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Senior Comprehensive Research Topics

My comprehensive project "helped me make up my mind on a future career path. I now fully intend to become a large scale restaurant developer and I will begin to take the steps to follow that path," Ed Flores '96

All students graduating in economics either do a thesis (spread out over two semesters) or senior comprehensives. The comprehensives are applied research projects aimed at allowing students to demonstrate that they are able to engage in open ended research by choosing a topic, planning its execution, collecting the data, analyzing the material with the appropriate economic tools and coming to some conclusion about the problem they posed. Students often choose topics based on career interests. These projects are overwhelmingly microeconomic in nature.

Browse the list to see what students have done:

2012

Alex Carlson "Cross-Section Analysis of Gross National Income Per Capita Across Countries, 2006"

Carrie Clough "Social and Economic Determinants of Life Expectancy in 2006 Across Countries: A Multiple Regression Analysis"

Paul Posillico "Predicting Major League Baseball Salaries of Offensive Players in 2010: A Regression Analysis"

Elizabeth Robison "A Regression Analysis of the Demand for Domestic Corn in the US, 1982-2010"

Thomas Serta "Cost-Benefit Analysis: Replacing Incandescent Lights at the Eckerd Campus Pub with Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs)"

Alexandra Smith "Cross-Sectional Regression Analysis of the Determinants of Foreign Direct Investment Inflows in 2007, by Country"

Nicholas Sotire "Environmental Nonmarket Good Valuation Meta-Analysis for Application in Benefit Transfer: The Marginal Value of a Recreational Fish"

2011

Brooke Bargowski "A Net Present Value Analysis of Opening a WhirlyBall in Tampa"

Jan-Luca Bell "Impact of Monetary Policy on Sector-Specific Stock Returns"

Ross Dingwall "Cross-National Regression Analysis of Determinants for Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index, 2008"

Juan Garcia "Effects of Monetary Policy on Equity Markets: A Regression Analysis"

Callum Georgallides "A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Adding a Second Dance Studio to the Eckerd College Fitness Centre"

Andrew Howard "Cost-Benefit Analysis of a Safe Ride Program at Eckerd College over a Five Year Period (2011-2015)"

Bailey Kennett "Multivariate Regression Analyses: Access to Improved Water and Sanitation Sources as a Determinant of Child Mortality Rate, 2008"

Richard Kyser "Analyzing Economic and Demographic Causes of Property Crime in Florida's Sixty-Seven Counties using Varying Statistical Models"

Anya Machado "A Demand Function for Housing Starts: A Regression Analysis (1980-2010)"

Enrique Munoz "Cost-Benefit Analysis for Alternative Sidewalks around the Academic Area at Eckerd College from 2011-2035"

Brittany O'Shaughnessy "Regression Analysis of Implied Volatility S&P 500's Impact on Consumer Confidence: A Time Series Analysis"

Eder Romero "Cross-Section Analysis on the Determinants of Foreign Direct Investment in Less Developed Countries in 2006, by Country"

Drew Smith "Cost-Benefit Analysis: Building a New Iota"

2006-2010

2010

Jonathan Bonner "The Determinants of Secondary School Enrollment in Developing Countries: Cross-Country Regression Analysis, 2005"

C.J. Denmark "Net Present Value Analysis: Charter-fishing Venture, Tierra Verde, FL."

Natalie Fink "Cost-Benefit Analysis of Light Control Motion Sensors in Seibert Classrooms, Eckerd College."

Dillon Garback "The Yellow Bike Program: A Cost-Benefit Analysis."

Anda Malescu "A Regression Analysis: U.S. Import Demand for Crude Oil."

Woody Priest "Net Present Value Analysis of Constructing a Showroom at Burr Roofing’s Headquarters in Stratford, Connecticut."

Brianna Wall "The Eckerd College Waterfront Checkout Program: A Cost-Benefit Analysis."

2009

Joana Cardao "Socioeconomic Determinants of the Under-Five Mortality Rate: a Cross-Country Regression Analysis."

Daniel Fickett "Ramco Gen One: NPV Analysis."

Kari McNair "Determinants of Fertility: Regression Analysis."

