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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2022

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Barriers To Entry: Do Students’ Perceptions Of Economics Contribute To The Underrepresentation Of Women And Gender Minorities In The Field?, Madison Buckley
Department: Economics; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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A Comprehensive Empirical And Simulation Analysis On How Minimum Wage Increases Impact Unemployment, Brandon Charles
Department: Computer Science; Economics

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Class, Clubs, Work, Or Relax: Evaluating The Relationship Between College Activities And Earnings Immediately After Graduation, Justin Clement
Department: Economics

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Large-Scale Land Acquisitions And Its Impact On Rural Smallholder Farmers In Ghana., Hanniel Kakraba- Ampeh
Department: Economics

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Large-Scale And Acquisitions And Its Impact On Rural Smallholder Farmers In Ghana, Hanniel E. Kakraba- Ampeh
Department: Economics

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Large-Scale And Acquisitions And Its Impact On Rural Smallholder Farmers In Ghana, Hanniel Ekow Kakraba- Ampeh
Department: Economics

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Separate And Unequal: The Effect Of School Quality Differentials On Labor Market Outcomes For Southern Educated And Working African Americans 1935-1968, Keegan Davis King
Department: Economics

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Using Nudges To Promote Healthier Decisions In The USA, Ezana Kiros
Department: Economics

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Wage And Other Forms Of Discrimination Against Migrant Nurses In The U.S.: A Mixed-Methods Approach, Mahi Lal
Department: Economics

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The Economic Impact Of Ocean Acidification On Coral Reefs: An Evaluation Of The Provisioning Services Of The Great Barrier Reef, Australia, Aubry Miller
Department: Economics

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Explaining The Impact Of Corruption In The Infrastructure Field, Nebyou Minassie
Department: Economics

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Explaining The Impact Of Corruption In The Infrastructure Field., Nebyou Minassie
Department: Economics

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Cheer Me Up: A Game Theoretic Optimisation Analysis Of The Relationships Between Morale, Corruption And Individual Tax Evasion Decisions, Pragya Mittal
Department: Economics; Mathematics

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An Analysis Of The Effects Of The Rapidly Growing Technology Industry On Income Inequality In The United States, Shawn Ngwena
Department: Economics

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The Impact Of Air Pollution On Medical Expenditure, Claudia Rose Mandela Partridge
Department: Economics

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Human Capital Investment Through Education: The Way To An Equitable Middle Class In South Africa, Laura Elizabeth Peterjohn
Department: Economics

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Intermittent Fasting: A Cost-Effective Mechanism To Improve Productivity And Decrease Adverse Stress Response?, Nivedita Rathaur
Department: Economics; Biology

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Covid-19 As An Endogenous Disruptor Of The World Oil Market, Benjamin C. Schrock
Department: Economics

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The Effects Of Diversity And Inclusion Policies On Business Performance, Eraj Sikandar
Department: Economics

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Modelling The Joint Dynamics Of Exchange Rates, Interest Rates And Oil Prices Using Vector Autoregression, Angad Singh
Department: Mathematics; Economics

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Violent Means For Secure Ends: How An Absence Of State Social Safety Nets Impacts The Prevalence Of Violent Political Activity, Tabitha Skornik-Hayes
Department: Global and International Studies; Economics

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Are Corporations The Answer? An Empirical Study On The Impact Of Environmental Performance Ratings Reducing Emissions On A Global Scale, Michael Thomas
Department: Economics

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Remittances – A Child’s Ticket To Better Education: A Case Study Of Nepal; Evaluating The Schooling Decisions Of Households Receiving Remittances In Nepal, Rishika Todi
Department: Economics; Global and International Studies

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“Don’t You Have A Conscience?”: The Economic Underpinnings Of Corruption And Its Portrayal In Russian Media, Katherine Yordy
Department: Economics; Russian Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2021

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“Hey, check out my new kicks!”: An Analysis of Consumption and Market Demand of Exclusive Sneakers, Sanket Chavan
Department: Economics

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"The Refugees are Better Off Than We Are": Evaluating the Impact of Syrian Refugees on Jordanian Labor Markets, Maggie Dougherty
Department: Economics

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The Impact of Opinion Leaders on YouTube Towards Consumer Purchase Intention, Yu Hu
Department: Economics; Global and International Studies

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Market Structure and Quality of Service: Investigating Oligopolies and the Quality of Nursing Home Care in California During The COVID-19 Pandemic, Tessa Ireton
Department: Economics

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Impact of School Vouchers on Guardian Investment in Education, Madeleine Keller
Department: Economics

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Pretty Pink Penny: Exploring Consumer Behavior and Gender-Based Price Discrimination, Nasua Oforiwa Labi
Department: Economics

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The Great Outdoors, Indoors: An Evaluation of Green Spaces and Housing Prices in Pittsburgh, PA, Will McCullough
Department: Economics

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ESPN as a Two-Sided Market: How Fantasy Football Users Impact Advertising Prices, Joseph C. Passodelis
Department: Economics

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Joseph Passodelis Senior I.S, Joseph Christopher Passodelis
Department: Economics

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An Analysis on Free-to-Play and Premium Games and Their Effects from Positive Network Externalities and Keeping Up With The Joneses Theories, Zach Dean Schuch
Department: Economics

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Is the Ichimoku Kinko Hyo System Beneficial to Investors?, Brandon David Vincenzo
Department: Economics

