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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2022

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It Pays To Be ‘Good’: Measuring The Effect Of Corporate Social Responsibility On Profitability., Azza Ali
Department: Business Economics

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Labor Market Discrimination, Expected Returns & Enrollment In Higher Education For African American Scholars: Evidence From The High School Longitudinal Study, Michelle S. Bryant
Department: Business Economics

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Investigating Intraday Impact Of Earning Reports On Stock Prices In The Technology Sector From 2010 To 2019, El Yazid Chalabi
Department: Business Economics; Statistical and Data Sciences

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The Game Within The Game: How Teams And Players Coordinate Over Brands, Jack Giloth
Department: Business Economics

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Reducing Livestock Emissions: Investigating The Effectiveness Of A Tax On Meat Products To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Austin Hanna
Department: Business Economics

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Optimal Corporate Debt Structure: A Study Of How Debt Financing Impacts Public Oil And Gas Firm Profitability In The U.S., Lea M. Huth
Department: Business Economics

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Measuring How Consumer Switching Costs Affect Innovation In The Video Game Industry, Jiayi Ji
Department: Business Economics

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Unions In Contemporary America: Justifications For Alternative Methods Of Union Organization, Joseph S.M. Kemp III
Department: Business Economics

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Exploring The Black Entrepreneur In America: The Relationship Between Black Business And Society, Khaylen M. Mahdi
Department: Business Economics; Communication Studies; Economics; Psychology; Sociology and Anthropology; Interdepartmental

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2021

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Exploring Risk, Uncertainty, and Ambiguity under the lens of the Entrepreneurial Day Trader, Jerry L. Bronson
Department: Business Economics; Sociology and Anthropology

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Birds of a Feather, Flock Together: The Impact of Sanctuary Status of a City on Rental Prices, Brooke Brown
Department: Business Economics

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Effects of Subsidies in promoting Export-led Growth Strategy in India, Kanishk Chaudhari
Department: Business Economics

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A Tip for Entrepreneurial Enterprises - The Determination of Selling Mode between Brick-and-Mortar and Online Store, Xi Cheng
Department: Business Economics

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An Analysis on the Relationship Between Childcare Costs, Fertility and Women Employment, Noah Clement
Department: Business Economics

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A Look at Ohio’s Energy Senate Bill 221 - Effects of Merit Order and Renewable Energy on Ohio’s Electricity Market, Zenobia Conrad
Department: Business Economics

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Option Implied Volatility's Predictability on Monthly Stock Returns, Hung T. Dao
Department: Business Economics; Mathematics

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Information Processing in Acquisition Announcements: Reframing the Efficient Market Hypothesis, Levi Johnson
Department: Business Economics

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Did I Do That? Trade Effects on Player-Team Relationships, DeShaun Jones
Department: Business Economics

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An Investigation of the Impact of Broad-Based Stock Option Incentive Plans on the Rate of Voluntary Employee Turnover, Zach Myers
Department: Business Economics

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“Keep It Private:” A Study on the Effect of Privatization on the Efficiency of Firms in Vietnam, Dung Nguyen
Department: Business Economics

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Are Casinos a Winning Wager? A County-Level Empirical Analysis of the Impact of Commerical Casinos on Economic Growth, Shaun Conrad Peirce
Department: Business Economics

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The Impact of Various Compensation Schemes on Worker Earnings: An Analysis of the Impacts of Piece Rate versus Time Rate, Gabe Sherman
Department: Business Economics

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Hit or Miss: An Examination of how Free Agency Affects Competitive Balance through the Major League Baseball (MLB) Labor Market, Brett Stern
Department: Business Economics; Mathematics

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Ripple Effects in Housing Market in China: Have Central Areas Promoted House Prices in Peripheral Areas in Urban Agglomerations?, Wanting Sun
Department: Business Economics

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Effect Of The Covid Pandemic On Different Sectors Of The US Economy, Duc Hoang Trinh
Department: Business Economics; Statistical and Data Sciences

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2020

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The Effects of Cross-Platform Gaming and Multihoming in a Two-Sided Market: A Focus on the Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Generation of the Video Game Industry, Matthew Bellovich
Department: Business Economics

