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Sample Thesis Titles

Completing a thesis is the capstone experience of the QMSS program. Students take this opportunity to apply the tools and methodologies developed through their coursework to questions of particular interest to them. The list of theses below demonstrates the broad array of substantive subject areas to which our graduates have applied their expertise.

The list is organized by the departmental affiliation of the faculty member who advised the thesis and the year in which it was completed. Though our program director has progressively advised more students we always encourage students to find additional advisors in our affiliate departments.

Business School

  • The Pursuit of Happiness: An Exploration of the Effects of State Unemployment and Inflation Rates on Subjective Well-Being in the United States (2014)
  • Who Receives Climate Finance and Why? A Quantitative Analysis of Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Funds Allocation during 2003-2013 (2014)
  • The American Dream—Deferred (2013)
  • Job Satisfaction and Employee Turnover Intention: What does Organizational Culture Have To Do With It? (2013)
  • What Factors Are Associated With Poor Households Engaging in Entrepreneurship? (2013)
  • Uncertainty in measuring Sustainable Development: An application for the Sustainability-adjusted HDI (2012)
  • Homeownership and Child Welfare in Unstable Times (2012)
  • Looking Towards an Economic Recovery Accompanied with Higher Post-Secondary Aspirations and Attainment (2012)
  • Can Online Word of Mouth Assign a Product Price? (2012)
  • Tracking Shopping Behavior at the Point of Purchase (2012)
  • On the Evaluation of Conditional Cash Transfer Programs (2012)
  • Dynamic Embedding and Speculation: A Cointegration Analysis of Food Prices (2012)
  • Financial Crisis and Bank Failure Prediction: Learning Lessons from the Great Recession (2011)
  • How Effective are Government R&D Subsidies in Stimulating R&D Efforts within US Firms? (2011)
  • Putting the Heat on "Cap-and-Trade": In Search of a Capital Markets Friendly Solution to Saving Our Planet (2011)
  • Starbucks and its Peers: Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Financial Performance (2011)
  • Credit Rating Agencies as Regulatory Licensors (2011)
  • Us Against the World: An Experimental Economic Examination of Local and Global Institutions, Norm Enforcement, and Public Goods (2011)
  • Statistical Arbitrage Strategies and Profit Potential in Commodity Futures Markets (2011)
  • The Effect of Variety-Seeking in Store Choice on Brand Seeking (2011)
  • An Approach to Lending with Heterogeneous Borrowers (2010)
  • Changes in Perceived Risk and Liquidity Shocks and Its Impact on Risk Premiums (2010)
  • Running Head: Pricing and Microfinance (2010)
  • Equity Risk Premium Puzzle and Investors' Behavioral Analysis: A Theoretical and Empirical Explanation from the Stock Markets in the U.S. & China (2010)
  • College Town Real Estate: More than Just Football Games (2010)
  • Investing in Microfinance: A Portfolio Optimization Approach (2010)
  • Leveraged ETFS: A Passive or Passive-Aggressively Managed New Innovation? (2010)
  • Irrational Behavior of the Asset Bubble Market Participants (2010)
  • Determinants of Severity of Loss on Defaulted Sub-Prime Residential Mortgage Loans: 1996-2001 (2010)
  • Empirical Analysis of Value Investing Strategy in Times of Subprime Mortgage Crisis 2007-08 (2009)
  • Can Borrower Characteristics Explain US Sub-Prime Mortgage Foreclosure Rates? (2009)
  • Shareholder Sentiment and Mutual Fund Flows During the 2008 Financial Crisis. (2009)
  • The Association Between Corporate Social Responsibility and Financial Performance (2008)
  • Two Engines of Monetary Policy: The Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank: Different Approaches. Different Results? (2008)
  • Searching for the "Sweet Spot": The Optimal Mix of Executive Compensation to Maximize Firm Performance (2005)
  • Empirical Appraisal of Capital Asset Pricing (2005)
  • Differentials in Firm-Level Productivity and Corporate Governance: Evidence from Japanese Firm Data in 1998-2001 (2004) 
  • Underpricing of Convertible Bonds in Asia (2004)
  • Where's the Brand Equity?: Further Investigations Into the Role of Brand Equity in Experiential, Luxury, and Other Products (2003)
  • An Account of Worth through Corporate Communication (2002)
  • Analysis of the Performance of Initial Public Offerings (2001)

 

Economics

  • Socially Responsible Investment: ESG Factors which Imply Future Price Movement (2014)
  • Urbanization and Growth: A Cross-Country Analysis (2014)
  • Will Urbanization be the Next Economic Growth Engine for China? (2014)
  • Solar Electricity's Impact on Germany's Wholesale Electricity Market (2014)
  • How Does Quantitative Easing Policy Impact Emerging Markets: Evidence from the Effects on Long-Term Yields Structure of Hong Kong and Singapore (2014)
  • The Effect of Income Taxes in Mexico: Evidence and Implications for Permanent Taxpayers (2014)
  • Jumping on the Bandwagon: Conformity and Herd Behavior (2014)
  • Study of New Product Announcement Effects on Software Sector Share Prices (2014)
  • Exports, Productivity and R&D: Micro-Economic Analysis of Chinese Manufacturing Firms (2013)
  • Stocks & Stilettos: Effects of Brand-specific Online Social Text Stream
    Influencers on Abnormal Auction Prices (2013)
  • Effects of War After War: A Quantitative Comparison of the Economic Performance of Jewish World War II Veterans to Non-Jewish World War II Veterans (2013)
  • Basel III Agreement: Will Higher & More Strictly Defined Capital Standards Impede on the Growth of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises? (2013)
  • Unemployment and Economic Growth in Peru: 2001-2012 (2013)
  • Mutual Fund Returns and Fund Manager Characteristics (2013)
  • Do Multiple Bookrunners Spoil an Initial Public Offering? A Study of the Relationship Between
    Number of Lead Underwriters and IPO Underpricing (2013)
  • Determinants of Net Interest Margin: Evidence from Chinese Banks Data (2004-2011) (2013)
  • Empirical Analysis on the Effects of RMB’s Nominal Exchange Rate Shocks on China’s Macro-economy (2013)
  • The Solow Growth Model and Botswana’s Economic Growth (2013)
  • Income and Inequality (2012)
  • The Informal Market for Foreign Direct Investment: The Attractive Power of Country-Specific Characteristics (2012)
  • Evaluating the impact of the Workfare Income Supplement Scheme on Singapore's Labour Market (2012)
  • Innovation and Fiscal Decentralization in Transitional Economies (2012)
  • International Trade and Economic Growth: Evidence from Singapore (2012)
  • Real Exchange Rate Misalignment of China's Currency - A BEER Approach (2012)
  • Economic Openness and Welfare Spending in Latin America (2012)
  • Assessing the Costs of Fractional Reserve Banking: A Theoretical Exposition and Examination of Post-Meiji Japan (2012)
  • Pricing Emerging Market Corporate Bonds: An Approach Using the CDS-Bond Basis Spread (2012)
  • The Geographical Distribution of Mixed-Income Housing in Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Developments (2012)
  • Socio-Economic Behavior and the Construction of Value and Price within Auctions: An Empirical Analysis of Rebidding Behavior in eBay Auctions (2011)
  • An Economic Theory of Voting: Can we Explain, through Digital Inequalities, Why People Vote Less? (2011)
  • What Motivates us to Save for the Future? Understanding Personal Savings in the U.S. from a Behavioral Economics and Individual Difference Perspective (2011)
  • Market Share Overlap of Exports in the United States 1996-2010: Does the Rising Sophistication of China's Exports Hurt? (2011) 
  • Super-Pornstar Economics: Investigating the Wage Premium for Pornstar-Escorts (2011) 
  • Drivers of Entrepreneurship: Nature or Nurture? (2011) 
  • The Dynamic Linkages among International Stock Markets: The Case of BRICs and the U.S. (2011)
  • Making the Case for Social: The Potential Effects of Brand Social Media Presences on Stock Price (2010)
  • Revisiting the Financing Gap: An Empirical Test from 1965 to 2007 (2010)
  • What Motivates us to Save? Understanding Personal Savings in the U.S. from a Behavioral Economics and Individual Difference Perspective (2010)
  • Antitrust Law and the Promotion of Democracy and Economic Growth (2010)
  • An Analysis of Keynesian Economics (2010)
  • Who Will Pay to Reduce Global Warming?  A Multivariate Analysis of Concern, Efficacy, and Action (2010)
  • Educated Unemployed: The Case of Developing Countries (2010)
  • Wage Difference Between White, Non-White, Local, and International Professional Players in the NBA (2010)
  • Why has the Savings Rate Declined? Searching for Macroeconomic Explanations (2009)
  • Is Microlending Sustainable? Discerning the Relationship Between Microfinancial Participation, Measures of Acute Morbidity, and Expectations of the Characteristics of Village Organizations (2009)
  • Application of Multi-Attribute Utility Theory to Consumers' Choices about Environmentally Responsible Decisions (2009)
  • Trade Openness and Poverty Reduction: What is the Evidence? (2009)
  • Regulation and Economic Growth (2009)
  • The United States Army Recruiting and the Impact of Changing Economic Conditions (2009)
  • The Social Consequences of Debt: Debt Accumulation and Retirement Decisions (2009)
  • Crude Oil Prices: Mean Reversion in the Spot? Futures Know the Future? (2008)
  • Evaluating the Impact of Supply-side Factors on Conditional Cash Transfer Programs: The Case of Nicaragua (2008)
  • The Effect of Momentum Stock Negative Earnings Surprises on the US Treasury Market (2008) 
  • Females: Less Likely to Be Entrepreneurs? A Multi-level Analysis of the Effect of Gender on Entrepreneurial Activity (2008)
  • On Redistributive Effects of Monetary Shocks: Considerations for Developing Countries (2008) 
  • Banking the Mexican Immigrant Population: Analysis of Profiling Variables (2008)
  • A Comparison of Microfranchising to Independent Microenterprises in Ghana (2008)
  • Currency Denomination in International Trade: Optimal Invoicing Strategy (2007)
  • From Autarky to Free Trade: Will China Overtake the U.S. as the Major Trading Power in the Global Economy? (2006)
  • Financial Development--How is it Related to Income Inequality Across Countries? (2006)
  • Applying Bayes' Theorem to Predict Forecasts (2006)
  • Cluster Patterns of Age and Racial/Ethnic Groups Within Privately Developed Section 8 HUD Rent Subsidy Properties in New York City (2004)
  • The Impact of Decimalization on Market Volatility and Liquidity (2004)
  • Strategic Delegation with Unobservable Incentive Contracts: An Experiment (2002)
  • An Updated Look at the Static Effects of the ASEAN Free Trade Area (2001)
  • Exchange Rate Market Pressure and The Quality of Governance (2001)

 

Mailman School of Public Health

 

Political Science

 

Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences

  • The Role of Labor-Protective Institutions in Gender Gap (2014)
  • Developing an Evidence-Based Understanding for the Choice of Legal Forum (2014)
  • Subjective Well-Being and Relative Income: Reevaluating the Easterlin Paradox (2014)
  • Determinants of Service Foreign Direct Investment in China (2014)
  • The Impacts of Macroeconomic Indicators on College Enrollment in the United States (2014)
  • Accounting for the Low Poverty Rate of Filipino Americans: A Comparative Study of Filipino, Chinese, Asian Indian, and Korean Adults in New York (2014)
  • A Study on the Relationship of Migrant Workers' Homecoming Desire and the New Medical Insurance Scheme in China (2014)
  • The Impact of International Financial Crisis on China's Export Trade (2014)
  • Survival Analysis of Digital Technology Employee Retention in a News Media Organization (2014)
  • At Risk on the Road: A Cluster Analysis of Traffic Crashes in New York City (2014)
  • Disparities in the Age of Autism Diagnosis and Intervention Onset: National Survey of Children's Health 2011-2012 (2014)
  • The Effects of Stop-and-Frisk Quotas on Racial Profiling in New York City during 2013 (2014)
  • Personality Differences between Genders and Across Cultures: Searching for Acculturation Effects (2014)
  • Investigating the Effects of Financial Incentivization on Fertility in Singapore, and Perceptions Towards Marriage, Parenthood, and Pro-Natalist Policy (2014)
  • Do Working Women Affect Men's Attitude Toward Women's Role in Society (2014)
  • Internet Use, Social Media, Urbanity and their Role in Perceptions of Social Connectedness (2014)
  • Educational Homogamy and Relationship Sustainability: A Comparative Study of Differences between Heterosexual and Same-Sex Couples (2014)
  • Trait Negative Affectivity, Thriving, and Workplace Deviance: The Moderating Role of Customer Mistreatment (2014)
  • Who is Next: Predicting the Outcome of Current Death Row Inmates in the United States (2014)
  • Understanding the Relationship between News Consumption and Individual Perceptions of Security in Iraq (2014)
  • Modeling Modules: Enrollment Patterns in a Modularized Developmental Mathematics Course Sequence (2014)
  • Is Choice a Good Thing? Exploring the Relationship Between the Number of Brands Within a Category and Category Size in Dollars (2013)
  • Demographic Trends in Virginia
    Animal Shelters: 2004-2011 (2013)
  • Simulation Analysis on Matching Efficiency of Japanese Residency Programs (2013)
  • Learning-by-Doing and Its Implications for Economic Growth and International Trade (2013)
  • The Impact of Parental Involvement on Adolescents' Career Development (2013)
  • Personalized Treatment Effects: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment (2013)
  • A Quantitative Analysis of Post-Incarceration Substance Use (2013)
  • Social Networks and Social Capital in Enterprise: Does Employee use of Internal and External Social Networks Increase Social Capital? (2012)
  • Monastic Land Ties and Anglo-Saxon Lords (2012)
  • Analysis of Racial Disparities in NYPD's "Stop-and-Frisk" Policy (2012)
  • Occupation Licensing Requirements and the Manicure Industry (2012)
  • Organizational Attributes of Domestic Terrorism: A Disaggregate Approach (2012)
  • Did You Use My Card Again? Evaluating Methods for Identifying Compromised Credit Card Transactions (2012)
  • Group Buying Site Selection Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (2012)
  • The New Crisis Reform Thesis: Public Disapproval and Wasted Opportunity (2012)
  • Solar Power Plants: Performance Modeling (2012)
  • The Perils of Synchronized Investment: Y2K Preparations, Technological Investment, and the 2001 Recession (2011)
  • Cities, Skills, and Wages (2011)
  • Investigating the Existence of a Vicarious Ingroup/Outgroup Effect Using National Opinion Poll (2011)
  • Is Prospective Memory Ability Flexible?  Manipulating Value to Increase Goal Significance (2011)
  • Environmental Demand and Housing Markets: An Empirical Evaluation of the World's Former Largest Landfill (2011)
  • A Quantitative Analysis of the Boston Marathon Qualifying Times (2011) 
  • Trust and Culture: The Role of Emotion in Trust of People from a Different Culture (2010)
  • Marriage, Migration, and Meaning: A Substantive, Conceptual, and Methodological Research Guide (2010)
  • She Enjoyed Transporting the Amish Community and Gardening: Social and Cultural Capital in the 21st Century (2010)
  • Making the Right Decision on Draft Day: Forecasting Draft Order, Career Longevity, Career Opportunities, and Star Players in the NBA (2010)
  • The Asian Financial Crisis and Its Social Implications (2010)
  • Spatial Temporal Hierarchical Model of Public Corruption in the US (2010)
  • The Effect of Recessions on Movie-going Behavior: A Preliminary Study (2010)
  • Analysis Using the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (2010)
  • The Inaugural Youth Olympic Games as a Catalyst for Sports Tourism in Singapore (2010)
  • Geometric and Algebraic Interpretations of 2x2 Games and their Nash Equilibria (2010)
  • Male and Female Youth-Bulges During Peace and War: An Empirical Study of the Relationship between Large Youth Cohorts, Gender, and Wars Using Time-series Cross-sectional Modeling (2010)
  • The Impact of Changing Economic Conditions on United States Army Recruiting Trends (2009)
  • Experimental Test of the Accuracy of Proxy Reports with External Validation (2009)
  • Income Diversification: Determinants and Welfare Effects in Rural and Urban Ghana (2008)
  • Does Non-resident Father's Financial Contribution Matter for the Well-being of his Children? An Instrumental Variable Estimation (2008)
  • A Comparison of Higher Education between the US and the EU: Through Trend Analysis for Universalization, Commercialization, and Privatization (2008) 
  • Another Look at the Fall (and Rise) of Stolen Bases in Major League Baseball, 1982-2007 (2008)
  • Assessing the Cost of Providing Care to Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) by Home-based Care (HBC) Programs in South Africa (2008)
  • Entrepreneurship versus Micro-franchising: A Baseline Study of Small Business Owners and Fanmilk (2008) 
  • Measuring and Explaining "Good" Management: A First Step toward Improved Performance (2008) 
  • Social Capital in South Africa: Can Social Networks Help Fight HIV/AIDS? (2008)
  • Stock Market Returns Predictability: Does Volatility Really Matter? (2008)
  • The Financial Implications of Post-Acquisition Brand Strategy (2008)
  • Attachment Styles and the Contagious Effect of Emotion Regulation in Romantic Couples: A Dynamical Systems Approach with Simulated Examples (2008)
  • Anatomy of Corruption: A Quantitative Analysis of 298 Firms in Lebanon (2007)
  • A Rational Choice Perspective on Genocides: Fearon and Laitin's Model of Insurgency and Implications for Genocide Studies (2007)
  • Children's Habitual Disposition: A Comparison of Career Mother Families vs. Non-Career Mother Families (2007)
  • Consumer Confidence and Electoral Results (2007)
  • Currency Denomination in Internation Trade: Optimal Invoicing Strategy (2007)
  • Do Changes in the Federal Funds Rate Impact the Variation in the Prime Lending Rate? (2007)
  • Education and the Gender Gap in the Chilean Labor Force (2007)
  • Factor Analysis of Increasing NEET: Effects on Choice of Employment-Unemployment (2007)
  • Homogeneity in Political Discussion Networks and its Factors (2007) 
  • Impact of Radio Exposure on the Family Planning Programs in Uganda (2007)
  • Institutions and Ephemera in Urban Reform: The Municipal Expenditure Effects of Council-manager Government (2007) 
  • International Reserves: Have the Motives in Stockpiling in China Changed? An Econometric Approach (2007)
  • Measuring Public Policy by Treatment Dummy Variables: Gun-control and "Shall Issue" by TDV on the Aggregate National Data (2007)
  • Mostly Working with Giraffes: The Importance of Peers and Role Models for Adolescent Girls (2007) 
  • Multiple Perspectives to Analyzing the Prevalence of ADHD (2007) 
  • On Stage: How Organizational and Cultural Forces Shaped American Musical Theatre (2007)
  • Party Effects on the Distribution of Federal Outlays in the 102nd and 105th Congress: A Regression Discontinuity Approach (2007)
  • Proposing the Sino-African Trade Initiative and Other Ways to Improve Trade
