Complete your Oxy experience with an original research project that demonstrates your economics expertise.
Majors can earn honors by taking ECON 498 in the spring semester of their senior year and by writing and defending, in that class, a thesis that is judged by the department faculty to be of honors quality. Enrollment in ECON 498 is limited to students with GPAs of 3.5 or higher (both overall and within the department). Interested students should consult with their academic advisor and then apply to the department chair in the fall semester of their senior year.
Recent Honors Theses:
- Radha Arora: “The Effects of Right-to-Work Laws on Wages and Employment”
- Jakob Barton: “Where Does California Dream of Electric Sheep?: An Economic Analysis of Dual Land Use Lamb Grazing and Solar Photovoltaics in California”
- Elena Chen: “A Choice Between Roles: Factors Influencing Chinese Females’ Work Participation and A Prediction After Three-Child Policy”
- Mary Everett Hancock: “The Effects of Rail Expansion on Disabled Employment: Evidence from 15 Years of Rail Expansion”
- Brian Fong: “Effects of Tobacco-21 on Youth Smokeless Tobacco Use and Sales”
- *Ansel Jeffries: “The Effects of HOLC “Redlining” Maps on Los Angeles Home Values”
- Kam Mohebbi: “The Effect of Increased Internet Access on Getting STEM Jobs”
- Anaise (Nisi) Nugent: “The Effect of Gender on Support for Abortion Legislation"
- Ruth Schlosser: “When Recessions Come Home”
- Miles Smith: “A Policy Analysis for a Theoretical Poverty Trap Model”
- Kelsie Stanley: “Corporate Spending Limits & Conservatism”
- Sophia The: “What Causes D3 Athletes to Quit Their Sport?”
*Awarded Best Honors Thesis