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Economics

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:

  • Does Debt Matter for GDP Growth?: The Casual Link Between Public Debt and Economic Growth
  • The Pursuit of Happiness: Union Membership and Life Satisfaction in Transition Economies
  • Financial Risk Appetite and Aversion in College Students
  • Does Your Gardener Own AAPL?: Examining the Effects of Unconventional Monetary Policies and Rising Stock Prices on Wealth Inequality
  • Comparative Efficiency in US Financial Institutions: Do Credit Unions Behave Differently Than Commercial Banks?
  • The Economics of Deception: Competitive Dishonesty and Agonistic Behavior
  • The Impact of Exposure to Violence on Mental Health and Behaviors with Long-term Health Effects: Evidence from the Mexican Drug War
  • The Effect of QE3 on Market Interest Rates
  • The Stock Market’s Reaction to Labor Market News
  • India’s Missing Women
  • The Effects of HRM Practices on Firm Production in Transition Economies
  • Unemployment, Relative Comparisons, and Life Satisfaction: Fear and Commiseration
  • The Effects of Participation in Experiential Learning Programs on College Student Satisfaction and Life Outcomes
  • The Effect of Political Conflict on Domestic Violence in Nigeria
  • Explaining Cross-National Differences in Divorce: The Effects of Technology and Alcohol Consumption
  • Does Ownership Affect Employment? Evidence from European Financial Institutions
  • Does Insurance Coverage Lead to Better Access to Care and Financial Protection?: Evidence from Rural China
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