|Asst Prof Walter Edgar Theseira |
Division of Economics
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences
- PhD University of Pennsylvania 2009
- MA (SocSc) The University of Chicago 2005
- BA (Econ) The University of Chicago 2003
|Walter Theseira is an applied empirical microeconomist who has written on topics in public and labor economics, and industrial organization. His research has explored the causes of international social security reform, the effects of market competition on racial discrimination in credit markets, and the effects of social capital on local volunteer firefighting departments in the United States. His research has been selected for presentation at prestigious international conferences including the Trans-Atlantic Doctoral Conference at the London Business School, and the forthcoming 2010 American Economic Association Annual Meeting. In conjunction with his research on international social security issues, he has served as a short-term consultant with the World Bank's Social Protection Team. His previous applied economic policy consulting experience includes evaluating the economic feasibility of nuclear power in U.S. energy policy as part of a research team at the University of Chicago. Currently, with the support of a grant from NTU, he is expanding his research on volunteerism and social capital to explore how public financing affects private contributions to public goods. He is actively seeking opportunities to contribute to applied economic and social policy in Singapore via collaboration with other researchers and government bodies. After completing his Ph.D. in Managerial Science and Applied Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Walter Theseira joined NTU in 2009 as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Economics.|
Applied Microeconomics (Empirical)
“Competition to Default? Racial Discrimination in the Market for Online Peer-to-Peer Lending.”
“A Matter of Trust: Explaining Worldwide Pension Conversions” (joint with Kent Smetters) Research supported by the U.S. Social Security Administration grant: #10-P-98363-1-05 through the National Bureau of Economic Research as part of the SSA Retirement Research Consortium
“Am I my Brother’s Firefighter? Social Capital and the Voluntary Provision of Local Public Goods.”
The Economics of the Voluntary Sector. 1: The Economic and Social Determinants of Altruistic Behaviors; 2: The Market, the Public Sector, and Altruism: Substitutes or Complements?
|Research Grant |
- Academic Research Fund Tier 1 (2013-)
- IDA Grant Call on Cloud Computing (2012-)
- Land Transport Authority Grant (2012-) [by Land Transport Authority (LTA)]
- Start Up Grant (2010-2013)
|Current Projects |
- Behavioral and Social Economics of Taxi Services
- Pilot Time Use Survey
- Research on User Behaviour & Response
- The Economics of Taxi Services
- The Economics of the Voluntary Sector: 1. The Economic and Social Determinants of Altruistic Behaviors 2. The Market, the Public sector, and Altruism: Substitutes or Complements?
- Tan Di Song and Walter Theseira. (2011). Are Fines Compatible With Building a Truly Fine Country?Crisis Management and Public Policy: Singapore’s Approach to Economic Resilience. Singapore: World Scientific.
- Christina Jenq, Jessica Pan, Walter Theseira. (2011). Do Donors Discriminate?. Asian Meeting of the Econometric Society.
- Christina Jenq, Jessica Pan, Walter Theseira. (2011). What Do Donors Discriminate On? Evidence From Kiva.org. Second European Research Conference on Microfinance.
- Walter Theseira. (2011, April ). Am I My Brother's Firefighter? Social Capital and the Voluntary Provision of Local Public Goods. Paper presented at Royal Economic Society Conference 2011, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.
- Walter Theseira. (2010, December ). Firefighters and the Voluntary Provision of Local Public Goods. Paper presented at Hong Kong Economic Association Conference, Tianjin, China.