The Senior Program

The Senior Project in economics can be satisfied either by a project in a designated 500 level course or by a Senior Thesis. Projects require a paper or a series of papers demonstrating a mastery of advanced methods, an understanding of the scholarly literature on a topic or an understanding of the evolution of important issues in the discipline. The Senior Thesis is a written report of an original research project undertaken in the department's Research Seminar (Economics 560). Students participating in this seminar make a number of presentations of their work in progress during the semester and usually submit their theses to the department for consideration for department honors. On several occasions, these theses have become the basis for collaborative work with faculty supervisors that has resulted in  publications in professional journals.

Recent projects in economics include:

  • Ford Charman, Collective Happiness:  A Study of Labor Union Membership and Life Satisfaction
  • Losing Behind the Starting Line?  A Study of Gender Differences in the Return to Education
  • A Cross-Country Analysis of the Effect of Educational Attainment on Urbanization Rates
  • Determinants of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and Foreign Portfolio Investment (FPI): A Comparative Analysis
  • The Impact of Education on Employment Status Across Race and Gender
  • Political Instability, Country Risk, and Probability of Default
  • Determinants of Portfolio Allocation Among Older Adults
  • Natural Resource Dependence and Educational Outcomes: A Study of the Resource Curse in Texas
  • The Incidence of Profit Sharing in US Establishments
  • Does Foreign Direct Investment Cause Infrastructure Growth? A Cross-Country Study
  • Migrant Worker Wage Discrimination in the Chinese Manufacturing Sector
  • Quality vs. Access:  Does the Distribution of Education Affect Economic Growth?
  • As Society Gets Happier, Who Benefits the Most?
  • Exchange Rate Regimes as Shock Absorbers
  • Identifying with the Instructor:  Examining the Importance of Shared Student/Teacher Race and Gender Identity
  • Determinants of the Behavior of Microfinance Institutions
  • A Cross-Country Study on Educational Attainment and HIV/AIDS Prevalence
  • A Cross-Country Analysis of Education and Labor Productivity
  • The High Cost of Crime: Evaluating the Role of Market Wages as an Opportunity Cost of Criminal Behavior
  • Socially Optimal Vaccination Policies
  • The Effects of Innovative Work Practices and Shared Capitalism on Worker Outcomes
  • The Effect of Cigarette Taxes on Healthy and Unhealthy Behaviors   
  • Risk and Return: An Agent-Based Model Approach to Explain Bubbles and Crashes
  • The Effects of Operation Twist on Long-Term Interest Rates    
  • On the Road to Happiness: Government Spending Breakdown, Trust and Happiness
  • The Earned Income Tax Credit and Childbearing: the Effect of Marginal Benefits on Low-Income Women
  • Understanding the Nature of the Relationship Between Education and Health: Does Quality of Education Matter?
  • The Impact of Demographic and Economic Factors on Household Spending at Fast-Food and Full-Service Restaurant during the Great Recession
  • The Effect of the 2008 Recession on Spending Habits: Variation Across Demographic Groups
  • The Effect of Credit Events and Bank Distress on Credit Constrained Firms: Evidence from the Financial Crisis
  • How Employment Responds to Changes in Assets at U.S. Banks and Credit Unions
  • Sovereign Default Risk: Fiscal Sustainability and Credit Default Swap Rates in the European Economic and Monetary Union
  • A Cross-Country Analysis of Religion and Subjective Well-Being
  • Do Character Concerns Matter? The Effect of Criminal Records and Team Suspensions on NFL Draft Status and Subsequent Performance
  • Innovative Work Practices, Shared Capitalism, and Firm Outcomes
  • The Credit Channel of Monetary Policy: Evidence From Stock Market Returns After the Financial Crisis in 200
  • How do Education Loans Affect Household Saving and Spending Patterns?
  • Shared Ownership, Mutual Monitoring and the Effect of Team Composition
  • Venezuela's process of Financial Liberalization
  • Exchange Rate Determination: Re-examining of the forecasting Performance of Structural Models
  • Turkey's Liberalization and Stabilization Experience: A Test of McKinnon's Complimentarity Hypothesis
  • The Productivity Effects of Human Resource Management Policies in Japan
  • Financial Characteristics of Acquiring Companies in M&A Deals
  • Productivity Effects of Group Incentive Schemes: Evidence From the Canadian Sector
  • Is Output Leadership Always Desirable? Uncertain Demand and Different Marginal Costs in Duopoly Models
  • Economic Status of Women After an Exit From AFDC: An Analysis of Poverty Levels and Welfare Dependence
  • The Earned Income Tax Credit: A Study of the Effects of the EITC on Labor Supply Decisions
  • The Effect of Labor Market Policies and Wage Bargaining Structure on Unemployment
  • A Critical Examination of the Cause of the 1990-1991 Recession
  • Mercosur: Is It Affecting Trade Flows?
  • The Determinants of College Presidents' Salaries
  • Executive Compensation in Transition Economies
  • An Econometric Study of the Effects of the Internet on the Used Book Industry
  • The Determinants of the Incidence of Merit Pay: Evidence from the Canadian Private Sector
  • Credit Cards and Precautionary Savings
  • Fundamentals of Currency Crises
  • Determinants of the Incidence of Profit Sharing and Gainsharing: US Establishment Data
  • Racial Discrimination in Non-Mortgage Lending Markets
  • The Determinants of Employment Decisions: Labor Mobility Using Evidence from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics