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Honors Program Theses

All students, their thesis titles, and thesis advisers from each Honors Program class are listed on this page. Some students have opted not to share the full content of their thesis, for those who have granted permission, a full PDF version of their thesis is available through a direct hyperlink. If you would like to request an accessible version of the document, please contact [email protected] . Class of 2022 Class of 2021 Class of 2020 Class of 2019 Class of 2018 Class of 2017 Class of 2016 Class of 2015 Class of 2014 Class of 2013 Class of 2012 Class of 2011 Class of 2010 Class of 2009 Class of 2008 Class of 2007 Class of 2006 Class of 2005 Class of 2004 Class of 2003 Class of 2002  

Class of 2022

Jonah Botello The Words, Policies, and Deeds of Global Climate Change Mitigation Thesis Adviser: Adam Brandenburger Shriram Chandra How Robustly is a Firm's Stakeholder Reputation Incorporated into its Financial Risk? Thesis Advisers: Ulrich Atz, Tensie Whelan Jialiang Chen Volatility Forecasting with PINNs Thesis Advisers: Joao Sedoc, Raghu Sundaram Efe Dikmen Frequency Domain Analysis of Cryptocurrency Returns in a Centralized Exchange Thesis Adviser: Clifford Hurvich Anna Dilena Pluto TV: A Model for Understanding the Sustainability of Linear Television in the Digital Realm Thesis Adviser: Al Lieberman Yousef El Emary Electric Vehicle News' Impact on Stock Performance: An Event Study Thesis Adviser: Cristiano Zazzara Gianmarco Fratti Central Bank Digital Currencies: The Case for a Digital Dollar Thesis Adviser: Viral Acharya Lavinia Gabriele Uber's Potential Impact on Drunk-Driving Related Accidents Thesis Adviser: Ilan Lobel Kayla Han The Influence of  Target  Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Companies' Pipelines on  Acquiring  Company Value Thesis Advisers: Lawrence White, Michael Dickstein Nisha Honnaya Studying the Impact of Fractional Ownership on Art Market Liquidity Thesis Adviser: Hanna Halaburda Zhuowen (Jason) Jiang What is the Risk-Free Rate in China? Thesis Adviser: Marti Subrahmanyam JonPaul Lambert Blockchain in Healthcare Thesis Adviser: Sabrina Howell Madhur G. Chaturvedi Sports Betting: A Gamble in Itself? Thesis Advisers: Mary Billings, Andrew Billings Valerio Mazzola The Social Impact of Activist Campaigns on Targeted Companies (Specifically Relating to the Social Category of ESG Scores) Thesis Adviser: Arpit Gupta Thomas Monsellato Applying Contract Theory to Film Financing Decisions: How Changes in Control and Incentives Impact Social & Commercial Value Generation Thesis Adviser: Luis Cabral Parth Raj Purohit SPAC performance: Post-Closure Trend Analysis Thesis Adviser: Marti G. Subrahmanyam Christopher Ren Parents, Politics, and the Pandemic: How Voters' Preferences Influence School Board Policies Thesis Adviser: Petra Moser Manuela Rodriguez Equity vs. Equality in Automated Decision-Making Systems Thesis Adviser: Andrea Bonezzi Anirudh Sharma Analyzing Private Equity Exit Strategies Thesis Adviser: Gustavo Schwed Jeremy Thomas The Impact of Celebrity Ownership on NFT Collection Value Thesis Adviser: David Yermack  

Class of 2021

Noah Britton Legal Loansharking: A Dive into the Merchant Cash Advance Industry Thesis Adviser: Simone Lenzu Emily Brown Bagel Branding: How Décor Helps NYC Bagel Shops Seem More Authentic Thesis Adviser: Geeta Menon Will Chen Discounting Complexity: A Study into the Effect of Complexity on the Excess Values of Diversified Firms Thesis Adviser: Aswath Damodaran Jonathan Edelstein To Trust or Not To Trust: Why Do People Distrust Technology Companies? Thesis Adviser: Adam Alter Corey Feldman Global Disaster Risk and The Carry Trade Thesis Adviser: Stanley Zin Sanjana Gupta Understanding the Complexities of Social Media Thesis Adviser: Anindya Ghose Brian Hao How Does Gaming Influence Depression During COVID-19? Thesis Adviser: Minah Jung Thomas Khadoo COVID-19 Outcomes in New York City: The Association with Social and Economic Disparities Thesis Adviser: Lawrence J. White Angie Lin BTS Boom: The Effect of Digital Strategies on K-pop's Success Thesis Adviser: Arun Sundararajan Mateo Panjol-Tuflija Constructing Mimicking Portfolios in Response to Market Shocks: Modeling Market Factors Using Volatility Thesis Adviser: Richard Berner Ghania Saleh The Anatomy and Performance of Distressed Debt Funds: Asset Reconstruction Companies in India Thesis Adviser: Edward Altman Sreya Sreedhar Heterogeneity, Polarization, and Redistribution: A comparative study of the United States and Sweden Thesis Adviser: Peter Henry Sebastian Stocker Revisiting the Impact of Foreign Aid and FDI on Economic Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa Thesis Adviser: Joseph Foudy  

Class of 2020

Satyam Agarwal Unintended Consequences of NFL Rule Changes – Evolution of Kickoff Strategies Thesis Adviser: David Yermack   Kent Cai Corporate Bond Defaults in China: Assessing the Impact on Yield Spreads and Contrasting the Likelihood and Impact of Default between SOEs and Private Companies Thesis Adviser: Marti G. Subrahmanyam   Justin Chan A Better Approach to Platform Governance Thesis Adviser: Michael Posner   Cynthia Gonzalez iGen: Trends in Social Media use, Behaviors & Mental Health Thesis Adviser: Vishal Singh   Arjun Goyal Hot Racquet or Not? An Exploration of Momentum in Grand Slam Tennis Matches Thesis Adviser: Jeffrey Simonoff   Gabrielle Heinsinger The Influence of Evaluations over the NYC Restaurant Industry Thesis Adviser: Gino Cattani   Daniella Nichinson The Smart Assistant: Privacy-Performance Tradeoff Thesis Adviser: Alexander Tuzhilin   Kristian Ruegg The Philippines vs. Indonesia: A Tale of Two Leaders Thesis Adviser: Peter Blair Henry   Angela Shakeri Creating Value from an Increasingly Multigenerational Workforce: The Case of Intergenerational Negotiations Thesis Adviser: Michael S. North   Shawn Shinder How to Capture a Nation: The Evolution and Implications of Ukrainian Corruption Thesis Adviser: Barbara G. Katz   Kev To Reimagining the Future of Aviation with Blockchain Thesis Adviser: Hanna Halaburda   Nicole Tucci Mastering the Commons: The Quest to Maintain Sustainability in the Maine Lobster Industry Thesis Adviser: David Yermack   Shagun Varma The Effect of Financial Crises and Dependence on External Financing on US Manufacturing Productivity Thesis Adviser: Simone Lenzu   Ezio Jiaqi Wang Examining the Relationship Between Economic Ties and Political Affinity Using UNGA Voting Thesis Adviser: Joseph Foudy   Alec Winshel Speaking Simply: The Efficacy of Linguistic Complexity in Oral Arguments for the Supreme Court of the United States Thesis Adviser: Arpit Gupta   Winston Zhao US-China Trade War: Safeguarding or Damaging Domestic Industries? Thesis Adviser: Robert Engle   Gloria Zheng Corporate Venture Capital and Digital Disruption Thesis Adviser: Arun Sundararajan  

