Student Research

Through the generous contributions of supporters, foundations and alumni the Department of Economics is able to offer the following competition and scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students. In all cases, students must be officially declared economics majors and in good standing.

The Department of Economics currently runs two research competitions for students. Awards are made in two ways, a student can submit either: a completed piece of research, or a proposal for a research project. Both papers and proposals must be developed under the guidance of an SJSU Economics faculty member, and both proposals and papers must be examples of academic economics research.

Semiannual Best Paper Proposal Competitions

Proposal submissions are due on October 31st and March 31st for the Fall or Spring semesters, respectively. Each semester we plan to make three awards at $1,000 each. To apply, complete the Application Form and email your completed proposal in PDF format to the director of the research and proposal competitions. Proposals must describe the Research Objective, the General Methodology, and include a list of Tasks and Deliverables, which describes each project task and anticipated date of completion.

Apply via GoogleDocs Best Paper / Proposal Competition Application Form.

Dr. Matthew Holian
Director, Research and Proposal Competitions
matthew.holian@sjsu.edu

Annual Best Paper Competition

Submissions are due by May 31st of each year; in Spring 2017, we plan to offer one $2,000 award, one $1,000 award, and one $500 award to the three best academic papers. To apply, complete the Application Formand email your completed research paper in PDF format to the director of the research and proposal competitions, currently Dr. Matthew Holian

Apply via GoogleDocs Best Paper / Proposal Competition Application Form.

Dr. Matthew Holian
Director, Research and Proposal Competitions
matthew.holian@sjsu.edu 

Competition Deadline Award (anticpated)
Fall Proposal Competition October 31st First prize $1,000,
Second prize $500
Third prize $250
For both UGrad and Grad
Spring Proposal Competition March 31st First prize $1,000,
Second prize $500
Third prize $250
For both UGrad and Grad
Annual Paper Competition May 31st First prize $2,000,
Second prize $1,000
Third prize $500

 

Spring 2018 Annual Best Paper Proposal Winners
Congratulations!

Mikhail Arbuzov
Estimated Dynamic Equilibrium Model: Supply and Demand as a Sample Path of a Stochastic Process?”

To this day Efficient Market Theory remains the only accepted theory explaining mechanics of price formation. Although it has an extraordinary body of evidence, it fails to explain the most important market anomalies such as bubbles and crashes. Numerous rival theories developed to explain the anomalies remain controversial as nosy historical data contains evidence to all of them; even when they are mutually exclusive. To avoid data mining for another controversial theory, I rely on realistic assumptions and math to build an agent-based model of price formation mechanics. As the proposed model not only explains the formation of market anomalies but also provides an explanation why real world data supports mutually exclusive hypotheses, it may become the single uncontroversial theory for price formation mechanics.

Alexander P. San Filippo
"The Introduction of Private Prisons and Incarceration Rates"

This research seeks to answer the question, What is the effect of the for-profit prison system on the incarceration rates? My hypothesis is that there will be a statistically significant effect on the increase of incarceration rates once private prisons are allowed to operate within a state. The methodology involves a comparative analysis between the state of Mississippi and Arkansas. Both states have similar characteristics such as GSP, demographics, etc. but only Mississippi allows private prisons to operate within the state.

Fall 2017 Semiannual Best Proposal Winners
Congratulations!

Graduate Student Winners:

Allan Wheeler - ”Equilibrium, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Calculation: Implications for Urban Economic Development”
Noe Vidales and Gregory Wong - “Public Policy and the Marital Decisions of the Indigenous Population of Mexico”

Undergraduate Student Winners:

Christina Sawyer - “How Would Seattle’s Minimum Wage Policy Impact San Jose’s Citizens with Barriers to Employment?”
Luca Pasquini - “Market Impacts of Cyber Attacks”
Eshan Jain - “What Makes a Non-Profit Organization More Profitable?”