Independent research is the hallmark of a Princeton Economics education. Reflecting the university’s deep commitment to research and undergraduate teaching, all (not just honors) concentrators engage in two intensive, year-long independent research projects: Junior Independent Work (JIW) and the Senior Thesis. These projects are supported by extensive advising, library, and computing resources.
Junior Independent Work
Students begin their JIW by attending lectures, workshops, and advisor meetings in the Fall semester. The work culminates in the writing of a Junior Paper in the Spring term.
To complete their degree, all Economics concentrators must write a Senior Thesis that demonstrates a command of the theoretical, empirical, and/or experimental methods needed to critically analyze a chosen topic.