  • Public Purchases of Essential Drugs: An Observational Case Study (2007)
  • Sociodemographic Status, Somatic Complaints, and Economic Expectations (2007) 
  • Spatial Models for Predicting Deforestation in Costa Rica with Implications of Generalizability (2007)
  • The Effects of Migration on Household Poverty: A Disaggregated Migrant Network Approach (2007)
  • The Factors to Decide the Winner in the Computer Game Market (2007)
  • Will a Nation Be Happier with a More Even Income Distribution? (2007)
  • An Econometric Approach to Evaluate Media Effectiveness: An Auto Insurance Example (2007)
  • Behavioral Extensions to the Topology of Fear: A Gedankenexperimen (2007)
  • Adam and Eve: A Non-Random Walk up Corporate Lane (2006)
  • An Analysis of Parental Predictors in Determining the Academic Achievement of and Engagement in Problem Behavior by a Child Using the Philadelphia Educational Study (2006)
  • An Exploration of the Predictors of Relationship Status with a Caveat on Interpretation (2006)
  • Attractiveness of Popular Muslim First Names after September 2001: Analysis of a Short Interrupted Time Series Quasi-Experimental Design (2006)
  • Charter School Innovation: Fact or Fiction? (2006)
  • Differences in Fresh v. Processed Fruit and Vegetable Intake and CVD Risk Factors: A Cross-Sectional Analysis from the NHANES 1999-2000 and 2001-2002 Surveys (2006)
  • Does Immigration Lead to Increases in Crime, or is it One Big Illusion? (2006)
  • Homosexual Behavior in the United States, 1988-2004: Empirical Support for the Social Construction Theory of Sexuality (2006)
  • Is Love Blind? An Examination of Accuracy and Bias in Romantic Relationships (2006)
  • Kicking around Behavioral Finance and the Efficient Market Hypothesis: An Event Study of Professional European Soccer Clubs (2006)
  • Psychotropic Drug Prevalence Among Children and Adolescents in Iceland (2006)
  • Residential Segregation in Southern California: Is the Real Estate Boom to Blame? (2006)
  • The Impact of Family Structure on Children's Access to Health Care: An Exploratory Analysis (2006)
  • Trends in Intermarriage Among Armenian-Americans in New York City and Northern New Jersey (2006)
  • Can Ethical Behavior Be Regulated? Sarbanes-Oxley's Effects on Social Welfare and Company Performance (2005)
  • Differences in Mechanisms Influencing African-American and Non-Hispanic White Suicide (2005)
  • Effect of Gentrification on the Residents of Public Housing (2005)
  • Exchange Rate Regimes and Inflation Performance: Evidence from Latin America (2005)
  • Re-examining Asian Americans as a "Model Minority" (2005)
  • Temperament Among Offspring at High and Low Risk for Depression (2005)
  • The Intergenerational Effects of Non-traditional Pathways to the High School Diploma (2005)
  • The Intergenerational Transmission of Social Inequality through Education: An Exploratory Study (2005)
  • The Obesity Lifestyle: The Association of Obesity with Television Viewing and Physical Activity (2005)
  • What are the Factors which Decrease the Number of Children Women Have in their Lifetime? (2005)
  • Academic Rankings: A Trivial Contest? (2004) 
  • Are Middle Schools Harmful for Adolescents? An Evidence-Based Study (2004)
  • Capital Budgeting in the Mexican Oil Industry: A Risk Management Approach (2004)
  • Seniors in Japan: Their Lives and Happiness (2004)
  • The Effects of Teenage Parenthood and Experience with the Criminal Justice System on the Transition to Adulthood (2004)
  • Analysis of Columbia University's Coursework Implementation (2003)
  • Psychological Control and Preschoolers' Externalizing and Internalizing Behaviors in China (2003)
  • Standardized Testing and Accountability in United States Public Schools (2003)
  • The Effect of After School Programs on the Prevention of Problem Behavior: An Analysis of Maryland After School Programs (2003)

 

School of International and Public Affairs

 

Sociology

 

Statistics

 

Teachers College

 

Other Columbia Departments and Centers

  • Assessment of Predictability of Rice Production in the Philippines with Seasonal Climate Forecast (2010) - International Research Institute for Climate and Society
  • Consumerism and Political Connectedness in Socialist Czechoslovakia (2010) - History