Stock Market

Senior Honors Theses

Class of 2017

Mickayla Aboujaoude: Exploring the Determinants of Performing Arts Attendance in the United States

Oyut Amarjargal:  Spatial-Econometric Relationship between Urbanization and Economic Development in Mongolia

Savannah Donohue: The Effect of Land Grant Universities on Agglomeration Levels

Ethan Giles:  Welcome to the Big Leagues:  What do NBA Teams Look for in NBA Prospects?

Turku Hasturk:  The Impact of Education on Women's Bargaining Power in Turkey

Mariami Iashagashvili:  Impact of Skills on Employment and Wages

Trang Nguyen:  Education and Job Mismatch in Vietnam's Labor Market

Chinedum Nwaogwugwu: The Impact of Swings in Oil Prices on Economic Growth for Oil-Exporting Countries

Matthew Sullivan:  Party Lines to Investor Dimes:  Presidential Elections and Stock Markert Reactions


Class of 2016

Thomas Anania:  Votes Going to Waste:  The Relationship between Political Participation and Waste Production

Doga Bilgin:  Tightening the Belt:  The Impacts of Fiscal Policy

Savannah Cooley:  The Roles of Land Use and Centrality in Urban Land Productivity: An Empirical Study in Lafayette, Louisiana

Rahul Dutt:  Does Oil Drive the Bull and Bear?  An Industry-Level Analysis across Oil Importers and Exporters

Xinru Jin:  The Economic Impact of Special Economic Zones in China

Ye Jung Kim:  Salary Discrimination in the National Hockey League

Justin Lewis:  Falling Apples:  A Gravity Analysis of Export Prices in the Presence of Processing Trade

Maria Manning:  Where Should I Plant My Potato?  A Foodshed Analysis Model in Massachusetts

Justin Rydziel:  To Three or Not to Three:  The Value of the Three-Point Shot in the NBA

Sanika Shah:  Lifting the curtain on Myanmar's Foreign Investments


Class of 2015

Samantha Arsenault: The Prevalence and Intensity of Tobacco Consumption among Youth:  Worcester, MA (adviser John Brown)

Joseph Biasi: The Positive Impacts of Housing Reinvestment in Worcester (adviser John Brown)

Rebecca Chapman:  Trade and the Environment:  a Study Across China (adviser Chang Hong)

Mickael Chertov:  Wages in the U.S. Finance Industry (1970-2010) (adviser Wayne Gray)

Benjamin Fine: A Rising Tide Lifts All Yachts (adviser Wayne Gray)

Shalmali Ghate: Direct Access to Microfinance:  What Makes You a Winner? (adviser Marc Rockmore)

Alberto Guerrero:  Reverse Energy Auctions and Electricity Prices in Pennsylvania (adviser Junfu Zhang)

Miga Lee:  Wage Differences Between College Majors Over Time (adviser Wayne Gray)

Trang Luong:  Wage Determination in Major League Soccer (adviser Wayne Gray)

Yun Mi:  How Property Management Fees Affect Residential Housing Prices - A Case Study of Chengdu, China (adviser Junfu Zhang)

Sarah Philbrick:  Urban Structure and Commuting Patterns in the Age of the Streetcar:  Worcester in 1918 (adviser John Brown)

Sheila Qamirani: Determinants of Demand Deposits in Europe (adviser Marc Rockmore)

Yifan Qu:  Sectorial Structure and Urban Economic Growth in China (adviser Junfu Zhang)

Akriti Sharma:  Does Financial Independence Affect Gender Parity:  A Case Study of Nepal (adviser Junfu Zhang)

Okkar Zaw:  The Impact of Trade and FDI on Productivity Growth (adviser Chang Hong)

Annie Zhang:  Economics Determinants of Child Maltreatment in the United States (adviser Roxane Anderton)


Class of 2014

Yonathan Bassal: Sports Stadium Subsidies:  An Empirical Investigation of the Green Bay Packers (adviser John Brown)

Ashna S. Choudhury: The Overall Impact of the European Union on Its members:  An Empirical Study of Why the Greek Economy Failed (adviser Dessislava Slavtcheva)

Hoang Duong Trong: A Predictive Model for Financial Tick Data (adviser Dessislava Slavtcheva)

Robert J. Gammell: Effectiveness of Inflation Rate Targeting on Macroeconomic Growth in Developed and Developing Economies (adviser Dessislava Slavtcheva)

Leah J. Guliasi: Impact of Education on Inequality in Mexico (adviser John Brown)

Joshua M. Kent: Valuing Improvements of Water-Based Recreation (adviser Robert Johnston)

Wanmiao Li: Foreign Direct Investment and Economic Growth in China:  A Provincial-Level Analysis (adviser Roxane Anderton)

Ian Love: Role of Manufacturing Concentration in Economic Recovery:  A Survival Model Analysis (adviser John Brown)

Mary Ivy Mbayah: Impact of Chinese Foreign Direct Investment on Africa's Economic Growth (adviser Marc Rockmore)

Andrew J. Musler: Alternative Models of Stock Prices (adviser Dessislava Slavtcheva)

Saul A. Ramirez: Insurers' Ability to Assess Catastrophic Risk (adviser Wayne Gray)

Oliver Samples: Shall We Spend?  A Cross-Country Analysis on the Impact of Government Debt on Economic Growth (adviser Dessislava Slavtcheva)

Luke Scanlan: Mega-Events:  Investment Opportunities or Precursors to Downturns? (adviser John Brown)

Qianhan Sheng: The Impact of Unemployment Benefits on Duration of Unemployment (adviser Wayne Gray)

Kent V. Vorland: Behind the Scenes of Monetary Policy: (adviser Dessislava Slavtcheva)

Rian L. Watt: Meaningful at the Margins:  Regional Economic Performance and Pro-Independence Voting (adviser Wayne Gray)

Jingjing Yang: Code-Sharing in the Domestic Airline Industry (adviser Sang Hoo Bae)


Class of 2013

Iryna Ambroz: German Economic Success and Trade: A Test of Hypotheses using the Gravity Model (adviser John Brown)

Ngoc (Minnie) Bui: Consumers' Preference for Sustainable Certified Products: Eco-labels on Seafood Products (adviser Robert Johnston)

Carlos Cardenas: NAFTA and its Impact on Mexican Farmers (adviser John Brown)

Benjamin Colb: Impacts of the Minimum Wage on Unemployment (adviser Junfu Zhang)

Deviyani Dixit: Evaluating Motivators of Non-Use Values on Willingness To Pay for Improvement in Aquatic Biota (advisers John Brown and Chih Ming Tan)

Maryam Esmaeili: The Impact of Cross-Border Remittances on Economic Growth in El Salvador (adviser John Brown)

Christina Geller: Eating with the Seasons: An Analysis of Organic, Local and Conventional Food Availability Over Time in Southwest Montana (adviser Jacqueline Geoghegan)

Volha Hrytskevich: Residential Housing Prices in Belarus (advisers Chih Ming Tan and John Brown)

Paul McNulty: The Value of Safety: Estimating the Effects of Crime on Home Sales in Worcester (adviser John Brown)

Abdou Seck: Voter Behavior in Senegal: The Case of the 2007 Presidential Elections (adviser Marc Rockmore)

Anshu Singh: Convergence Among Indian States (adviser Chih Ming Tan)

Therese Smith: Housing Prices and Open Space: The Case of Worcester, MA (adviser Jacqueline Geoghegan)