Class of 2019

Tsz Wai Au The Future of Telecommunication: The Determinants of Cellular Network Penetration and their Impact in Developing Countries Thesis Adviser: Ingo Walter Nicholas DeMasi Can You Hear Me Now? Predicting song genre from song lyrics using deep learning Thesis Adviser: Panos Ipeirotis  Sweta Gangopadhyay Theory and Evidence on Extraversion and Undergraduate Academic Performance at Stern Thesis Adviser: Joseph Foudy Jacob Hamilton Washington versus Beijing: A Comparison of Development Strategies in Africa Thesis Adviser: Joseph Foudy Heechan Han Privacy-Oriented Regulation of Social Media Platforms Thesis Adviser: Michael Posner Paul Hwang Why Employers Discriminate Against Applicants with Disabilities Thesis Adviser: L. Taylor Phillips Jaehoon Jung Index Investing and Equity Prices Thesis Adviser: Jeffrey Wurgler Scott Kim C ontending with Amazon's Rise: Causal Effect of Amazon Fulfillment Centers on Local Labor Markets Thesis Adviser: Lawrence White Akshat Lakhotia Analyzing Private Equity Value Creation Strategies Thesis Adviser: Gustavo Schwed Krish Dharmesh Mehta Gold and Equities as a Hedge Against Inflation Thesis Adviser: Menachem Brenner Victoria Rusinak Digital Transformation of the Heart: Is Media's Bombardment of our Brains Driving Us into the Arms of Robots? Thesis Adviser: Arun Sundararajan Yaqing Wang Opacity and Valuation of Chinese Companies: The VIE Discount Thesis Adviser: Marti G. Subrahmanyam Jason Weitze Dynamically Selecting & Combining Volatility Forecasts Thesis Adviser: Rob F. Engle Yuting Wu Detecting Fake Trading Volume on Cryptocurrency Exchange Thesis Adviser: David Yermack Brenda Xu Factors Affecting E-sports Viewership Thesis Adviser: Alvin Lieberman  Fan Yang Analysis of Currency Investing: Are Emerging Markets More Profitable than Developed Markets? Thesis Adviser: Richard M. Levich Margaret Zhang Sovereign Wealth Funds for Sustainable Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa Thesis Adviser: Paul Wachtel  

Class of 2018

Faraz Athar Aftermarket Performance of Private Equity Backed Companies Thesis Adviser: Gustavo R Schwed Luigi Caloi Challenges for Decentralization and Federalism - Scaling up an Education Policy for 184 Municipalities in Brazil Thesis Adviser: Sean Corcoran Esther Chao Personal Seat Licenses: Who's Winning this Round of the Stadium Financing Game? Thesis Adviser: David Yermack Karen Fich Understanding the Hispanic/Latino Consumer Segment and Their Content Preferences in the Entertainment Industry of the United States Thesis Advisers: Alvin Lieberman and Vicki Morwitz Marcos Galante Empirical Comparison of the Two Leading Peer-to-Peer Lending US Platforms Thesis Adviser: Maxime Cohen Samyak Jain Examining the Impact of edler-heir age gaps on family business succession in India and the United States Thesis Adviser: Michael North Sanjana Jain Can Post Bankruptcy Performance be Predicted? Thesis Adviser: Edward Altman Jodie Miller Examining the Impact of Model Age on Brand Perception in the Fashion Industry Thesis Adviser: Michael S. North Harsh Vardhan Pachisia Persistent Open Defection: The Curious Case of North India Thesis Adviser: Geeta Menon Raghav Saraogi Borrower Characteristics and Credit Supply Expansion in the U.S. Residential Mortgage Market, Evidence from 2010 to 2015 Thesis Adviser: Arpit Gupta Gregory Suter An Analysis of How Certified B-corp's Founder's Motivations, Beliefs, and Morals Affect the Marketing and Communication of Certification Status Thesis Adviser: Brian Hanssen Felipe Valencia The Effects of English in the Development of a Country Thesis Adviser: Paul Wachtel Henry Wang Epidemic: An Analysis of the Regulatory and Socioeconomic Factors of the Opioid Crisis Thesis Adviser: David Yermack Dean Wiseman Analyzing Risk in Long Term Care Insurance Markets Thesis Adviser: Ralph Koijen Jessica Wong Fortune 500 CEOs: How Does CEO Gender Influence the Pay Gap Between CEO and Top Management Team? Thesis Adviser: Batia Wiesenfeld Zona Xu Imagining the Future of American Highways: Forecasting Road Use Through Time Series Methods Thesis Adviser: Ingo Walter Cathy Zhang The Effect of Job Stress on Hierarchy Preferences Thesis Adviser: Taylor Phillips Emily Zhang Public Corruption and State Infrastructure: Opportunities and Impacts Thesis Adviser: Lawrence White Yutong Zheng Understanding Chinese Foreign Direct Investment in the United States Thesis Advisers: Michael Spence and Robert Salomon Yutong Zhou An Examination of the Single-Payer System: Giving a Number to Adjusting America's Health Insurance Framework Thesis Adviser: Peter Henry  

Class of 2017

Meghana Bansal Managerial Turnover in Major League Soccer Thesis Adviser: Anthony Saunders Rohil Bhatnagar Analyzing the Extent to Which Mutual Funds Predicted the Stock Market Crash of 2015 in China Thesis Adviser: Robert Whitelaw Griffin Carlborg Women in Skateboarding & Product Development Thesis Adviser: Adam Alter Benjamin Diner The Impact of Creative Submission on Creativity Thesis Adviser: Lawrence White Sophie Frank Understansing the History of Microfinance and the Strongest Influencing Factors on Microfinance Default Status for Women in Tamil Nadu, India Thesis Adviser: Marti Subrahmanyam Avishee Gupta Theory and Evidence of Non-Compliance in Corporate Social Responsibility Spending by Indian Companies Thesis Adviser: David Yermack Do Heon Koo The Supercharger Effect: Comparison of Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid, and Battery Electric Vehicle Adoption in New York State Thesis Advisers: Michael Spence & David Mordecai Lindsay Kugel Risk Management of Commercial Real Estate Loans at Banks Thesis Adviser: Stijn van Nieuwerburgh Lillian Leung Perceptions of Income Inequality Across America Thesis Adviser: Thomas Philippon Runhe Lily Li Identifying Solutions to Research Issues in Comparative Recidivism Analyses Between Private and Public State Prisons Thesis Adviser: Bruce Buchanan Kyung Rok Luke Min Consumption and Saving Problem with Stochastic Interest Rates Thesis Adviser: Eduardo Davila Cara Salvatore The Imperfect Breast Self-Exam: Marketing Solutions to Treat a Medical Problem Thesis Adviser: Tom Meyvis Archit Singi Trends in Future Markets Efficiency in India Thesis Adviser: Raghu Sundaram Xiance Nathan Wang Characteristics of Private Equity in China Thesis Adviser: Gustavo Schwed David Wang The Impact of Extracurricular Involvement on Stern Students' Post- Graduation Job Placements Thesis Adviser: Vishal Singh Dongchen Zou Garlic Chive Index and Prediction of China's Stock Market Thesis Adviser: Yakov Amihud  

Class of 2016

Ria Abichandani Implications of the Bordeaux Bubble Burst on Fine-Wine Investment Thesis Adviser: Marti Subrahmanyam Porter M. Carbajal Efficiency in Public Real Estate Securities: Extensions of an Equity-Based Pricing Model on CMBX 2.0 Thesis Adviser: Stijn van Nieuwerburgh Monica E. Cho Going greek: A Look Into Food Trends, Greek Yogurt and Socioeconomic Class in the U.S. Thesis Adviser: Geeta Menon Michael C. Eichert The Price of What You Watch: Analyzing the Value of Television Viewership Data in Targeted Online Advertising Thesis Adviser: Albert Lieberman Lydia Y. Guo Understanding the Effect of Federal and State Early Childhood Policy on State Outcomes Thesis Adviser: Peter Henry Kashish Kumar E-Commerce Profitability & Consumer Purchase Behavior Thesis Adviser: Daria Dzyabura Moritz Liebelt An Analysis of the Effectiveness of Emerging Markets' Capital Controls on Capital Flows During the "Taper Tantrum" Thesis Adviser: Viral Acharya Jennifer Loh Information in Hong Kong H-share Prices Thesis Adviser: Jennifer Carpenter Sijia Lou The Effect of Government Intervention on Stock Synchronicity in China Thesis Adviser: Robert Whitelaw Amay Makhija Low Income Housing Tax Credits Before and After the Financial Crisis Thesis Adviser: Adam Brandenburger Issac L Marshall Stock Ownership Dispersion and Activism Success Thesis Adviser: Aswath Damodaran Abhinav Mittal Estimating Global Income Inequality from Limited National Datal Points Thesis Adviser: Rangarajan Sundaram Keya Shah Optimizing Operational Flow in Emergency Departments Via Simulation Thesis Adviser: Mor Armony Jiaye (Jason) Shen A Study on the Listing Choices of Chinese Companies Thesis Adviser: Robert Whitelaw Justin Tzeng Wage Rates, Types of Work, and Reputation on Online Labor Platforms Thesis Adviser: Arun Sundararajan Susan Wang Pricing of Post-War and Contemporary Art: Criteria and Considerations Thesis Adviser: Michael Moses Ryan Whiting Hedge funds and (Re)insurance: A Risk-Based Analysis Viral Acharya  

