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.


Genevieve Gregorich ’18 (Boulder, CO), “How Deep is Your Love? Loss Aversion in Dating Markets”

Van Anh Le ’18 (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam), “Does Agglomeration Account for Process Innovation in Vietnamese Small and Medium Enterprises?

Nadia Mezic ’18 (Huntington, NY), “Are Peer Effects Present in Residential Solar Installations? Evidence from Minnesota and Wisconsin

Trung Nguyen ’18 (Hanoi, Veitnam), “Are Female-owned Enterprises More Targeted for Bribery Than Male-owned Ones?

Nicoletta Peters ’18 (Mason City, IA), “Do Business Cycles Make Babies? The Impact of Business Cycle Fluctuations on Fertility”

Annalivia Robinson ’18 (Brookline, MA), “Testing Option B+: Measuring the Impact of PMTCT Programming on Human Capital Investment in Malawi”

James Spector-Bishop ’18 (Northbrook, IL), “Food Deserts or Food Desserts? An Examination of Whether Food Deserts Matter”

Ellen Tyler ’18 (Genesee Depot, WI), “Committed Women: Explaining Rising U.S. Female Imprisonment 1990-2010


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), “Food Crises and Asset Liquidation: Household-level Evidence from Tanzania

Stefan Faridani `17 (Philomath, OR), “Can the Rise of Dual-Earning Households Explain Gentrification of US Central Cities?

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

Eleanore Fuqua `17 (Bloomington, IL), “Doubling Up: Does the Adoption of Long-Term Contraception Reduce Condom Usage?

Yifan Gong `17 (Qingdao, China), “How Does Technology Affect Skill Demand? Technical Changes and Capital-Skill Complementarity in the 21st Century

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

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

Jessica Timerman `17 (Stevens 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?


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

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 Immigrants’ 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, NY), “Do U.S. Border Enforcement Operations Increase Human Smuggling Fees along the U.S.‒ Mexico Border?

Alison Goodrum ’14 (Bloomington, MN), “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, IL), “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, MN), “How Much of the Heterogeneity in Returns to College Major Can Be Explained by Institution Type?


Chioma Yvonne Chukwumah “13, “Do User Fees Increase the Notifications of Tuberculosis?

Natalie Camplair ’13, ‘’Do Wind Turbines Affect Property Values?’’

Hao Ding ’13, “Is U.S. Stock Market Sufficiently Efficient Around Hurricanes?

Sasha Indarte ’13, ‘‘Financial and Sovereign Debt Crises in Spain: Fiscal Limits and Spillovers

Emma Kalish ’13, “How Race Matters: The Parental and Neighborhood Determinants of Child Protective Services Involvement”


Devon Kristiansen ’12 (Dousman, WI), “Does Information Lead to Household Electricity Conservation?

Rosamond Mate ’12 (Champagne, IL), “What Factors Influence a Consumer’s Decision to Purchase Energy Star Appliances?

Yan Huang ’12 (Shanghai, China), “How does the U.S. Stock Market Affect the Stocks of Chinese State-owned Companies?

Adam Freedman ’12 (Glencoe, IL), “Mud on Your Face, Big Disgrace vs. the Wisdom of Crowds: Macroforecasters’ Herding Behavior Over Time

Jose Ricardo Rubio ’12 (Quito, Ecuador), “How has the Introduction of Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) Affected the Dynamics Between HIV and Economic Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa?

Molly Frean ’12 (Bedford, MA), “What is the Optimal Subsidy for Exercise? Informing Health Insurance Companies’ Fitness Reimbursement Programs

Wanyi Li ’12 (Shanghai, China), “Does School Quality Affect Real Estate Prices? The Effect of Top-Tier Elementary Schools on Property Prices in Shanghai

Evan Hewitt ’12 (Mound, MN), “Examining Market Response Following Hurricane Landfall: Does the U.S. Stock Market React Efficiently to Hurricanes?

Lauren Martinez ’12 (Redmond, WA), “The Country-Specific Nature of Apparel Elasticities and Impacts of the Multi-Fibre Arrangement

Qianyi Yang ’12 (Nanjing, China), “U.S. Monetary Policy Announcements and Foreign Exchange Market Behavior


Jimerson J. Asencio Ferrufino ’11 (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) “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 ’11 (Needham, IN), “How Does Light Rail Transit Affect Urban Land Use?”
*Minnesota Economics Association Award, Second Place

Benjamin Langworthy ’11 (Tuscon, AZ), “The Effects of Parental Migration on Child Nutrition

Elizabeth K. Vermann ’11 (Bronx, NY), “How Do 100% Smoke-Free Bans Affect Smoking Behavior?

Nina Wellander ’11 (Mt. Vernon, WA), “How Does Average Protein Consumption Affect Happiness?


Alice M. Anigacz ’10 (Brooklyn, NY), “Are Residents Who Are Displaced by Gentrification Better or Worse Off After Relocating?

Joseph Glatman Zaretsky ’10 (New York, NY), “Are Major League Baseball Starting Pitchers Compensated for Stadium Risk?

Erica B. Graboyes ’10 (Thiensville, WI), “What is the Effect of Product Market Competition on Chief Executive Officer Compensation?

Simeng Han ’10 (Bejing, China), “How valuable is a firm’s patent? A New approach from Patent Citations Data

Rudy Herrera Mármol ’10 (Guatemala City, Guatemala) “The Effects of Returns to Education on the Decision to Stay or to Leave Secondary School?: An Empirical Study of Brazil

Zachary McDade ’10 (Boulder, CO), “Are Conditions on Cash Transfers Necessary to Improve Rural Education Outcomes? Evidence from Nicaragua

Iryna Postolovska ’10 (Kyiv, Ukraine), “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 ’10 (Nyack, NY), “How Does Income Inequality Affect the Growth of U.S. Counties?

Hao Zou ’10 (Suzhou, China), “Did the Electronic Trading System Make the Foreign Exchange Market More Efficient?


Todd Copenhaver ’09 (Wellesley, MA), “Does NBA Attendance Respond to Increased Offensive Quality and Production?

Benjamin Torres Galick ’09 (Oakdale, MN), “Does Unemployment Decrease Cancer Mortality?

Jayant Gokhale ’09 (Pune, India), “Why Do Macroeconomic Forecasters Forecast Inaccurately?

Colin Hottman ’09 (Arden Hills, MN), “Does Violent Crime Cause Individuals To Join Gangs?

Yuen Ting Liu ’09 (Hong Kong, China), “Does Sorting Make a Difference in the SAT’s Prediction of Course Grades and Cumulative GPA at Macalester College?

Nick A. Marchio ’09 (West St. Paul, MN), “Are Credit Unions in Ecuador Achieving Economies of Scale?

Maximilian Sirianni ’09 (Mahwah, NJ), “Vertical Integration and Wage Inequality in Mexico in the NAFTA Era

Cael Warren ’09 (Stevens Point, WI), “Globalization and the Wage-Working Conditions Relationship: A Case Study of Cambodian Garment Factories

Keaton C. White ’09 (Denver, CO), “Is There Country-of-Origin Bias in the Video Game Market?