Undergraduate Research

The Benjamin H. Griswold III, Class of 1933, Center for Economic Policy Studies funds economic policy-related research projects within Princeton’s Department of Economics.

Senior Thesis Research Forum

Since 2012, at the end of the spring semester, the Griswold Center for Economic Policy Studies (GCEPS) organizes and funds the annual Senior Thesis Research Forum (formerly called the Undergraduate Student Research Forum). The forum showcases solid undergraduate research in the area of economic policy studies and provides 4-6 selected seniors the opportunity to present their work to faculty, fellow students, and GCEPS members.

Senior Thesis Research Forum, Selected Students, June 2021:

Christopher Callegari ’21,
Impacts of Sweetened Beverage Taxes on Price, Reformulation, Consumption, and Health: Evidence from the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom

Tiger Gao ’21
House of Debt Jubilee: Iceland after the 2008 Financial Crisis

Tilmann Herchenroder ’21
Political Effects of Environmental Regulation – Evidence from the Clean Air Act

Aishwarya Kalyanaraman ’21
Sectoral Differences in Statistical Discrimination: Evidence from Ban the Box’s Removal of Criminal History Information

Karthik Ramesh ’21
Parts of a Whole: Exploring Reshoring and Stickiness in the Apparel and Automobile Industries following the Trump Tariffs

Raymond Xu ’21
Limits to Arbitrage and Shock Transmission in the Repo and Federal Funds Markets

Junior Independent Work Research Forum

The inaugural Junior Independent Work Research Forum was held on October 2, 2019. This annual event selects 4-6 undergraduate juniors to present their Junior Independent Work (JIW) at a forum in the fall of their senior year to the rising juniors in the Department of Economics. The forum provides rising juniors the opportunity to see the variety of research they might consider and offers the selected students the opportunity to showcase their research. Furthermore, the selected students are named as Undergraduate Associates of the Griswold Center for Economic Policy Studies and receive invitations to all of our member events.

Junior Independent Work Research Forum, Selected Students, July 2021:

  • Khadijah S. Anwar ’22, Barriers to Women’s Absorption of the Benefits of Growing Telecom Subscriptions
  • Andrew L. Castleman ’22, The Effect of Gender and Race on Wage Spillover from Uber’s Entrance in United States Cities
  • Leland J. Domaratzky ’22, Halliburton II and its Impact on Litigation Trends of Securities Fraud Class Actions
  • Caren Ju ’22, General Employment Effects of Ban-the-Box and Certificate of Restoration Policies
  • Sophia R. Lewandrowski ’22, American Medical Malpractice Tort Law: The Effect of Variations in Caps on Attorney Contingency Fees on State Health Expenditures as a Proxy for Defensive Medicine
  • Emiri Morita ’22, Employment Impacts of the ARC’s POWER Initiative Grants in Coal Communities

Special Undergraduate Research Projects

Selected Undergraduate Students, Prior Years

Junior Independent Work Research, Selected Students, Prior Years:

  • Jack Aiello ’21, Understanding the IMF’s Impact on Income Inequality: Institutional Change or Business as Usual?
  • Sara Hailu ’21, The Effect of County Veterans Service Offices on County Veterans Affairs Expenditures
  • Arthur Markley ’21, The Effect of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 on Credit Card Delinquency Rates
  • Santiago Robertson-Lavalle ’21, Slum Dwellings and the Minimum Wage: An Analysis Using Evidence from Brazil
  • Devin Sun ’21, The Effect of Uber’s Entrance on Wages for Low-Skilled Occupations across the United States
  • Nicholas R. Garvey ’20, A Cure for the China Syndrome? The Differential Effect of Chinese Import Exposure on the Wage Outcomes of Highly Unionized Regions in the United States
  • Isabella Haegg ’20, The Impact of Politécnicos on Students’ Educational Outcomes in the Dominican Republic
  • Nathaniel Hickok ’20, Socially Optimal Districting with Heterogeneous Partisans and Endogenous Party Platforms
  • Sean C. Howe ’20, Please Keep off the Grass: Effects of Marijuana Legalization on Employment Outcomes in the U.S.
  • Cecilia Rojas ’20, The Effect of the Gender Wage Gap on Domestic Violence in Mexico
  • Madison Soukup ’20, Exposing the Cutting Season: An Examination of Female Genital-Mutilation and its Impact on HIV Rates across Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Gabriel D. Swagel ’20, Labor Quality and the Inverse Relationship between Farm Size and Productivity: Evidence from Indian Agriculture

Senior Thesis Research, Selected Students, Prior Years:

  • Christopher Callegari ’21, Impacts of Sweetened Beverage Taxes on Price, Reformulation, Consumption, and Health: Evidence from the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom
  • Tiger Gao ’21, House of Debt Jubilee: Iceland after the 2008 Financial Crisis
  • Tilmann Herchenroder ’21, Political Effects of Environmental Regulation – Evidence from the Clean Air Act
  • Aishwarya Kalyanaraman ’21, Sectoral Differences in Statistical Discrimination: Evidence from Ban the Box’s Removal of Criminal History Information
  • Karthik Ramesh ’21, Parts of a Whole: Exploring Reshoring and Stickiness in the Apparel and Automobile Industries following the Trump Tariffs
  • Raymond Xu ’21, Limits to Arbitrage and Shock Transmission in the Repo and Federal Funds Markets
  • Matteo DeVincenzo ’20, A Development in Common Ownership: How Intra-Industry Diversified Shareholders Can Create Anticompetitive Incentives in the Airline Industry
  • Declan Farmer ’20, Investigating the Relationship between Gun Control Laws and the Gun Death Rate Using Machine Learning Methods: Laws Relating to Background Checks, Criminal History, and Domestic Violence Matter
  • Carlotta von Gierke ’20, The Macroeconomic Effectiveness of Unconventional Monetary Policy in the Euro Area: A Structural VAR Analysis
  • Isabella Haegg ’20, The Impact of Vocational Education on Students’ Academic Outcomes: Evidence from the Dominican Republic
  • Gabriel Swagel ’20, Segregation and Upward Mobility: Evidence from Neighborhood Tipping
  • Yousra Zerouali Boukhal ’20, Can Immigration Enforcement Policies Induce Labor Market Discrimination? Evidence from Secure Communities
  • Alexandra Argo ’19, National Security or Protectionism? An Event Study Analysis of the Impact of Trump’s Steel and Aluminum Import Tariffs on U.S. Manufacturing Firms
  • Hyunnew Choi ’19, Early Maternal Employment & Child Outcomes in Fragile Families: Effects through Late Childhood
  • Linda Luo ’19, Did the Affordable Care Act Achieve Its Goal? The Effect of the ACA and Medicaid Expansion on Self-Assessed Health, Access to Care, and Preventative Care Utilization (2006–2017)
  • Pragya Malik ’19, When #Metoo Strikes: The Effect of Sexual Harassment Allegations on Company Stock Returns
  • Tammy Tseng ’19, White Flight from Asian Immigration: Evidence from California Schools
  • Felicia Angus ’18, Winds of Change? The Impact of Renewable Portfolio Standards and Their Class Specifications on State Carbon Emissions
  • Calvert Chan ’18, The Effect of Mandatory Prescription Monitoring Program Use on Opioid Overdose Mortality
  • Matthew McKinlay ’18, Real Economic Effects of the Federal Reserve’s Quantitative Easing Program: A Structural VAR Approach
  • Christine Porr ’18, The Effects of Maternal Depression on Nine-Year-Old Children’s Behavior, Physical Health, & Cognition
  • Gavin Zhang ’18, Bayesian Estimation of a Medium-Scale DSGE Model of China
  • Aslihan Asil ’17, One Size Does Not Fit All: A Comparative Analysis of U.S. Merchandise and Service Trade Flows Pre and Post Great Recession
  • Rene Chalom ’17, They’re Beating Us in Trade? The Effect of Chinese Imports on U.S. Manufacturing Labor Dynamics
  • Samantha Essig ’17, Mothers at Work: The Effect of California’s Paid Family Leave Policy on Maternal Labor Market Outcomes
  • Alexander Lee ’17, Pound for Pound: An Event Study Analysis of the Differential Effect of Brexit on British Firms
  • Christina Styer ’17, Extraordinary Times: Analyzing the Transmission Mechanisms of Unconventional Monetary Policy since The Great Financial Crisis
  • Victoria Lin ’16, Take It or Leave It: An Empirical Study of OECD Maternity Leave Policies and Female Labor Market Outcomes
  • Jacqueline Marshall ’16, An Empirical Analysis of the Effect of Consumer Protection Regulations on Microfinance Institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Karthik Amrutur Sastry ’16, Land Prices, Credit Frictions, and Macroeconomic Policy
  • Joan Elizabeth Thompson ’16, Was the Great Recession a Shock to Health? The Effect of Severe Macroeconomic Stress on Health Outcomes and Behaviors
  • Jason Yu ’16, The Partially-Employed Labor Force? An Analysis of Uber: The Voices of the Drivers
  • David Li ’15, May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor: An Empirical Analysis of British Premium Bonds
  • Nicholas Stead ’15, The Sustainability of the Bank of Japan’s Balance Sheet
  • Han Tran ’15, Is That a Stimulus Package in Your Pocket? The Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on Aggregate Demand
  • Linda Zhong ’15, How Much Does an Hour Cost? Nonlinear Wage Growth as a Persisting Source of the Gender Wage Gap
  • Nicola Babarcich ’14, Bayesian Estimation of a Small Open Economy New Keynesian DSGE Model: Exchange Rate Dynamics in the Case of the Republic of Turkey
  • Kimberly Chen ’14, Risk-Based Insurance Tariff Analysis: Paired Economic Models for Navigating the Health Insurance Marketplace
  • Joyce Lim ’14, The New York City Green Cart Program: An Impact Evaluation
  • Jeffrey Schwartz ’14, Medicaid Managed Care: Higher Quality Care at Lower Cost? An Analysis of the Medi-Cal Population
  • David Alexander Seyferth ’14, The Crisis Aftermath: Understanding Variability in Housing Recovery at the Metropolitan Level
  • Maeve Drablos ’13, Easing Transition to Adulthood for Students with Disabilities: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Community-Based Instruction in New Jersey
  • Samuel Dresner ’13, Symptoms of Hospital Congestion: An Empirical Study of the Impact of Hospital Competition on the Quality and Cost of Medical Care in California
  • Ameer Elbuluk ’13, Hospital vs. Hospice: An Empirical Analysis of the Determinants of Care in End-of-Life Patients
  • Shirley Lee ’13, Effects of Stimulant Treatment for ADHD on Long-term Academic Outcomes in Children
  • Jio Park ’13, Consolidation in the Health Care Industry: An Empirical Study of the Impact of Hospital Mergers on Quality of Care in California
  • Danielle Cohen-Shohet ’12, It’s Not Who You Know, but What You Know: The Performance and Strategies of Affiliated and Unaffiliated Firms amidst India’s Institutional Transition
  • Kameron Knab ’12, Health Insurance Reform and its Effect on Hospital Utilization for Young Adults
  • Daniel Lewis ’13, Liquidity Assistance during the Financial Crisis of 2007-2010: Efficacy and Spillovers in Europe and the United States
  • Samuel Roeca ’12, A Paradox of Internal Capital Markets: The Effect of Regional and Systematic Stress on Lending in Regionally Diversified US Banks