Class of 2015

Anthony Chen Patterns of Success: A Study on the Return on Education for Underrepresented Minorities Thesis Adviser: Batia Wiesenfeld Yashwant Chunduru Analyzing Impact-Oriented Private Equity as an Asset Class through the Past, Present, and Future Thesis Adviser: Jeffrey Wurgler Keiji Drysdale Crowding-Out and Crowding-In: An Analysis of the Relationship Between the NIH Expenditure and Private Charity Donations to Medical Research Thesis Adviser: Sherry Glied Elliot Finch The Internet of Things, The Merging of Goods and Services Thesis Adviser: Anindya Ghose Ryan Hsu Inequality and Global Life Satisfaction Thesis Adviser: Sinziana Dorobantu Olivia Hu Gender, Marital Status, and Hiring Practices in the United States  Thesis Adviser: Vishal Singh Zachary Kahn Seeking Consistency in the Dark: An Analysis of SEC Insider Trading Actions Thesis Adviser: Marti Subrahmanyam Viraj Mehta Mind The Gap: An Analysis of Possible Solutions to America's Infrastructure Crisis Thesis Adviser: Lawrence White Nisha Modi Levers for Change: Identifying the Ideal Policy for Ending Child Labor Thesis Adviser: Michael Posner Deependra Mookim Private Prisons: Growth and Consequences for the US Incarceration System Thesis Adviser: Vishal Singh Peter Nie The Value of Yieldcos Thesis Adviser: Kose John Michael Pelts Understanding Market Factors in Amateur Athletics: A Look at the Economics of Youth Hockey Thesis Adviser: Vishal Singh Megha Sachdeva The Economic and Social Implications of Alternate Currencies Thesis Adviser: Arun Sundararajan Nilay Shah Arrière-garde: The Great Recession and The Commoditization of Hipsterism Thesis Adviser: Adam Alter Jackson Sheng The Current State of Municipal Pension Funds Thesis Adviser: Stijn van Nieuwerburgh Khuhsali Upadhyay R&D Productivity and M&A in the Pharmaceutical Industry: 1999-2013 Thesis Adviser: Deepak Hedge Rebecca Waddall The Weight of a Star: The Impact of New York Times Restaurant Reviews on Online Search History Thesis Adviser: Gian Luca Clementi Esmond Wei Explaining Syria: Analysis of a Series of Economic and Political Policies Thesis Adviser: Joseph Foudy Jessica Yang Foreign Direct Investment, Trade, and Cross-border Migration as Drivers of Language Education Thesis Adviser: Ingo Walter Huiling (Skylar) Yang Risk and Yield Spreads in China's Local Government Bond Market Thesis Adviser: Jennifer Carpenter  

Class of 2014

Zeena Advani Controlling for Asset Bubbles Through Macroprudential Policy Thesis Adviser: Professor Nouriel Roubini   Waqaas Afzal The Future of the Trusted Advisor Thesis Adviser: Professor Charles Murphy   Kevin Baker Sentiment-Based Return: The Impact of Fashion Designers on Firm Value Thesis Adviser: Professor David Yermack   Somesh Batra India as an Emerging Financial Market and its New Entrepreneurs Thesis Adviser: Professor Richard Sylla   Emil Chen The Impact of Education on Economic Growth Thesis Adviser: Professor Peter Henry   Sang (Scott) Chung The Inherent Risks of Mortgage Servicing Rights and its Effects on Mortgage Borrowers Thesis Adviser: Professor Van Nieuwerburgh   Griffin Dooling The Next Golden Age of Film Thesis Adviser: Professor Alvin Lieberman   Ritika Gawande Relative Earnings in the Teaching Profession: A State by State Analysis Thesis Adviser: Professors Matthew Statler and Sean Corcoran   Steven Getselevich Data Generated Copula Thesis Adviser: Professor Edward Melnick   Seung Kyu Jang The Pork Miracle: An Industry Analysis of the Chinese Pork Market Thesis Adviser: Professor Jennifer Carpenter   Yimin (Mark) Jiang Boutique versus Bulge Bracket: Evolution of the worldwide M&A market post-financial crisis."  Thesis Adviser: Professor Roy Smith   Saanjali Kotahwala A Credit Risk Model for Non-US firms Thesis Adviser: Professor Edward Altman   Jia Li Expanding the Investment Horizon: The Limitations of Credit Ratings on Fund Mandates Thesis Adviser: Professor David Backus   Fangzhou Lu The Real value of China's Stock Market Thesis Adviser: Professors Robert Whitelaw and  Jennifer Carpenter   Woo Jin Noh Business Groups and Principal-Agent Problem: Evidence from M&A Deals of Korean chaebols Thesis Adviser: Professor Aswath Damodaran   Travis Owen Building Trust in the Sharing Economy: Collaborative Consumption vs. Traditional Online Marketplaces Thesis Adviser: Professor Arun Sundarajan   Nicholas Passannante Personal Politics: When Board Committees Supervise Corporate PACs Thesis Adviser: Professor David Yermack   Anisha Patel The Indecisive Shopper: Incorporating Choice Paralysis into the MNL Thesis Adviser: Professors Rene Caldentey and Srikanth Jagabathula   Kenneth Safar The Securitization of Human Capital Contracts Thesis Adviser: Professors Bruce Buchanan and Marti Subrahmanyam   Vinay Shah The Accelerator Value Proposition Thesis Adviser: Professor Jeffrey Carr   Jeffrey Shi An Analysis of Social Impact Bond Financing: Attribution and Deadweight Thesis Adviser: Professor Samuel Lee   Chuyue Wei Analysis of Dark Pool Trading Volume of Nasdaq Securities Thesis Adviser: Professor Samuel Lee  

Class of 2013

Sachin Bagri Price Discovery, Arbitrage and Hedging in the LME Steel Billet Futures Market Thesis Adviser: Marti Subrahmanyam Kug-Su Bang The impact of cultural distance on the stock market's reaction to cross-border M&A Thesis Adviser: Robert Saloman Jonathan Cheshir Finding Inefficiency in Sports Betting Markets; A Look through NFL Confidence Pick'Em Biases Thesis Adviser: David Yermack Aileen Chua From Ratings to Revenues: The Impact of Social Media on the Restaurant Industry Thesis Adviser: Anindya Ghose Katherine Corson The Influence of User-Generated Content On Brand Perception Thesis Adviser: Arun Sundararajan Mingqiu Guo The Comparative Effectiveness of Pricing Variables in the Chinese Stock Market Thesis Adviser: Stephen Brown Somiran Gupta China's Effect on US Dollar Performance in Global Currency Markets Thesis Adviser: Jennifer Carpenter Yosef Lefkowitz Climate and Commodity Prices: An Analysis of the Role of ENSO Forecasts in Agricultural Commodity Markets Thesis Adviser: Robert Whitelaw Jack Lei Climbing the Corporate Ladder: An Analysis of Behavioral Differences Between Chinese, Indian, and Caucasian Americans Thesis Adviser: Joseph Porac Helen Li The Rising Cost of Higher Education: A Supply & Demand Analysis Thesis Adviser: Peter Henry Caroline Liao The Changing Landscape of Private Equity Thesis Adviser: Ashwini Agrawal Yuxo Liu Comparative Case Studies on Hip-Hop Empowerment Education Programs Thesis Adviser: Robert Seamans Kenneth Low Diversification or Focus? Wealth Effects of Acquisitions and Divestitures in the Entertainment Industry Thesis Adviser: Kose John Serena Lu Debt Overhang: An Analysis of Investor Confidence in Sovereign Debt Levels Thesis Adviser: Xavier Gabaix Yulia Malitskaia Interaction Analysis of the HHP Multi-Dimensional Model Thesis Adviser: William Greene Noy Meshulami Water Sustainability in India: An Economic Analysis Thesis Adviser: Arun Sundararajan Timothy Mok The Leviathan Dilemma: Reading Hobbes in the Vocabulary of Game Theory Thesis Adviser: Ignacio Esponda Siddharth Morakhia Keys to the Penthouse: Why the Rich are Flocking to Prime Urban Property Thesis Adviser:Charles Murphy Akash Nandi Tesla: Supercharging The Future Thesis Adviser: Joseph Foudy Aditya Pisharody The Future Of Television: Will Broadcast and Cable Television Networks Survive the Emergence of Online Streaming? Thesis Adviser: Albert Lieberman Eric Rolston Systemic Risk in the Insurance Industry Thesis Adviser: Viral Acharya Jesse Shemen The Story Behind Social Media Valuations Thesis Adviser: Aswath Damodaran George Simmons Does the Ownership Structure of a Hedge Fund predict its Longevity?: A Look into the Hazard Rates of Funds Owned by Large Financial Institutions Thesis Advisers: Ingo Walter & Stephen Brown Adam Tiouririne Red Firm, Blue Firm: Employee Political Contributions as a Measure of Workforce Alignment Thesis Adviser: Batia Wiesenfeld Liyi Ye Searching for A New Growth Engine: An Essay on The Evolution of The Tradable Sector in China Thesis Adviser: Michael Spence Xiang Zhang Buyout Funds Started in Recessions: How Different Are They Thesis Adviser: Marcin Kacperczyk  

Class of 2012

Maria Carnovale Developing Countries and the Middle-Income Trap: Predetermined to Fall? Thesis Adviser: Peter Henry  Mariola Jung Corporate Crisis Management Through Twitter Thesis Adviser: David Yermack Ryan Kreitzer Covered Bond Markets: An Analysis of their Impact on Mortgage Underwriting Thesis Adviser: Stijn Van Nieuwerburgh Weiman Ma Changes in the Hedge Fund Industry as a Result of the Financial Crisis: An Examination of Service Providers of Hedge Funds Thesis Adviser: Stephen Brown Pratik Mehta The Factors Driving Employees Salaries: Determining their Weights Across Industries Thesis Adviser: Anindya Ghose Philip Mercadante Efficacy of Monetary Policy Following the 2008 Banking Crisis Thesis Adviser: Lawrence White James Myatt Explorations of the Equity Premium Puzzle Thesis Adviser: David Backus Yevgenia Pikman Re-formulating the Status Quo: An Analysis and Improvement of Insurance Firm Valuation Thesis Adviser: Aswath Damodaran William Tenenbaum Shaking Dragons: The Chinese Economic Imbalance Thesis Adviser: Jennifer Carpenter Kathleen Vadnais Does the Media Affect Mergers and Acquisitions? Thesis Adviser: Marcin Kacperczyk Jiefu Wang Mature CDS Markets: A Suitable Replacement for Ratings Agency Downgrades? Thesis Adviser: Viral Acharya Zhichao (John) Yan Stock Return Variance in Dual-Listed Shares Thesis Adviser: David Backus May Zhan Social Happiness: How Luxury Market Exposure Affects Perceptions of Income Inequality Thesis Adviser: Jennifer Carpenter Yuting Zhang Building a Better Benchmark: Disaggregating the CPI Thesis Adviser: Paul Wachtel Jiaqi (Jennifer) Zhou Crowdsourcing: A New Revolution for Start-Ups Thesis Adviser: Robert Seamans  

Class of 2011

Robert Aeder Jewish Holidays and the Stock Market Thesis Advisor: Menachem Brenner Vitali Bourchtein The Principles of Economics Textbooks: An Analysis of Its Past, Present and Future Thesis Advisor: Simon Bowmaker Vijay Chandar Inside the Oil Market: The Relationship Between Commercial Trading Activity and Subsequent Price Movements Thesis Advisor: David Backus Brandon Chew Gamechangers: A Study of the Effects of the XBox Kinect and Playstation Move on Consumer Opinions and the Competitive Landscape for Game Consoles Thesis Advisor: Al Lieberman Danielle Even A Look at Teaching Styles: Exploring the Roots of Innovative Entrepreneurship in Israel and China Thesis Advisor: William Baumol Zhou Jiang An Evaluation of Investor Sentiment Measures Thesis Advisor: Jeffrey Wurgler Michael Lavi Do Sanctions Work? A Look at Iran and Iranian Oil Production Thesis Advisor: Joseph Foudy Sue Lee Bubble Bubble Toil and Trouble: A Study of Market Bubbles and Their Impact on the Macro Economy Thesis Advisor: Xavier Gabaix Suruchi Mehta Financial Strategies of Biotechnology Companies Thesis Advisor: Roy Smith Sonali Mittal An Analysis on the Increase of Natural Gas Production from 2007-2010: Specific Causes and Implications Thesis Advisor: Lawrence White Matthew Premus The European Monetary Union Crisis: Intervention, Contagion, and Country-Specific Risk Thesis Advisor: Thomas Cooley Anand Raghu Labor Union Negotiations and Managers' Incentives to Manipulate Earnings Thesis Advisor: Ashwini Agrawal Dylan Riley Incentives for Creating Hits: Mechanical Royalties and Other Income Streams for Popular Musicians Thesis Advisor: Aswath Damodaran Kirby Smith A Subsidy to the States: Determining the Value of Implied Federal Guarantee on US State Debt Thesis Advisor: Rangarjan Sundaram Elena Stark When the Iron Curtain Falls and Crisis Sets In: Understanding Reactions to Economic Shocks in the Eastern European Economies in Transition Thesis Advisor: Paul Wachtel Nipun Tulshian Money Manipulations: Political Business Cycles in the Developing World Thesis Advisor: Peter Henry Alicia Wnorowski Who Really Needs the Olympics? A Look at the Costs and Benefits of Hosting the Summer Olympic Games for Developing Nations Thesis Advisor: Nicolas Economides  

Class of 2010

Veena Bontu Pro-Cyclical Fiscal Policy: An Empirical Study of Commodity Dependent Countries Thesis Advisor: Xavier Gabaix Gary Chalik Do High-Pay Executives Perform Best When it Matters Most? Thesis Advisor: Marcin Kacperczyk Irvin Chan The Role of Prepurchase Agreements and Securities Lending in Distressed Financial Institutions Thesis Advisor: Viral Acharya Jay Julian Cohen Losing the Label: Exploring a New Model for Emerging Musical Artists Thesis Advisor: Yannis Bakos Krittivas Dalmia The Indian Premier League: Pay Versus Performance Thesis Advisor: Raghu Sundaram Ryan Eldridge Measuring Efficiency in the National Basketball Association: A "Moneyball" Approach Thesis Advisor: Jeffrey Simonoff & Simon Bowmaker Natalie J. Engelhardt Color Studies: Examining the Impact of Packaging Hue and Shade on Consumer Perception Thesis Advisor: Priya Raghubir Mikhail Esipov Trading on Forecasted Macroeconomic Information Thesis Advisor: Lasse Pedersen Vinod Kasturi Investment Characteristics of Traditional Chinese Art Thesis Advisor: Michael Moses Charles Leung Piracy in Somalia: A Political and Economic Analysis of RPG-Equipped Swashbuckling Thesis Advisor: Lawrence White Stephanie Liu On Returning Home: Reverse Talent Migration of Highly Educated Immigrants Thesis Advisor: Joseph Foudy Joe (Yat Ping) Ng Effects of News on Financial Markets Thesis Advisor: Thomas Phillipon Alexander Nicolau An Examination of Implied Volatility Patterns Around Merger and Acquisition Announcements Thesis Advisor: Yakov Amihud Aleesha Patel The Survival of the Newspaper in the Digital Age of Communication Thesis Advisor: Jeffrey Green Nina Patel Implicit Bias Against Professional Women Thesis Advisor: Batia Wiesenfeld Akila Prabhakar Micro-insurance: The Risk Reward Spectrum in India Thesis Advisor: Jeanne Calderon Alexander Sabharwal Asset Bubbles and Power Laws: An Empirical Study of the Nature of Formations and Bursts Thesis Advisor: Xavier Gabaix Matthew Sack Predictive Factors for Loan Funding Time in Peer to Peer Microfinance Lending Thesis Advisor: Abraham George Roman Schwartz Examining the Term Sheet in Venture Capital-Backed Investments Thesis Advisor: Alexander Ljungqvist Gil Shefer The Cost of Terrorism to Financial Markets in Israel Thesis Advisor: Simon Bowmaker Taimur Tariq Form Over Substance? An Examination of the Spirit and Practice of Islamic Finance Thesis Advisor: Ingo Walter Marina Varshavskaya Trust and its Formal Substitutes in Economic Life Thesis Advisor: William T. Allen Scott Yang Information Sharing in Supply Chain Management Thesis Advisor: Clifford Hurvich  