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Match-Fixing in Cyprus: Examining the Impact on Fans' Soccer Attendance, Andreas Xenofontos
Department: Economics

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2020

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Using Monte Carlo Simulations to Study the Effects of Subsidies on the Market-Share of Electric-Vehicles, Yash Bajaj
Department: Economics; Computer Science

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Do Professional Sport Franchises Help Public Welfare or Their Own Pockets? A Study Analyzing Corporate Social Responsibility in Professional Sports Through the NFL, Caelan Doherty
Department: Economics

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To Know, to Care, and, to Educate: Examining the Effectiveness of Behavioral Interventions in Improving Saving Behavior, Anushkaa Gupta
Department: Economics; Psychology

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Foreign Direct Investment in ASEAN: The Economic and Locational Determinants of Foreign Direct Investment in the Context of Indonesia, Jason P. Gustely
Department: Economics

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Explaining the Gender Gap in Agricultural Productivity: An Analysis of Farmers' Land Tenure Security in Rural Ghana., Efua Hayford
Department: Economics

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A Theory of Fire Service Provision: With an empirical analysis of response time, suppression time, and service output, Hyong-gu Hwang
Department: Economics; Mathematics

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An Exploration of Changes and the Effectiveness of Gendered Marketing in Young Adult Novels, Olivia Maher
Department: Economics; English

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The Role of National Culture on Risk Preference, Akari Sato
Department: Economics; Psychology

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An Efficiency Analysis of Football Clubs in the English Premier League, Aakash Thapa
Department: Economics

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Internal Migration and its Effects on Property Value: A Case Study of Spain., Eduardo Vetancourt
Department: Economics

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Incentives to Buy: An Analysis of Trading Behavior Among Competitive Teams in Major League Baseball, Eric F. Wasserzug
Department: Economics

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2019

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The Effect of Unemployment on Alcohol Consumption, Isabel Adelson
Department: Economics

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The Social Network of Crime: How do our Social Interactions Predict Criminal Behavior?, Kevin Beck
Department: Economics

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A Study of Contractual Structure in Subscription Service Models and Consumer Purchasing Behavior, Raghu Choudhary
Department: Economics

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Gold Mine or Bronze Bust: Analysis of the Impact of Fiscal Policy Expansion during the Olympic Games on Income Inequality, Cameron Jeffrey Gelwicks
Department: Economics

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The Impact of Austerity Measures on Gender Inequality in Europe, Magia Karagianni
Department: Economics

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Beauty-Based Consumer Discrimination in Modern Dance, Rachel Lau
Department: Economics

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The Effect Of The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act On Investment And Macroeconomic indicators, Khanh Pham
Department: Economics

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What to do about Grandma: A Behavioral Economic Analysis of Surrogate, End-of-Life Healthcare Decision Making, Jeremy Smucker
Department: Economics

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Evening the Playing Field: Mitigating the Impact of Gender Differences in Risk Preferences and Investment Behavior, Jordan Stone
Department: Economics

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Influences of the U.S. Monetary Policy on the Current Account Balance of High Income E.U. Countries, Nolan Sundheimer
Department: Economics

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Using Taxes to Create a More Sustainable Tuna Fishery: A Simulation Model, Penluck Sutarat
Department: Economics

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How Team Building Influences Team Outcomes, Yichen Tang
Department: Economics; Psychology

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The Effects of Trust and Socialization on Contract Performance: An Experimental Economics Study, Leonard Wine
Department: Economics

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The Effects of Women's Bargaining Power on Household Health in Developing Countries, Beatrice M. Yarema
Department: Economics

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Return Migration and The Urban-Rural Income Gap in China, Jingxia Zheng
Department: Economics

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2018

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The Make or Buy Decision Across Borders: A Transaction Cost Economics Approach to Vertical Integration, Aidan Crowe
Department: Economics

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Institutional Ownership and Corporate Performance: An Empirical Analysis of America's Publicly-Held Firms, Eric Fenton
Department: Economics

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"Are We Not Peasants too?": Investigating the Gender Gap in Agricultural Productivity in Rural India, Maansi Kumar
Department: Economics

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Residential Choice as a Prisoner's Dilemma: How Segregation Preferences Lead to Suboptimal Societal Outcomes, Jeremy Miller
Department: Economics

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Does TRIPS Enlarge the Income Gap in Developing Countries? An Analysis of the Pharmaceutical Industry, Xander Nicolson
Department: Economics

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Location Location Gender: How Variables Impact Household Head Financial Decisions in Rural and Urban Regions throughout China, Margaret Sestito
Department: Chinese Studies; Economics; Global and International Studies

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The Impacts of Minimum Wage Increases on Productivity and Unemployment Rates, Jacob Sparks
Department: Economics

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Does Insurance Impact Happiness? An Analysis of Crop Micro-Insurance Structures' Impact on the Well Being of Farmers within Developing Economies: A Sri-Lankan Study Using a Utility Framework & Linear Algebra Perspective, Giorgio Tramonto
Department: Economics; Mathematics

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Affordable Care Act: Is it Enough?, Manogjna Vaddiraju
Department: Economics; Philosophy

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An Investigation of Heterogeneity in Immigrant Groups: Do Refugees Experience Less Desirable Labor Market Outcomes Compared to Economic Immigrants?, Guanrong Wang
Department: Economics

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Retirement Saving and Health Spending Accounts, Ryan E. Wobbe
Department: Economics

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; Global and International Studies

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