A senior honors thesis is a chance to investigate an idea, theoretical issue, policy problem, or historical situation of keen economic interest.
Check out Why to Write a Senior Thesis in Economics by Professor Benjamin Friedman.
Our Writing Economics guide is a great reference for thesis writers, as well as for anyone doing any writing in economics (course paper, RAship, etc.).
- Senior Thesis Guide 2017-18
- For Juniors: Thesis Topic and Advisor Worksheet (due Friday, May 12)
- For Juniors: Slides from Thesis-Interest Meeting (posted 3/28/17)
- For Seniors: Thesis Registration Form 2016-17 (coming Aug 2017)
- Sortable Thesis Advisor List 2016-17
- Economics Senior Theses through 2016, available in Harvard Archives
- Advice for juniors thinking about a thesis
- Advice from former thesis writers
- Advice for seniors on finishing your thesis (updated Feb. 2017)
- Senior Thesis Formatting Guidelines (updated Jan. 2017)
- Undergraduate Research at Harvard, a source of info on research funding, research opportunities like BLISS, PRISE, PRIMO, and more.
- Getting Started with Economics Research with the Harvard Library
- Sources for research funding on our website and through the College
- The Institutional Review Board (IRB). Any research that involves experiments, surveys, human subjects, or uses previously gathered data on human subjects containing identifying information must seek IRB approval.
- Apply through Harvard's Committee on the Use of Human Subjects (CUHS).
- Fall 2016 Human Subject Training Seminars for undergraduates: TBA.
- Guidance about research that may need IRB approval and steps to follow for approval.
- FAQs about human subjects research.
- If you have questions, please contact a staff member at CUHS.