Class of 2009

Yoon Chang Is Diversity a Strategic Asset for Organizations in the Financial Services Industry? Thesis Advisor: Roger Dunbar Kathy Chen Consumer Foodservice in Western Europe: Identifying Drivers of Growth in a Maturing Market Thesis Advisor: Susan Douglas Gregory Cohen The 2008 Short Selling Ban: Effects on Banned Stocks with and without Traded Options Thesis Advisor: Jeff Wurgler Nathaniel Cohen Combating Global Warming Carbon Emissions Policies for the United States Thesis Advisor: Thomas Cooley Benjamin Garrett Shareholder Voting: A Statistical and Case Study of the Pseudo-Event Thesis Advisor: Yakov Amihud Shyla Giri Explioring Economic Reform in Cuba During and After Fidel Catro's Rule Thesis Advisor: Barbara Katz Aaron Gold Payday Lending: Grounding the Policy Debate through Economic Analysis Thesis Advisor: Roy Smith Andrew Goon Money Growing on Trees: A Study of Debt-to-Nature Swap Participants Thesis Advisor: Lawrence White Bilal Hussain Integration of Financial Supervision and its Implications for Banking Sector Stability Thesis Advisor: Nouriel Roubini Shreevats Jaipuria Electoral Economics: The Relationship between Monetary Cycles and National Elections in India Thesis Adviser: Marti Subrahmanyam Andrew Hanqi Jiang Fairness & Efficiency in Going Private Mergers: The Use & Limitations of the ECMH in Court Thesis Advisor: William Allen Christopher Kim Understanding Racial Segregation in U.S. Corporate Law Firms Thesis Adviser: Debraj Ray Kenneth Lee Sovereign Wealth: Analysis of Norway's Government Pension Fund - Global Turbulent Times Thesis Advisor: David Backus Chang Liu The Regional Integration of Stock Markets in Asia Thesis Advisor: Menachem Brenner Lily Mundy Patient Adherance to the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) for Non-Primary English Speakers Thesis Advisor: Michael Katz Shevon Newman Securities Markets in a Competative Age: An Analysis of the National Market System and Its Impact on Local Market Participants Thesis Advisor: Joel Hasbrouck Hoshrav Patel Capital Structure Preference: An Inquiry into the Debt Structure of Group and Non-Group Affiliated Firms in India Thesis Advior: Aswath Damodaran Alpesh Sanghani The Potential Impact of Rapidly Growing Life Settlements Industry on Life Insurance Companies Thesis Advisor: Ingo Walter Sandeep Satish An Imperical Analysis of Major League Baseball Scouting Resources: How the Number and Location of Scouts Have Impacted Valuation Yields Thesis Advisor: David Yermack Chirag Shah Hedging the World: Assessing the Performance of Dynamically Hedged Long-Short Equity Investments Thesis Advisor: Robert Engle Roman Smukler Executive Compensation: Further Investigation into Option Award Vesting Dates Thesis Advisor: David Yermack Monika Spiewak Drilling for Oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: A Cost-Benefit Analysis Thesis Advisor: Roy Radner Olga Vaynerman A Comparison of the Post-Merger Operating Performance of Horizontal and Conglomerate Mergers Thesis Advisor: Yakov Amihud Anthony Versaci Measuring Internet Buzz and its Effects on the Movie Box Office Thesis Advisor: Samuel Craig  

Class of 2008

Brandon Adoni Exploring a Link Between Globalization and Political Instability: An Empiracle Study Thesis Advisor: Paul Wachtel Alan Barrentine Capatilism 2.0: Social Entrepreneurship and the Changing Nature of Economics in the 21st Century Thesis Advisor: Jeffrey Robinson Julie Burger Poison Pills on the Decline: The Performance & Wealth Effects of Poison Pill Removals Thesis Advisor: Yakov Amihud Julia Dobtsis Corporate Governance: Can Democracy Increase Profitablility? Thesis Advisor: William Allen Eric Goldberg The Future of Hong Kong as an International Financial Center: How Shanghai's Rise Will Impact China's Financial System Thesis Advisor: Larry White David Josset Determinants of the Value of English Soccer Franchises: An Analysis of Share Price Reaction to Certain Sporting Events Thesis Advisor: Aswath Damodaran Kevin Klipfel An Analysis of Major League Baseball Franchise Valuation: Are Owners Rational When Buying Teams? Thesis Advisor: David Yermack Prita Kumar Sponsored Search Advertising in Electronic Markets: A Study on the Impact of Keyword Wordographics Thesis Advisor: Anindya Ghose Yuen-Kwan Amy Kwong The Efficiency of Block Scheduling in Operating Rooms Thesis Advisor: Michael Pinedo Simon Liang An Examination of the Subprime Crisis Thesis Advisor: Matthew Richardson Divyan Mistry Does the Hand that Silences Only Fuel the Fire? A Study of the Relationship between Government Ownership of Media and National Instability Thesis Advisor: Larry White Shan Hua Michele Ng Building a Global Asian Fashion Brand Thesis Advisor: Durairaj Maheswaran Nikhil Patel Reassessing the Effectiveness of Foreign Aid Thesis Advisor: Barbara Katz Rinky Patel Effectiveness of Anti-Drug Measures: Cocaine in Columbia Thesis Advisor: Daniel Wolfenzon Sunny Patel The Assimilation of Second Generation East Indian Americans into American Society Thesis Advisor: Sally Blount Shefali Patil Perceptions of Female Professionals in Male-Dominated Industries: Effects of Gender Rarity, Success, and Diversity Justification Thesis Advisor: Steve Blader Daniel Septak Understanding the Effectiveness of Trailers, Teasers & Television Spots in Marketing Movies Thesis Advisor: Al Lieberman Levent Tuysuzoglu The Effects of Macroeconomic Data Surprises on Implied Volatility Thesis Advisor: Stephen Figlewski Prasanna Vanguri Determining Optimal Capital Allocation to Microfinance Institutions Thesis Advisor: Ingo Walter  

Class of 2007

Vinay Barmecha De Beers: A Dying Cartel: Formation, Dynamics and Repercussions of its Falls Thesis Advisor: Ingo Walter Gabriela Bis Small Cap Premium: Does Liquidity Hold Water? Thesis Advisor: Aswath Damodaran Brittany Boals Globalization in America: Our Current Perceptions and Future Welfare Thesis Advisor: Marti Subrahmanyam Elaine Chang I Heard It Through the Grapevine: The Effects of Online Word of Mouth on Music Sales Thesis Advisor: Vasant Dhar Rohit Dave Bollywood to Broadband: The Impact of Broadband on the Distribution of Indian Film in the United States Thesis Advisor: Lasse Pedersen Mark DiMilia The Social Welfare-Maximizing Potential of the Corporate Form Thesis Advisor: William Allen Michael DiNapoli Carbon Emissions: Credit Trading versus Taxation Thesis Advisor: Thomas Cooley Varun Kapur Is the Fama and French Model a Good Indicator of Market Sectoral Performance? Thesis Advisor: Richard Levich Max Kapustin The Effect of Culture on Occupational Choice Thesis Advisor: Enrichetta Ravina Lily Kim Japan's Adoption of IFRS: Cosmetic or Economic Convergence? Thesis Advisor: Frederick Choi Jill Kreps Investment Characteristics of Latin American Art Thesis Advisor: Michael Moses Chris Masterson The Shift from Options to Restricted Stock in Executive Pay Packages and Its Relation to Stock Performance Thesis Advisor: David Yermack Doniel Perl The Utility of Brand Value Estimates in Predicting Future Financial Performance Thesis Advisor: Joel Steckel Thongchai Rattanaruengyot The Nature of the Z-scores of Companies who Filed Chapter 22 and Chapter 33 Thesis Advisor: Edward Altman Steven Rosenberg From Broadcast to Broadband: The Effect of Digital Distribution on a Television Program's Viewership Thesis Advisor: Jarl Kallberg Santosh Sateesh From the Iron Fist to the Invisible Hand: A Comparative Analysis of Investment Trends and Political Economic Reform in Post-Soviet Russia Thesis Advisor: Roy Smith Jigar Shah Engineering Gap, A Cause for Alarm Thesis Advisor: Thomas Phillippon Eesha Sharma An Empirical Analysis of the Effect of Investments in India on the Long-run Stock Price Performance of U.S. Firms Thesis Advisor: Sridhar Seshadri Hari Sundar An Analysis of the Housing Downturn: Causes, Consequences, and Historical Context Thesis Advisor: Nouriel Roubini Mehul Tailor Analysts, Their Recommendations, and Their Access to Private Information: Do they add value? Thesis Advisor: Martin Lettau Aditi Talreja Successions in Indian Family Firms Thesis Advisor: Daniel Wolfenzon  