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An Empirical Analysis of Stochastic Dominance & Markowitz' Mean-Variance Optimization: Contrasting Portfolio Performance over the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, Jason Cerniglia
Department: Business Economics

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Sustainability and Stock Market Returns: A Study of the Impact of ESG Scores on Stock Returns in the Energy Industry and Overall Market, Evan Ferrara
Department: Business Economics

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A Change in the Broadcasting Structure of Major League Baseball: An Empirical Analysis on the Determinants that affect Television Revenue, Daniel John Harwood
Department: Business Economics

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Vertical Integration for Innovation: Understanding Startup Acquisitions from Organizational Economic, Resource-Based and Strategic Perspectives, Connor W. Hawkins
Department: Business Economics

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Has Fama’s Efficient Market Hypothesis been Proven False Due to High Frequency Traders?, Nicholas Hull
Department: Business Economics

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Effect of Occupation Human Capital Requirements on Employment and Compensation, Alexander R. Kania
Department: Business Economics

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Scanning and Spending: Examining the Impact of Mobile Payment Penetration on the Saving Rate in Contemporary China, Yuxuan Ke
Department: Business Economics; East Asian Studies

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The Effect of Critic Score on the Market Price of Mendocinean Malbec in the U.S., Jacob Lautman
Department: Business Economics

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Job Market Signaling of Conspicuous Consumption, Muyao Li
Department: Business Economics; Psychology

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Changes in United States Anti-Discrimination Law: A Study of the Impact of the Civil Rights Act of 1991 on the Relative Wage Income of Black and White Individuals, Clark D. Morin
Department: Business Economics

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Analysis on determinants of Firm’s Decision between Operation Through the Markets and Integration when Expanding into a New Country, Atul Sonthalia
Department: Economics; Business Economics

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Child Labor Amidst Globalization: A Study of Economic Development and Child Labor in West Africa as Seen Through Economic Structural Change, William Southerland
Department: Business Economics

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How does Environmental Performance Influence a Firm’s Stock Price?, Yiqun Yu
Department: Business Economics

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2019

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How does Bitcoin React to Material Events? A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis of Speculative Behavior in the Bitcoin Market, Connor Allan
Department: Business Economics

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The Gender Gap in College Major: Focus on Gender, STEM, and Earnings, Blake O'Brian Blair
Department: Business Economics

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Employee Voice: The Effect Voice Structures have on overall Labor Productivity, Eric Bulic
Department: Business Economics

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Why Companies are Monitoring Your Internet History: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis of Target Strategies’ Effects on Online Advertisement Performance, Will Chien
Department: Business Economics

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The Efficient Decision of Firms: Does CSR Generate Long-Term Value?, Nick Hallowell Churchill
Department: Business Economics

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The Effect of Women’s Athletics on Human Capital and Future Wages, Kyle Croxton
Department: Business Economics

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The Efficient Decision of Firms: Does CSR Generate Long-Term Value?, Caroline Devine
Department: Business Economics

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Pay and Performance with Market Power Consideration in the MLB, Chandler Dippman
Department: Business Economics

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An Examination of the Impact of Student Loan Debt on Retirement Savings for the Millennial Generation, Reece Dupler
Department: Business Economics

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Production Changes within NBA Player Contract Cycles and the Impact on Franchise Success, Charles R. Holt
Department: Business Economics

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The Impact of Electronic Word of Mouth (e-WOM) on Product Sales, Jiaxin Jiang
Department: Business Economics

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An Investigation on the Effect of Mortgage Rate on the United States Housing Price Using the Vector Autoregressive Regression Model, Qiushi Jin
Department: Business Economics

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Evaluating President Trump's use of Tariffs and the U.S. Trade Deficit, Hubert Kdayssi
Department: Business Economics

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Effects of Uncertainty on Firm’s Financial Leveraging, Ishmam R. Khan
Department: Business Economics

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Whose price is right? An Investigation of Monopolistic and Monopsonistic Exploitation Across Collective Bargaining Agreements in the NBA, Luke Nolan
Department: Business Economics

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Competition and Innovation: a Sinusoidal-shaped Relationship Driven by Post-incremental Profit, Qitian Shi
Department: Business Economics

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The Effect of Promotional Events on Gameday Attendance for Major League Baseball, Jake Stuursma
Department: Business Economics

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