Wharton Research Scholars is an intensive one-year research program for a select group of students who are interested in conducting research under the supervision of some of Wharton’s preeminent faculty members. As part of the program, participants complete an honors thesis.

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Undergraduate Theses from 2017

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Moral Neutralization In Pakistan's Capital Markets: A Study Of Market Abuse, Syed Irtaza Ali

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Combating Implicit Bias With Meditation, Tai Bendit-Shtull

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Fostering Medication Adherence: An Application of Mental Models, Nada Boualam

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Capturing the Direct and Indirect Effects of Domestic Investment on the Sub-National Level Place Brands on Direct Domestic Investment, Gitta Amelia Djuwadi

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Lever Up and Drill: A Statistical Analysis of Practical Financial Decisions Made by Oil and Gas Industry Executives, Zachary Ennis

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Conflicted Omnivores: Meat, Morals, and Money, Benjamin Gendelman

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The Swiss Tournament Model, Christopher Hua

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Comparing Corporate Value Discounts of U.S. and Non-U.S. Firms Associated With Lower Transparency, Sin Tae Kim

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How Fast Will Jet Fuel Consumption Rise?, Erin Lo

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Bubble or Not? Beijing Housing Prices, Joshua C. Michnowski

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Population Movement in Japan: A Hierarchical Bayesian Approach, Elliot S. Oblander

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News Coverage Premium: A Tale of Two Papers, Sangmin Simon Oh

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Burdens, Accommodations, and More Burdens: Using ADA Case Law to Evaluate Third-Party Costs Imposed On Employees In Corporate RFRA Cases, Corey Stern

Undergraduate Theses from 2016

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Predicting International Aid in the Face of Natural Disaster: A Study of Inequality and Corruption, Harriet Hyeryung Jeon

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Predicting Financial Crises, Nicole Martinez

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ImpactScore: A Novel Credit Score for Social Impact, Simon Sangmin Oh, Jade Pooreum Lee, and April I. Meehl

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Selling the Fourth Revolution: The Correlation between C-Suite Architecture and a Big Data Mindset as Portrayed in the Letter to the Shareholders, Samuel Weinberg

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Cricket Lollipops and Mealworm Chocolate: Investigating Receptivity to Radically Creative Products, Shreya Zaveri

Undergraduate Theses from 2015

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Marriage Equality, Labor (In)Equality: The Impact of Same-Sex Marriage Legalization on the Labor Outcomes of Lesbian Women, Ola Aboukhsaiwan

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Respect: Refrainment From Impression Management Behavior Despite High Impression Motivation, Jung Ho James An

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Microfinance in South India: A Case Study, Arjun Bhaskar

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Innovation Importance Across Dimensions for Business-to-Business and Business-to-Consumer Firms: A Case Study-Based Analysis, Victor Castro

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Informal Credit in Indonesia: Interest Rates Through Time, Amanda Chin

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Do Frugal Innovations Lead to Frugal Outcomes? A Case Study of Healthcare in India, Leah Davidson

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An Analysis of the Cryptocurrency Industry, Ryan Farell

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Innovation Dimensions in the Industrial Product Design Landscape: East vs. West Comparison Case Study, Donna Hahn

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Crowdfunding Success: The Short Story - Analyzing the Mix of Crowdfunded Ventures, Brendon Lichtig

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Chinese Shadow Banking Institutions: Understanding Factors Contributing to the Systemic Risks of Trusts and Investment Corporations, Alyssa Maharani

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The Good Judgement Project: Identifying Power Constraints to Improve Accuracy in Geopolitical Forecasting, Morgan Motzel

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The Effect of Social Media on Trading Behavior: Evidence From Twitter, Tanya Paul

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Early Detection of Seizure With a Sequential Analysis Approach, Xin Wan

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Examining Insurer Allocation Decisions Between Reinsurance Purchases and CAT Bond Issuances, Iris Yuan Yao

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Who Gives? The Determinants of Charitable Giving, Volunteering, and Their Relationship, Kimberly Yao

Undergraduate Theses from 2014

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Measuring the Impact of Income-Generating Projects on Women's Empowerment Outcomes: Evidence From Rural Morocco, Ola Aboukhsaiwan

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Memory and Decision Processes: The Impact of Cognitive Loads on Decision Regret, Elan Ariel

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A Systematic Review of Kidney Paired Donation: Applying Lessons From Historic and Contemporary Case Studies to Improve the US Model, Blake Ellison

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Drawdown Distribution as an Explanatory Variable of Private Equity Fund Performance, Darren Ho

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Children's Protein Consumption in Southeast Asia: Consideration of Quality as Well as Quantity of Children's Protein Consumption in Southeast Asia, Da Eun Rachel Lee

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The Impact of Education on Wages: Analysis of an Education Reform in Turkey, Leyla Mocan

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Giving, Takers, and Happiness: How Prosocial Motivation Relates to the Happiness Effects of Giving, Scott Myslinski

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Abenomics and Japanese Monetary Policy: A Path to Economic and Ethical Recovery, Frank Ragusa and Nathaniel Barzideh

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The Great Chinese Bubble: Justifying the High and Rapidly Rising Prices of Residential Housing Values in China, Sharon Wang

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Affordability of the National Flood Insurance Program: A Case Study of Charleston County, South Carolina, Wendy Zhao