Class of 2006

Kathleen Clark Synergies between the Publishing and Film Production Industries: Where Does the Consumer Fit In? Thesis Advisor: Geeta Menon Roman Fuzaylov Water in Central Asia:The Politics of Economic Cooperation Thesis Advisor: Nouriel Roubini Daniella Gelman Examining IPO Valuation Methods - Market Comparables and Discounted Cash Flow Thesis Advisor: Stephen Brown Heejin Kim Corporate Social Responsibility: Opening Doors for Consumer Packaged Goods Companies Thesis Advisor: Mahesh Maheswaran Ah La Ko Corporate Governance in Brazil: A Success Story? Thesis Advisor: Heitor Almeida Justin Look Target Retirement Accounts: Set it and Forget it? Thesis Advisor: Martin Gruber Ariel Merenstein Class Auction Suits: An Analysis of the Filing Event and Its Relation to the Class End Event and Firm Size Thesis Advisor: Robert Whitelaw Michael Nurick The Price of Life: A Study Into the Abuse of Water Privatization in South Africa Thesis Advisor: Fabrizio Perri Vincent Ortiz How Do Different Types of Rating Announcements Affect Equity Prices? Thesis Advisor: Edward Altman Peter Paskhaver The Ukrainian Political and Economic Readiness for Integration into the European Union: Lessons Learned from Polandin 1997 Thesis Advisor: Thomas Pugel Sonali Patel Harry Potterization: The Global Phenomenon Explained Thesis Advisor: William Allen Ashley Schutz Satellite Radio: Can it Survive? Thesis Advisor: Al Lieberman Leonid Smolyar Petrodollars: Tracking the Flow of Investment of Oil Windfalls - Today Vs. the 1970s Thesis Advisor: Paul Wachtel Kate Totaro The Economic Utility of the Compact Disk Thesis Advisor: Sam Craig Andrei Vrabie Transneft: Russia's Political Agent in the Caspian Sea's Oil Sector? Thesis Advisor: Barbara Katz Cecil Wang Pricing the Path of Carbon Externalities Thesis Advisor: Roy Radner Choon Ken Wee The Relationship Between and Underlying Asset's Systematic Risk Proportion and the Implied Volatility Curve and its Implications Thesis Advisor: Robert Engle Beth Welinsky Insights into the Need for Closure Construct Thesis Advisor: Dean Sally Blount Wei Zhang Systematic Credit Default Risk in Japan Thesis Advisor: Heitor Almeida  

Class of 2005

Ryan Bennett Determinants of FDI in Africa Thesis Advisor: Professor Barbara Katz Douglas Bunim Diversification Discount or Premium? Evidence from Merger Announcements Thesis Advisor: Professor Heitor Almeida Matt Chain Corporate Governance Thesis Advisor: Professor William Allen Matthew Epstein The Relationship of Mall REIT Returns And Their Anchor Tenants Thesis Advisor: Professor Stephen Brown Robert Felice Premial Discounts and the Closed-End Fund Puzzle Thesis Advisor: Professor Martin Gruber Anu Ganti The Changing Relationship Between Movie Studios And Exhibitors Due to the Rise of Movie Theater Consolidation Thesis Advisor: Professor Al Lieberman Frank Han Capital Structure Arbitage Thesis Advisor: Professor Edward Altman Ritu Jain Accounting for Intangible Assets Thesis Advisor: Professor Baruch Lev Rebecca Kleinstein Playing the Game: Hardware Manufacturers and Software Publishers' Playing-To-Win Strategies Within the Video Game Industry Thesis Advisors: Professor Samuel Craig and Professor Adam Brandenburger Kevin Koche Corporate Governance in the Telecom Industry - A Focus on the WorldCom Bankruptcy Thesis Advisor: Professor Crocker Liu Erin Kostecki Stretching Brands to the Youth and Young Adult Market Through Use of New Product Development/Marketing Communications Thesis Advisor: Professor Durairaj Maheswaran Cate Lumpp When Rodeo Drive, Bond Street,and Madison Avenue Are Not Enough: Changes in Luxury Goods Distribution In America Thesis Advisor: Professor Russell Winer Lee Miller An Analysis of Competitive Stimuli from School Choice Reform and the Resulting Implications for Public Education Outcome Measures Thesis Advisor: Professor Robert Berne Chris Neamonitis Europe's Economic and Monetary Union: The Effect of Integration on Income Distribution and Welfare Thesis Advisor: Professor Paul Wachtel Hallvard Omholt The Real Effects of Overvalued IPOs Thesis Advisor: Professor Daniel Wolfenzon Dular Pandya Revitalization of Wealth Creation in the United States Thesis Advisor: Professor Ingo Walter Carrie Rowe Housing Equity and the Long-Term Care Crisis Thesis Advisor: Professor Andrew Caplin Saikat Saha Management and Organizational Theory in Cross-Cultural Work Environments Thesis Advisor: Professor Stephen Mezias Manan Shah The Performance of Failed Bidders in Mergers And Acquisitions Thesis Advisor: Professor Yakov Amihud David Szeker Analyst Coverage of Real Estate Investment Trusts Thesis Advisor: Professor Crocker Liu Richard Wong The Effect of Foreign Ownership of the Market Efficiency on Mainland Chinese - Shanghai/Shenzhen - Stock Markets Thesis Advisor: Professor Joel Hasbrouck Yang Wu Domestic M&A in China Thesis Advisor: Professor Jianping Mei Chris Yurek Hedge Fund Returns: A Study of Convertible Arbitrage Thesis Advisor: Professor Lasse Pedersen  

