A number of contributions have allowed for the culmination of this work. I would firstlike to thank my family and close friends, who have always inspired me to try andachieve my goals in spite of the challenges. I would also like to convey my deepestappreciation to Professor Christopher Curran who gave me the courage to believe in myabilities and embark upon this fulfilling project. I would like to thank Professor ElenaPesavento for her mentorship not only in Economics but all throughout myundergraduate career as well as Professor Andrew Francis whose overall academicguidance and insight has been invaluable. I am further grateful to Professor Ann Hartleand Professor Donald Livingston who have enabled me to stay true to my liberal artseducation. Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Justin Otto and AmyYuen of the Emory University Woodruff Library as well as Wahida Huq and ZaidiSattar of the World Bank for their assistance with my research.