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.

2020

Camille Baker ’20 (Chicago, IL), “The Effects of the Minimum Wage on Social-Safety-Net Dependence Over Time”

Andra Boca ’20 (Galati, Romania), “Does Female Control of Resources Influence Remittance Response to Income Shocks? The case of Albania”

Claire Buehler ’20 (Houston, TX), “Refusing Welfare Gains: A study of FDA refusal practices in the United States”

Jasmine Davidson ’20 (Redwood City, CA), “Time to Play: The Relationship Between Time Spent Playing and Educational Outcomes in Peru”

Jennifer Eng ’20 (San Francisco, CA), “Do Community Factors Influence Business Outcomes? A Look in Asian Enclaves in San Francisco and Los Angeles”

Vincent Mougin ’20 (Seattle, WA), “The Impact of the Dakota Access Pipeline on the Location of Fracking in North Dakota”

William Sandy ’20 (Shorewood, WI), “When the Trade War Hits Close to Home: A GVC Analysis of the U.S.-China Trade War”

Esther Swehla ’20 (Claremont, CA), “How Does an Increase in the Minimum Wage Affect High School Enrollment?”

2019

Jed Buchholz ’19 (McFarland, WI), “The Gretzky Externality: An Analysis of the Superstar Effect and Age Curves in the National Hockey League”

Euijin Kim ’19 (Seoul, South Korea), “Does Coastal Flood Risk Affect Property Values?”

Harrison Mitchell ’19 (Knoxville, TN), “The Effects of Conflict on Household Agricultural Investment in Nigeria”

Khadidja Ngom ’19 (Kaolack, Senegal), “The Effects of Land Inheritance Laws on Agricultural Investment in Polygynous Households: Evidence from Uganda”
Minnesota Economics Association Undergraduate Student Paper Contest Award Winner
Senior Thesis: Third Place

Ji Sue Song ’19 (Seattle, WA), “Does Family Size Negatively Affect Child Health Outcomes in the United States?”

Matthew Steele ’19 (Newton, MA), “Box Office Showdown: How Does Movie Market Saturation Affect First Weekend Box Office Revenues?”

Jensen Vu ’19 (Hanoi, Vietnam), “Does Consolidation Improve Quality of Care in the U.S. Hospital Market?”

Alice Qingyu Zhu ’19 (Nanjing, China), “The Impact of Immigrants’ Entries on Destination Countries’ Economies”

Noah Zwiefel ’19 (Rochester, MN), “What is the impact of a Medicaid expansion on the bankruptcy rate? Evidence from the ACA”
Minnesota Economics Association Undergraduate Student Paper Contest Award Winner
Senior Thesis: First Place

2018

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″

2017

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?”
Minnesota Economics Association Undergraduate Student Paper Contest Award Winner
Senior Thesis: Third Place

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?”

2016

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”
Minnesota Economics Association Undergraduate Student Paper Contest Award Winner
Senior Thesis: Second Place

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?”
Minnesota Economics Association Undergraduate Student Paper Contest Award Winner
Senior Thesis: Third Place

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

2015

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?”

2014

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?”
Minnesota Economics Association Undergraduate Student Paper Contest Award Winner
Senior Thesis: First Place

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?”

2013

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

Natalie Camplair ’13, ‘’Do Wind Turbines Affect Property Values?’’
Minnesota Economics Association Undergraduate Student Paper Contest Award Winner
Senior Thesis: First Place

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”

2012

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?”
Minnesota Economics Association Undergraduate Student Paper Contest Award Winner
Senior Thesis: Third Place (tie)

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”
Minnesota Economics Association Undergraduate Student Paper Contest Award Winner
Senior Thesis: First Place

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”

2011

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 Undergraduate Student Paper Contest Award Winner
Senior Thesis: First Place

Needham B. Hurst ’11 (Needham, IN), “How Does Light Rail Transit Affect Urban Land Use?”
Minnesota Economics Association Undergraduate Student Paper Contest Award Winner
Senior Thesis: 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?”

2010

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?”

2009

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?”