Undergraduate Theses from 2013

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Criminology in Action: Examining Corruption in Russia Under the Lens of Criminological Theories, Jean Choi

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Understanding the TIPS Beta, Matthew Cocci

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Identifying and Challenging the Mental Models of Unemployment: Jobseeker Study, Ellen Fu

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Environmental Externalities: What the World Bank Can Learn From CPG Companies About the Environment, Jonathan Ho

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Misinformation in Consumer Product Reviews and their Effect on Resonance Marketing, Elias Lebovits

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The Role of Market Size and Type in the Commercial Real Estate Prices, Jameson Worth Newman

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Viability of a Government Run Credit Rating Agency, Dong Woo Noh

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Maximizing and Satisficing in Decision-Making Dyads, Starry Peng

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Effects of Employee Allocation on Company Growth, Isaac Sukin

Undergraduate Theses from 2012

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Leadership Succession in a Merger of Equals, Faye Cheng

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Pricing of Contingent Convertibles, HyeYoon Jung

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A Tale of Two Clinics, Olivia Jung

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When Is Word Sense Disambiguation Difficult? A Crowdsourcing Approach, Krishna N. Kaliannan

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Optimizing Pairs Trading of US Equities in a High Frequency Setting, Vayu Kishore

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Service Retention Forecasting in the Wireless Telecom Industry Using Limited Information, Matthew Martos

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Exploring the Cost of Milk Production & Potential Economies of Scale in a Dairy Cooperative, Parth Shah

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SFAS 157 & the Market’s Assessment of Fair Valued Assets: An Examination of Fair Valued Assets Held by Financial Firms During and Following the Financial Crisis, Dan Short

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Political Economy: The Role of a Profit-Maxamizing Government, Chen Edward Wang

Undergraduate Theses from 2011

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The Impact of Technology, Demography, and Market Structure on Broadband Service Delivery, Robert Eldridge

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Corporate Acquisitions Around Time Periods of Loan Covenant Violations, Allen Liu

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The Practice of Private Wealth Management in Singapore, Junxu (Jx) Lye

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Macroeconomic Factors in Private Bank Debt Renegotiation, Peter Maa

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Risk Disclosure in SEC Corporate Filings, Yatin Mirakur

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Customer-Base Analysis in an Online Search Setting, Arjun Mohan

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The Impact of Culture on Non-Life Insurance Consumption, Aranee Treerattanapun

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Controversy and Conversation, Tiffany Yu

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Contempt and Self-Esteem: The Effect of the Contempt Expression on Self-Enhancing Behaviors, Yixue Tiffany Zhou

Undergraduate Theses from 2010

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Promoting Food Security in a Volatile Climate: Agricultural Insurance for Senegalese Farmers, Laura Boudreau

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Individual Privacy and Online Services, Minh Chau and Eric K. Clemons

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Complex Organizational Structure and Chinese Firm Value, Xiaochan Jia

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Business Negotiations Between Americans and Russians, Tanya Louneva

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Micro-Finance Health Insurance in Developing Countries, Sudha Meghan

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Audience Reach Projection for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Valeria G. Montero

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Online Trust & Internet Entrepreneurs: A Kantian Approach, Nicholas Stevens

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“Out With the Old Covenants, In With the Loose”: What Is the Fallout Related to Covenant-Lite Loans of 2005-2007?, Jessica Tung

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War and Peace in International Islamic Finance, Shawn Wang

Undergraduate Theses from 2009

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Receivables Securitization and the Non-Financial Firm, Sanket Korgaonkar

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Federalism's Impact on Foreign Direct Investment Inflows, Aakash Madhu

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An Early Assessment of the Sherman Antitrust Act: Three Case Studies, Anthony Orlando

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National Culture, Income, and Diffusion of New Products and Technologies, Ravi Patna

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Brand Identification and Advertisement Appreciation of Online, Print, and TV Advertisements, Michael Sall

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Ethical Decision Making: Un-Assuming Assumptions About What Is Special … And What Is Not?, Jonathan Sockol

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Computer Industry Mergers and Acquisitions: Determinants of Short-Term Value Creation, Viabhav Vish

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Implied Volatilities in Mergers and Acquisitions, Louis Wang

Undergraduate Theses from 2008

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Genetic Algorithms and Investment Strategy Development, Michael Dworkis and Darien Huang

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Multiyear Cat Bonds and Investor Behavior, Sandip Garg

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The Nonprofit Sector: Examining the Paths and Pathways to Leadership Development, Lisa Jiang

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Impact of Governance Structure on Economic and Social Performance: A Case Study of Latin American Countries, Joyce Meng

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Circumscribing China’s NPL "Puzzle", Jonathan Richter

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Mapping the Harmonious Society and CSR Link1, Geoffrey See

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Forecasting Event Ticket Sales, Jacob Suher

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Advertising on Social Networking Websites, Mrinal Todi

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Modeling Discrete-Time Transactions Using the BG/BB Model, Harvey Yang Zhang

Undergraduate Theses from 2007

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Determinants of the Music Piracy Divide, Valentina Assenova

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Sniping Bargains: Late Bidding on Pairs of eBay Auctions, Daniel Berstein

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Does Overconfidence Affect Entrepreneurial Investment?, Henry Friedman

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Another Look at the Effect of State Mandates for Health Insurance Benefits, Andrew Ma