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Minnesota Economic Association

2015 Undergraduate Student Paper Contest Winners

Senior Thesis

First Place

Erik Katovich, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
“Capital, Scale, and Risk Constraints to Vegetable Adoption Among Smallhold Farmers in Nepal”
Advisor: Thomas Holmes

Second Place

Daniel Flesher, College of St. Benedict|St. John’s University
“Happiness and Time Preference: An Empirical Analysis of the Effects of Individual Happiness and Information on Intertemporal Choice and Delaying Gratification”
Advisors: Parker Wheatley and Rodger Narloch

Third Place

Shawn Tangen, College of St. Benedict|St. John’s University
“Estimating Earnings Differentials among Military Veterans”
Advisor: Shrawantee (Dora) Saha

Term Paper

First Place

Cody Dail and Huiting Fan, Macalester College 
“Fear and Marketing: How Does the Feature of Voice and Speed at Which Side Effects are Read in Direct to Consumer Advertising (DTCA) of Pharmaceuticals Affect Consumers' Willingness to Pay?”
Advisor: Pete Ferderer

Second Place

Cory Stern, Macalester College
“How do Incremental Wage Increases Affect Low-Wage Workers' Health Levels”
Advisor: Raymond Robertson

Third Place

Benjamin Goldman, Macalester College
“Terror Attacks and Bond Yields in the European Union: An Autogressive Transfer Function Approach”
Advisor: Gary Krueger