Senior Honors Theses

2013-2014
Lori Ayanian, “The Effects of the Indonesian Financial Crisis On Children’s Later Life Outcomes”
Brendan Cosgrove, “The Economic Impact of Shale Gas Development: A Natural Experiment along the New York and Pennsylvania Border”
Meagan Hennessey, “Conservation Choices in the Face of Sea-Level Rise”
Shannon Kooser, “What’s Gender Got to Do With It? The Effects of Women’s Decision-Making in Morocco”
Lucy O’Keeffe, “The Economic Impact of the Belgrade Lakes Watershed”
Alex Ojerholm, “Learning By Playing: Evaluating Backward Induction”
Clare Peaslee, “Life Insurance Holdings in the Great Recession”
Brandan Rivard, “Do Unexpected FIFA World Cup Match Results Impact the Stock Market?”
Justin Swansburg, “Was Housing to Blame? A DSGE Analysis of the Great Recession”

2012-2013
Daniel Garin, “The Effects of Political Signaling on the Federal Reserve”
Justine Seraganian, “First Year Collegiate Academic Success: Do Athletes Perform at the Same Level as Their Peers?”
Peter Jones, “Classroom Peer Effects in Higher Education: Evidence From Colby College”
Thomas Abe, “Can the Stock Market Predict FDA Approvals for New Drug Applicants?”
Marcus Josefsson, “The Macroeconomic Effect of Currency Union Dissolution: Evidence from the Narrative”
Rebecca Newman, “The Post-Crisis Relevance of Inflation Targeting”
Qi Sun, “The Influence of Central Bank Independence on Inflation: Evidence Based on a Narrative Approach”
Siyang Xu, “Does Exchange Market React to Central Bank Governor Replacements: Evidence from a New Dataset Using Narrative Approach”

2011-2012
Anne Burton, “The Side Effects of Medical Marijuana: The Impact of Legalization on Marijuana and Alcohol Consumption”
Michael Doherty, “Financial and Racial Influences on Coaching Change Decisions in NCAA Basketball”
Kelly Potvin, “Gazing at the Stars: A Look Inside ‘Star Power’ Within Demand for the NBA”
Amy Slipowitz, “The Effect of Democracy on Economic Growth”
Bradley Turner, “What Causes Ministers of Finance to Get Fired?”
Kathleen Davis, “The Effectiveness of Capital Controls on Capital Inflows in Emerging Markets”

2010-2011
Aaron P. Kaye, “Legislative Compensation and Fiscal Performance in State Governments”
C.S. Lyoe Lee, “The Flypaper and Teflon Effects: Evidence from China”
Benjamin G. Ogden, “Keeping Nuclear Programs From Becoming Nuclear Weapons: A Game Theoretic and Econometric Analysis”
Anna Simeonova, “The Impact of European Union Accession on Foreign Direct Investment”

2009-2010
Nick Van Niel, “Revitalizing the Signaling Power of Class Rank at Colby College”
Robin A. Daley, “Determinants of Credit Ratings for U.S. Private Colleges”
Isaac M. Cooper, “Conflict and the Will to Win”
Roberto Delhy Nolivos, “Central Bank Independence and Fiscal Dominance”
Loredana Popescu, “The Continuity of Foreign Direct Investment: Determinants and Effects”
Mesay Melese, “Foreign Direct Investment in Ethiopia: Determinants and Effects”
Robert M. Knipp, “Primary CER Market Dynamics and the EUA-sCER Price Spread”

2008-2009
Ivan Balbuzanov, “The Effect of Religious Participation and Permanent Income on Suicide Risk: Micro-Level Analysis”
Ian Cummins, “Cyclicality of State Budgeting: A Political-Economy Analysis”
Prabhav Rakhra, “Business-Time”
John Roberts, “Can Parallel Exchange Rates Predict Commodity Prices?”
Po Yin Wong, “The Effect of Natural Disasters on Vulnerability: The Indonesian Forest Fires in 1997″
Yilin Xu, “Local Governance and Public Goods Provision – Evidence from Gansu Province”
Gregory Zartarian, “Armenian Questions: The Occupational and Geographic Mobility of Armenian Immigrants”
Ling Zhu, “Novel Measures of Central Bank Independence”

2007-2008
Andrei Roman, “Developing Reliable Estimates of Poverty and Inequality for Chile’s Ethnic Groups”
Yauheniya Sidarchuk, “Stock Market Indexes and Future Economic Activity since 1800″
Ishan Singh, “Stock Markets and Household Wealth: Can a Stock Market Crash Cause a Recession in the U.S. Economy?”
Kyle Smith, “An Incumbent’s Guide to Reelection: The States and Economic Voting in U.S. Presidential Elections”
Joerose Tharakan, “Demographic Differences in Household Expenditure for Low-Income Families: Evidence From the United States”

2006-2007
Caroline Adler, “The Determinants of Recovery Rates on Defaulted Corporate Securities: Why Do Fallen Angels Recover More than Original High Yield Issues?”
Michael Aquino, “Can the Business Cycle be Used to Create Predictable Mutual Fund Outperformance?”
Horacio Diaz Adda, “Social Cohesion and Economic Growth: Evidence from latin America and East Asia”
Magda Tsaneva, “Voices of the Poor: Poverty and Growth in Albania”
Aimee Williams, “Two Essays on the Indiana Family Cap Provision”

2005-2006
Jessica Minty, “Media Coverage and Disaster Relief: Is a Picture worth a Thousand Words?”
Caroline Theoharides, “The Role of Home Equity in Retirement Saving: Building Your Nest (Egg)”

2003-2004
Andriy Avramenko, “Wealth Effects on Consumer Spending in the U.S. Economy”
Katherine Brown, “Passenger Car Sales in the Peoples Republic of China: What Are the Macroeconomic Factors Affecting Automobile Demand in China?”
Andre Garron, “A Theoretical Mathematical Model of Fishery Economics”

2002-2003
Abigail Benjamin, “Economic Impact of Colby College on the Waterville Community”
Vanessa Haleco, “Alternative Currencies: Their Social and Economic Contribution to Communities”
Benjamin Hoffman, “Environmental Regulation and Its Effect on Technical Change for Electric Utilities”
Peter Newberry, “Possible Contraction and Its Effect on 2002 Major League Baseball Attendance”
Katrina Noyes, “The Economic Effects of British Colonialism on India: An Analysis of the Goods and Capital Markets, 1853-1947″
Donna Pitteri, “Solid Waste Management in Maine: Challenges and Possible Solutions for Waterville”
Tom Richardson, “The Effect of Competitive Balance on Single Game Attendance in Major League Baseball”
Grete Rød, “Capital Market Integration in Europe since 1993: Differing Experiences in the East and the West”
Christopher Zeien, “Tying Together World Economies: Using an Estimation of the J-curve Phenomenon to Recreate the Asian Currency Crisis of 1997″

Past Senior Honors Theses

Senior Scholars Projects

2005-2006
Emilia Tjernstrom, “Be the Change You Wish to See: National Attitudes and Climate Change Policy”

2003-2004
David Cohen, “Improving the Use of Estimation Through the Use of Neural Networks”

2002-2003
Albert Goodman, “Experimental Economics Methodologies and Applications: Price Competition Among Gasoline Stations”