A senior honors thesis is a chance to investigate an idea, theoretical issue, policy problem, or historical situation of keen economic interest. All ec senior thesis writers are required to take an Ec 985 Senior Thesis Seminar.
The Ec 985 Seminar Lottery is closed. If you are interested in writing a thesis, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2019-20 Ec 985 Seminars:
Ec 985D: Andrés Maggi, Research in International Trade, Urban Economics, and Economic Growth
Ec 985E: Anke Becker, Research in Behavioral Economics, Inequality, Culture, and History
Ec 985F: Slavik Sheremirov, Research in Macroeconomics, Monetary Economics, Public Economics, and Modeling
Ec 985G: Hillary Stein, Research in Finance, Trade, International Economics, and Econometrics
Ec 985H: Patricia Sun, Research in Development, Political Economy, Industrial Organization, and Applied Microeconomics
Monday and Wednesday, 9-10.15am
Ec 985N: Jeffrey Miron, Research in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, and Econometrics
Ec 985O: Alley Edlebi, Research in Applied Microeconomics, Education, Health, and Labor Economics
Ec 985W: Judd Cramer, Research in Labor Economics, Law, Public Policy, and Applied Microeconomics
Resources for Writing an Ec Thesis
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 2019-20
- Ec Concentrators: Senior Thesis Registration Form (deadline: Monday, October 7, 4pm)
- AM Concentrators: AM Ec 985 Agreement (deadline: Monday, October 7, 4pm)
- Thesis Writers: Slides and Videos from the Ec 985 All-Thesis Meetings
- Seniors: Slides from Thesis Interest Meeting, 9/4/19 (new!)
- Sortable Thesis Advisor List, 2019-20 (updated 10/2/19)
- Economics Senior Theses through 2019, available in Harvard Archives
- Thesis Formatting Guidelines (updated Feb. 2019)
- Advice from former thesis writers
- Juniors: Slides from Jr. Thesis-Interest Meeting (4/3/19)
- Juniors: 2020-21 Thesis Interest Worksheet (coming Spring 2020)
- Juniors: Advice for juniors thinking about a thesis (updated Aug. 2019)
- Undergraduate Research at Harvard, a source of info on research funding, research opportunities like BLISS, PRISE, PRIMO, and more.
- Harvard Libraries Resources
- Sources for research funding on our website and through the College
Human Subjects research and 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 2019 Human Subject Training Seminars for undergraduates: Posted here.
- 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.