The full text of Senior Independent Study Theses submitted during and after 2012 are available to download only by College of Wooster users. Unless listed as an exemplar, all other theses are restricted.

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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2017

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Skilled Emigration, Return, and Human Capital Formation: A Game Theoretic Approach, Ruben Aguero Quinteros
Department: Economics; Mathematics

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Locational Decisions of Charter Schools: Probing Market-Oriented School Choice, David Arroyo
Department: Economics

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Does it Pay to Play? A Study of the Employability of Student Athletes, Davis Elkins
Department: Economics

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An Evaluation of the Implications of a Living Wage Policy With Considerations for Spatial Differentials: An Examination of the Northern California Metropolitan Labor Markets, Garret Hodos
Department: Economics

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China’s Oil Market Facelift: Examining the Impacts and Implications of China’s Efforts to Liberalize its Oil Market, Kate E. Kremling
Department: East Asian Studies; Economics

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The Effects of Government-Provided Education Benefits on Enlistment and Reenlistment in the U.S. Military during the Global War on Terror, Kimberly L. McKee
Department: Economics

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Get You a Girl That Can Do Both: A Feminist Economic Analysis of Parental Leave Policies and Labor Force Participation in the United States, Germany, and Turkey, Heather Smith
Department: Economics; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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The State of Corruption: Crony Capitalism Negatively Impacts Economic Output at the State Level, Alex H. Tench
Department: Economics

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Bright Lights and Big Ideas: An Investigation on the Impact of Innovative Entrepreneurship and Dynamic Agglomeration Economies on Urban Economic Performance, Sarah Vechik
Department: Economics

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Economics under Fire: Understanding GDP and HDI through Social Capital and its Relationship with Noteworthy Intra-State Conflicts, Samuel T. Waters
Department: Economics; International Relations

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2016

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Lets Make India Great Again: The Effect of China’s Currency Manipulation on India’s Balance of Payments, Vedant Bansal
Department: Economics

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Gift Exchange and Reciprocation in the Context of Music Consumption, Shelby Bretschger
Department: Economics; Sociology and Anthropology

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Can the Herb Really Heal the Nation: The Effect of Medical Marijuana Legalization on the Opioid Epidemic, Kathleen J. Glowacki
Department: Economics

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Quantifying Identity: What a Study On Food Insecurity in the LGB Community Tells Us About Choice, Intersectionality, and the Construction of Knowledge, Emily C. Hrovat
Department: Economics; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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The Liberal Arts Factor: Having a CEO With a Liberal Arts Degree, Matthew H. Keeney
Department: Economics

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A Weighty Matter: A Study of Obesity and its Impact on Wages, Jeremy M. Lenz
Department: Economics

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Innovation Through Technical Change: The Differential Effects Technology Expenditures Have on the Wages of Employees Within the Oil and Gas Industry, Michael L. Mays
Department: Economics

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The Impact of Price, Income, Health Insurance, and Education on Uptake of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccines in the United States, Joshua P. Miller
Department: Economics

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Holding Hands Against the Unknown: Using Markov Chains to Model Informal Insurance Arrangements in Developing Societies, Sayantan Mitra
Department: Economics; Mathematics

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The Economic and Historical Review of the Non-profit Hospital Dr. Altruist: Or how I learned to stop donating to hospitals and love conspicuous production, Ian Murphy
Department: Economics; History

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Sports Franchises as Engines of Economic Growth: Slam Dunk or Air Ball?, Andrew Henry Pfeuffer
Department: Economics

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If You Draw It They (Might) Come: Analyzing American Consumer’s War Bond Purchasing Habits During the War Loan Drives of 1943 and 1944, Alexander M. Rentzepis
Department: Economics; History

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To Invest or Not To Invest: Effects of Poor Corporate Governance on Paper-Bill Spread during Asian Financial Crisis, Khairunnisa Usman
Department: Economics

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2015

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Trade and Wage Inequality in the Upper-Middle-Income Countries, Sandeep Bhusal
Department: Economics

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Affordable Housing Goals and Access to Credit in the Mortgage Market, John M. Brown
Department: Economics

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What is success?: A case study of the Barberton Community Development Corporation and the discourse on community development success, Bailey R. Connor
Department: Economics; Sociology and Anthropology

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The Influence of Negotiations between School Districts and Teachers' Unions on the Allocation of Educational Resources and Student Attainment, Timothy Duhon
Department: Economics

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Examining the Impact of Foreign Direct Investment in the SADC Region, Limbani Kamanga
Department: Economics

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Comparing Charter Schools and Traditional Public Schools Efficiency and Academic Achievement: Evidence from Ohio, Nathaniel Kleinman
Department: Economics

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An Analysis of the Economic Impact of Organizational Involvement on the Donation Function of Wooster Alumni, John F. Manion
Department: Economics

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A Study of the Effect of Advertising on Firm Performance Between Consumer and Producer Goods Industries, Robert M. McLane III
Department: Economics

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Modeling Crime Using Social Interaction, Daniel Patrick Miller
Department: Mathematics; Economics

