Get Paid to do Economics Research this Summer!

The Kriens Fund for Economics provides financial support for students’ independent research projects. You can extend a project from one of your classes or research a new topic, even one that might later become part of your thesis. Any topic is eligible but projects involving conservation or with an environmental focus are particularly encouraged. New deadline: Tuesday, May 5th Paperwork is available in the Economics Dept. lounge. All you need is a completed application, project proposal, budget, and support of a faculty supervisor. Questions? contact Prof. Garrett Milam,

Choosing a Thesis Topic

Next week is registration for fall semester, which means Economics majors planning on graduating will be signing up for thesis seminar! This year the economics thesis will become an “In Progress” course, which will allow thesis students to have two semesters to write their theses, and students can choose between three professors. The economic thesis professors are Kate Stirling, Matt Warning, and Bruce Mann, and the structure of the classes are designed to be similar. They all, however, have different research backgrounds and foci as economics professors. It is recommended that thesis students choose a professor that focuses what you want to study. Professor Stirling has a Continue reading Choosing a Thesis Topic

Thesis Corner | Kenji Sekino

Welcome back readers! This week on Thesis Corner we have another interview for you, but first have you heard about the PIE Conference happening on campus this weekend? Economics department professor Lisa Nunn will be one of the speakers tomorrow, along with many other campus voices about what frames their worlds. Check it out on Facebook. Also, if you’re an Economics student, we will be having Social Hour this afternoon from 4-6pm at Engine House No. 9. The department will provide the appetizers and conversation, all you need to do is show up! Now, here’s Kenji Sekino and his thesis on crime economics, “When Contempt Causes Animosity: How criminals perceive criminal Continue reading Thesis Corner | Kenji Sekino

Thesis Corner | Spenser McDonald

Thanks to everyone that came out to the Senior Thesis Poster Colloquium last night, it was a great success! Anyone that would like to recommend one of the theses from last night can do so by emailing me at This week on Thesis Corner we have an interview from Spenser McDonald. If you could give us a brief summary of your thesis..  I was writing on the California water market, trying to find if water was efficiently priced. If it was it would have been easy and since it wasn’t, why wasn’t it efficiently priced? What would you say is Continue reading Thesis Corner | Spenser McDonald

Thesis Corner | Taylor Smith

Those of you who read Sound Economics last year might remember that in the spring we had a special column dubbed “Thesis Corner”. This semester we are bringing it back and this time we are featuring theses written by the class of 2015. If there are any seniors that you would like to see on the Thesis Corner, or if you are an Economics senior that would like to be, get in touch with me at Our first thesis on the column is by Taylor Smith, who also happens to be the ASAPS Director of Business Services. You can come see him present his thesis, along Continue reading Thesis Corner | Taylor Smith