Class of 2004

Krishna Agrawal A Look at Global Crossing Through Real Option Analysis Thesis Advisor: Professor Heitor Almeida Kenneth Bellendir Is It Good To Be Bad?: A Comprehensive Study of Socially Responsible Investing Thesis Advisor: Professor Luis Cabral Janice Chung Evolution of Capital-Labor Relationship and Decreasing Relevance of Worker Representation on Corporate Boards Thesis Advisor: Professor William Allen Todd Cohen The Effects of A Declassified Board of Directors on Shareholder Wealth Thesis Advisor: Professor Yakov Amihud Erik Daly The EMU: Determinants of Public Support Thesis Advisor: Professor Paul Wachtel Daniel Domb Consumer Expectations and Interest Rates Thesis Advisor: Professor Crocker Liu Lisa Filipek I'll Be Back: The Performance of Film Sequels from 1980-2003 Thesis Advisor: Professor Samuel Craig Pamela Foohey Corporate Philanthropy: Strategic in Nature, Poor in Execution Thesis Advisor: Professor Roy Smith Tracy Gardner “Down-Low” on The Pre-Recorded Music Industry: Downloading, Downsizing, and The Downfall of an Empire Thesis Advisor: Professor Al Lieberman Jason Gruenbaum Media and The Stock Market Thesis Advisor: Professor Sydney Ludvigson Steven Kleiman Reverse Engineering a Stochastic Discount Factor From The Term Structure of Interest Rates Thesis Advisor: Professor Tom Sargent Benton Lee A Pricing Model for Master Leases In Real Estate Thesis Advisor: Professor Jianping Mei Varun Marwah Chapter 11 and Beyond: Equity Performance Thesis Advisor: Professor Aswath Damodaran Jared Melnik Naming Directors as Defendants in Class Action Lawsuits Thesis Advisor: Professor David Yermack Shabari Nayak Indian Credit Rating Model: Developing a Non-Convertible Bond Rating Model for Indian Debt Markets Thesis Advisor: Professor Marti Subrahmanyam Eren Pamir Financial Integration of Developing Countries Thesis Advisor: Professor Fabrizio Perri Jaimin Rangwalla An Assessment of the Relationship Between Corporate Malfeasance and Short Sales Thesis Advisor: Professor Robert Whitelaw Todd Ruggini Key Determinants of IPO Pricing for The Years 1992-1995 Thesis Advisor: Professor Alexander Ljungqvist Vishal Sheth Executive Compensation Mix and Company Performance Thesis Advisor: Professor Eli Bartov Omar Taha The Risk Management Effect of Energy Deregulation on Utility Firms and The Future of Risk Management In The Utility Industry Thesis Advisor: Professor Jeffrey Wurgler Ron Tarantino Arbitrage & Implied Price Relationships Among The S&P 500 Index, SPDRs, and Derivatives Thesis Advisor: Professor Stephen Figlewski Srdjan Vukovic Hedge Fund Compensation Structures and Their Relation to Performance, Risk, and Diversification Thesis Advisor: Professor Stephen Brown Aaron Yuan The International Diversification Puzzle: Costs and Benefits From A Mutual Fund Perspective Thesis Advisor: Professor Martin Gruber  

Class of 2003

Neha Bajaj Intergenerational Knowledge Sharing Thesis Advisor: Professor Kim Benzoni Syed Bokhari Mortgage Finance and Islamic Banking Thesis Advisor: Professor Ingo Walter Brad Colman Fallen Angels in High Yield Debt Thesis Advisor: Professor Ed Altman Jessica Criscione Options for Entrepreneurial Finance Thesis Advisor: Professor Jim Ohlson Saumil Dixit The Compaq-HP Merger: Information from Options Thesis Advisor: Professor Robert Whitelaw Ali J. Hashmi Islamic Finance and Credit Thesis Advisor: Professor Ishaq Nadiri Kelly Jankowski Multinationals in Brazil:Marketing Strategy Thesis Advisor: Professor Susan Douglas Daisy Lin Disclosure in International Accounting Thesis Advisor: Dean Frederick Choi Mohsin Memon Impact and Value of Reverse Stock Splits Thesis Advisor: Professor Aswath Damodaran Karen Narang International Crises and Federal Policy Thesis Advisor: Professor Paul Wachtel Michael Punzalan Japan and the US: Macro Economics Thesis Advisor: Professor Nouriel Roubini Santosh Ragi Valuation of Intangibles Thesis Advisor: Professor Partha Mohanram Chun Tao Corruption and FDI in China Thesis Advisor: Professor Bernie Yeung  

Class of 2002

John Calvaruso Technical REIT Analysis Using Regional Indices Thesis Advisor: Professor Crocker Liu Christina Chiu Analysis of Historic and Implied Volatility Thesis Advisor: Professor Menachem Brenner Angelo John Coloma Merger and Acquisition Activity in the Asian Tigers Since 1996 Thesis Advisor: Professor Roy C. Smith John Eidinger Jr. Factors Predicting the Long-Term Equity Performance of Spin-offs Thesis Advisor: Professor Yahov Amihud Amy K. H. Ho The Impact of Price Volatility on an Electronic Limit Order Book Thesis Advisor: Professor Joel Hasbrouck James Tanner Howe An Investigation in to Modern Financial Valuation Theory In the Venture Capital Setting Thesis Advisor: Professor Kose John Gaurav Kumar Volume of Open Market Operations Thesis Advisor: Professor Paul Wachtel Mark T. Lanzana Fractional Cointegration in Equity Pairs And Volatility Arbitrage Thesis Advisor: Professor Rohit Deo Jennifer Lau The Escalation of Commitment and Its Relevance to the College Experience Thesis Advisor: Professor William Starbuck Alina Lerman The Role of Foreign Investment Activity in Russia:Comparative Study of Two Periods: Before 1917 and After 1992 Thesis Advisor: Professor Barbara Katz Jeffrey Lui Estimating the Probability of Bankruptcy: A Statistical Approach Thesis Advisor: Professor Aswath Damodaran Kimberly A. Parrett Racioethnic Diversity in Work Groups: A Study of Social and Task-Oriented Communication, Social Integration, Cooperativeness and Group Esteem Thesis Advisor: Professor Frances Milliken Suzanne L. Ramano The Effect of Compulsory Licensing on Selected Stock Prices Thesis Advisor: Professor David Yermack Vishal N. Sheth The Mechanics of a Recession Thesis Advisor: Professor Nouriel Roubini Stella Tabibova Geolocation Technologies and Its Impact on e-Commerce Thesis Advisor: Professor Mike Uretsky Brad Weckstein Euroization: Backdoor Entry into the European Monetary Union? Thesis Advisor: Professor Ingo Walter Jeremy Wodakow The California Energy Crisis Thesis Advisor: Professor Lawrence White Aleksandr Yesilevich U.S.Investors' Reaction to International News Thesis Advisor: Professor Robert Whitelaw

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Guide to Undergraduate Honors Thesis

Bs, media, culture, and communication.

The honors’ thesis is the final culmination of your work toward the degree. It constitutes an analysis of a specific topic that engages with the existing literature in media and that makes an argument supported by evidence, using the methodologies of the field. An honors thesis should be approximately 10,000 words, or roughly 40 pages, double-spaced. Select a topic that is manageable within this limited framework! (Journal articles are good models.)

Topics are yours to define, but they should aim to be as specific as possible (see “Topics” handout). For example, a student interested in book publishing will want to narrow the subject temporally, geographically, or by genre in order to give the research workable parameters. A student who works in visual culture might compile a ‘visual archive,’ a collection of images that will be at the heart of the thesis—this could center on one image with other supporting images, or it could be a collection of images to compare or some combination.

You should begin with a short proposal (250–500 words, 1–2 pages) that defines your topic and approach. A thesis proposal should have a tentative title, a discussion of your topic, argument, the kind of questions you seek to investigate, and the contribution you feel your analysis of this topic will make to the field.  It is not expected that you will know all these answers before you have actually written your thesis, but a proposal should nevertheless begin to suggest them.

Your thesis proposal should contain the following sections:

Research Question : Identify the major question, issue or problem the thesis will attempt to address. This should be a clear and succinct formulation of a researchable question.

Background/Rationale : Provide the necessary background information and justifications for your research. Clearly state and describe the approach: Which theories of media, culture, and communication will you use to frame this study and why? Mention appropriate references to the relevant literature.

Methodology : Identify and justify the specific methodology you will use to answer the research question. Reflect on the broad analytical approach you will use and on the school(s) of thought or models of scholarship that will inform your investigation of the problem. (You might ask yourself: Why would these methods of gathering and analyzing be best suited to this thesis project?  How will I analyze media content? If I plan to conduct interviews, who will be interviewed? What questions will I ask and how will I gain access? If I employ observation as a methodology, what social contexts will be observed and how will data be organized?)

Thesis Structure and Format

A thesis typically comprises:


  • Literature review
  • Discussion/Analysis


An abstract is an opportunity to spur the reader’s interest. The summary should highlight the main points from your work, especially the thesis statement, methods discussion and analysis, and conclusion. However, the abstract does not need to cover every aspect of your work. The main objective is to give the reader a good idea of what the thesis is about.

NOTE: The abstract should be completed towards the end when you are able to overview your project as a whole. Think of the abstract as the final version of the proposal that you started with.

In whatever order makes sense to you, you should pose a clear research question and state a clear thesis , give background on the topic, make clear what your methodology is, and identify the broader data sources that you will draw on to make your argument (books, journal articles, images, websites, interviews, etc.).