Rodney Reynosa "The Determinants of Income Inequality: A Cross-Section Analysis"

Douglas Smith "Determinants of COMEX Gold Prices."

Leland Wilson "Determinants of Volatility in the S&P 500: A model of the Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index (VIX) using regression analysis."

2008

Stan Smith "Solar Energy on Eckerd College's Campus."

Katja Riise "The Cost Effectiveness of Installing a Wind Turbine on Eckerd College's Campus."

Simon Buenker "Which EC Alumni Make President's Collegium Donations."

Brett Buckingham "A Cost Effectiveness Analysis on the Mudlogging Operations for Paint Rock Operating, LLC."

Mike Bonaduce "An Economic Advantage: An Economic Analysis of Greyhound Racing."

Phil Rooney "Cost Effectiveness of Compact Fluorescent Lights in EC's Photosensitive Vandal Proof Light Fixtures."

Talia Hagerty "Exploring the Relationship between Economic Growth and the Human Development Index."

Brian Lynch "Determinants of the Human Development Index Performance."

2007

Jacob Russ "Does Size Matter: Height in the Baseball Workplace."

Philip Anderson "The Determinants of the Unites States Demand for International Air Travel."

Steve Muscarella "TigerWoods' Relative Performance in Major Championships, 1997 - 2007"

Rachel Robbins "Cross-sectional Analysis of the Determinants of U.S. Persons without Health Insurance for the 48 Contiguous States, 2000."

Chad Hill "Cross-section of the Economic and Social Factors Influencing Homicide by Selected Large U.S. Cities, 2000."

John Hadley "Supply Models for Gag and Red Grouper in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico from 1993 to 2003."

Sanjar Shodiev "What are the Causes of the Fluctuations in Televison Ratings for the NBA Finals from 1991-2006?"

Justin Roberts "Profitability Analysis of Bethany Auto Parts and Marine Supplies."

Ashley Edmund "A Cross Country Regression Analysis of the Determinants of the Infant Mortality Rate in 1999."

Dimitri Ivanov "Evaluation of a Residential Educational Entity's Decision to Construct a New Dorm based on the Iota Complex at Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Fl."

2006

Cindy Chittick "A Linear Regression Analysis of the Socio-economic Determinants of HIV Prevalence in Less Developed Countries."

Andrew Valdespino "A Regression Analysis of Seller Strategies on Ebay."

Ross Felsher "Determinants of Net Portfolio Investment Flows to Emerging Market Countries (EMCs) 2000-2003: A Pooled Data Regression Analysis."

Alexander McKenzie "Determinants of Trade Openness: A Cross Section Regression Analysis."

Armand Atkinson "Determinants of Foreign Direct Investments."

Sebastian Neidemayer "What Drives the Stock Market? A Regression Analysis of the S&P 500 for the Period 1960 - 1995."

Jose Campos "The Economic Fundamentals of the Regional Median US House Price and the Signs of a Housing Bubble."

Jarrett Rodriguez "Economic Determinants of Black and White Juvenile Crime: A Regression Analysis."

2001-2005

2005

Sotos Loizides "Determinants of Exchange Rate Fluctuations between the Japanese Yen and the U.S. Dollar."

Ray Miller "Profitability Analysis for Hartville Hardware's Relocation of John Deere Project."

Nick Bianchi "Determinants of Major League Baseball Salaries Using Starting Pitchers: A Regression Analysis."

Yan (Tommy) Lynn "An Econometric Analysis of Aggregate Foreign Direct Investment in the United States (1971 - 2002)

Andre Mittag "A Gross Section Global Regression Analysis: Is the Openness of an Economy a Positive Significant Determinant of Per Capita Income?"

Nicolas Ric "A Net Present Value for Lemans Ltda in Santa Cruz, Bolivia."

Justin Bryer "Stock Valuation Determinants for the Companies Eastman Kodak and General Motors: A Regress ion Analysis"

2004

Ana Stavreva "Gasoline Demand in the US: Cross Sectional Analysis by State for the Year 2000."

Giorgi Minchev "The Determinants of Residential Property Prices in St. Petersburg, Florida - A Hedonic Price Model."

