Archives for the ‘Economics’ Category

First Update: Gathering Documents and Researching Language Analysis

By • Jun 11th, 2017 • Category: Economics, Honors Thesis, Research

Going into this project, I knew that the majority of my seven weeks would be spent writing the computer program that would analyze the Federal Reserve and Federal Open Market Committee’s (FOMC) press statements, the Fed Chairman’s speeches to Congress, and articles written by major media about the Fed’s policies. As such, I decided to […]

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Abstract: Geospatial Economic Research in Uganda

By • May 1st, 2017 • Category: Economics, Honors Thesis, Research

In partnership with AidData and the Economic Policy Research Center in Kampala Uganda, I will conduct geospatial research on a variety of topics. Chief among these will be analyzing new trade avenues that have sprung up between Uganda and the newly formed South Sudan. In order to conduct this analysis, ArcGIS geospatial software will be […]

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Abstract: A Critical Analysis of the Gig Economy

By • Apr 1st, 2017 • Category: Economics, Honors Thesis, Research

Over the course of this summer I will investigate the implications of the growth of the “gig economy” since the 2008 financial crisis on the evolving labor force.  The substantial increase in independent workers performing “gigs” rather than pursuing occupations with long-term contracts and traditional benefits has recently become a controversial matter as the welfare […]

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Abstract: The Effect of Advertising Cost on the Variability of Appeal to Viewers in TV Commercials

By • Apr 1st, 2017 • Category: Economics, Honors Thesis, Research

TV commercials are generally considered nuisances at best, yet there are many people who tune in to the Super Bowl every year not for the sport, but for the ads.  As a result, the demand for advertisement space during the Super Bowl is enormous, driving the price of airtime up sharply.  Companies often use this […]

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The Effect of Statements Issued by the Federal Reserve on the US Economy

By • Mar 31st, 2017 • Category: Economics, Honors Thesis, Research

If we knew how the economy, particularly the stock and bond markets, would react to the information and language in statements released by the Federal Reserve, we could predict the consequential market fluctuations. This knowledge could minimize the risk associated with those two markets and, theoretically, prevent future recessions and depressions by keeping the market […]

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Abstract: Analysis of the video game industry’s impact on the US economy

By • Mar 31st, 2017 • Category: Economics, Honors Thesis, Research

With the technological advancement of our world, it is critical to understand the scope and future of the video game industry, as it is one of the fastest growing markets in the world. There are innovations in technology and hardware with different devices, advances in graphics that can essentially transform games into art, opportunities for individual […]

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The Economics of Choosing and Changing Undergraduate Majors – Summer Summary

By • Sep 14th, 2016 • Category: Economics, Honors Thesis, Research

Summer Summary I began the summer hoping to research the economics of undergraduate major decisions, make and administer a pre-survey, create a larger survey and build the sample for it, and then administer this to students at William & Mary.  I did not accomplish everything I set out to do, but I was able to […]

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The Economics of Choosing and Changing College Majors – Third Update

By • Sep 10th, 2016 • Category: Economics, Honors Thesis, Research

  Progress Report In this blog post, I will discuss how I will be gathering the sample for my final survey. I had originally intended to select my population and administer my survey much earlier.  Unfortunately, I was waiting (and waiting) on IRB approval.  The chair of this process switched and I did not hear […]

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Final Post: Efficiency Helps the Middle-Class of Baseball, But Not Those at the Top or Bottom

By • Aug 19th, 2016 • Category: Economics, Honors Thesis, Research, results

I have finished my research project regarding how wage efficiency impacts the performance of a MLB baseball team. While I previously described such efficiency, or net value, as a measure of how much a player is overpaid or underpaid, I realize that this is not the best description. Rather, a better description of net value […]



Update: Bring in the Closer, this Ballgame is Almost Over

By • Jul 26th, 2016 • Category: Economics, Honors Thesis, Research

I’ve realized recently that I have not updated this blog in well over a month. As such, I would like to provide a small update as to where I stand: The good news is that I am towards the end of this project. I have finished calculating all the values, or Marginal Revenue Products (MRP) […]