Gangewere, Will, 2014. Assessing the Impact of a Privacy Breach on a Firm’s Market Value

       Recipient of the Outstanding Thesis Award for 2014.


Griffin, Matthew, 2013. The Effect of Campaign Contributions on an Election for Social Security.

       Recipient of the Outstanding Thesis Award for 2013.


Kandrack, Ryan, 2012. The Influence of Emotion on Giving.

       Recipient of the Outstanding Thesis Award for 2012.


Vicinie, Laura, 2011. Propensity of Parental Divorce and the Educational Attainment of Children.

       Recipient of the Outstanding Thesis Award for 2011.


Horne, Peter, 2010. How Well Can Individuals Predict Their Own Deaths.

       Recipient of the Outstanding Thesis Award for 2010.


Valchev, Rossen, 2009. Transparency and Performance in Bureaucracies.

       Recipient of the Outstanding Thesis Award for 2009.


Brady, Kristyn, 2008. State Government Size and Economic Growth: A Panel Data Analysis of the United States Over the Period 1986-2003.

       Recipient of the Outstanding Thesis Award for 2008.


Whitaker, Mark, 2007. The Impact of Foreign Aid on Economic Growth.

       Recipient of the Outstanding Thesis Award for 2007.


Curcio, Chris, 2006. A New Economic Measure of the Standard of Living Ranking U.S. Metropolitan Areas.

       Recipient of the Outstanding Thesis Award for 2006.


Schepis, Karissa, 2004. The Probability of a Legislator Being the Decisive Voter: Implications for Shrinking the Size of Government.

       Recipient of the Outstanding Thesis Award for 2004.




Bryk, Andrew, 2014. Effects of Mass Transit Subsidies by Source and Use


Eaton, Benjamin, 2014. States’ Right to Cary Laws and Crimes Against Women


Neely, Maggie, 2014. The Effect of Wives’ Earning Potentials on Their Risks of Divorce


Ricco, John, 2014. Do Food Stamp Benefits Crowd Out Contributions to Food-Related Charities?


Stahlman, Keleigh, 2014. Power Distribution and Currency Area Participation


Tegethoff, Benjamin, 2014. Geographic Adverse Selection, Market Instability, and the PPACA


Walsh, Patrick, 2014. Is Defined Contribution the Answer? Comparing Public Sector Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution Pension Programs  Empirically in the Context of the Pennsylvania Public School Employees’ Retirement System


Balbierz, Ryan, 2013. Comparing the Accuracy for Six Methods of Calculating Discounted Present Values of Future Medical Expenses


Haulman, Mindy, 2013. Agricultural Emissions and the Environmental Kuznets Curve


McDonnell, Derek, 2013. Coalition Building and Supermajorities


Schmider, Ashley, 2013. Learning to Lobby: Education, Institutions, and Entrepreneurship in the United States


Sparkman, Kayla, 2013. Bias in Divorce Court Settlements


Steinkopf, Tanner, 2013. Medical Brain Drain: An Industry Specific Gravity Model of Immigration Flows


Valkovci, Mark, 2013. War, Alliances, and Power Concentration


Wang, Eileen, 2013. Using Game Shows to Test Gender Differences in Wage Negotiation


Barnes, Maggie, 2012. The Relationship Between the Volume of Preventative Procedures Performed and Medicare Fees


Guessford, Patrick, 2012. Alcohol Consumption and Political Ideology: What’s Party Got to Do With It?

       (Published in Journal of Wine Economics)


Lyle, Evan, 2012. Comparative Strategies for Professional and Amateur Poker Players


Marchand, Joseph, 2012. Field of Green: Contracts, Compensation, and Performance in Major League Baseball


Mondschein, Lauren, 2012. The European Union and Regional Trade Agreements: Helping or Hurting the Inner Six?


Peck, Alexandra, 2012. Signaling and Skills: The Value of an MBA


Redshaw, Matthew, 2012. Total Factor Productivity Growth in the US Steel Manufacturing Industry: 1958-2005


Bowen, Devin, 2011. The London Congestion Charging Scheme: A Cost-Benefit Analysis.


Edwards, Thurl, 2011. Do Remittances Promote More Economic Growth than Foreign Aid in Latin American and Caribbean Countries?


