. Five food-restricted adult male Long Evans rats lever pressed for food pellets. Demand curves were first obtained by manipulating the fixed-ratio (FR) response requirement across sessions using 1-pellet and 4-pellet reinforcers. In the choice phase of the study, two levers were available simultaneously. In most conditions, the alternatives were equally priced but comprised of FR and reinforcer sizes of differing magnitudes. Two patterns of results were exhibited: rats either displayed a clear preference for one of the alternatives or they showed a lever bias. The rats with lever biases demonstrated a clear preference for the cheaper alternative during conditions in which the alternatives were unequally priced. Rats demonstrating preference under equally priced choice comparisons tended to prefer the larger magnitude alternative over the smaller one until the overall price became expensive. These results provide mixed support for unit-price predictions of choice, which state that, when two alternatives of equal unit price are available, there should be no discernable preference between them. This study demonstrates that some rats do, in fact, exhibit a preference between equally priced alternatives comprised of different response requirements and reinforcer amounts.
- ItemFinancial Industry Diversification: An Empirical Analysis(2013-11-05) von der Lieth, James P; Neesham, BethThis paper uses a quantitative approach to determine whether or not diversified financial institutions perform better than specialized financial institutions for shareholders. It aims to identify whether or not economies of scope benefits of financial conglomerates outweigh the negative implications of providing a wide variety of services. Other academic work has identified economies of scope benefits in the financial sector, including the ability to market diversified services to existing customers, sharing of fixed costs, and ability to take advantage of the moral hazard of the FDIC. (Laeven and Levine) Possible diseconomies of scope effects include exacerbating agency problems between managers and investors, more precarious risk management and invoking inner-company conflicts of interest due to offering both investment services and banking services. This paper will identify which financial institutions business model has historically provided the best returns to shareholders since the repeal of the Glass-Steagall, when United States financial institutions were permitted to diversify their services to the greatest extent since the 1920’s.
- ItemQueering Femme: An Examination of Contemporary Femme Identity(2013-11-05) Reed, Hannah Clary; O'Dowd, Ornaith; Hladky, Katie$