Below are the 2021 Economics Honors Recipients.

Honors    High Honors*    Highest Honors**


Aidan Kolbe Acosta*

Cap-and-Trade and Environmental Justice: A Study of California’s RECLAIM Program

Thesis Advisor: John Maluccio


Jordan Ali Bessalel*

Risk Taking in a Dynamic Environment with Paper or Realized Conditions

Thesis Advisor: Andrea Robbett


Emily Bian*

Black Lives Matter: The Consumer Impacts of Corporate Activism

Thesis Advisor: Martin Abel


Abdoul Nasser Bounia Yahaya

West Africa’s Post-colonial trade dependency: Were British former colonies better prepared to tackle international trade than the French former colonies at independence?

Thesis Advisor: Martin Abel


John William Brady*

Happiness in the Green Mountain State: An analysis of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on subjective well-being in Vermont

Thesis Advisor: Jeffrey Carpenter


Henry Harris Cronic*

Stakes, Competition, and Magical Thinking

Thesis Advisor: Jeffrey Carpenter


Whitney P Findlay

The Racial Disparities of Energy Poverty in the United States

Thesis Advisor: Jeffrey Carpenter


Hadjaratou Gado Alzouma

Path to better health? The Effect of Road Proximity on Maternal Health in Nigeria

Thesis Advisor: Caitlin Myers


Rebecca Grais*

The Effects of Education Finance Reform in Illinois

Thesis Advisor: Caitlin Myers


Youssef Halim*

What is Wrong with Muslims? Investigating the Mechanisms behind US Labor Market Dicrimination Against Muslims Using Information Updating

Thesis Advisor: Martin Abel


Tanner Michael Hellickson

Medicare Eligibility’s Effects on Health Outcomes

Thesis Advisor: Caitlin Myers


Nicholas B Hill

Professional Sports Franchise Determinants Across Leagues

Thesis Advisor: Jeffrey Carpenter


Corey D Jalbert**

Measuring the effects of forest fires on eviction rates in California, 2000-2016

Thesis Advisor: Caitlin Myers


Gillinda Molly James*

Can Your Accent Help You Find an Apartment? Linguistic housing discrimination and renting among speakers of Standard American English, African American Vernacular English and Caribbean Accented English

Thesis Advisor: Jeffrey Carpenter


Yihe Jiang**

The Effect of In-utero Ramadan Exposure on Birth Outcomes and Maternal Investments

Thesis Advisor: John Maluccio


Keun Young Jennifer Ko

Unconcerned or Uninformed? The Effect of Increased Transparency on Personal Data Value

Thesis Advisor: Martin Abel


Wyllis Steven McKissick*

Unconcerned or Uninformed? The Effect of Increased Transparency on Personal Data Value

Thesis Advisor: Martin Abel


John Francis Mikus*

The Effect of COVID-19 Government Lockdowns on Commercial Real Estate Performance

Thesis Advisor: Caitlin Myers


Stefan Helguero Morgan*

Debiasing COVID-19 Mortality Risk Perceptions

Thesis Advisor: Jeffrey Carpenter


Samuel Mason Olmsted

Deception under the Spotlight: How Does Snowfall Deception Change for the Largest Ski Corporation?

Thesis Advisor: Andrea Wolcott


Ho June Rhee**

“Coughing while Asian”: The Spread of Xenophobia through Media and the Impact of Anti-Asian Hate on AAPI Identity and Mental Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Thesis Advisor: Martin Abel


Nolan Scott Shapiro**

Swift, Certain, and Fair Prison Sanctioning: Does Washington State Prove its Effectiveness?

Thesis Advisor: Andrea Robbett


Thomas Joseph Tarantino*

The Robinhood Effect: The Impact of Retail Investors on Small-Cap Stock Volatility

Thesis Advisor: Caitlin Myers


Henry C Walsh

Affective Polarization and Moral Wiggle Room

Thesis Advisor: Andrea Robbett


Zhewei Yang**

Hidden Benefits: The Effect of Face Masks and Racial Discrimination

Thesis Advisor: Martin Abel