Student Research

The economics department encourages majors to consider independent research projects as part of their major program. Each year, the most promising independent studies are considered for departmental honors.

Past Honors Projects


Askew, Summers, "Long Day with The Office: An Analysis of College Student Demand for Streaming Video on Netflix"

Dupré, Madeleine R., "Accounting for Gender Differences in Cultural Industries: Evidence from Film and the Fine Arts"

Goldshteyn, Angela, "Systemic Risk in the Airline Industry: Investigating the Effects of Network Interconnectedness on MES"

Squibb, Madeleine, "The Impact of Armed Conflict on Maternal Health in Colombia"

Wuerth, Silas, "Bubbles & Bought-Ins: Reevaluating Price Movements in the Art Market"



Moore, Gideon S., "Investigating the effects of student debt on career outcomes: an empirical approach"

Piper, Jessica E., "The labor market effects of immigration: lessons from New England"

West, Isaiah, "The impact of foreign buyers on residential real estate: results from a natural experiment in Vancouver"


Giesler, Eric T., "The Effect of the Maine Learning Technology Initiative on Student Achievement: An Evaluation of a One-to-One Laptop Program" 

Wang, Yinong N., "Financial Reporting Quality Risk in Long-Term Security Pricing" 



Butler, Michael S., "Investigating the Effects of Migration on Economic Growth in Aging OECD Countries from 1975-2015"

Duan, Jiaqi, "The Impact of State Ownership on Enterprises' Stock Market Performance in China"

Guo, Xuanming, "Blockholders and Their Effect on Project Value: An Empirical Approach of Understanding Ownership Concentration and Firm Value Using an Event Study Framework"

Maslak, Gregory D., "Bank Consolidation and Systemic Risk: M&As during the 2008 Financial Crisis"

Wallace, Justin T., "What Drives Demand for Media Slant?"