Recent Economics Department Senior Honors Theses


Understanding the Gender Dynamics of College Major Selection: A Case Study of the Brandeis University Economics Major
Kim Adler

The Impact of Local Economic Conditions on Regional Federal Reserve Bank Discount Rate Recommendations
Antoine Malfroy-Carmine

A Study on China’s Failed EV Campaign and Legislative Reflections
Jiamin Shen

A Midas Approach to Bond Return Predictability in Real-Time
George Velonias

What Are the Characteristics that Distinguish China’s Liquidity Trap from a Conventional Liquidity Trap?
Jiefan Wang

Bubble Testing on Art Auction Price Indices
Chutong Wu

Investment Value of Gold Jewelry in China
Kathleen Wu

Do For-Profits Produce Student Loan Default? Evidence from the Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study: 08/12
Xingyue Xin


Health Effects of Hosting the Olympic Games: Evidence from London 2012
Axel Szmulewiez

The Effect of High Speed Railroad Expansion on Local GDP Growth in China
Lantian Xiang

The Determinants of the CDS-Bond Basis in the Post Financial Crisis Era
Oren Saskin

Forecasting New York State Day-Ahead Electricity Spot Prices using Time-Series Models
Jacob Silver

An Attempt to understand Possible Discrimination Against International Students in the Greater Boston’s Rental Housing Market
Le Wu

Aggregated Review Scores and Consumer Demand for Experience Goods: A Case Study in the Motion Picture Industry
Carl Lieberman

Effect of Exchange Rates on Stock Market – Chinese Investors Reaction to Government’s Actions
Wenyi Zhang

Major Drivers of Healthcare Expenditure in China: How does China’s Changing Age Structure Affect its Healthcare Expenditures?
Jingwan Wang

The Impact of Foreign Direct Investment on the Energy Intensity of China’s Economy
Ye Xian

What Drives China’s R&D Intensity Surge?
Xiaoyue Sun

Estimating the Effects of Housing Policies on the Real Estate Market in 20 Major Cities in China
Fangzhu Yang


The Effects of Minimum Wage on Minorities: A Comparative study of India Versus France
Laura Hazan

Do Remittances Reduce the Financial Constraint on Firm Investment?
Xavier Martin Bautista

The Role of Financial Frictions and Relative Sector Constraint During the Financial Crisis
Aaron Markiewitz

Professional Development and College Attendance: A Look at Massachusetts School Districts
Eric Haavind-Berman


Expectations as Frames: Evaluating the Effects of Expectation Violation on Levels of Risk Aversion
Kevin Berzinis

Co-movement and Contagion in European Sovereign Debt Yields: A Factor Model Approach
Sarah Shahanaghi


NAFTA’s Impact on the Mexico Environment
Mengshan Cui

Is Charter Competition a Tide that Lifts All Boats? : A Five-State Analysis of Charter Competition and the Impact of a “Hold Harmless” Funding Policy
Jay Dev

The Impact of Fertility Rate on the Education Attainment Level of Children in the State of Uttar Pradesh, India: The Quantity – Quality Tradeoff
Neelanjana Gupta

R & D Factor-Biased Technical Change in China
Joshua Hoffman-Senn

The Effect of Teacher Race in Elementary School on High School Graduation: Evidence from Tennessee’s Project STAR
Woo Sang Jo

Extra, Extra! Read All About it: The Impact of Crime Reporting by Community Newspapers
Yosef Schaffel

Regional Variations in the Composition of American Unemployment: A Decomposition of Unemployment Across States by Industry during the Great Recession
Doug Schwartz

Recession and the Resurgent Entrepreneur: National-Level Effects of the Business Cycle on European Entrepreneurship
Samuel Stemper


Evaluating the EPA 33/50 Program and Transfers to Recycling in TRI Reporting
Sam Kapon

Exploring the Gender Achievement Gap: An Analysis of Project STAR
Sari Ladin

Le Réforme des 35 Heures: Reduced Working Hours and French Employment
Géraldine Rothschild

Does Belonging to a Higher Income Level Increase Your Financial Literacy?
Andres Shahidinejad

The Common Creditor Effect: The Role of the Banking Sector in Cross-Border Transmission of Currency Pressures
Omri Strul


Impact of Financial Representatives Comprising the Board of Directors. An Events Study Analysis of Acquisition Outcomes in Acquirer Companies
Abhirup Das

