Previous Distinction Students

2016-2017 Distinction Students 

  • Nathalie Abigail Budiman - The Effect of Exchange Rate Volatility on US Immigrant Labor Market Characteristics
  • Jeffrey Gould - A Statistical Analysis on the Impact of Marijuana Legalization on the Work Place and Drug Overdose Fatalities
  • Canming Jiang - The Effect of Parent Characteristics on College Major
  • Wyatt Suling - The Impact of Victim and Perpetrator Characteristics on Kidnapping Outcomes in Colombia 1970-2010

2015-2016 Distinction Students

  • Taylar Cobb - The Effect of the 2008 Financial Crisis on Depression: Does the State of the Local Economy Affect Mental Health in Americans? 
  • Tianhao Lan - Abnormal Returns and Intensity of Share Pledging in the Chinese-Mainland Stock Market
  • Li Cheng Li - The lntertemporal Substitution of Leisure: The Effects of Temperature on Hours of Work 
  • Eashaa D. Parekh - Women, Work, and Wages: The Labor Market Effects of Equal Pay Laws 
  • Matthew Pietz - Bruised Ballots: A Study of Violent Crime and Voter Participation in the U.S. 
  • Bryce Scott VanderBerg - Examining the Marginal Effect of Right-to-Work Legislation on Traditionally Highly Unionized States: An Examination from the Current Population Survey 
  • Yuqing Xie - Is Attitude Shaped More by Culture or Economic Events? Eastern and Western Europeans' Anti-Immigrant Sentiment and the Great Recession
  • Mengran Zhang - Migration at the Provincial Level in China: Effects of the Economic Motivation and Migration Cost 

2014-2015 Distinction Students

  • Valdrin Berisha - Immigrant Families Language Acquisition - Effects from Children
  • Kevin Donovan - Estimating the Causal Effect of Clinical Recommendations on Screening and Vaccination Decisions  
  • Lidia Medina - An Indentured Generation? The Effect of Student Debt on Entrepreneurship 

2013-2014 Distinction Students

  • Kenneth Arbuckle - The Impact of Arrest on Expectations of Educational Attainment and Criminal Punishment
  • Elizabeth Larimore - The Effect of Minimum Wage Increases on Adolescent Smoking Rates
  • Ke Xu -  The Effect of Macroeconomic Conditions on Applications to Supplemental Security Income

2012-2013 Distinction Students

  • Joseph Andrade -  Labor Market Assimilation: Evidence from Hurricane Katrina Evacuees
  • Alex Curthoys - Identifying the Effect of Unemployment on hate Crime  
  • Brendon Dunham - The Effect of Minimum Wage on Youth Smoking
  • Sam Giber - The Impact of Macroeconomic Events on Microfinance Institutions  
  • Benjamin Hatch - The Effects of Sex Offenders on Housing Sales Prices
  • Joseph Smeeding - Single Mothers Labor Supply Response to the EITC

2011-2012 Distinction Students

  • Forrest Ball - An Analysis of Classification Policy in the United States
  • Stephen Alexander Barton - Measuring Sex Trafficking from Russia to the U.S.
  • Yuk Ki Chau - Predicting Housing Prices using Lagged Regressions with Leading Indicators
  • Ryan Michael Daddi - The 1999 Repeal of Glass-Steagall: The Effect on U.S. Commercial Banks
  • Oriana I. Fuentes - The Effects of Foreign Direct Investment on Sovereign Debt Sustainability in Latin America
  • Qiu Jin - Substitution in Spousal Age: Evidence from the Great Chinese Famine
  • Bonnie Kong - Is Elitism a Myth? A Study of New York City Specialized High Schools
  • Chuanyi Tang - An Examination of Causal Relation between War and Crude Oil Price: Evidence from Iraq and Libya

2010-2011 Distinction Students

  • Alexander J. Brozdowski - The Effects of Trade Openness on Per Capita GDP during Banking Crises
  • Emily Alice Larson - Hurricane Katrina's Impact on Louisiana's Educational Systems
  • Mengchu Ye - Chinese Manufacturing Profits and Costs under the Economic Openness and the Labor Law Reform
  • Renyong Zhang - The Impacts of Regional Economic Agreements on the Trade of Agricultural Products: ASEAN FTA, NAFTA
  • Leyla Ziad - The Effects of Walmart on Healthcare and Unionization: Is America Really Saving Money and Living Better?
  • Melanie A. Zilora - Preventing Pandemics: Contributing Factors to Susceptibility During the H1N1 Pandemic

2009-2010 Distinction Students

  • Auyon Ghosh - Do CT Scans help prevent cancer-related deaths?
  • Scott Kuzdeba - Estimating the Effect of Terrorism on Stock Prices
  • Ann Dunnavan O'Neill - Chinese Job Growth and Workers' Injury Compensation in China
  • Rita M. Pattarini - The Influence of New Medications on Prescribing Behavior by Practice Type: A Regression Analysis
  • Drew Sullivan - The Interrelation of Box Office Results: How does one weekend's movie attendance affect the next?
  • Daniel Weistrop - The Effects of Winning a Basketball National Championship on Admission Factors

2008-2009 Distinction Students

  • Mallory McDermott - The Effect of Tuition on Higher Education Enrollment and Qualifications in England
  • John Rogers -  The Effect of Compulsory Attendance Laws and Quarter Birth of Education and Returns on Education in the Labor Market
  • Benjamin Skomsky - Measuring the Effect of Conflict on Oil Production and Prices
  • Mallory Vachon - Effects of the European Union on Foreign Direct Investment
  • C. Wyatt Wolfram - Theory and Evidence on the Evolution of the Digital Music Industry

2007-2008 Distinction Students

  • Alexei Abrahams - The Economics of Fresh Water in the West Bank
  • Gustave A. Bartuska - Rehab or Relocation? Estimating the Demand for Cocaine through an American Port City Analysis
  • Mark Fegley - The 2005 Bankruptcy Policy and Real Estate Speculation
  • Marko Markov - The Shortfalls of Chinese Monetary Policy
  • Devin McBride - The Effect of Mall Development on American Cities: An Examination of Changes in Employment and Wages due to the Introduction of a Super-Regional Mall

2006-2007 Distinction Students

  • Jonathan Baselice - Salary Caps in Professional Sports: Do They Promote Competition Among Teams?
  • Stephanie Good - Does Assigned Attorney Type Matter for Indigent Defendants? Evidence from Selected Countries
  • Baker Gregory - The Price Elasticity of Demand for Tax Paid Cigarettes: A Comparison of Methods
  • Clay Rehrig - Earnings Effects of Sexual Orientation Revisited: Evidence from the Current Population Survey

2005-2006 Distinction Students

  • Amy Brundage - Bridging the Digital Divide: The Maine Learning Technology Initiative and Student Performance
  • Melissa Clune - Do PAC Contributions Buy Policy? The Case of CAFTA 
  • Jeff Evans - Information for Profit: Can an Investing Strategy Based on Revisions in Earnings Estimates Earn Abnormal Returns?
  • Brian Hecht - Credit Card Interest Rates: Do Race and Gender Matter?
  • Christiane LaBonte - Do Children's Hospitals Have Lower Mortality Rates? Evidence from the 2003 Kids' Inpatient Database  

2004-2005 Distinction Students

  • Nishad H. Majmudar - Credit Crunched: Does Bank Consolidation Harm the Small Business Borrower?
  • Brian McNeil - The College Football Gambling Market - An Empirical Approach
  • Paul W. Swartz - Is More Information Better? FOMC Press Releases and Internet Rate Expectations
  • Lok Y Yeung -  Are Girls a Luxury in China?

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