The David S. Hu Awards in Economics

This award fund was established as a lasting memorial by Mr. and Mrs. Songzhou Hu for their son David S. Hu, a promising student of the class of 2011. This fund provides an annual opportunity to remember David S. Hu, known for his kindness, intellect, and enthusiasm for learning at the University of Chicago. This generous fund allows recognition of possibly multiple recipients of this award in any year, but all have shown excellence in their economics course work and creativity in writing their senior theses.

Class of 2016

  • Michael Galperin, "Economic Shocks and Insurgent Strategy: Evidence from Pakistan"
  • Zhida (George) Gui, "The Effect of Unemployment on Grocery Shopping"
  • Abhi Gupta, "Household Heterogeneity and Home Prices"
  • Michelle Jiang, "Affirmative Action, Percent Plans, and Segregation's Impact on Minority Enrollment"
  • Querida Qiu, "Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect: Regulatory Impact on Dual-Listed Share Premiums"
  • Michael Sheldon, "Income Targeting and the Ridesharing Market"

Class of 2015

  • Daniele Caratelli, "Breaking the Eurozone: What are the Consequences?"
  • Zefeng Chen, "Growing Like China: The Role of Labor Heterogeneity"
  • Cody Cook, "Consumer Response to Sales Tax Holidays"
  • Chen Cui, "Asymmetric Information in Securities Class Action Lawsuits"
  • Scott Loring, "Non-Partisan Blanket Primaries and Political Polarization"

Class of 2014

  • Chris Denning, "Anti-Takeover Defense in the Market for Corporate Control"
  • Ezra Karger, "Measuring the White-Black Educational Attainment Gap"
  • Maya Lozinski, "Getting Doctors to do Their Paperwork: The Impact of a Physician Billing Incentive"
  • Scott Mendelssohn, "Nash Equilibrium in MLB Pitching Strategy"
  • Mattie Toma, "Choking at the Free Throw Line: Analyzing the Determinants of Performance Under Pressure"

Class of 2013

  • Jacob Berman, "The Maturity Structure of Treasury Debt: How Costly is Mismanagement?"
  • Erik James, "Considering the Relative Significance of Transit Trip Attributes on the Decisions of Chicago Commuters to Drive or Take Public Transit"
  • Patrick Donnelly Moran, "Evaluating the Impact of Piracy: A Structural PVAR Analysis of the Conflicting Effects of File Sharing"
  • Emmanuel Souganidis, "A Rigorous Multi-Modal Analysis of Climate-Economics"

 Class of 2012

  • Eliot Abrams, "Incremental Value of Market Information to an Accounting Ratios Based Bankruptcy Prediction Model Before, During and After The Great Recession"
  • Jonathan Libgober, "Optimal Linking Mechanisms"
  • Weiling Liu, "Science versus Tradition: A Study on the Health Effects of Traditional Chinese Medicine"
  • Samuel Moy, "Are the Slots Loaded Against Consumers? The Effects of Airport Slot Allocation On Consumer Welfare"
  • Nakita Raghunath, "The Impact of Microfinance on Female Bargaining Power in India" 

Class of 2011

  • Yiwei Chen, “Optimal Timing of DVD Releases”
  • Luca Maini, “Devolution and Convergence: the Role of Population Flows”
  • Kelsey Moser, “A Model of Production-Determined Debt Default in Iceland and Argentina”
  • Molly Schnell, “To Go or Not to Go: The College-Going Decision in a Sample of High-IQ Men”
  • Karen Ye, “Spite and Altruism in Second Price Auctions: An Experiment”
   

The Becker Friedman Undergraduate Awards

Class of 2016

  • Abhi Gupta and Daniel Roberts - Becker Friedman Institute Award for Academic Achievement in Macroeconomics
  • Matthew Tauzer - Becker Friedman Institute Award for Academic Achievement in Microeconomics
  • Nicole Gorton - Becker Friedman Institute Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Service

Class of 2015

  • Daniele Caratelli and Zefeng Chen - Becker Friedman Institute Award for Academic Achievement in Macroeconomics
  • Jacob Conway and Simon Lazarus - Becker Friedman Institute Award for Academic Achievement in Microeconomics
  • Basil Halperin and Kayla Reinherz - Becker Friedman Institute Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Service

