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Barrett, The Honors College Thesis/Creative Project Collection


Barrett, the Honors College accepts high performing, academically engaged students and works with them in collaboration with all of the other academic units at Arizona State University. All Barrett students complete a thesis or creative project, supervised and defended in front of a faculty committee. The thesis or creative project allows students to explore an intellectual interest and produce an original piece of scholarly research. The thesis or creative project is a student’s opportunity to explore areas of academic interest with greater intensity than is possible in a single course. It is also an opportunity to engage with professors, nationally recognized in their fields and specifically interested and committed to working with honors students. This work provides tangible evidence of a student’s research, writing and creative skills to graduate schools and/or prospective employers.


Date Range
2012 2018


The January 12, 2010 Haiti earthquake, which hit Port-au-Prince in the late afternoon, was the cause of over 220,000 deaths and $8 billion in damages – roughly 120% of national GDP at the time. A Mw 7.5 earthquake struck rural Guatemala in the early morning in 1976 and caused 23,000-25,000 deaths, three times as many injuries, and roughly $1.1 billion in damages, which accounted for approximately 30% of Guatemala’s GDP. The earthquake which hit just outside of Christchurch, New Zealand early in the morning on September 4, 2010 had a magnitude of 7.1 and caused just two injuries, no deaths, ...

Contributors
Heuermann, Jamie Lynne, Schoellman, Todd, Mendez, Jose, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

We develop a unique model for household preferences in a three good market of television content (cable), internet content (Netflix), and income spent on any other good or activity. Utility is a function of the time spent viewing television content, time spent viewing internet content, and income spent otherwise. Preferences are determined by the complementarity (or substitutability) of television and internet content, the complementarity of viewing content and spending income otherwise, and individual preference for income. Consumers maximize utility subject to time of viewership and budget constraints. We analyze the comparative statics of the model by varying the complementarity between ...

Contributors
Weser, Daniel James, Leiva Bertran, Fernando, Mendez, Jose, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

This project looks at the effects of American sanctions on the Sudanese economy. The purpose of the research is to evaluate the effects of the sanctions on the GDP (based on Purchasing Power Parity) of Sudan using linear regression analysis. We used a linear model to conduct analysis that included variables such as Sudan’s trading partners, distance between Sudan and said partners, the GDP of these other countries, and whether there are sanctions imposed. The data collected runs from 1980 to 2011 – the year South Sudan became independent. The results of the analysis indicate that sanctions are ineffective in ...

Contributors
Ali, Safa, Mendez, Jose, Ali, Souad T., et al.
Created Date
2014-12

This paper entitled “An Analysis of Wage Stagnation and Inequality over the Past Half Century” is a literature review that examines and analyzes three main studies by Robert Lawrence, David Card and John DiNardo, and the Economic Policy Institute, and uses other works by a variety of economists to supplement that analysis. The paper aims to understand and precisely define the issue of wage stagnation and inequality and distinguish between the two. To do this, the paper looks at which groups are primarily affected, the different types of inequality that exist, in which time periods those types of inequality operate, ...

Contributors
Feldman, Rachel Erin, Mendez, Jose, Hill, John, et al.
Created Date
2016-12

Through a literature review, this thesis investigates the United States corporate tax policy and how it relates to U.S. competitiveness. The purpose of this paper is to briefly review the corporate income tax policy in the United States, analyze the impact of the tax rate on the national and international economy, compare the U.S. competitiveness relative to OECD nations, and explore reform proposals. It is found that the U.S. tax policy’s complex structure, coupled with its high stated tax rate, diminishes the competitiveness of the U.S., and that the adoption of tax policy reform proposals, such as the National Commission ...

Contributors
Nowicki, Kaitlyn Ann, Roberts, Nancy, Mendez, Jose, et al.
Created Date
2013-05

This paper examines how China was able to influence modernization in Southeast Asia during the time period of 1980-1995. Following thirty years of isolation, China opened itself up to foreign investments in an effort to modernize the country. Comparing the inflows and outflows of investment between China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines, the impact on industries can be seen. China opening itself up to the world served as a catalyst for the region and helped lead to development and modernization in each country examined.

Contributors
Van Streain, Taylor Andrew, Mendez, Jose, Rush, James, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

Over the course of the next two years, the United Kingdom and the European Union will be participating in Brexit negotiations over the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. This paper discusses in-depth the expected economic effects of Brexit. To satisfy the desires of those who voted to leave the European Union, the United Kingdom will leave the European Single Market, creating barriers to trade. In exchange, the long-term effects for the United Kingdom and the European Union are expected to be negative. Despite this, it appears that negative effects on British direct foreign investment have been overstated and ...

Contributors
Bennett, Luke Andrew, Hill, John K., Mendez, Jose, et al.
Created Date
2017-05

Blockchain technology is becoming the new platform for the future of money as a means of payment. It was originally developed to support the cryptocurrency (bitcoin) functionality and improve the way of doing business. However, with its versatility, it has evolved into a multifunctional innovation that can be being applied in different non-business sectors that have a great impact on the economy. I will review some aspects of the economy that are likely to be impacted like the role of a centralized monetary system, need for regulation in business and role of business innovation in the economy. Moreover, I will ...

Contributors
John, Teresia Mawia, Pereira, Claudiney, Mendez, Jose, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

The European Union has increasingly integrated since World War II to the point where most European countries now share a currency and have freedom of movement for travelers and workers. This has created asymmetries in the European economy because of reports and studies that have found a low labor mobility, which is a requirement of a common currency area. This paper uses an econometric model and the theory of optimum currency areas to look at whether what language grouping a migrant is from affects his or her migration decision. The paper also looks at what an inflexible labor market may ...

Contributors
Hagler, Andrew Jon, Mendez, Jose, Hill, John, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

My interest in this topic began last summer when I was fortunate enough to travel to Tomatin, Honduras on a microfinance mission with the organization Global Brigades. Microfinance previously an unknown concept to me, but once I saw the effect it had on the lives of those in need, I was immediately sold on its effectiveness. Microfinance stems from the field of developmental aid. While generally understood as one of the most powerful weapons in the fight against poverty, question as to which methods and techniques are the most effective are still unanswered. It is the goal of my thesis ...

Contributors
Zurek, Joseph William, Mendez, Jose, Herbert, Anne, et al.
Created Date
2014-05