Student Research

Listed below are several student research projects completed in the department, including external presentations, award-winning senior theses, faculty-student research projects, and Richter projects.

External Presentations

  • Margaret Hennessy ’14

Won first prize in the undergraduate paper competition at the Midwest Economics Association Annual Meetings in March 2014 for her paper, “Germany’s 2007 Parental Leave Reforms: The Effects on Women’s Return-to-Work Decisions Following Childbirth.” 

  • Lucy-George Cooper ’ 14

Presented “The Impact of Microfinance on Female Entrepreneurs in Tanzania” at the Midwest Economics Association Annual Meetings in March 2014.

  • Evan Piermont ’11

Won first prize in the undergraduate paper competition at the Midwest Economics Association Annual Meetings in March 2011 for his paper, “Discounting and Utility: Systematic Changes in Willingness to Pay as a Response to Changes in Prices.”

  • Tasheka Aikman 11

Presented “Understanding Economic Growth in Jamaica” at the Midwest Economics Association Annual Meetings in March 2011.

  • Katherine Crockett 11

Presented “Behavioral Economics: Power, Gender, and Group Decision Making” at the Midwest Economics Association Annual Meetings in March, 2009.

  • Katie Lupo 06

Received honorable mention in the undergraduate paper competition at theMidwest Economics Association Annual Meetings in March 2006 for her presentation, “Wage Convergence Among German Women Post-Unification.”

Award-Winning Senior Theses

  • Sylwia Dakowicz 10

“Eco-certified Real Estate in Chicago: An Investigation into Corporate Social Responsibility” was awarded the Phi Beta Kappa prize for best senior thesis in 2013.

  • Gabriella Panayotova 10

“An Empirical Study of Security-Related Transparency in International Relations” was jointly awarded the Phi Beta Kappa prize for best senior thesis in 2010.

  • Katie Lupo 06

Published her senior thesis, “The Pattern of Convergence of Eastern German Labor Markets to Western Standards Post-Unification,” in Undergraduate Economic Review, volume 2, issue 1, 2006.

  • Loveena Dookhony 05

“The Impact of Orphanhood on Health Status and Educational Attainment of Children in Uganda” was awarded the Phi Beta Kappa prize for best senior thesis in 2005.

  • Dimitar Antov 01

“Game theory applied to bargaining in economics: general perspectives and a new mathematical model” was awarded the Phi Beta Kappa prize for best senior thesis in 2001.

Faculty-Student Research

  • Evan Piermont 11

Worked with Professor Felkey in writing “They don’t have to be Giffen Goods: Behavioral Reasons Why Demand can Slope Upward.”

  • Mariaya Nikolova 07

Worked with Professor Baade in writing “A Tale of Two Stadiums: Comparing the Economic Impact of Chicago’s Wrigley Field and U.S. Cellular Field,” which later appeared inGeographische Rundschau International Edition, volume 3, issue 1, 2007.

  • Claus Hoerandner 06

Worked with Professor Lemke in writing “Can No Child Left Behind Close the Gaps in Pass Rates on Standardized Tests,” which later appeared in Contemporary Economic Policy, volume 24, issue 1, 2006.

Richter Projects

  • Ariana Rincon Dacal 14

Worked on “Expanding Access of Financial Services through Formal and Informal Linkages” with Professor Dlabay during the summer of 2011.

  • Qi Chen 14

Worked with Professor Dlabay during the summer of 2011 on “Loan or Grant? Microfinance Activities: A Market Approach to Sustainable Community Development.”

  • Nick Kliminski 14

Worked on “Global Cereal Packaging, Supply Chians, and Branding in Informal and Formal Settings” with Professor Dlabay during the summer of 2011.

  • Elise Beckman 13, Becky Esrock 13 and Wenqiang Cai 13

Wrote “Explaining Game-to-Game Ticket Sales for Major League Baseball Games Over Time” during the summer of 2010 under the guidance of Professor Lemke. The paper is published in the Journal of Sports Economics, Vol. 13(5), 2012, pp. 536-553.

