QC Economics

Economics Senior Theses

These papers have been developed as part of the course ECON392W (Honors Seminar).

Some papers have clickable links. For the others, please contact the authors directly. If you are an author and want your paper updated, please write to professor Ortega.

2015

The Effects of Immigration on the U.S. Housing Market by Thura Kyaw Aung in 2015 supervised by F. Ortega & S. Taspinar
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Spillovers from Foreign Direct Investment: an Updated Meta-Analysis by Kevin Carpintero Bernal in 2015 supervised by F. Ortega & S. Taspinar

The Short-run Economic Effects of Austerity Measures in Europe by Aitor Iriarte Gurrutxaga in 2015 supervised by F. Ortega & S. Taspinar

The Impact of Free Trade Agreements on International Trade: the Case of Colombian Glass Exports by Juan Sebastian Nino-Aguirre in 2015 supervised by F. Ortega & S. Taspinar

Foreign Aid and Democratic Institutions: an Analysis of African States by Eli Stein in 2015 supervised by F. Ortega & S. Taspinar

Analysis of Bilateral Air Passenger Flows: Cuba the Forbidden Island by Bryan E. Vasquez in 2015 supervised by F. Ortega & S. Taspinar

Stock Returns and the Output Gap by Diana Wong in 2015 supervised by F. Ortega & S. Taspinar

2016

Neighborhood Quality and Housing Values by Deena Goldman in 2016 supervised by F. Ortega & S. Taspinar

The Contribution of Foreign-Born Workers to the U.S. Economy. State and Industry Evidence by Nasreen Khan in 2016 supervised by F. Ortega & S. Taspinar

Jobless Recoveries: A Panel Data Look at the State Level by Ikramullah Khan in 2016 supervised by F. Ortega & S. Taspinar

Price Dynamics in Hide and Leather Markets in Brazil, Argentina, and the United States by Michael Mosesson in 2016 supervised by F. Ortega & S. Taspinar

Income Disparity and Its Effect on Education by Hafsa Patel in 2016 supervised by F. Ortega & S. Taspinar

Pay to Play: The Role of Money in Congressional Elections by Nathaniel Selevan in 2016 supervised by F. Ortega & S. Taspinar

The Effects of Minimum Wage Policy by Donghwan Shin in 2016 supervised by F. Ortega & S. Taspinar

The Effects of Health Care Coverage on Health Care Cost and Mortality by Sucaina Thyma in 2016 supervised by F. Ortega & S. Taspinar

2017

Automation and Inequality by Emilio Minichiello
Abstract: Exploiting variation across states and time, we investigate the relationship between income inequality and automation in the United States from 1999 to 2013. We find that this relationship is statistically significant and positive. An increase of one percentage point in a state's automation would result in an approximately 0.2% increase in its income inequality. We also rule out that our findings are driven by alternative hypotheses frequently used to explain the increase in income inequality over this period.

Effect of Physical Inactivity on Diabetes Prevalence Across US Counties, 2005 to 2013 by Chris J.
Abstract: Using county-level panel data from 2005 to 2013, we analyze whether physical activity can prevent obesity and diabetes in the United States. Combining data from different sources, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics, we find that a 1 percentage point increase in physical inactivity leads to a statistically significant 0.051 percentage point increase in diabetes prevalence. This result is robust to including controls for county socio-demographic composition, state-specific linear and quadratic time trends and county and time fixed.


The Effect of Immigration on Native German Unemployment by August Rim
Abstract: We examine the effect of immigration on native German unemployment levels using unbalanced panel data from 2003-2015 with state and time variation. We combine data from a variety of sources, such as the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, German Federal Employment Agency, and the Federal Statistical Office of Germany. We find no significant effect of immigration on native German unemployment levels. This result includes ethnic Germans and refugees as a robustness check to determine the effect of a government-run distribution of immigrants. We find that a 1-percentage point increase in the share of ethnic Germans leads to 63.43-percentage point decrease in native German unemployment levels while a 1-percentage point increase in the share of refugees leads to a 10.52-percentage point increase in native German unemployment levels.