The honors program challenges students of exceptional achievement to do extended original research during senior year. Honors students usually spend the first term of their senior year engaged in research and the second term writing and revising their papers. The final step in the process is an oral examination conducted by the adviser and two other examiners. Successful completion of an honors project is noted on the student's transcript following graduation.


Lauren Beatty ’16 (Kennebunk, ME), “How Does Information in Fuel Economy Labels Affect Consumer Choice?”

Benny Goldman ’16 (Goldens Bridge, NY), “The War on Error:  An Estimation of Air Strike Efficacy and Boomerang Effects”

Caroline Johns ’16 (Mattapoisett, MA), “Determining Household Health Care Spending: An Analysis of the Massachusetts Health Care Reform Law”

Kim Eng Ky ’16 (Sisophon, Cambodia), “How do Changes in Gasoline Prices Affect Bus Ridership in the Twin Cities?”

Kyoko Sakai ’16 (Tokyo, Japan), “Hurricanes and Long-term GDP Growth: The Role of Institutional Quality”

Cory Stern ’16 (Chicago, IL), “Is the Affordable Care Act’s Individual Mandate a Certified Job-Killer?”

Quinnie Yuzhu Xiang `16 (Lanzhou, China), “International Online Retailing of Ikea Products: An Analysis of the Law of One Price and Pass Through”


Pukitta Chunsuttiwat ’15 (Nonthabun, Thailand), “Did the Change in the Minimum Wage Decrease the Share of Formal Employment in Thailand?”

Marko Martinovic ’15  (Belgrade, Serbia), Benefits of EU Membership for Transition Countries: The Case of Latvia”

Clemens Pilgram ’15  (Munich, Germany), Public Transit and Property Values: Did the Metro Blue Line Affect Home Prices in Minneapolis?”

Charmaine Runes ’15  (U.A.E./Philippines), Making Connections:  How do Migrants’ Social Networks Influence their Employment Outcomes?”

Iris Vrioni ’15  (Tirana, Albania), Marriage and Money:  Do Women Earn More When they Marry?”

Yingtong Xie ’15  (Chengolu, China), Does `Lumpiness` Affect the Skill Intensity of Exports?”


Vidarith Chan ’14 (Pursat, Cambodia), “What is the Relationship Between Labor Law Compliance and Employment Growth in the Cambodian Garment Exporting Factories?”

Kyle Coombs ’14 (Scotia, N.Y.), “Do U.S. Border Enforcement Operations Increase Human Smuggling Fees along the U.S.‒ Mexico Border?”

Alison Goodrum ’14 (Bloomington, Minn.), “Trading on the Margins: To What Extent Do Developing Countries Benefit from WTO Membership?”

Disa Hynsjo ’14 (Lerum, Sweden), “Does Bilingual Education Improve Peruvian Indigenous Students’ Academic Achievement?”

Anna Jacob ’14 (Chicago, Ill.), “Do Workforce Development Programs in Minnesota Increase Wages?”

Jiaying Wang ’14 (Chengdu, China), “State-to-State Migration Cost: A Structural Empirical Approach”

Olivia Warner ’14 (Little Falls, Minn.), “How Much of the Heterogeneity in Returns to College Major Can Be Explained by Institution Type?”


Chioma Yvonne Chukwumah
“Do User Fees Increase the Notifications of Tuberculosis?”

Emma Kalish
“The Determinants of Child Protective Services Involvement”

Natalie Camplair
‘’Do Wind Turbines Affect Property Values?’’

Sasha Indarte
‘‘Financial and Sovereign Debt Crises in Spain: Fiscal Limits and Spillovers

Hao Ding
“Is U.S. Stock Market Sufficiently Efficient Around Hurricanes?”


Devon Kristiansen 
“Does Information Lead to Household Electricity Conservation?” 

Rosamond Mate 
“What Factors Influence a Consumer’s Decision to Purchase Energy Star Appliances?”

Yan Huang 
“How does the U.S. stock market affect the stocks of Chinese state-owned companies?”

Adam Freedman 
“Mud on Your Face, Big Disgrace vs. the Wisdom of Crowds: Macroforecasters' Herding Behavior Over Time” 

Jose Ricardo Rubio 
“How has the Introduction of Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) Affected the Dynamics Between HIV and Economic Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa?” 

Molly Frean 
“What is the Optimal Subsidy for Exercise? Informing Health Insurance Companies’ Fitness Reimbursement Programs” 

Wanyi Li 
“Does School Quality Affect Real Estate Prices? The Effect of Top-Tier Elementary Schools on Property Prices in Shanghai” 

Evan Hewitt
“An Empirical Examination of Market Efficiency Surrounding Hurricanes” 

Lauren Martinez 
“The Country-Specific Nature of Apparel Elasticities and Impacts of the Multi-Fibre Arrangement”

Qianyi Yang 
“U.S. Monetary Policy Announcements and Foreign Exchange Market Behavior” 


Jimerson j. Asencio Ferrufino
What is the effect of trade on the gender wage gap in the Mexican manufacturing sector?,
Minnesota Economics Association Award, First Place

Needham B. Hurst
How Does Light Rail Transit Affect Urban Land Use?
Minnesota Economics Association Award, Second Place

Benjamin Langworthy
The effects of parental migration on child nutrition,

Elizabeth K. Vermann
How Do 100% Smoke-Free Bans Affect Smoking Behavior?,

Nina Wellander
How Does Average Protein Consumption Affect Happiness?,