  • Kaitlyn Martin 13 and Farzeen Tariq 13

Jointly studied “Portfolios of the Poor: Macro and Micro Empowerment of Women” under the guidance of Professor Dlabay during the summer of 2010.

  • Caitlin Smith 12

Worked with Professor Dlabay during the summer of 2012 on “Managed Capitalism: Formal and Informal Funding Sources in China.”

  • Matthew Leonard 11 and Kelebogile Tlhokwane 11

Worked with Professor Lemke during the summer of 2008. Their paper, “Estimating Attendance at Major League Baseball Games for the 2007 Season,” was later published in Journal of Sports Economics, volume 11, issue 2, 2010.

  • Kathryn Duncan 11

Conducted research on “Having Children. Does it Matter Who Wears the Pants in the Family?” with Professor Felkey during the summer of 2008.

  • Anum Haider 10

Under the guidance of Professor Felkey carried out research on “Variation in Pill Use: Do Abortion Laws Matter?” during the summer of 2008.

  • Deepika Ramachandran 11

Worked on “RoSCAs: Rotating Savings and Credit Associations in India” under the guidance of Professor Dlabay during the summer of 2008.

  • Abby Carney 10

Studied “Microfinance and Economic Development: A Comparison of Domestic and International Organizations” under the guidance of Professor Dlabay during the summer of 2007.

  • Christine Dobies 10

Studied “Microenterprise Activity in Africa: Implications for Economic Development” under the guidance of Professor Dlabay during the summer of 2007.

  • Christopher Janjigian 10

Worked with Professor Dlabay on “The Monetary Failure of Zimbabwe” during the summer of 2007.

  • Julie Maskulka 10

Worked on “The Informal Economy: What, How, and Why?” under the guidance of Professor Dlabay during the summer of 2007.

  • Asa Reynolds 09

Researched “Dollarization in Latin America and Europe” under the guidance of Professor Dlabay during the summer of 2006.

  • Deepti Sharma ’09

Worked with Professor Dlabay on “The Informal Economy: Characteristics, Causes, and Consequences” during the summer of 2006.

  • Greg Reger 08

Researched “A Comparison of Formal and Informal Settings/Markets for Currency Exchange” under the guidance of Professor Dlabay during the summer of 2005.

  • Laney Shaler 08

Studies “Microfinance and Poverty Alleviation: A Regional Comparison” under the guidance of Professor Dlabay during the summer of 2005

  • Maria Siezar 08

Worked with Professor Dlabay during the summer of 2005 researching “Exploring Global Chicago: Ethnic Neighborhoods and Their Place in International Studies and Business.”

  • Ted Barzev 07Linna Filipova, and Veska Suleva 07

Wrote “Economics BA’s and PhD’s from Liberal Arts Colleges: Do Degree Requirements or Faculty Scholarship Matter?ERN Educator Working Paper Series; SSRN Abstract 654241 under the direction of Professor Lemke for their summer 2004 Richter project.

  • Colin Danley 07 and Henry Schenker 07

Worked with Professor Dlabay during the summer of 2004 researching “Dollarization Around the World: A Comparison of Formal and Informal Economic Settings.”

  • Claus Hoerandner 06 and Robert McMahon 06

Worked with Professor Lemke during the summer of 2003. Their paper, “Student Assessments, Non-Test-Takers, and School Accountability,” was later published in Education Economics, volume 14, issue 2, 2006.

  • Becky Martin 06

Worked with Professor Dlabay during the summer of 2003 on “Researching the Informal Economy: A Comparison of Cultural and Economic Traditions.”

  • John Karner 05, Kathie Khomyachenko 05, Allison Klein 05, and Emily Woods 05

Worked with Professor Dlabay during the summer of 2002 researching “Informal Economic Settings in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America.”

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