Ash Ludwig "Strategic Behavior, Bid Determinants and Market Convergence: An Analysis of Auction Bids for 100 British Half Sovereigns."

Pablo Rivera "Industrial Demand Function for the Solid Tire, Models 6.00-9SL and 7.00-12SL, Produced by Covencaucho Industries in Venezuela between 1993 and 2003."

Brian Giue "Cost Benefit Analysis for a Series of Eight Mid-Size Concerts at Eckerd College over a Four Year Period 2004-2007."

Arjun Mallik "Cross-Sectional Regression Analysis of Net Equity Portfolio Flows to and from all Emerging Markets for the Years 1997 and 2000."

2003

Rachel Nohlgren "US Import Demand for Coffee and Rice: An Analysis of the Income and Price Elasticities of US Demand for Coffee and Rice from 1990 through 2000, using Quarterly Data."

2002

Vicki Grafton "The Motivations behind Administrative (Water) Rate Structures."

Ananya Kaikini "Maytag: Where to You do Your Laundry" (A stock evaluation study.)

David Page "Construction of a Quality of Life Index for U.S. Metropolitan Areas."

Kristopher Jacobs "The Infant Mortality Rate: A Cross-Country Regression Analysis."

Ekow Arku "The Impact of Government Military Expenditures on Economic Growth in the United States."

Tom Wood "Regression Analysis of Determinants of Fertility Rates Across Countries."

Andrew Deringer "The Country-Specific Determinants of Foreign Direct Investment Flows: A Cross Country Regression."

Dan Cooper "Determination of Major League Baseball Salaries with Evidence of Revenue Disparity and Escalating Salaries."

Katherine Orietta British Demand for Tourist Visits to Greece.

Sarah Krasniak "The Demand Estimation of an eBay Auction."

2001

Emil Iantchev "Tests of Covered Interest Parity."

Christie Biggs "Estimating the Costs and Benefits of Recycling Aluminum, Glass and Plastic in Pinellas County."

Kristy Mattice "An Economic Impact Analysis of the Marine Services for Madiera Beach Seafood's Grouper and Shark Fishing Industry Specific to Pinellas County for 1999."

Mike Mueller "Predicting Stock Price Changes of America Online."

Alex Causin "Estimating the Demand for Tabacco in America"

Yolonda Nunes "A Regression Analysis: The Determinants of Household Demand for Telephone Service."

1996-2000

2000

Melanie Robinson "Economic Impact Analysis of Eckerd College on the Tampa Bay Area."

Melanie Griggs "An Economic Impact Analysis of the Commercial Red Snapper (Lutjanus campechanus) Fishery in the Northern Gulf of Mexico."

Maria Dusheva "Wage Differential Between Male and Female Executives."

Dave Novak "Variability Among Stock Returns in the S&P 500 Index: A Regression Analysis."

Jeff Kliewer "The Determinants of Apartment Rent in Northwest Tampa, Florida: A Hedonic Price Estimation."

Tom Muldoon "The Construction of a University in Juticulpa, Honduras: A Cost-Benefit Analysis."

Lance Hendren "An Individual Customer's Weekly Demand Curve Estimate for a 12 oz Cup of Regular Coffee from Joffreys Coffee Company, Located in Bay Point Plaza."

1999

Robert Cissel "Estimating the Demand for Off-Campus Housing among Eckerd Students"

Ertugrul Icingir "CBA on the Conversion of a Sports Facility to Alternative Uses"

Veneta Dimitrova "Estimating the Demand for Tourism in Pinellas County"

1998

Zufa Chen "The Test of Income and Substitution Effects on ____ Demand."

Vais Salikhov "Measuring Hypothetical Consumer Surplus and Dead Weight Loss in the Airline Industry."

Ron Ford "A NPV Study of a Habitat for Humanity Thrift Store in St. Petersburg."

Tim Delp "Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Eckerd College Weight Room"

Dave Florence "CBA of an Eckerd College Water Ski Lake"

Savina Mintcheva "Price Estimation of a New Semi-Intensive English Program in ELS, St. Petersburg."

