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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2018

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Branding: Examining the Consumers’ Perception of Trademarks and How Firms Create Value from Those Perceptions, Amadou Bah
Department: Business Economics

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Unique Development and Circumstance: A Theoretical and Empirical Exploration into the Determinants of Capital Structure in Chinese Firms, Robert Beall
Department: Business Economics

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The Privatization of a Public Industry: A Study on Private Prisons in the United States and the Effects on Prisoners, Ian Brim
Department: Business Economics

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An Investigation of the Relationship between Government Purchases and Conspicuous Consumption, Tailun Chen
Department: Business Economics

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“College Is Over, What Now?”: An Analysis of the Returns to Human Capital Investment for Post-College Levels of Educational Attainment, with an Emphasis on Immigrants with U.S. Schooling, Soham Desai
Department: Business Economics

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A Theoretical & Empirical Analysis of the Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on Corporate Leverage, Nathaniel Goodin
Department: Business Economics

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An Empirical Analysis of the Predictive Power of Interest Rate Spreads in the Policy Normalization Period, Kevin H. Gould
Department: Business Economics

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Silent but Deadly: An Economic Approach to Reducing the Negative Externalities of the Beef Industry to the Environment, Ethan Greene
Department: Business Economics

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Preferred Asset Allocation of the Individual Investor Concerning ESG Scores, Thomas D. Helsel
Department: Business Economics

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An Investigation into the Recent Surge of Mergers and Acquisitions in the Healthcare Industry, Tyler LaCroix
Department: Business Economics

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The Relevance of Brick and Mortar Retail in the Age of E-Commerce, John Marousek
Department: Business Economics

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A Behavioral Approach To CAPM, Ethan Myers
Department: Mathematics; Business Economics

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Understanding Municipal Bond Ratings Using Ordered Multinomial Logistic Regression, Thao Nguyen
Department: Business Economics; Mathematics

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The Effects of Compensation Structures on Employee Productivity: A View from the Lab, Noah Parker
Department: Business Economics

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Does a Choice of the Investment Bank Matter in the IPO Process?, Vilius Sulnis
Department: Business Economics

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The Effects of the Affordable Care Act on State Health Insurance Markets, Drew B. Tornow
Department: Business Economics

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Foreign Aid in the Face of Corruption: An Estimation of the Impact on Health Indicators and Poverty in Developing Countries, Jessica Verghese
Department: Business Economics

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Vertically or Horizontally Running?: A Study of The Organization of Firms in The Fashion Industry Using Transaction Costs Theory, Phuong Thao Vu
Department: Business Economics

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Currency or New Asset Class? An Introduction to the Bitcoin Economy and an Empirical Analysis of Bitcoin Price Determinants, Spencer B. Wood
Department: Business Economics

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2017

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Theory Versus Reality: Contract Farming Within Uganda, Margaret Archibald
Department: Business Economics

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The Effects of Marijuana Decriminalization on the U.S. Prison Population, Michael Bay
Department: Business Economics

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Determinants of Fundraising Efficiency for Religious and Nonreligious Nonprofit Organizations, Benjamin F. Cluss
Department: Business Economics

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The Economic Oracle: Do certain Macroeconomic Indicators possess predictive content for Future Real GDP and Economic Recessions?, Aniruddh Fatehpuria
Department: Business Economics

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The Role of Labels in Valuation and Consumer Purchasing Decisions, Emily H. Foley
Department: Business Economics; Environmental Studies

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The Work and Childbearing Dilemma: A Study on Labor Participation and Fertility Rates in Japan after the "Abenomics" Reform, Liam Fukushima
Department: Business Economics

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Determining the Precise Dynamics of Contagion, Alexander Goldstein
Department: Business Economics

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Household Risk Aversion: Analysis Pre and Post Financial Crisis, Jacob A. Graff
Department: Business Economics

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Estimating the Value of Residence on the Production of Education in Undergraduate Institutions, Myo Paing Han
Department: Business Economics

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The Determinants of Large Bank Profitability in the United States after the 2008 Financial Crisis: A Theoretical and Empirical Study, Joshua Jeffrey Herold
Department: Business Economics

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The Housing Disaster: Consumer's Risk Perception Change After Hurricane Katrina, Brianna C. Kabdebo
Department: Business Economics

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A Theoretical and Empirical Study on the Financial Crisis of 2008 and its Effect on a Firm’s Capital Structure, Ryan Kamada
Department: Business Economics

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The Black-Scholes Option Pricing Model and a Test for Efficiency in the Underlying Stock Market, Sanjana Kumbhani
Department: Business Economics; Mathematics

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Minor League Baseball Ownership Structure: An Analysis of the Use of Vertical Integration by Major League Baseball Teams, James E. Lackner
Department: Business Economics

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The Impact of the Tax Rate on Foreign Direct Investment in High Income Versus Low Income Countries, Allison Munson
Department: Business Economics

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An Investigation of Debt Financing in Industrial Firms Pre-Post the Financial Crisis: A Theoretical and Empirical Study, Matthew Parmelee
Department: Business Economics

