Department of Economics

Cigarette Demand in the United States

By Emily Galloway Faculty Mentor: Professor Margaret Ray This project analyzes cigarette demand in the United States from the years 1964 to 2018. Using the number of cigarette packs purchased in any given year as the dependent variable, a time series OLS regression is run with price, income, population, and the previous year’s dependent variable …

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Does Coffee Production Impact Ecosystems’ Regenerative Capacities?

By Tatjana Farjadi Faculty Mentor: Professor Amrita Dhar Arabica coffee beans are traditionally grown in cooler shaded environments, which benefit the quality of the beans. Shade-grown coffee beans also tend to have many positive impacts on surrounding environments, as the protection from the sun that these beans require, increases the variety of plants and animals …

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Winning and Attendance in Major League Baseball; Does Winning Attract More Fans?

By Emily Seay Faculty Mentor: Professor Margaret Ray Major League Baseball is a widely studied topic among economists and has been studied since its start in 1869. Many of these studies focus on factors that affect attendance to home games. In this study, data has been collected on the thirty teams in Major League Baseball …

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An Empirical Analysis of Economic Inequality on Economic Growth

By Brandon Williams Faculty Mentor: Professor Steve Greenlaw For the United States, one of the most important trends of concern is the growing level of inequality. It is widely accepted that the United States is currently experiencing historically high levels of economic inequality. There are numerous reasons for policymakers and citizens to be concerned about …

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Relationship Between Economic Development and Environmental Degradation.

By Quinn Lipetz Faculty Mentor: Professor Amrita Dhar The Environmental Kuznets Curve (EKC) is an economic model that describes the relationship between economic development and environmental degradation. This study aimed to determine if the pattern theorized by the EKC is visible in data from 32 countries from 1990 to 2015. The EKC states that as …

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The Effect of Netflix on U.S. Cable TV Subscriptions

By Luke Lilienthal Faculty mentor: Professor Margaret Ray Basic Annual Cable Subscriptions in the U.S. have been declining since 2001, which is the same year Netflix began recording subscribers. The annual number of basic cable subscriptions in the U.S. is calculated based on the total number of subscriptions to basic cable television. This means any …

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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

By Siddhartha Rao Faculty mentor: Professor Steve Greenlaw The COVID-19 Pandemic has caused the worst economic decline since the Great Depression. Both President Trump and Biden have passed stimulus packages to get the economy to recovery as quickly as possible. Since these packages have just been implemented there is no way to know the possible …

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