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:

  • The determinants of option overhang in publicly traded companies
  • Conspicuous consumption and education
  • Differences in educational attainment between public and private high schools
  • Financial development, regulation, and the income distribution
  • Business and bureaucrats: The relationship between stock returns and state politics
  • External debt and economic growth
  • Inequality and growth: How does inequality exacerbate or alleviate conditions that affect economic growth?
  • Do Google search volumes influence markets’ rewards to risk exposure?
  • What makes college students happy?: A subjective well-being analysis
  • Variations in health outcomes and health behaviors across U.S. states
  • Regional determinants of U.S. urban development
  • Insider Intent and the Long-Run Performance of Firms Post Initial Public Offering
  • Educational inequality and income distribution: A cross country analysis
  • Structural and cyclical unemployment: Is skill mismatch keeping America unemployed?
  • Household portfolio decisions in China
  • The effect of Super Bowl losses on the mental health and life satisfaction of fans
  • The role of virtue in the economics of happiness
  • The factors driving US hospital expenditures: An inpatient case study