Tracy Perella "A Break-Even Analysis of Non-Traditional Housing at Eckerd"

1996

Ed Flores "The Feasibility of Opening a Miami Subs Restaurant in O'Fallon Missouri"

Ali Tawawalla "Cost/Benefit Analysis of the Renovations of the Pub - Brown Hall Market"

Pete Lobravico "Business Plan for 'The Brass Rail'"

Indur Ramchandani "Net Present Value Analysis of ConnECtions"

Zach Liggett "Perception Factors and Closed-End Mutual Fund Discounts: An Empirical Analysis"

David Sotsky "The Rhumba Room: Concept and Feasibility"

1991-1995

1995

Mats Rydin "A Regression Analysis of the Exchange Rate between Sweden and Germany, 1983 - 1994"

Shanton Wilcox "The Wage Gap: An Empirical Analysis"

1994

Alexander Kanazirski "Net Present Value Analysis of the Project Academic Year in the United States'"

Mike Malloy "Factors that Affect Attendance at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Home Games"

David Venditto "CMT USA: Distributor of High Quality Router Bits - A NPV Analysis"

Doug Free "Regression Analysis of Stock Market Indicators"

Becky Smith "Net Revenue Profitability and Cost-Benefit Analyses of the Pinellas County Recycling Program"

Jennifer Rudicil "Supporting Non-Traditional Families at Eckerd College: A Cost Benefit Analysis of Extending Benefits to Employees in Domestic Partnerships"

Julia Welch "A Case Study of the Bayside Bridge, Pinellas County, Florida"

Loren Moody "A Study of Systematic Trading Rules Using Closed End Mutual Funds and Discount/Premium Analysis"

Mary Hord "A Model to Determine United States Annual Agricultural Output"

Fabio Gheilerman "Predicting Exchange Rates for Brazil (1968-1984)"

Wendy Wilcox "A Present Value Analysis of the Cost of 'Typical' Substance Abusers"

Loreen Phillips "Breakeven Analysis of the GunWatch Gun Safety Video"

1993

Fiona Kimmins "Estimating a Demand for Catfish"

David Weigman "Redington Shores Breakwater: A Cost-Benefit Analysis"

Paul Hoeper "Accurate Pricing of New Issues in the Restaurant and Gaming Industries 1/1/91- 12/31/92: Have Raymond James & Associates' Underwritings Been Priced Consistently with the Market?"

Hans Schmidt "Overall Analysis of a Proposed Widening of a Two Lane to a Four Lane Highway"

Keith Craig "A Cost Benefit Analysis of Intercollegiate Baseball at Florida College"

Robert Kadel "Determining a Production Relationship for Norwegian Crude Oil"

Jason Schneider "Economic Analysis of the Continuing Education Center"

Javier Luzio "Feasibility Study: Proalvi"

Eric Stewart "A Cost Effective Analysis of the Eckerd College Asbestos Dilemma"

Anu Majotra "Intra-Regional Disparity: A Study of the Determinants of (Indian) Per Capita Net State Domestic Product"

1992

Vicky Perk "Cost-Benefit Analysis of a Private Parking Lot at the Hurricane Seafood Restaurant"

Steve Nadel "An Economic Impact Analysis of the St. Louis Cardinal's Spring Training on the St. Petersburg Economy"

Jim Mecir "Net Present Value Analysis of the Eckerd College Phone System for Students"

Glenn Luckinbill "He Said/She Said"

Jason Palmateer "Urban Influences on Major League Baseball Revenue"

Brita Osmundsvaag "Investigation of the Wage Gap: a Study of Male and Female Differences Within the Eckerd College Leadership Development Program"

Matt Staman "PRIDE at the Zephyrhills Correctional Institution Cost Benefit Analysis"

Matt Gerdeman "A Regression Analysis of the Determinants of Wage and Salary Income for Newly Released Inmates for the Florida Prison System

1991

Claudia Lynch "An Analysis of the Social Costs of a Prenatally Drug-Exposed Child in Pinellas County"

Blake Fischer "The Eckerd College Intercollegiate Athletics Program: A Cost Benefit Analysis"

Drew Jennings "Acquisition of a Mortgage Broker: A Net Present Value Analysis"

Pete Kalogridis "Upper Hillsborough Wildlife Management Area Cost/Benefit Assessment"