Scott, Jonathon, 2011. Political Economy and Rent Seeking: A Joint Explanation of the Resource Curse


Wolf, Kaitlyn, 2011. The Relationship Between Informal Institutions and Gross Domestic Product per Capita.


Baldini, Kevin, 2010. Moral Hazard in Baseball: Does Relief Pitching Increase the Number of Hit Batsmen? (Published in Journal of Sports Economics)


Fallon, Catie, 2010. Fix or Float: Why Do Countries Choose Different Exchange Rate Regimes?


Heisler, John, 2010. A Survey Analysis of the Relationships Between Economic News and Consumer Behavior.


Lewis, William, 2010. The Impact of Legislative Term Limits on State Fiscal Policy.


Lucas, Anthony, 2010. Retirees and Health Insurance: An Analysis of Their Private, Public, and Out of Pocket Usage After They Migrate South.


Marano, Frank, 2010. Is There a Connection Between Single Parent Children and Crime?


O’Malley, Karlie, 2010. Do Psychological Cues Alter Our Discount Functions? (Published in North American Journal of Psychology)


Orr, Christina, 2010. Moral Hazard: The Relationship Between State Auto Insurance Coverage Minimums and Traffic Fatalities.


Pulito, John, 2010. Does Government Regulation of Alcohol Have an Effect on Alcohol-Related Traffic Fatalities: A Panel Analysis of the United States Between 1982 and 2002. (Published in Mercatus Working Papers)


Vigneault, Jason, 2010. The 2009 Car Allowance Rebate System: An Analysis of the Change in Gasoline Consumption.


Calise, Cristina, 2009. Forecast and Failure Models: Light of Life’s Bridge Housing Program.


Heier, Mark, 2009. The Effect of Guaranteed Contracts in Professional Sports.


Imler, Alexis, 2009. An Analysis of Energy Commodity Prices and Macroeconomic Variables on Coal Spot Prices.


Inden, Margaret, 2009. A Panel Analysis of Demographic Characteristics on U.S. State Traffic Fatality Rates: 1994 to 2006. (Published in Economics Bulletin)


O’Sullivan, Maureen, 2009. Estimating Social Security Damages in Matters of Personal Injury and Wrongful Death.


Phillips, Jeremy, 2009. Estimated Exhaustive Regression: Redefining the Cross-Model Test Statistic via Simulation.


Sciandra, Maria, 2009. An Empirical Study of the Consumer Choice Process in a Monopolistically Competitive Environment.


Troyan, Mark, 2009. An Economic Analysis of College Athlete Graduation Rates: A Closer Look at Title IX.


Vogelgesang, James, 2009. Is the Influence of Government Size on Social Welfare Different Among Differently Developed Nations: A Panel Analysis.


Gorman, Collen, 2008. An Economic Analysis of the Effects of Exchange Rate Regimes on International Trade.


Lammela, Jason, 2008. Net Present Value of a Higher Education: A Study of Majors Across Different Universities.


Litvin, Andrew, 2008. Evaluating the Effects of Race and Gender on Lost Social Security Retirement Benefits.


Ausherman, Grant, 2007. Differentiating the Method of Compensation to Illustrate the Differences Between a Publicly and an Employee Owned Firm: An Experimental Analysis.


Lepro, Michael, 2007. A Forecast of the U.S. Business Cycle Using Three Different Approaches.


Loewer, James, 2007. Estimating the Amount of Time Spent: Household Production and Caring & Helping.


Manchester, Patrick, 2007. Can Foreign Investment in U.S. Treasury Bonds Explain the Municipal Bond Puzzle?


Monfredi, Joe, 2007. Evaluation of a Laddered Rate Method Versus Various Discount Methods in Wrongful Death Litigation.


Semanchik, Michael, 2007. An Estimation of the Substitution Effect of Casino Revenue on Lottery Revenue in the State of Pennsylvania.


Hazard, Jude, 2006. Are We Color Blind Yet? An Investigation of Racism in American Academia.


Johnston, Michael, 2006. Estimating the True Value of Merit-Based Aid in Higher Education.


St. Leger, John P., 2006. Crime in America: An Examination of Becker’s Paradigm via a Social-Indicators Model.


Yarborough, Jaclyn, 2005. Enterprise Zones: The Urban Myth of Urban Revitalization.


Dausch, Mark, 2004. Down to the Buzzer: Does Athletic Success Affect Alumni Donations?



Selected Senior Theses