Consumption-Driven Equilibrium: A Study of the Dynamics and Implications of Economic Activity in a Private BitTorrent Movie Tracker
Benjamin Gorelick

Non-Pecuniary Incentives and Productivity: The Effects of an Appreciation Week for Custodial Workers at Southside Hospital
Julia Korn

Habit Formation in Virtual Worlds
Michael Laderman

The Effects of Preferential Trade Agreements on the Use of Antidumping by Developing Coutries
Darren Sandler

The Effect of Regulatory Process Costs on Firm Level Foreign Investment in the Manufacturing Sector
Matthew Schmidt

The Effect of Self-Distribution Exceptions to the Three Tier System on Beer Prices and Brewery Numbers
Josh Waizer


Big Mac Index: A Questionable Tool To Make Investment Choices
Cantay Caliskan

End-of-Pipe vs. Change in Production Technology: Factors that Affect the Decision Making Process
Yeshaya Dobrusin

The effects of small class size in the early grades on high school graduation: Evidence from Tennessee's Project STAR
Ezra Fishman

Financial market response to security breach announcements
Igor Karagodsy

Examining Defensive Medicine: Financial and Non-Financial Costs of Malpractice Liability and the Utilization of Diagnostics in the Medicare System
Andrew Karasick

The Investment Allocation Decision-Making of State-Run Public Employee Pension Plans
Jarrad Kirsh

Religiosity and Academic Achievement: Can a personal characteristic help explain the achievement gap?
Daniel Litwok

Consumer Expectations About the Housing Market: How Are They Formed and Are They Rational?
Rebecca Loren

Examining the Effects of Sanctions on Iranian Bilateral Trade Flows Using the Gravity Model
Karishma Roopchand

The Effect of Voluntary Desegregation Busing Program on Housing Values in Receiving School Districts
Elizabeth Setren

Labor Economics in the Palestinian Territories
Caleb Smith

Does Induction or Evolution Explain the Rate of Innovation? Evidence from Smoking Cessation Patents
Seth Werfel


Renewable Energy Policy and Induced Innovation
Maurice Goldstein

Single Artist Art Auctions
Amanda Millet-Sorsa

An Analysis of Rent Stabilization in New York City
Nathan Richards

Debt-For-Nature Swaps: Participation and Effectiveness An Empirical Analysis of Debt-for-Nature Swaps
Anna Scodel

Describing Medical Graduate International Migration Patterns: Do Rural Physicians Have A Higher Propensity to Migrate than Urban Physicians?
Eliezer Shinnar

Microfinance Patterns in Bangladesh: Studying the effects of loans on household expenditure and income levels in rural Bangladesh
Faiyaz Talukdar

China’s Communications Equipment and Electronics Manufacturing Sector: Sources of Domestic Catch-Up
Aviva Zyskind


The price-spillover effect in art auctions
Nikhil Agarwal

When does teacher race matter? Grade-specific estimates of own-race teacher effects on student achievement
Zachary Seeskin

For Whom Do Donors Give? Effects of Donor Recognition on Gifts to Jewish Organizations


Forecasting ability of valuation ratios in equity and real estate markets
Daniel Fried

Poverty reduction and government spending: An analysis of public spending on health care and education in Chile
David Glick

Rural-to-urban migrants in Beijing: An analysis of migrant workers in the construction industry as Beijing prepares for the Olympics
Stuart Kottle

The pricing behavior of retail gasoline firms: An empirical analysis
Benjamin Snider


A comparative analysis of socio-economic development between Thailand and Bangladesh
Mohammad Amir Akhtar

The Asian Tigers’ graduation from the U. S. Generalized System of Preferences: Effects on the remaining beneficiaries
Stacey Chan

Investigating the economic value-added of more advanced technical indicators
Munyaradzi Julius Chaunzwa

A study of the economic and environmental consequences of hybrid vehicles
Charles Goodhue

Valuation of advanced wireless services spectrum: Historical regression and discounted cash flow models
Howard Gou

Do school resources matter? Measuring the impact of school inputs on the percentage of students going on to college
James Keith

Convertible bonds and their valuation
Rajat Singhal


Effectiveness of federal and state right-to-know toxic use reduction legislation in the printed wire board industry: An economic assessment of transparency in environmental protection legislation
Jennifer Freyja Helgeson

Worker productivity: How job status can moderate the economic impact of illness
Cameron Kaplan

