Student Research

Student Research

The Economics Department provides opportunities for master’s students to undertake research projects both as part of the curriculum and as extracurricular actives. We have highlighted excellent examples of research from our students below. For more information about research opportunities, please contact the graduate advisor (

Seminar Research Papers

All master’s students are required to complete a research paper when taking a 600-level seminar course.
Patrick Julius (December 2014). “Corruption, the Inequality Trap, and the 1% of the 1%.”

Brett Patrick (December 2014). “Inequality and Underdevelopment: Testing Easterly’s Wheat-Sugar Ratio Instrument with New Evidence.”

Annual Economics Poster Competition

The Economics Poster Competition is held in May every year and includes both undergraduate and graduate students.

Brett Patrick (May 2014). “Religious Views as a Determinant of Support for Capital Punishment.”    First Place Poster Winner

Ramon Vivero, Samuel Valdez, and Eric Boyd (May 2013). “The Decision to Hit-and-Run: An Expected Loss Model.”     Second Place Poster Winners

Directed Studies

Students who are interested in working on research with a faculty member can take a directed studies course (ECON 597) as an elective that can count towards the master’s degree requirements.  Typically the requirements for the course include a final research paper and a seminar presentation.

Guang Zhong (December 2014). “Induced Innovation from CAFE Standards in the Automotive Industry: Evidence using Patent Data.” Faculty Advisor: Dr. Elaine Frey

CSULB Student Research Competition

Each year, CSULB holds a research competition for undergraduate and graduate students in February.   Our department has had a first place winner in this competition for the past eight years!

Joseph Lee (2015). “Income Inequality and Economic Growth.”  First Place Winner

Chelsea Redmon (2014). “The Relationship Between Corruption, Competition, and Democracy: A Cross-Country Analysis.”  First Place Winner

Neda Jahedmotlagh (2013). “The Impact of Airport Security Measures on the Demand for Air Travel.” First Place Winner