1986-1990

1990

Mark Jacobson "Demand Analysis for Eckerd College Education"

Rob Pace "Analysis of Hewlett Packard's Revenue Function"

Mike Bentley "Analysis of a Video Rental Store Market in Florida"

George Bochis "Market Analysis of a Micro Brewery Restaurant in St. Petersburg"

1989

Kalogridis, Peter "Economic Analysis Focussing on the Justification of Maintenance of the Upper Hillsborough Management Area"

Meyer, Melanie "Estimation of the Elasticities of the Export Supply of Alumina for Suriname"

Bricka, Stacey "The Academy of Senior Professional at Eckerd College: A Cost Benefit Analysis"

Gray, Joe "An Allocation Method for the Purchase of Books at Eckerd College"

Davenport, Mark "A Study of the Price Elasticity and Cross Elasticity of Isaly's Klondike Bars"

Haleem, Irm "Estimating the Price Elasticity of Demand for Imported OPEC oil into the United States, 1967 - 1987"

Albright, Darlynnn "The Impact of the 1988 Drought on State Revenues in Nebraska" Sanjay Bhat "The Domestic Demand for Oil"

1988

Brian Greene "Evaluation of Equipment Purchase by Bur-Bak Corporation"

Andrea Aljure "Polopropylene's Need for a Futures Market"

Cigdem Akkan "The Economic Impact of the Port of Tampa on the Tampa Bay Area"

Annelise Skofteland "Courtyard by Marriot"

Wilmot, Tim "The Economic Ramifications of Eckerd College's Relationship with the Presbyterian Church: A Cost Benefit Analysis"

Johnston, Kate "Determinants of ELS Attendance"

Rivinius, Scott "An Economic Analysis of the Phone System Used at Eckerd College Focussing on Student Use"

Bushey, Jennifer "Feasibility Study of Adding Feed Manufacturing Technology to an Existing Retail Facility"

Nolan, Fred "The Impact of Building New Dormitories on Campus"

Adams, Shane "Cost Effective Analysis to Determine the Best Feasible Solution to the Eckerd College Student Housing Shortage"

Baughan, Scott "Cost Benefit Analysis of the Restoration of Lake Apoka Utilizing Water Hyacinth Technology"

Jenkins, James "The Costs and Benefits of Allowing FTE Student Enrollment to Increase 5% Over the Next Five Years"

1987

Lisa Barringer "A Study of Projections of Nursing Home Bed Need and Allocation in Pinellas County"

Alan Rosenzweig "Cost Benefit Analysis of Offering Full Tuition Athletic Scholarships at Eckerd College"

Omar Zambrano "Causes of the Devaluation of the Bolivar and its Consequences in the Metalmechanic Industry of Venezuela"

Alex da Fonseco "The Impact of Eckerd College on the Local Economy, 1986"

Manuel Torrijos "An Economic Analysis of the Relationship between Eckerd and ELS"

1986

Harry Katica "The Level of Saturation of Major Supermarket Chains in Southern Pinellas County"

Kevin Taylor "Factors That Affect Growth in the International Banking Industry"

M. J. Castelo "Texaco System 2000"

Matt Reimer "A Cost Effectiveness Study of Alcohol Rehabilitative Services in Pinellas County"

1979-1985

1985

Brian McMahon "An Estimation of the Attendance Levels for Major League Baseball at Two Proposed Sites in the Tampa Bay Area"

Judy Rosenberg "A Study of the Relationship Between External Diseconomies and Population in the State of Florida"

Jennifer Kilgore "Evaluating Unemployment Compensation Legislation for Florida Farm workers"

Joan Bogucki "The Underground Economy and the Simple Currency Ratio Method"

Alex Cruickshank "A Determination of the Sales Potential of a Gym Located in the Jannus Landing Area"

Glen Purdy "Predicting Stock Market Prices"

Haimdat Sawh "An Analysis of the Profitability in Morrison's Cafeterias"

Claudio Sassi "Economies of Scale in the Banking Industry: a Model"

Lester Mcnutt "The Impact of Social Security on Personal Savings"

1984

Chris Ballard "Feasibility Study of a Monorail in the Orlando Area"