Game theory and antitrust law: Could the study of game theory contribute to a more efficient antitrust system?
Thomas Bryant Pernikoff

Provincial income convergence between China and India
Kassian Polin

Tariff levels after a most-favored nation rule
Greg Sasso

The cotton triangle: United States market power in the nineteenth century raw cotton trade
Gloria Sheu

Test of semi-strong form market efficiency using publicly traded soccer clubs in Europe
Aaron Szekel

Understanding the gender wage gap in Japan: An economic and anthropological examination of gender discrimination in the Japanese labor force
Mina Yoshioka


The Japanese postal savings system: Government-run savings bank hindering private bank profitability
Nalini Bajaj

Does trickle-down economics work? A study of Reagan’s tax cuts and their effects on the economy and inequality
Alan Berk

Financial sector development and macroeconomic stability in Central and Eastern European countries
Matthew Bloom

The capital market effects of European airline industry liberalization
Hai Chi

An analysis of specialty cooperative membership as a tool for increasing welfare for coffee farmers
Mehrun Etebari

The effect of district MCAS scores on property values
Emmanuel Grenader

Implications of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the comprehensive HIV and AIDS care, management and treatment plan in the republic of South Africa
Matthew Harris

The favourite long-shot bias: Does it always exist?
Adam Landau

An economic analysis of snowboarding’s effect on the ski industry
Erica Melville

Essays on exchange rate and monetary policy

How does the application of the current tort liability system to medical malpractice affect health care costs in the United States? Is reform necessary?
Yelena Trepetin

Revisiting the deregulation of the US airline industry
Sudip Verma

Cuba’s private sector: Labor reallocation in the context of dollarization and economic reforms


International intellectual property protection: north verses south and the TRIPS agreement

The discount in foreign exchange black markets in Colombia

The impact of educational inputs: A critical look at public education in Hawaii
Lonn Drucker

A study of production, depletion, and environmental regulation in forestry

Open source software development
Robert Greenberg

Market structure, technological change and the environment: investigating the relationships in the energy and automobile industries

An empirical study of pricing behavior and "frictionless commerce" on the Internet
Claudia Le

Oil: the pipeline to economic growth

Asset management in China: An evaluation of the strategy and performance of the Chinese AMCs

Vietnam's integration into world markets

Spiders: how well do they track? : A qualitative and quantitative analysis

A market of emotions: Bubble-testing the S&P 500 index during the 1990’s: implications for passive investment management

Weathering the storm of deregulation: Greek banks in an integrated European market

The effects of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 on federal securities fraud class action litigation

Development of tourism at Lake Balaton, Hungary: Increasing tourism revenues
Peter Novak

Microsoft’s Innovation Rate and Technological Strategy
Yael Slater


The dividend puzzle: A risk signalling approach

The true effects of budget deficits and the federal debt: The economic realities behind the political debate

Modeling financial markets using computer simulations of the minority game

Competitive strategy in the semiconductor industry: A case of information barriers
James Holley

An evolutionary approach to understanding mergers and acquisitions

The effect of the Internet on export industries of China and India

Real estate over-development: A study of the differences across cycles and geographic locations

Short-term and long-term effects of E-commerce on tax base
Karthik Narasimhan

Business crisis, online media reports, and the stock market: A study evaluating the relationship between media reports regarding business crisis and the stock market

A woman’s strategy: An economics analysis of college females’ major selection and gender segregation in the classroom

Insider trading and effects on stock prices

The effects of federal R&D on the U.S. biotech industry: An econometric analysis


Which came first, the HMO or the MRI? Managed care and technology adoption

The impact of information technology on the United States and the European Union

The U.S. antidumping law: A bias in its implementation towards domestic producers

The internet and its impact on the economic growth of metropolitan regions

US immigration policy: Winners and losers in the American economy

The U.S. gasoline taxation: Is there an econometric justification
Vladimir Liberzon

An industry in fast forward; Rewind to play: Putting the effect of the internet revolution on the motional picture industry in historical perspective
WenLin Soh


Money laundering in emerging markets: The Russian experience

Economic value added and security valuation: Does EVA analysis lead to better stock picking?

Capital mobility and emerging economies: A look at Russia

To buy, or not to buy, online? A demand analysis of planned and impulse purchasing in retail bookselling

The risks of value at risk

Expanding trade links for MERCOSUR: Economic effects of the EU and NAFTA options

Barriers to entry in e-commerce and their effect on internet company valuation metrics