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The Economic Effects of Transnational Terrorism: A Theoretical and Empirical Investigation into the Impact Which Terrorism Has Upon Economic Growth, Max Rubin
Department: Economics

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The Value-Added Tax as an Optimal Solution: The Effect of VAT Use and Structure on the Distribution of Social Welfare, Eric G. Tonian
Department: Economics

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The Effects of Paternalism and Conditional Giving On Prosocial Behaviors, Stephanie Rachel Woodring
Department: Communication; Economics

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The Business of Busyness: The Welfare Implications of Digital Technologies, John Wu
Department: Economics; Sociology and Anthropology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2014

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It Costs an Arm and a Kidney: A Study of the Impacts of Information Costs on Organ Donation, David A. Brew
Department: Economics

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Why do Employers offer Retirement Plans?, Brittany Bullard
Department: Economics

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Trust in Business Organizations: An Analysis of Compensation Structure and the Characteristics of Trustworthy Management, Bailey E. Caffrey
Department: Economics

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The Impact of Foreign Graduate Students and Postdoctorates on US National Innovation Capacity, Muhammad Daud
Department: Economics

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Life, Liberty, and a Good Education: An Analysis of the Quality Disparity in K-12 Public Education, Emma Fryd
Department: Economics

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Examining the Effects of Socio-Cultural Factors on Women’s Bargaining Power in Tanzania, Jubilate A. Lema
Department: Economics

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Oil Import Risks, Economic Growth and National Security: a Study of Oil Import Security on China's Economic Growth, Shuyuan Liu
Department: Economics

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The Threshold of Justice: An Examination of Income Inequality in the United States, Ryan J. McCormack
Department: Economics; Philosophy

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From Survive to Thrive: The Impact of Human, Social, and Financial Capital on Entry Into Subsistence Entrepreneurship in Post-Conflict Nepal, Samantha J. McNelly
Department: Economics

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Fiscal Capacity and Intergovernmental Grants: The Need for Education Finance Reform in Ohio, Eric Petry
Department: Economics

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“Stimulating” Church Growth? How Economic Growth Impacts Growth of Christianity in Post-Reform Urban China —Evidence from Household Survey, Zilu Wang
Department: Economics; Religious Studies

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A Bayesian Model of Fertility Decisions in Relationship to Female Labor Force Participation, Rebecca C. Wardrop
Department: Economics; Mathematics

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Addressing the Gender Gap in Agriculture: An Analysis of the Impact of Agricultural Technology on Gender Inequality in Developing Economies, Mitik Zegeye
Department: Economics; International Relations

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2013

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Inequality and Influence on Cheating Behavior, Stephen Crozier
Department: Economics

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An Economic Analysis of Discrimination in Hiring Practices With Regard to Physical Attractiveness, Devin Giles
Department: Economics

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Examining the Efficiency of "Superman": The Comparision of Efficiency and Academic Achievement of Charter Schools Compared to Traditional Public Schools in Ohio, Brittany Harris
Department: Economics

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Free-Agency in Major League Baseball & It's Effect on Player Performance, Keenan King
Department: Economics

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Seeds of Slavery: a Mainstream Economic Interpretation and Rhetorical Analysis of Vandana Shiva's Criticism of the Green Revolution and the Alienation of Rural Indian Women, David C. Mallinson
Department: Communication; Economics

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The Gift That Keeps on Taking: Modelling the Impact of a Natural Resource Shock on an Economy, Rutendo Ruzvidzo
Department: Economics; Mathematics

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A Study on the Impact of School Consolidation on Student Academic Achievement, Timothy Stehulak
Department: Economics

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An Analysis of the Impact of Underwriter Reputation on the Underpricing of New Issues, Daniel C. Wilhelm
Department: Economics

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2012

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Boom and Bust: a Study Employing Principal Agency to Investigate the Behavior of Borrowers, Lenders, and Investors That Led to the Mortgage Crisis in 2007, Gregory D. Benckart
Department: Economics

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Corporate Hedging and Firm Value: Before and After the Financial Crisis, Duc M. Chu
Department: Economics

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Is Altruistic Behavior Rational? a Test of Garp on Social Preferences, Samuel G. Cook
Department: Economics

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Incentivizing Developed Country Foreign Direct Investment: An Efficient Means of Closing the Gap For Developing Countries?, Charles Erhart
Department: Economics

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Disaggregation Is Key: Using Alternative Growth Models to Evaluate the Impact of AIDS on Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa, Elizabeth Freeman
Department: Economics

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Inclusion of Gender in the Management of Water Resources in Rural African Communities, Lauren Grimanis
Department: Economics

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Opening New Doors For Investment: a Case Study of Foreign Direct Investment in Education and Its Impact on the Growth of India, Ian P. Haley
Department: Economics

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Social Influences on Risk Behavior, Adam Heurich
Department: Economics

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Social Welfare Implications of International Tax Competition in the OECD Countries, Kelsey Jenkins
Department: Economics

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Logistic Model of Growth: a Theoretical and Empirical Analysis of the Impact of Geography on the Growth of Coastal and Landlocked Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Promise Kamanga
Department: Economics