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It Is Not About How Much You Pay, But How You Pay It: The Motivational Effects of Compensation on Worker Effort Using Self-Determination Theory, Unnati Singhania
Department: Business Economics; Psychology

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Food for Thought: An Analysis of the Impact of Climate Change on the Food Security for South African Farming Households, Sarah Torio
Department: Business Economics

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2016

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A Theoretical and Empirical Study of No-Fault Insurance and its Effects on Driving Behavior, Oscar Ambris
Department: Business Economics

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Were Credit Rating Agencies the Real Wolf of Wall Street?: An Assessment of Credit Rating Agency Behavior in Relation to the Mortgage-Backed Security Market, Eda E. Bell
Department: Business Economics

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"Smogpocalypse": An Analysis on the Impacts of Coal Consumption in China Through Urban and Rural Provinces, Kelly G. Brethauer
Department: Business Economics

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The Post-9/11 GI Bill: An Educational Attainment Comparison for Late 20th and Early 21st Century U.S. Veterans and Non-veterans, Vincent D. Congedo
Department: Business Economics

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Neighborhoods on the Rise? Predicting Neighborhood Change in Philadelphia, Aidan Conley
Department: Business Economics

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The Substitutability of Debt Financing and Incentive Compensation in Aligning the Interests of the Firm: A Theoretical and Empirical Study, Jack D. Crawley
Department: Business Economics

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Applying Academic Research on the Importance of a Small Retail Business's Location to Construct a Business Plan for the Entrepreneurial Venture Deerhaus Decor LLC, Benjamin Deering
Department: Economics; Business Economics; Interdepartmental

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The Motion Picture Industry: An Analysis of the Factors that Impact Box Office Performance, Christopher Fafalios GP Fafalios
Department: Business Economics

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To Consume or Not To Consume: A Study on Multivitamin Supplements, Michael A. Ferris
Department: Business Economics

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Forward Premium Puzzle: A Multi-Facted Time View, Divvya Haralalka
Department: Business Economics

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The Motherhood Wage Penalty; an Empirical Investigation of Children's Impact on Mothers' Earnings, Yazan Herzallah
Department: Business Economics

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Less Brown and More Green: A Test of the Porter Hypothesis on Hog Productivity in North Carolina from 1993 to 2014, Paul J. Kelbly
Department: Business Economics

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Minimum Wages Effect on Unemployment Across Age Groups: a Study of the Impact of Minimum Wage on Different Age Groups of Unemployment., Joshua M. Kipfer
Department: Business Economics

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The Impact of Human Capital on a Security's Return through the Capital Asset Pricing Model Framework, Lily Mohre
Department: Business Economics

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Legalization of Prostitution and its Impact on the Market for Human Trafficking, Varunavi Newar
Department: Business Economics; Mathematics

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Accessibility and Employment Subcenters: How Transportation Infrastructure Influences Firm Location Decision, Daniel P. Quinn
Department: Business Economics

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The Impact Increasing Public Investment to Fund the Olympics Games has on a Host Country, Kenneth J. Reckart
Department: Business Economics

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Gift Exchange with Firm Performance Adjustments: Behavior in Random-Assignment, Perfect Labor Supply Setting, Douglas Small
Department: Business Economics

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Our Children are Our Future: An Evaluation of the Role of Children’s Health Insurance Program in Improving Children’s Health and Educational Outcomes, Ke Song
Department: Business Economics

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Effects of FDI on Economic Growth in Eastern European Transition Countries, Nikoloz Tsereteli
Department: Business Economics

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Effects of FDI on Economic Growth in Eastern European Transition Countries, Nikoloz Tsereteli
Department: Business Economics

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Speak English to Trade: A Study on the Impact of Language Commonality on the U.S. International Trade of Electric Machinery and Equipment, Diep Ngoc Vu
Department: Business Economics

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An Empirical Analysis of the Relationship Between the Diversity in Backgrounds of a Firm’s Board of Directors and a Firm’s Innovation Levels, Marla L. Walton
Department: Business Economics

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Representation Out of Formation, Tarik H. Welch
Department: Business Economics

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Sending Signals: Examining if Brazil Experiences Multiple Signaling Effects from Hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics, Zachary J. Woullard
Department: Business Economics

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Board Structure Effect on Firm performance: An Investigation of Potential Differences Between Chinese and U.S. Firms, Yanli Xiong
Department: Business Economics

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A Simultaneous System of Internal Control: An Empirical Study of CEO Compensation Structure, Board Composition and Firm Performance, Jacob Zoldan
Department: Business Economics

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2015

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Parental human capital and returns to education: The divide between urban residents and migrants in China, Salma Ait Hssayene
Department: Business Economics

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Evaluating the Impacts of Strategic Consolidation in Facilitating Multifunctional EMR Adoption and the Comprehensive Cost Effects in U.S. Hospitals, Rachelle Lee Brenner
Department: Business Economics

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Fair Play from UEFA? A theoretical and empirical study of the time horizon employed by UEFA’s Financial Fair Play and its effects on the profitability of English Premier League clubs., Philip J. Dalman
Department: Business Economics