  • The research question can be formulated as one main question with (a few) more specific sub-questions or in the form of a hypothesis that will be tested (see “Questions” guide).
  • The thesis statement sets forth the scope of the project (see “Thesis Statements” guide).
  • The background sets the general tone for your project; background information might be historical in nature, or it might refer to previous research or practical considerations. This section should make a good impression and convince the reader why the theme is important and your approach relevant. Even so, it should be no longer than necessary
  • A short methods section should show how your choice of design and research method is suited to answering your research question(s). How did you collect the data? Which options became available through your chosen approach? How do you know that you have actually investigated what you intended to investigate? (see “Methods” guide).
  • Finally, your introduction should include a brief, schematic outline showing the reader how the different parts relate to each other. It often makes sense to put the outline at the end of the introduction, but this rule is not set in stone. It should come at the right point – not too early and not too late.

Literature Review

A literature review should make clear that you are well grounded in the existing literature that is relevant to your project. In the case of an interdisciplinary topic in media, culture, and communication, this often means defining three to four overlapping and interconnecting literatures that are important to your argument. A literature review should not summarize texts, but rather should engage with the particular representative texts, concepts, and arguments that are most important to your project. ( Note: While it may make sense to use a literature review to critique those aspects of existing theoretical arguments with which you disagree, it is more useful to focus on the concepts that you find most useful to your own project.)

Discussion & Analysis

Your analysis, along with your discussion, will form the core of your thesis. Here is where you will fulfill the expectations that you have set up in the introduction. To discuss means to question your findings, and to consider different interpretations. This is your opportunity to show that you have understood the significance of your data / findings and that you are capable of analyzing them in an original manner. You also need to show that you have a good grasp of the theoretical tools that you will use in your analysis: you should choose them because they can shed light on the data you are interested in by giving insights not achievable by ordinary, everyday reflections. The main purpose of using theory is to analyse and interpret your data.

This section will take the form of argumentation . In other words, you investigate a phenomenon from several different perspectives, using your analytical tools (i.e. theories). To signal argumentation, you may want to use phrases such as “On the one hand … and on the other …”; “However,” “It could also be argued that,” or “another possible explanation may be”…

The final section of your thesis may take one of several different forms. Some theses call for clear answers, while for others a summing up will be appropriate. The decisive factor will be the nature of your thesis statement and/or research question.

You should also place your work in a wider, academic perspective – stating what you add to the literature and also identifying any unresolved questions. (During the work, you may have encountered new research questions and interesting literature which could have been followed up. At this point, you may point out these possible developments, while making it clear for the reader that they were beyond the framework of your current project.)

NOTE: There should be a strong connection between your conclusion and your introduction. All the themes and issues you raised in your introduction must come up again in one way or another. If you see that your thesis has not tackled an issue you raised in the introduction, you should go back to the introduction and delete the reference to that issue. An elegant way to structure the text is to use the same textual figure or case in the beginning as well as in the end. When the figure returns in the final section, it will have taken on a new and richer meaning through the insights you have encountered and created in the process of writing.

In the final thesis you may use MLA, APA, or Chicago Style. This decision should be made in consultation with your supervisor. It is imperative that you follow the guidelines of a style manual.

NYU Citation Style Guide

Finishing Up

One faculty member will serve as your thesis advisor; that individual, along with the leader of the honors thesis seminar, will read and approve the final version of your thesis.

The final thesis must be typed, double spaced, formatted with normal margins, and have a title page. Illustrations must be identified in the text and have captions.

To submit your completed thesis on or before the deadline established by the Honors Program Director, follow these three steps:

  • Email the thesis to your main advisor and CC the Honors Program Director;
  • Fill out the Independent Study form with the correct final title of your thesis so that it can appear on your transcript (character limit is indicated on the form, in case you want to shorten the title for transcript purposes), and send to Rebecca Brown . NOTE: you do not need to worry about faculty signatures for this form, just fill out your part ;
  • Upload your thesis to the Honors Seminar Brightspace website under the corresponding assignments tab.

Adapted from:

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CAS Faculty Director of Honors: Professor Benoît Bolduc (French)

CAS Faculty Director of Undergraduate Research: Professor Jasna Brujic (Physics)

What is research? And can undergraduates pursue research?

NYU's College of Arts and Science has long been at the forefront of promoting undergraduate research, which can take many shapes. CAS students spend time working with teams of scientists in laboratories; they pick through boxes in archival libraries; they interview eyewitnesses to cultural and historical events in foreign countries. Curiosity drives academic inquiry: as long as you have a question that needs answering, you can undertake research.

All of our majors offer honors tracks, in which original inquiry is central, and many of our students go on to write a senior honors thesis, which is a capstone project requiring research within their major. But the opportunity to perform various kinds of research is open to all students. The Dean's Undergraduate Research Fund, created through the generosity of alumni, parents, and friends, provides students in the College with the material support necessary to carry out their inquiries. In addition, departmental funding is also available, particularly in the sciences, through individual faculty members' grants. Our annual Undergraduate Research Conference, which was established over thirty years ago and encompasses the sciences, humanities, and social science, is a celebration of the variety of research our students undertake.

For the CAS webpage detailing all undergraduate research opportunities, click here.

What are Departmental Honors?

It is important that we encourage our best students to complete the honors track in their major (students in the Scholars Program are required to do so). The report of the Committee on College Honors, which the Arts & Science faculty approved in April 2005, states that the goal is to have the top 15–20 percent of all graduates complete an enriched curriculum that culminates in a sustained piece of research and writing in the student’s major. The report contains the following provisions, which apply to students entering honors programs in fall 2005 and thereafter:

Students seeking admission to and graduation with departmental honors are expected to have a minimum GPA of 3.65 both overall and in the major. Departments may exercise some flexibility in admissions as follows. In rare cases where a candidate for admission to a departmental honors program falls short of the expected minimum GPA, the DUS or Director of Departmental Honors may petition the Director of College Honors for an exception. In all cases, once admitted, students are expected to maintain the GPA at the stipulated level in order to graduate with departmental honors (the final GPA must be based on a minimum of 64 graded credits in CAS courses). Should there be an exceptional circumstance in which the stipulated GPA is not maintained, the DUS or Director of Departmental Honors may petition the Director of College Honors for an exception. If the case is compelling, the latter will inform the Registrar’s Office of the waiver.

Honors programs must, at minimum, consist of a two-term experience that includes a capstone research project. The capstone project, which typically culminates in a thesis, should reflect sustained original research over two semesters (6-8 credits). The scope and length of the thesis will vary by disciplines, but theses are typically 40–60 pages in length.

Programs are strongly encouraged to initiate, whenever possible, honors coursework in the junior year and to expand requirements to as many as four courses. It should be noted that the Dean’s Undergraduate Research Fund (DURF) welcomes applications from sophomores and juniors.

Final honors projects may be evaluated by a faculty adviser or by a committee. It is important, however, that final honors recommendations for graduation with high honors or honors not be determined by a single faculty adviser or even the DUS, but rather by a standing honors committee of the department, ratified by a vote of the department as a whole. The honors committee should be looking at the GPA when it determines its final recommendation for honors, but that determination should be based on an evaluation of the combination of the thesis grade, coursework, and any other salient aspects of performance in the honors program and the major.

Recommendations for different levels of departmental honors should follow these guidelines: honors will normally be equivalent to A- work; high honors will normally be equivalent to A.

All students completing departmental honors must make public presentations of their work, preferably at the CAS Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) held at the end of the academic year, or in a departmental forum held in conjunction with the URC. (Departments should notify the Director of College Honors well in advance of such a departmental event, so that it can be listed as an off-site part of the URC.)

Students with double majors in discrete, unrelated disciplines must complete honors programs in each major for which they seek honors. Students with double majors in interdisciplinary or related fields may, if the two departments concur, convene a joint honors committee to establish an interdisciplinary research program of coursework that culminates in a single thesis. Similarly, in the case of joint majors, the relevant departments have to work out an agreement on the requirements for honors and on the supervision and evaluation of students’ theses or projects. The joint committee should notify the CAS Committee on Academic Standards of joint projects.

After the end of each semester the Registrar’s Office asks departments/programs to nominate their graduates for departmental honors and to indicate what level of honors. This can now be accomplished directly in Albert via the Graduation Tracking Page (see SIS/Albert information page).

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