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Hedonic Analysis of Film Success Through Consumer Choice, Luke Knezevic
Department: Economics

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No Such Thing As a Free Ride: Sovereign Default Risk Reduction As a Result of Monetary Union Participation, Katharina Kroll
Department: Economics

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Is Efficiency Optional, Andrew Licking
Department: Economics; Mathematics

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Impact of FDI and Corruption on Chinese Economy, Huachen Li
Department: Economics

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Complimentary Market: the Study of the Impact of Direct-To-Consumer Advertising on the Prices of Prescription Drugs in the Pharmaceutical Drug Industry, Casey McGann
Department: Economics

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Controlling Your Money: An Empirical Analysis of the Impacts of Government Control of the Money Supply Affects the Social Welfare of Others, Corey McGann
Department: Economics

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Marketing-Oriented Approach to Business, Jason R. Miller
Department: Economics

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Development Assistance Redefined: the Rise of the University of Chicago and the Establishment of Neoliberal Foreign Aid Policies, Michael Peters
Department: Economics; History

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Econometric Analysis on the Effect of Terrorism on Tourist Flows, Eric J. Robbins
Department: Economics

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Impact of Incentives on Worker Productivity: An Experimental Approach to the Role of Different Frame Manipulations on the Productivity of Workers in a Lab Experiment, Dan Terhune
Department: Economics

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Making Money, Making Sense: An Analysis of the Modern Portfolio Theory and the Performance of Alternative Risk Measures, Nancy Tinoza
Department: Economics; Mathematics

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Yonnondio, Of Mice and Men & The Girl: a Feminist Critique of the Traditional Social and Neoclassical Economic Roles of Women During the Great Depression, Brooke Danielle Towner
Department: Economics; English

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Effect of School Quality on Housing Prices in the Toledo Metropolitan Area: a Study on Which Measures of School Quality Have the Largest Impact on Housing Prices, Justin C. Warnes
Department: Economics

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Technology Adoption: Achieving Environmentally Sustainable Growth in Developing Countries, Nathaniel Wheeler
Department: Economics

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How Does Organizational Structure Affect the Sustainability of Nonprofit Performing Arts Organizations, Shitong Zhan
Department: Economics

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2011

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Sowing the Seeds to a Higher Consumption: a Study on the Impact of Access to Formal Savings and Credit Mechanisms on the Economic Portfolios of Farming Households, Sadaf Asrar
Department: Economics

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Can Environmental Sustainability Lead to Increased Profits? a Study of the Environmental Porter Hypothesis, Channaa Bassel
Department: Economics

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The Effects of Digitalization on Profit in the Music Market, Zachary Boylston
Department: Economics

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Can Environmental Sustainability Lead to Increased Profits? a Study of the Environmental Porter Hypothesis, Bassel Channaa
Department: Economics

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Stuck at the Fork in the Middle of the Road?: Towards the Rational Discretion of Microfinance Institutions, Christopher Miller
Department: Economics; Philosophy

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Impact of Financial Access on the Efficiency of a Portfolio: a Geometric Dissection of the Portfolio Theory & Empirical Analysis of the Financial Diaries of Low-Income Households in South Africa, Prachi Saraogi
Department: Mathematics; Economics

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I'd Like to Talk to You About the Upcoming Election ... : An Empirical Analysis of the Effectiveness of Get-Out-The-Vote Messages, Marijke van Dijk
Department: Political Science; Economics

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To Be or Not to Be; To Do or Not To Do; To Have or Not To Have: An Exploration of the Differences in Economic Decision-Making For Same-Sex and Different-Sex Couples, Elizabeth Wardrop
Department: Economics

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2010

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How Does a Liberal Arts College Degree Versus a State University Degree Affect Wages For Post-Graduates Seeking Employment in the Labor Market?, Tanner T. Hall
Department: Economics

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Economic Benefit of Foot-Voting: Game Theoretic Approach, AungMaw MyoLwin

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Trading Autarky For War: Does International Trade Increase or Reduce the Probability of International Conflict?, Andrew Stuckey
Department: Economics

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Impact of Tariffs on Foreign Direct Investment, Yang Tian
Department: Economics; Mathematics

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Impact of Birth-Order on Investment in Human Capital and Child Labor: Evidence From India, Sonam Vij
Department: Economics

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Foreign Direct Investment and Its Impact on Wage Inequality of Skilled Labor and Unskilled Labor in China, Jiuwei Zhang
Department: Economics

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2009

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Income Diversification of Pakistani Cotton Producing Households in the Face of U.S. Cotton Subsidies, Kabir Banerjee
Department: Economics

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Industrial Decline and Working-Class Literature: Steel Producer Decisions and Workers' Responses in the United States and Germany, Stephen Brown
Department: Economics; German Studies

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A Mother's Role in Child Health - Does Working Matter?, Lindsey Beth Dorko
Department: Economics

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Why Neoclassical Economics Must Eliminate the Assumption of Utility Maximization, Ceteris Paribus, Jonathan Shaw Howden
Department: Economics; Philosophy