The purpose of the first essay is to determine the impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement on location decisions of U.S. confectionery manufacturers using county level data from 1993 to 2005. A random effects panel data Tobit model is used to test the null hypothesis. The second essay analyzes factors leading to the growth in employment and location decisions of new firms and expansion of existing firms in southeast Oklahoma. A generalized least squares model is used to measure factors affecting employment growth while a heteroskedastic Tobit model is used to measure factors affecting new firm locations and expansions of existing facilities from 1997 to 2005. The final essay focuses on whether or not students' first impressions of instructors and courses are lasting. An ordered probit model is used to test for factors that drive initial impressions and a multinomial logit model is used to determine the factors that lead to observed changes final evaluation scores.Participating classes are from the departments of animal science, agricultural economics, agricultural communication, education, and leadership, plant and soil science, horticulture, and natural resource ecology and management. Of theanbsp;...
|Title||:||Essays on Business Location, Recruitment, and the Role of Evaluations in the University Classroom|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2008|