Class of 2014

  • Botao Wu - Becker Friedman Institute Award for Academic Achievement in Macroeconomics
  • Suraj Malladi - Becker Friedman Institute Award for Academic Achievement in Microeconomics
  • Chris Denning - Becker Friedman Institute Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Service

Class of 2013

  • Klakow Akepanidtaworn - Becker Friedman Institute Award for Academic Achievement in Macroeconomics
  • Anthony Zhang - Becker Friedman Institute Award for Academic Achievement in Microeconomics
  • Defne Ozaltun - Becker Friedman Institute Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Service

Class of 2012

  • Paul Ho - Becker Friedman Institute Award for Academic Achievement
  • William Burgo - Becker Friedman Institute Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Service
 

The Goldberg Award in Economics

This award fund was created by a bequest by Lawrence “Larry” Goldberg, Ph.D. 1972 (Economics). Recipients are students who have created excellent original research in writing their honors theses. The award is intended to encourage students to pursue their academic interests and to make important contributions to knowledge in their chosen fields.

Class of 2013

  • Klakow Akepanidtaworn, "Two Essays on Output"

Class of 2012

  • Maryclare Griffin, "Effects of Early Life Community Violence on the Efficacy of Early Childhood Education Programs"
  • Ryan Wang, "Seller Strategies and Price Dynamics on Amazon Marketplace"
Class of 2010  
  • Jorgen Harris, “Complications in the Congestion Tax Literature: The Effect of Value of Time Clustering on Cordon Tax Efficiency”
  • Malika Krishna, “Hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers: The Effects of Outpatient Competition”
  • Waldo Ojeda, “An Analysis of Race and Subprime Borrowers During the Mortgage Credit Expansion”
  • Daniel Waldinger, “Are Newton Parents Tiebout Agents? The Effect of a Partly Unanticipated Property Tax Increase on Home Prices”

Class of 2009

  • Ross Doppelt, “Human Capital, Endogenous Growth, Business Cycles: A Quantitative Analysis”
  • Andrew Hogue, “Is Amazing Customer Service Profit Maximizing?”
  • John Eric Humphries, “Economic Conditions and GED Test Taking heterogeneous age groups and the roll of the GED test)”
  • Zhiwei Calvin Lin, “Overbidding in IPV Auctions is not a Rational Best Response”
  • Sibo Lu, “The Effect of Income Correlation on the Efficiency of Group Lending and The Case for Micro-Insurance”
  • Chris Milroy, “Crisis and Conflict”
  • Jeffrey Picel, “Optimal Bin Placement for Charities”
  • Eric Robertson, “The Alpha Dogs of the Classroom: The Effects of Quarter of Birth”
  • Tong Kai (Fabian) Tan, “The Valuation of Parks in Chicago using Hedonic Pricing Analysis”

Class of 2008

  • Sonia Jaffe, “Iterative Thinking by Facebook Users”

Class of 2007

  • Kristopher Hult, “A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis of Cigarette Addiction by Industry and Brand”
 

D. Gale Johnson Memorial Award

The D. Gale Johnson Memorial Award was given in honor of D. Gale Johnson who served the University of Chicago from 1955 until his death in 2003. Former Dean of Social Sciences, Provost of the University, and Chairman of the Department of Economics, D. Gale Johnson also served as director of the Undergraduate Economics program through the decade of the 1990’s. This award was given to honors students who wrote exemplary honors theses, and consists of departmental recognition and a monetary prize.

Class of 2006

  • Nicholas Buchholz, “Spatial Search: An Analysis of the Market for Taxicab Rides”
  • Ronald Chan, “IPO lockup expiration, Insider Trading and the Effects of Investor Decisions”
  • Stanislav Rabinovich, “Efficiency in Search and Matching Models with Investment”

Class of 2005

  • Paul Ma, “Rate on Child Spacing: The Case of South Korea”
 

National Science Foundation

Class of 2014

  • Frank Pinter, Harvard Business School (Honorable Mention)

Class of 2013

  • Joshua Bosshardt, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Class of 2012

  • Samuel Moy, Harvard
  • Jake Torcasso, University of Chicago

Class of 2010

  • Ross Doppelt, New York University
  • Dana Chandler, University of Chicago

Class of 2009

  • John Eric Humphries, University of Chicago
  • Vikram Jambulapati, MIT Sloan

Class of 2006

  • Nathaniel D. Henderson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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