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Minnesota Economic Association

2010 Undergraduate Student Paper Contest Winners

Senior Thesis


First Place

Megan Mileusnic, Carleton College
The Wage Effects of Obesity in the U.S. Labor Market: Are Obese Paid Less Because of Health Insurance?” [788k PDF]
Advisor: Michael Hemesath

Second Place

Marcel Gozali, Carleton College
Marcroeconomic Impacts of Oil Price Levels and Volatility on Indonesia” [346k PDF]
Advisor: Aaron Swoboda

Third Place

Jaselyn Taubel
, College of St Benedict/St. John University
Ignornace is Bliss … Or is It? An Empirical Look at the Relationship Between Higher Education and Happiness” [320k PDF]
Advisor: Louis D. Johnston

Term Paper


First Place


Nikhil Gupta, Macalester College
The Size Effect and the Capital Asset Pricing Model” [145k PDF]
Advisor: Gary Krueger

Second Place

Nels Lind, St. Olaf College
Coke or Pepsi? An Inflationary Debate: Accounting for Product Variety in the New Keynesian Phillips Curve” [224k PDF]
Advisor: Anthony D. Becker

Third Place (tie)

David Lopez, Macalester College
The Effects of Economic Factors in Determining the Transition Process in Europe and Central Asia” [173k PDF]
Advisor: Gary Krueger

Third Place (tie)

Varini Sharma, Macalester College
Do Bank Mergers Create Shareholder Value? An Event Study Analysis” [1,944k PDF]
Advisor: Gary Krueger