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.


Nicole Caicedo `17 (Clinton Township, MI), “Emotion and Decision Making: Effects of Anxiety on the Parameterization of the Decision Weight Function”

Megan Davitt `17  (Albany, NY),“To What Degree do Retail Electricity Prices Inform Residential Solar Energy Investment Decisions?”

Ibrahima Dieye `17 (Dakar, Senegal), “Adverse Food Price Shocks and Asset Liquidation: Household-level Evidence from Tanzania”

Stefan Faridani `17 (Philomath, OR), “Can changes in household time use decisions explain gentrification of US central cities during 1980-2010?”

Kevin Fortune `17 (Milwaukee, Wisc), “The Good Guy Game: When Firms Reduce Carbon Emissions, Do Profits Increase?”

Eleanore Fuqua `17 (Bloomington, IL.), “Doubling Up: The impact of switching to highly-effective, long-term contraception on condom usage.”

Yifan Gong `17 (Qingdao, China), “Do Machines Kill Jobs? An Empirical Examination of Capital-Labor Complementarity”

Natalie Kronebusch `17 (St. Cloud, MN), “The Impact of Conditional Cash Transfers on Nutrition: Evidence from Mexico”

Karlyn Russell `17 (Madison, WIisc), “Do Payday Lending Bans Harm Consumers? Evidence from the Pawn Market”

 Jessica Timerman `17 (Steven Point, WI.), “Loans and Fertilizer Use: The Effect of Timing in Pineapple Production in Southern Ghana”

Chunyu Yi `17 (Jinan, China), “Did Single Stock Circuit Breakers Reduce Market Volatility during the Flash Crash?”


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?<!– –>,



Alice M. Anigacz
Are Residents Who Are Displaced by Gentrification Better or Worse Off After Relocating?
Joseph Glatman Zaretsky 
Are Major League Baseball Starting Pitchers Compensated for Stadium Risk?
Erica B. Graboyes
What is the Effect of Product Market Competition on Chief Executive Officer Compensation?
Simeng Han
How valuable is a firm’s patent? A New approach from Patent Citations Data
Rudy Herrera Mármol 
The Effects of Returns to Education on the Decision to Stay or to Leave Secondary School?: An Empirical Study of Brazil
Zachary McDade 
Are Conditions on Cash Transfers Necessary to Improve Rural Education Outcomes? Evidence from Nicaragua
Iryna Postolovska 
What is the Impact of Income on the Demand for Bushmeat?: a study of the relationship between income and bushmeat near the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania
Jeremy Roth 
How Does Income Inequality Affect the Growth of U.S. Counties?
Hao Zou 
Did the Electronic Trading System Make the Foreign Exchange Market More Efficient?


Todd Copenhaver
Does NBA Attendance Respond to Increased Offensive Quality and Production?
Benjamin Torres Galick
Does Unemployment Decrease Cancer Mortality?
Jayant Gokhale
Why Do Macroeconomic Forecasters Forecast Inaccurately?
Colin Hottman
Does Violent Crime Cause Individuals To Join Gangs?
Yuen Ting Liu 
Does Sorting make a difference in the SAT’s prediction of Course Grades and Cumulative GPA at Macalester College?
Nick A. Marchio
Are credit unions in Ecuador achieving economies of scale?
Maximilian Sirianni 
Vertical Integration and Wage Inequality in Mexico in the NAFTA Era
Cael Warren 
Globalization and the Wage-Working Conditions Relationship: A Case Study of Cambodian Garment Factories
Keaton C. White 
Is There Country-of-Origin Bias in the Video Game Market?