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G International and Development Economics

Student Research

A key component of the Master's degree in International and Development Economics at USF is the overseas field-study internship. The internship is undertaken by all domestic students during the summer semester. In most cases, research collected during the field study will be applied toward the research project undertaken in the following fall semester.

Some of USF's overseas partner institutions include:

Students set up a field-research project by working with a USF faculty member in conjunction with a faculty member from the overseas partner institution that the student chooses.

Spring 2011 Masters Theses

Nathan Cutler

Social Networks as Substitutes for Micro-health Insurance: Experimental Evidence from Cambodia
Gregory Donheiser

The Impact of Risk Preferences on the Purchase of Health Insurance: Evidence from Cambodia
Alexandra Ghosh
Civil Conflict and Female Bargaining Power: Evidence from Tajikistan
Kate Heryford
Who Borrows? Entrepreneurial Propensity and Microfinance in Rwanda
Frank Hoffman
Networks and Insurance: Results from an Artefactual Field Experiment in Cambodia
Marko Koosel*
Civil War Violence: Economic Ruin or Opportunity? (Tajikistan)
Patrick Madigan
Framing, Loss Aversion, The Endowment Effect, and The Status Quo Bias as Facilitators of Health Insurance Uptake: Experimental Evidence from Cambodia
Juliana Matson
The Economic Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture in Ethiopia: A Ricardian Analysis
Evan Neubacher
The Effect of Microfinance on Household Welfare while Controlling for Entrepreneurial Propensity: Evidence from Rwanda
Ram Rajbanshi
Microcredit and Household Welfare in Rural Nepal
Herman E. Ramírez
Quantifying the Impacts of Child Sponsorship Using the Life Satisfaction Approach – Evidence from Bolivia
Phillip H. Ross
An Investigation of Reference Point Shifts in a Child Sponsorship Program 
Lexi Russell
Conflict and Civil Action in Tajikistan
Priyanka Talwar
Community Water-Source Maintenance Contribution by Local Users: The Role of Prosocial Behavior and Warfare (Sierra Leone)
Kittiyaratch Thanakornmonkkonchai
Foreign Direct Investment and Growth: the Role of Institutional Quality
Raj Thiagaraj
Infrastructure as a Determinant of Foreign Direct Investment: An Industry Specific Analysis (Vietnam)
Timothy D. Van Vugt
Microfinance in Rwanda: An Event Study of Fundamental Household Events
Kenneth Skyler Wilson
Foreign Direct Investment and Economics Growth: Does Financial Structure Matter? (Vietnam)

Spring 2010 Masters Theses

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The Impact of Formal Schooling on Migration and Employment Outcomes: Evidence from Rural Guatemala
Guatemala
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Opportunity Costs of Schooling in Malawi
Malawi
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Risk Perceptions and Behavioral Change: Impact of VCT on Zero-Negative Youth and young Adults in Malawi's Salima District
Malawi
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Intellectual Property Rights and Technology Transfer: The Role of Skill Level

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Risk Aversion in Post-Tsunami Thailand
Thailand
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Bolsa Familia & Child Labor: Impact Evaluation Using Prosperity Score Matching
Brazil
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Personal Determinants of Trust Reciprocity and Risk Preferences after a Natural Disaster: Experimental Evidence from Thailand
Thailand
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Interdepending of Formal and Non-formal Education on Egg Yields: Data from Southern Ethiopia
Ethiopia
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Estimating and Identifying Determinants of Individual Discount Rates: A Field Experiment in Post-Tsunami Thailand
Thailand
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Ex-ante Moral Hazard in Microcredit Loan Default
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Joint-liability Lending and Asymmetric Information Problems: An Experimental Case Study from Bolivia
Bolivia
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The Determinants of Indian FDI in Thailand
Thailand

Spring 2009 Masters Theses

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Impact of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Inflow on Internal Migration in China: Complements or Substitutes
China
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The Growth Effects of FDI in Kazakhstan: Do Perceptions Match Reality?
Kazakhstan
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The Impact of Foreign Direct Investment on Internal Migration: The Case of India
India
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The Effects of Money Growth on Inflation and Spending: A Field Experiment Approach
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Rural Out-Migration and Farm Asset Accumulation: The Case of Guatemala
Guatemala
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Health Education Seminars and their impact on Knowledge and demand for small health investments: The case of rural Guatemala
Guatemala 
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Child Sponsorship: An Evaluation of Long-Term Economic and Educational Outcomes
Uganda
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Non-Economic Outcomes of Child Sponsorship
Uganda
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The Impact of a Child Sponsorship Program on Trust and Trustworthiness
Uganda
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Military Aid and Economic Growth
sub-Saharan Africa
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Loan Participation and Childhood Investments: A Case Study from Chennai
India
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Measuring Microfinance Impact on Business Income and Household Expenditures: Chennai
India
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The Impact of Microfinance on Health Outcomes: A Case Study in India
India
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Risk Management Solutions: Analyzing the Demand for Agricultural Insurance in Rural Peru
Peru
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Health Investments under Uncertainity: A Ugandan Case Study
Uganda
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Effect of Varied Credit Sources on Household Chore Contribution in Chennai
India
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A Randomized Health Education Intervention and Subjects' Propensity to Learn: Evidence from Busia, Uganda
Uganda
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Malaria Bed Net Investments in Uganda: The Role Perceptions and Risk

Uganda