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Minnesota Economic Association

2019 Undergraduate Student Paper Contest Winners

Senior Thesis

First Place

Noah Zwiefel, Macalester College
What is the impact of a Medicaid expansion on the bankruptcy rate? Evidence from the ACA
Advisor: Gary Krueger

Second Place

Dasom Ham, University of Minnesota
Whose ‘War on Coal’?
Advisor: Thomas J. Holmes

Third Place

Khadidja Ngom, Macalester College
The Effects of Land Inheritance Laws on Agricultural Investment in Polygynous Households: Evidence from Uganda
Advisor: Amy Damon

Term Paper

First Place

Noah Zwiefel, Macalester College
The Efficacy of State-Level PrEP Access Programs: A Tale of Two States
Advisor: Gary Krueger

Second Place

Matthew Yang, Macalester College
Evaluating Minnesota Minimum Wage Increases Using Synthetic Control Methods
Advisor: Gary Krueger

Third Place

Isaac Liu and Jacob Trout, Macalester College
Intertemporal Decision-Making: ‘Smokers’ vs ‘Vapers’
Advisor: Pete Federer

Economic Communications

First Place

Kapono Asunción, St. Catherine University
A Policy Approach to Transphobia
Advisor: Marina Gorsuch

Second Place

Victoria Kalina and Lauren Lenzen, St. Catherine University
Feel the Burn: Sexually Transmitted Infections and Birth Control Choices in U.S. Young Adults
Advisor: Kristine West

Third Place

Laura Herman and Ashley Chavez, St. Catherine University
A Proposal to Increase Funding for Programs Combating the U.S. Opioid Crisis
Advisor: Marina Gorsuch