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Senior Honors Thesis

If you are a junior, with a minimum of 3.40 GPA and have enjoyed writing a research paper in one of your economics classes, this might be the right thing for you. A thesis is a great opportunity for a real capstone experience as part of your economics major.

It is important to find a faculty member to be your thesis advisor. If you have ideas about a thesis topic, talk with your advisor or a member of the economics faculty with similar research interests (see the department website for faculty research areas).

Senior Honors Thesis Facts:

  • A Senior Honors Thesis is a two-semester (2 credit) long project that results in a thesis paper.
  • Students also enroll each semester in a 1/2 credit pass/fail course (Ec197: Senior Thesis Research Seminar)
  • Counts as two upper-level electives towards the economics major
  • It is overseen by (at least) a two-person committee consisting of an advisor and a reader.
  • A Senior Honors Thesis should answer a (very) specific question or test a particular hypotheses
  • It usually has an empirical component (but not necessarily)
  • Generally the narrower the topic/ the more specific the question, the better the thesis
  • Can be in any area of economics

2017 Theses

Ethan Bein
"The Urban Wage Premium, Over Time and across Race, Education, Gender, and Immigration Status"
Advisor: Anna Hardman

Keren Hendel
"The ACA’s Early Impacts on Disparities in Access to Mental Health Treatment: Lessons from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health 2008-2015"
Advisor: Jeff Zabel

McKenzie Humann
"Renters’ Housing Search Behavior: Impact of the Internet"
Advisor: Anna Hardman

Jian Xiong Lim
"Mass Incarceration and Labor Market Outcomes: Do Sentencing Policies and Prior Incarceration Affect the Labor Market Outcomes of Young Black, Hispanic and White Men Differently?"
Advisor: Tom Downes

Joshua Podolsky
"Impacts of the Ordinance Regulating University Accountability on Landlords, Students, and Occupancy Limit Compliance Around Tufts University"
Advisor: Drusilla Brown

Jordan Rosenthal-Kay
"Ethnic Barriers to Urbanization in Sub-Saharan Africa"
Advisor: Adam Storeygard

Ellen Osborn
"Policy Inefficiencies in the Geographic Distribution of Californian Solar Markets"
Advisor: Ujjayant Chakravorty

Peter Zuckerman
"State-Level Public School Finance: Effects of Legislative Disparities on Cross-District Income Distributions"
Advisor: Jeff Zabel

Archived Senior Honors Theses >