Honors In Economics

Students who have a GPA of at least 3.0 overall and 3.3 in economics, and who complete the research course, ECN 298 (pre requisite is ECN 297), will be considered by the department faculty for the graduation distinction “Honors in Economics”.

Students who have a GPA of at least 3.0 overall and 3.3 in courses for the mathematical economics major, and who complete the research courses, ECN 298 (pre requisite is ECN 297), or MTH 391 and 392 with a minimum grade of B- will be considered by the faculty for the graduation distinction, “Honors in Mathematical Economics”.

ECN 297 is offered in the Fall and ECN 298 in the Spring.

Economics/Math Economics majors interested in pursuing Honors should complete Econ 209/Econ 215 in their junior year.

The main benefit from doing honors is that it is independent research, done in conjunction with faculty advice. By getting out of the routine course format, you will discover an entirely new way of learning and also learn a lot about yourself (e.g., Do I have the drive and sense of direction to design and carry out independent work?).

Congratulations to those students who graduated with honors:


Kevin Closs – “Determinants of Post-Education Success: An Examination of School, Human Capital, Social Capital, and Cultural Capital”

Erich Denk – “You say Tomato and I say Tomato: Behavioral Economics, Information Economics, and Inefficiencies in Food Choice”

Matthew Healy – “Is the End of Private Prisons Unwarranted? A Comprehensive Analysis of Prison Violence as a Measure of Efficiency in the American Prison System”


Lindsay Graham – “Analysis of the Taylor Rule and Central Bank Dependency in Setting Interest Rates”

Parker Harris – “Recognizing Risk and Evaluating Correctional Policy: A Hazard-Survival Analysis of Sex Offender Recidivism in South Carolina”

8th Annual Senior Showcase, 2017

Kevin Closs was selected to present his honors thesis at this year’s ZSR Library Showcase.
His research is entitled “Determinants of Post-Education Success: An Examination of School, Human Capital, Social Capital, and Cultural Capital” and explores whether a student’s success in adulthood is more influence by K-12 schooling or by social upbringing.  Using approximately 3,700 observations from the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002, this study measures the efficacy of homework, hard work, and schooling in general. Though the answer is nuanced, it appears as if inherited social and cultural capital is more indicative of success after finishing high school than is being a disciplined student.  That being said, deliberate investment in human capital can improve one’s social standing and has a noted positive impact on academic and professional achievement.  This research was conducted under the direction of Dr. Amanda Griffith and Dr. Christina Dalton.


Michael Cooper – “Reducing Special Education Costs by Providing Universal Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention for Autistic Children”

Jaclyn Davis – “Is Private School Worth Borrowing For? Measuring the Effects of Institutional Quality on Student Loan Repayment”

Jon (Jack) Derewicz – “Interpreting Saddam Hussein’s Intentions For Iraq’s Oil Contract Allocations During the United Nations Oil-for-Food Program”

Lauren Formica- “A New Adam Smith Problem”

Steward Rickert – “A Challenge to the Miller Hypothesis: New Evidence of the Muni Puzzle During the Build America Bonds Program”

Hannah Sheffield – “Contraceptive Use and High Risk Behaviors Among US Teens”



Jacob Hurwitz – “A Defense of “Patent Trolls” “

Adrian Martino – “YouTube True View in the Progression of Advertising Technology”

Adam Yudelman – “The National Basketball Association and Fatigue: How Days of Rest Affect NBA Outcome and Game Play”



William Anderson – “NCAA Sanctions and their Impact”

Lauren Humphrey – “The Fed’s Role in the Great Financial Crisis”

Kelsy Kuhn – “The Effect of Michigan’s Healthy Kids Dental Program on Provider Participation and Access to Dental Care Among Publicly Insured Children”

Joshua Minardi – “Determinants of Happiness”

Kelsey Mullin – “Giving at Wake Forest University—An Analysis of Alumni Donor Behavior”

Sam Sherman – “To Skip or Not to Skip: A Theoretical and Empirical Approach to How Confidence, Risk Aversion and Competition Affect Test Taking Behavior”

Corina Wixon – “Who is Angelina Pitt? An Economic Analysis of Maiden Name Retention”


Ariel Hawley – “Leontief-Output Models”

Rebecca Regan – “Some Price Dynamics on Networks”


5th Annual Senior Showcase, 2014

 We are pleased to announce that Christopher Earle is one of four students selected to present his research at the 5th Annual Senior Showcase on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at 3 p.m. in the ZSR Library Auditorium, Room 404.  His theses is titled “Mission Impossible? An Economic Analysis of Guildford County’s Distinctive Pay-for-Performance Plan”.


Christopher Earle – Mission Impossible? An Economic Analysis of Guilford County’s Distinctive Pay-for-Performance Program”

Robert Elmore – A Global Analysis of the Factors Affecting Sustainability and Portfolio Risk in Microfinance”

 Jordan Garside – Saving the Soul: Rescuing Religion from Economic Overreach” 

 Sarah Kenyon –Director Tenure on Firm Performance: How Long is Too Long?”

 John McLeod – The Chinese Rare Earth Export Quota: Implications and Importance”


 Stephen Schmitt – “Child Health as a Determinant of Happiness in Bhutan”


 Erik Nelson – “An Economic Analysis of Fake IDs and Their Implications in Bar Management and Legislative Policy”



Audrey Loeys – “To Invest at Home or Abroad? How Equity and Bond Home Bias Vary Across Countries and Time”

Travis LaHue – “Who’s Afraid of an Oil Shock? An Analysis of the Impact of an Oil Price Shock on the U.S. Economy”

Amanda Satterwhite – “Economic Development: Examining Aid by Sector”

Caitlin Dourney – “The Effect of Crude Oil Prices on the S&P 500”

Blake Taylor –“Why Subjective Well-Being Remained Constant, 1970 – 2010”

Janna Raley –“Worshiping False Idols? A Study of Nonmarket Valuation Techniques”

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