These theses represent the depth and breadth of interdisciplinary research carried out by Penn's PPE students. In order to write a thesis, a student must have an exemplary record of academic achievement in PPE courses and complete an independent research project under the supervision of a Penn faculty member. The authors here have opted to share their insightful research as part of this repository.

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Theses from 2017

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Power Transitions and International Institutions: China's Creation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Liam Gennari

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Who Votes Third Party and Why?, Taylor Nefussy

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The Power of Peer Pressure: Incorporating Social Comparison Into Traditional Anti-Food Waste Campaigns and its Potential Effects on College Campuses, Grace E. Venit

Theses from 2016

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Hunger in America: The Rise and Evolution of America’s Public/Private Hunger Response Network, A Philadelphia Case Study, Jessica Abrams

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Leveraging the Effects of Loss Framing to Nudge Low-Income, High-Achieving Students in Chicago Towards Higher Education, Benjamin Feis

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A Constitutional Political Economy Perspective On The Colonization Of Mars, Shashank Sirivolu

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“You Can Rely on the Old Man's Money”: The Incumbency Advantage and Potential for Favor Exchanging in Congressional Elections, Brandon Slotkin

Theses from 2015

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Pennsylvania and the Clean Power Plan: Towards a 111(d) Compliance Strategy, Benjamin D. Droz

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A Study of the Effect of Online News Consumption on Political Polarization and Deliberative Democracy, Tara Hofbauer

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How to Fix Japan's Labor Market, Julia Joo Kyeong Shin

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Philosophical Foundations of Physician-Assisted Death and Euthanasia Legislation in Oregon and the Netherlands: A Comparative Analysis, Rebecca F. Stein

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The Essence of Morality: A Teleological-Formalist Conception of Moral Progress, Daniel L. Zhang

Theses from 2014

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Critical Pedagogy: Teaching for Social Justice in Inner-City Classrooms, Perpetual Baffour

Theses from 2013

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Convictions and Consequences, John Petsagourakis

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Inequity in the OCR Interview Process, Jillian Wang

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The Goals of Finance and their Instrumentality in Democratizing Wealth, Anna M. Whiteman

Theses from 2012

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Queering Activism: An Analysis of Localized LGBTQIA Advocacy Efforts, Joseph F. Lawless

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Norms of Un-Sustainability: Significant, Yet Overlooked, Factors Inhibiting the Adoption of Environmental Solutions, Douglas J. Miller Jr.

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Market Design in the Presence of Repugnancy: A Market For Children, Shane Olaleye

Theses from 2011

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Expressions of Biases in the Ghanaian Political System, Karla Forjoe

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The Failure of the Lisbon Treaty to Mitigate the Eurozone Economic Malaise, Matthew G. Frias Esq.

Theses from 2010

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Grameen Microfinance: An Evaluation of the Successes and Limitations of the Grameen Bank, Ana Maria Moreno

Theses from 2008

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Getting your Politics, Philosophy and Economics Wrong: An Institutional Understanding of Zimbabwe’s Collapse, Rafael Burde

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Today, All Children: Can Teach for America Bridge the Achievement Gap?, Sonia (Pascal) Steinway

Theses from 2005

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A Survey In Network Economics: Spam Email, Internet Routing, Graphical Economics, and International Trade, Mark E. Haase

Theses from 2003

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Efficiency and Priority - Rawls and Principles of Justice, Michael Salem