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Glory, Glory Fan United!: A study of the relationship between fan loyalty and team performance in English Premier League Football, Priyanka Datta
Department: Business Economics; Mathematics

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Life in the Fast Lane: A Study of Broadband Industry Regulation, James Elliott
Department: Business Economics

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Can a Fundamentalist Approach to Stock Pricing Explain Share Price Movements?, Michael P. Ewanechko
Department: Business Economics

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Evaluating Education in Japan: Why Juku Schools May be Threatening a Child's Ability to Succeed and Increasing the Income Inequality Gap, Jake Cornelius Fisher
Department: Business Economics; Philosophy

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Impact of Asymmetric Information on the Likelihood of Deception: An Experimental Study from a Communication Studies and Economics Perspective:, Benjamin David Grombala
Department: Business Economics; Communication

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Beyond ß: An Analysis of Alternative Risk Measures, Jai Kedia
Department: Business Economics; Mathematics

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Who is Actually Competing? An Analysis of the Competitive Saving Motive, John C. Lanz
Department: Business Economics

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The Effects of Labor Market Reforms and Labor Force Characteristics on Chinese Wages, Holden J. Miller
Department: Business Economics

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Does Performance-based Executive Compensation Matter More for the U.S.-based Multinational Corporations or the U.S. Domestic Corporations?, Phu Phyo
Department: Business Economics

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On the Relationship Between Product Diversification and Firm Performance, Jay T. Selby
Department: Business Economics

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Should I Stay or Should I Go? The Effect of Unemployment Rate on an Employee's Decision to Quit, Kenneth F. Vance
Department: Business Economics

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2014

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Green Technology Transfer: Analyzing the Impact on Developed Countries through Environmental Technological Transfers between Developed and Developing Countries, Varun R. Bhandari
Department: Business Economics

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Does Product Diversification Matter? Theoretical and Empirical Analysis on the Product Diversification- Firm Performance Relationship, Kendall E. DeBoer
Department: Business Economics

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Poverty Traps in Economic Development: Heterogeneous Production in a Cross-Section of Countries, Logan Fitch
Department: Business Economics

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Does the Trend Need a Mend? The Effects of Herding Behavior on the Returns to Higher Edcuation, Amy K. French
Department: Business Economics

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Financial Crisis Compensation Aftershock: An Examination of the 2008 Financial Crisis on CEO Compensation Structure, Brett C. Frongillo
Department: Business Economics

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“I Can’t Afford Not to Go to College!”: An Analysis on the Effects of Financial Aid on the Human Capital Investment Decision, Kyrstin C. Gibson
Department: Business Economics

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What do Students Value in an Institution of Higher Education? A Study on Institutional Attributes and Tuition at Private Colleges in the United States: A Hedonic Approach, Ana Godonoga
Department: Business Economics

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The Black-Scholes Options Pricing Model and its Implications on the Underlying Security Market, Steven D. Hagen
Department: Business Economics; Mathematics

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Does the Overpayment of Athletes Affect Performance? A Study of the National Basketball Association, Levi D. Halsey
Department: Business Economics

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Does it Pay to Be Responsible? The Impact of Corporate Social Responsibility on a Firm’s Financial Performance, Jonathan E. Huisel
Department: Business Economics

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The Welfare of The Homeless: An Analysis of the Effectiveness of Government Assistance Programs on Utility, David W. Jackson
Department: Business Economics

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Double Pay: An Empirical Analysis on the Affects of Revenue Sharing and the Luxury Tax, on Competitive Balance in Major League Baseball, Zachary J. Klein
Department: Business Economics

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Wal-Mart: For Better or Worse? - A Theoretical and Empirical Exploration of the Long Run Competitive Effects Wal-Mart Has on Local Retail Sector Growth in Ohio Micropolitan Counties, Dean N. Marchitelli
Department: Business Economics

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The Effects of Hospital Consolidation on Hospital Financial Performance and the Potential Trade-Off of Hospital Consolidation for Society, Aaron W. McKee
Department: Business Economics

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The New Era of Moneyball: An Analysis of MLB Teams’ Payroll Distribution and Its Effect on Team Performance, Bryan J. Miller
Department: Business Economics

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How to Account for and Measure Human Well-Being, Anders K. Møller
Department: Philosophy; Business Economics

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Optimizing Merit Scholarships for Enrollment Management at The College of Wooster, Tin Nguyen
Department: Computer Science; Business Economics

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Does CEO Pay Structure Matter? Research and Empirical Analysis on the Relationship CEO Compensation Structure Has on the Financial Performance of the Firm, Scott D. Purcell
Department: Business Economics

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The Effects of Medicaid Reimbursement Rates on Nursing Home Quality, Edward J. Reese Jr
Department: Business Economics

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The Economic Benefits of Being Accountable: Modeling the Impact of Political Transparency on Economic Growth in Resource-Rich Developing Countries, Ian Reid
Department: Business Economics

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The Determinants and Effects of R&D intensive FDI, Usman Shabbir
Department: Business Economics; Political Science

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Chapter 11 Bankruptcy: An Analysis of the Relative Financial Performance of Firms Post-Bankruptcy, Joseph Stoffer
Department: Business Economics