Undergraduate Research

Many undergraduates in the department of economics collaborate with faculty on independent research projects and as research assistants. Below is a brief description of a few of the research projects that our recent and current students have been involved with. Many of these projects received financial support from the Welton Fund, which supports research projects that engage and involve undergraduates.

Tomas Jagelka

Tomas Jagelka's (‘11) thesis on the consequences of common currency for trade from 2011 was published in January 2013 Issue of the World Economy.  He was advised by Nina Pavcnik.

Mahnum Shahzad (shown), Cirrus Foroughi, and Shotaru Nakumura (shown)

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Mahnum Shahzad '15, Cirrus Foroughi '13 and Shotaru Nakumura ‘13 are Presidential Scholars working with Bruce Sacerdote on the NH College Going Initiative, running college mentoring and college entering experiments in 5 states. This project was supported by the Welton Fund.

Priya Shanmugam

Priya_Shanmugam2Priya Shanmugam '13 is writing a thesis under the supervision of Bruce Sacerdote looking at decision fatigue. She is using over 10 years of detailed data from the New Hampshire Parole Board to investigate whether parole board decisions made later in the day are more likely to revert to a default decision as the parole board becomes fatigued.

William Zhou

William Zhou ’15 is a Presidential Scholar working with Andrew Samwick on “The Insurance Value of Financial Aid.”  Using simulation and calibration methods, this project provides estimates of the scope and value of the insurance that federal financial aid provides against income uncertainty, in that families whose income declines are expected to pay less for college.

Anna Fagin

Anna-Fagin2Anna Fagin ’13 published a paper with Christopher Snyder, “Open Access Versus Traditional Journal Pricing: Using a Simple ‘Platform Market’ Model to Understand Which Will Win (and Which Should)”,  Journal of Academic Librarianship, January 2013, vol. 39, no. 1, pp. 11-19 (lead article)

Wills Begor

 

Wills_Begor2Wills Begor ’12 published a paper with Christopher Snyder and others, “Economic Perspectives on the Advance Market Commitment for Pneumococcal Vaccines”, Health Affairs, August 2011, vol. 30, no. 8, pp. 1508-1517.

Maha Malik

 

Maha-Malik2Maha Malik '13 is working with Doug Irwin on the migration of Nike's footwear and apparel production across different Asian countries over time. This project was supported by the Welton Fund.

Jennifer Armstrong

 

Jennifer_Armstrong2Jennifer Armstrong '13 is writing a thesis on how coconut oil trade influences schooling and work decisions in the Philippines in collaboration with Eric Edmonds.

Dana Niu, Mary Peng (shown), and Max Mucenic (shown)

 

Max_Mucenic2Mary_Peng2Dana Niu '13, Mary Peng ’15, and Max Mucenic ’14 are working with Eric Edmonds to understand how trade and other factors influence living standards and child outcomes in Tanzania, India, and other low income countries. These projects were supported by the Welton Fund.

Ashley Wong ’14,(shown) Yi Yang ’14,(shown) Lucy Xie ’14,(shown) Janine Leger ’15, and Irvin Gomez ’14(shown)

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Ashley Wong ’14, Yi Yang ’14 (both Presidential Scholars), Lucy Xie ’14 and Janine Leger ’15 are working with Taryn Dinkelman to investigate the short- and long-run impacts of mass male labor migration from Malawi to South Africa over the period 1950 to 1990. The research team assists with data organization, digitization and analysis. Yi Yang ’14 travelled to Malawi over summer 2013 to collect archival material for the project. These projects are supported by the IZA/DFID Growth and Labour Markets in Low Income Countries Programme and the Welton Fund.

 

 

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Irvin Gomez ’14 works with Taryn Dinkelman and a team at the University of Chilerunning an experiment to provide Chilean schoolgoers with information about and assistance with college applications. This work is supported by the Chilean Ministry of Education (MINEDUC), J-PAL’s Post-Primary Education Initiative and the Inter-American Development Bank.

 

Ayushi Narayan receives 2014 Rintels Prize for the Best Senior Honors Thesis in social science

We are pleased to announce that Ayushi Narayan has been chosen for the 2014 Rintels Prize for the Best Senior Honors Thesis in social science.  

Ayushi's thesis examines the impact of natural and oil fracking on employment and educational attainment of youth.