2019 Senior Essay Nominees

Saturday, May 18, 2019
Senior Essay Nominee Group Photo

Each year, 25-50 students write a senior essay in economics. Of these, 10-15 are nominated for a prize by both the student’s advisor as well as a second reader from the department. A committee comprised of faculty members from the Department of Economics read and select the prize winning essays. The prizes are awarded on commencement day during the students’ respective college ceremonies, and the winning essays will be posted on the prize page after graduation.

This year, seven senior essays have been nominated for prizes. The nominees are: David Adelberg, Narek Alexanian, Anthony Deaconn, Jacquelyn Du, Sienna Gough, Sarah Hamerling, and Zona Zhang.

The prizes are as follows:

  • The Charles Heber Dickerman Memorial Prize
    Awarded to one or more seniors who have presented the best departmental essay.

  • The Ronald Meltzer/Cornelia Awdziewicz Economic Award
    Awarded to one or two runner-up(s) for the Dickerman Prize.

  • The Ellington Prize
    Awarded to one or more seniors who have presented the best departmental essay in the field of finance.

The nominated essays have been posted below with the permission from the authors.

David Adelberg

Nominee: David Adelberg
Advisor: Bryan Kelly
EssayText-Based Factor Models of Equity Prices

Narek Alexanian Nominee: Narek Alexanian
Advisor: Costas Arkolakis
Essay: The Equilibrium Impact of Robots on Labor Markets
Anthony Deaconn Portrait

Nominee: Anthony Deaconn
Advisor: Paul Bracken
Essay: A Dynamic Programming Model for U.S. Energy Security

Jacquelyn Du and Prof. Ifat Levy Nominee: Jacquelyn Du
Advisor: Ifat Levy
Essay: Examining the Effect of Stress on Decision Making Under Risk and Ambiguity
Sienna Gough

Nominee: Sienna Gough
Advisor: William English
Essay: Evidence and Explanations for the Reversal of the Conditional Jumbo-Conforming Mortgage Rate Spread

Sarah Hamerling and Gary Gorton Nominee: Sarah Hamerling
Advisor: Gary Gorton
Essay: Information, Insurance, and Interaction: The Municipal Bond Market after the Monolines
Zona Zhang and Prof. Stephen Roach Nominee: Zona Zhang
Advisor: Stephen Roach
Essay: Leverage Divergence between the State-owned Sector and the Private Sector in China

Seniors and Advisors