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Honors Program in Economics


The honors program in economics serves highly motivated students interested in doing independent research, culminating in a senior thesis.

Students seek out a faculty advisor in economics during the fall of their junior year to discuss research ideas. The formal thesis proposal is developed during the spring semester of the junior year as an independent study with the faculty advisor. The thesis is fully developed, polished and presented to the thesis committee at the end of the senior year. Thus an Honors student will have worked closely with a faculty advisor and the Honors Director for three semesters.

The process of actually doing economic research brings together many of the best elements of the undergraduate Economics major experience at Vanderbilt. It also serves, along with Econometrics 3050 (a key pre-requisite best taken in the junior year), as part of a solid portfolio of academic acheivement for subsequent graduate study and employment in research oriented private and public enterprises.

Contact Professor Joel Rodrigue for more information.



  • bill The Economic History Association has appointed Bill Collins as the next editor of the Journal of Economic History.  His term begins in 2016.
  • announcementEugene Vorobeychik (Engineering) and Myrna Wooders (Economics) have been awarded a grant for $442,051 for the next three years in support their research project, "Theory and Application of Mechanism Design for Team Formation." This project addresses questions of design of mechanisms for efficient team formation from the perspectives of computer science, microeconomics, experimental economics, and game theory. The grant is sponsored by the Division of Information and Intelligent Systems of the NSF
  • Savelyev Peter Savelyev has been awarded a solo-PI $260,464 NSF grant for the next three years of his research on the economic and psychological origins of health capital accumulation.

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