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    Previous Theses

    When writing a thesis or trying to come up with an idea of what to write, it can be helpful to look at other theses. Here are some previous theses which students have written. All the theses mentioned below have gotten awards. Happy reading! 

    Remember that your thesis abstract is the first thing people read when looking for research papers. It appears in search results and is the key to researchers finding out whether your paper fits their needs. The thesis guidelines will help you write your abstract after your paper is written. Pay special attention to the thesis abstracts of the award winning theses listed below.

    Robin Satterwhite Thesis Award  

    Presented to the graduating senior who has done outstanding innovative independent research, either towards his/her senior thesis or some other economics project.

    2018 - 2019

    Quantifying the Impacts of Sustainable Groundwater Management: Modeling Financial Losses from Groundwater Reductions in the Lower Santa Clara River Valley

    2016 - 2017

    The New Glass Ceiling: Incarceration's Effects on Lifetime Wage Growth

    2015 - 2016

    Orchestrating Financial Health in Music: Nonprofit Organizations Getting in Tune with a Sustainable Model

    Income Elasticity of Intra-Household Health Gaps in India

    2014 - 2015

    The Impact Of The Complete Food Environment On County-Level Obesity Rates

    The Impact Of International Information Disclosure Requirements On Market Discipline

    2013 - 2014

    Accounting for purpose in the age of accountability : grounded theory and discretion in educational institutions

    2012 - 2013

    Modeling the Sustainability of Tourism in Leh, India "The Little Tibet": An Econometric Analysis   

    A new approach to acquiring energy savings : an analysis of homeowner preferences for energy efficiency programs

    2011 - 2012

    Middle School Matters: A Duration Model Analysis

    Self-Esteem, Education, and Wages Revisited

    Ray O. Werner Thesis

    Presented to the graduating senior who has written the most outstanding senior thesis. 

    2018 - 2019

    Do Senators moderate in election years? Evidence from Twitter

    2016 - 2017

    First Mover Advantage in Sequential Bertrand Markets: An Experimental Approach

    Is It Economics, or the Bad Luck of a Conflict-Ridden DNA: A Study of the Causes of Civil War in the Middle East and North Africa

    2015 - 2016

    How Strategy Affects Performance: An Analysis of the Effect of Corporate Social Responsibility on Cost of Equity Capital

    2014 - 2015

    The impact of political violence on tourism in Nepal

    The Effect of the Earned Income Tax Credit on the Intensive Margin of Labor Supply

    2013 - 2014

    Climate policy impacts : an endogenous optimization model and the regional greenhouse gas initiative

    2012 - 2013

    The hand of God or death : mitigating earthquake fatalities through aid and infrastructure

    2011 - 2012

    Stuck in a rut with primary products: the impact of colonization on trade and growth patterns

    Quantitative Measures of Mortgage Market Instability 

    Bruni Awards

    Presented to senior thesis writers who show promise to produce their thesis results in a peer reviewed journal or to present the paper at a peer reviewed academic meeting. 

    2018 - 2018

    Quantifying the Impacts of Sustainable Groundwater Management: Modeling Financial Losses from Groundwater Reductions in the Lower Santa Clara River Valley

    The New Glass Ceiling: Incarceration’s Effects on Lifetime Wage Growth

    Why Do New Ventures Succeed? An Analysis of New-Firm Survival and Success

    Behavioral Analysis of Rage Donating From 2014 through the 2016 Presidential Election


    2016 - 2017

    Stock Market of Students: Using Financial Models to Peer into the Risk-Return Universe of College Admissions Officers

    Do Movies Age Like a Fine Wine, or Get Lost on Dusty Shelves?: A Study of Netflix User Ratings

    Exploring the Association Between Stock Price and Accounting Performance Measures for the Pivoting Company: A Case Study of Logitech

    2015 - 2016

    5.0.0 Shades of Android: Determining App Preferences from User Reviews

    The Impact of Political Violence on Tourism in Nepal

    Experimental Findings and Adaptive Learning in a Five-player Centipede Game

    2014 - 2015

    Stock Price Response to Customer Satisfaction Changes: An Analysis of Nondurable and Durable Goods Manufacturers

    Competitive Balance in the Champions League Era: How One Financially Unregulated Decade Has Altered the Competitive Behavior of English Premier League Soccer Clubs

    Experimental findings and adaptive learning in a five-player Centipede game