A senior honors thesis is a chance to investigate an idea, theoretical issue, policy problem, or historical situation of keen economic interest.
Honors recommendations, honors exam grades, thesis grades, and comments will be handed out by the 2nd week of May.
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.