Through their Senior Thesis, concentrators learn to identify interesting economics questions, survey the existing academic literature and demonstrate command of theoretical, empirical, and/or experimental methods needed to critically analyze their chosen topic.
All seniors are encouraged to browse the Senior Thesis Database for examples of past work.
To see examples of papers that won Senior Thesis Prizes, see this list of recent student winners.
Senior Thesis Coordinator
Professor Ilyana Kuziemko
Key resources for seniors
Senior Thesis Handbook
Senior Thesis Advisors and Their Research Interests
Senior Thesis Proposal/Advisor Request Form
Senior Thesis Advisor Assignments
Exit form: Senior Thesis Advisor Evaluation
Exit form: Departmental Survey
At the end of senior year, the department awards several prizes to acknowledge the best Senior Thesis projects from each class. Available awards are listed below.
- John Glover Wilson Memorial Award: Awarded to the best thesis on international economics or politics.
- Walter C. Sauer ’28 Prize (joint eligibility with Politics, WWS): Awarded to the student whose thesis or research project on any aspect of United States foreign trade is judged to be the most creative.
- Elizabeth Bogan Prize in Economics: Awarded for the best thesis in health, education or welfare.
- Burton G. Malkiel ’64 Senior Thesis Prize in Finance: Awarded for the most outstanding thesis in the field of finance.
- Daniel L. Rubinfeld ’67 Prize in Empirical Economics: Awarded for the best thesis in empirical economics.
- Wolf Balleisen Memorial Prize: Awarded to the best thesis on an economics subject, written by an economics major.
- Halbert White ’72 Prize in Economics: Awarded to the most outstanding senior economics major, as evidenced by excellence in departmental coursework and creativity in the Junior Paper and Senior Thesis.
- Hugo Sonnenschein Prize in Economic Theory: Awarded to the best thesis on economic theory.