Department of Economics
The University of Akron

Senior Projects 2013

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The Senior Project is typically completed during the capstone course in the student's senior year.
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Ryan Brosnahan "Exploring the Impact of Decentralization on Government Effectiveness" May 2013

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Gregory Churbock "Exit Discrimination in the NBA: Involuntary Turnover" May 2013

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Jonathan Geiser "Racial Discrimination of Employer Provided Pension Benefits" May 2013

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Brian Hamm "The Culture of Corruption: Religion's Impact" May 2013

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Brandon Hennen "An Assessment of Corruption on Bank Lending" May 2013

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Corey  Holland “Race to Employment:  Does Race affect the probability of Employment?” May 2013

This paper estimates the correlation between demographic and labor market variables and the probability of employment. I find that while work experience, educational attainment, and arrest record are correlated with employment status; none those have a greater affect on the probability of being employed, than being African-American.

Ilya Klimenko “Gender, Skill, and Earnings PGA vs. LPGA”  Summer, 2013

Using 2012 data, this work is a revamped comparison of a similar study done by Steven Shmanske in the year 2000. Within this work we compare the PGA Tour to the LPGA examining the relationship between skills and earnings between the men and the women. Men on the PGA Tour play for bigger purses than do the women of the LPGA tournaments. However, the men also play more rounds of golf over longer golf courses and exhibit greater levels of skill than the women. The statistical results show which golf skills are the most valuable by estimating the effect of the skill on earnings. Furthermore, the results show that once skill levels are accounted for, women are not underpaid compared to men. Even though the tournament form of compensation rewards the relative skill levels within each tournament, the professional golf industry appears to reward the absolute level of skill with no gender bias.

Hannah Kretch "Dollar by the Pound: a Replication Study on How BMI Affects Wages" May 2013

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Christopher Robinson "The former Soviets: Trade, Income, and Their Environment" May 2013

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Chad Schroeder "Discrimination's Link to Unemployment Duration" May 2013

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Brandon Shields "Citizens or Consumers: The effect of Public and Private Regulation on the Environment" May 2013

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