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 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.
Nominee: David Adelberg
|Nominee: Narek Alexanian
Advisor: Costas Arkolakis
Essay: The Equilibrium Impact of Robots on Labor Markets
Nominee: Anthony Deaconn
|Nominee: Jacquelyn Du
Advisor: Ifat Levy
Essay: Examining the Effect of Stress on Decision Making Under Risk and Ambiguity
Nominee: Sienna Gough
|Nominee: Sarah Hamerling
Advisor: Gary Gorton
Essay: Information, Insurance, and Interaction: The Municipal Bond Market after the Monolines
|Nominee: Zona Zhang
Advisor: Stephen Roach
Essay: Leverage Divergence between the State-owned Sector and the Private Sector in China