Christie Mcclelland "Feasibility Study of Starting a Health Spa in St. Petersburg"

Pete Paterno "An Economic Inquiry of the Demand for Minor League Baseball in the Florida State League"

Imelda Gormley "The Demand for Florida Citrus"

1983

Alan Craig "An Economic Evaluation of the International Narcotics Control Program in Bogota, Columbia"

Mike Thornburg "An Economic Analysis of Florida's Drunk Driving Law"

Kevin Bock "Analysis of Starting a 'Bennigan-like' Bar in St. Petersburg"

Holly Harger "Impact of the Garn - St. Germane Depository Institutions Act of 1982"

Phillippe Perussault "Comparative Cost Analysis of Time Sharing vs. Hotel Rental"

Debbie Rubin "Analysis of Professor Compensation for Eckerd College Summer School Classes"

Cindy Johnson "IBM 5520 Administrative System Financial Justification: Three Case Studies"

Dave Sleszynski "A Feasibility Study for Re-establishing a Trolley Line in St. Petersburg"

Mike Tubbs "A Site Location and Construction Study for Building a Budget Motel in the Tampa Bay Area"

1982

Parker Evans "The Behavior of Insider Trading and the Relationship with Stock Price Behavior"

Fred Fochtman "Analysis of Whether a Hospital Should Have its Own Laboratory or Subcontract the Lab Work to an Outside Firm"

Jerome Hanley "A Cost Benefit Study of the Widening of the Bayway"

Bruce Petro "An Economic Analysis of the Pros and Cons of Renting Versus Purchasing Computer Equipment"

Richard Morris "An Economic Analysis of Red Cross Training Programs"

Jim Phillips "An Economic Impact Analysis of Albert Whitted Municipal Airport"

Allyson Porter "Cost Benefit Analysis of the English Languages Service Center at Eckerd College"

Robert Waters "Economic Analysis of a Cable Television Proposal Made to Special Programs"

Mark Wenzel "A Cost Benefit Analysis of St. Petersburg Marina Development"

1981

Helen Clemmons "Measuring Cost Efficiencies in Community Mental Health: Pinellas County"

Ricardo Pere "Cost Benefit Analysis of the Eckerd College Program and Campus"

Lydia Falcon "The Impact of ELS in Eckerd's Economy: a Cost-Benefit Analysis"

Mark Hoadley "Analysis of the Underwriting Loss Ratio and Investment Cycles of the Insurance Industry"

Sue Konczal "a Study of the Economic Implications of Starting an Orange Grove in Central Florida"

Trami Vo "The Factors Which Influence Tourism in Florida: 1960 -79"

Todd Swenson "A Cost Benefit Analysis of Solar Heating the Eckerd College Swimming Pool"

Arelys Perez De Espinoza "Job Satisfaction and Employee's Productivity"

Paul Kenny "The Changing Mortgage Market: Savings and Loan Survival"

Janine Ley "The Demand for Tourism in Florida"

1980

Marcia Murto "The Environmental Impact of the Gardinier Phosphate Company on Tampa Bay"

Mary Distler "Evaluation of a Proposal Made to a Major Department Store Chain to Locate a Store in a Proposed Mall"

Andy Harshman "Disintermediation in the Banking Industry in Florida"

Dave Moore "A Cost Benefit Analysis of Membership in the United Farm Workers for a Farm worker in Florida"

Sandy Zimmer "The Florida Phosphate Industry: Its Impact on the State of Florida"

Aurora Mckinney "Economic Analysis of Building a Solar Heated House in St. Petersburg

1979

Bill Warren "Eckerd College's Contribution to the Economy of St. Petersburg, a Direct Economic Impact Analysis"

Alan Whitehouse "The Effects of Increasing Cost Pressures on the Future of the Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Fleet - Specifically Tampa Bay Region"

Mary Partridge "The Impact of Revenue Sharing in St. Petersburg"

Unique Courses

The economics program has a number of courses that don't generally show up in an undergraduate curriculum as well as traditional courses handled in non-traditional ways. Here are some examples: Leadership, the Human Side of EconomicsEnvironmental EconomicsIntermediate Macroeconomics and International Economics.