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, 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 course, ECN 298, 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 298 is offered in the Fall.

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?).


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

 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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