Dissertation Title: Examples
1. Public Sector Economics: public transport, health care system, pension scheme, education, welfare, etc.
â€¢ A look at the various diï¬€erences between the UK and the Middle East: Taxation.
â€¢ Rail transport in Europe â€¢ Recent railway accidents and how it has aï¬€ected the railway industry.
â€¢ Is the UK beneï¬t system an incentive to ï¬nd work? Case studies: Young single parents and college leavers â€¢ The cost of education in the UK.
â€¢ The eï¬€ect of an ageing population upon an economy.
â€¢ With the increasing ageing population, will the current pension scheme able to cope?
â€¢ UK pensions policy: economic eï¬€ects and future changes.
â€¢ Ineï¬ƒciency within the NHS.
â€¢ Is the NHS fulï¬lling its objective? Could the NHS do better?
â€¢ The cost and beneï¬ts of road transport.
â€¢ The economics of tolled motorways.
â€¢ The funding and ï¬nancial structure of the NHS: A critique.
â€¢ Income inequality in current China: its implications on the social economy and some suggestions.
â€¢ Gender inequality in education and its eï¬€ect on poverty: A cross-state study of India.
â€¢ A critical evaluation of how the NHS is ï¬nanced and alternative models.
â€¢ Pension schemes in the UK: Is there a problem with publicly funded/state pension?
â€¢ A comparative analysis of higher education funding in countries in Europe.
â€¢ Privatisation: A case study on British Rail.
â€¢ The rationale and eï¬€ectiveness of family planning programs.
â€¢ The optimal balance between an eï¬ƒcient and fair allocation of health care in a national context.
â€¢ Investigating participation rates of post-compulsory education in the UK.
â€¢ The privatization of the British Rail: A social welfare analysis.
â€¢ An econometric analysis of the demand for road transport within the united Kingdom from 1965 to 2000 â€¢ Investigating the trade-oï¬€ between defense, health and education expenditures:
A time series analysis of the US economy 1970-2002.
â€¢ How diï¬€erent are income and consumption taxes.
â€¢ When and to what extent is PFI appropriate as a method of public sector service provision?
â€¢ A comparison between health services in the United Kingdom and France.
â€¢ Pension plans and their eï¬€ect on personal savings: Evidence from the UK.
2. Finance, Investment, Banking, Monetary Economics: modelling ï¬nancial series, portfolio management, ï¬nancial crisis, monetary policy, etc.
â€¢ The role of monetary policy and its eï¬€ectiveness in controlling the rate of inï¬‚ation.
â€¢ The eï¬€ect of debt crisis in Argentina â€¢ Analysis of the strategy undertaken by a Cypriot bank.
â€¢ Does asset price volatility aï¬€ect the real economy?
â€¢ The Asian tigers economic crisis.
â€¢ Implications of the Government debt on crowding out in the UK economy.
â€¢ How eï¬€ective are monetary and ï¬scal policy 1.
â€¢ The eï¬€ectiveness of some simple stock market investment strategies.
â€¢ Monetary policy in developing countries.
â€¢ Testing the validity of the Eï¬ƒcient Market Hypothesis.
â€¢ The use of bond future in portfolio management: An empirical analysis of the eï¬€ectiveness of the theoretical portfolio hedge â€¢ The determinants of investment: an econometric study.
â€¢ The ups and downs of the stock markets and trying to come up on top.
â€¢ A critical analysis of portfolio investment theories.
â€¢ Is it ï¬nancially viable to insure against the risks of the stock market?
â€¢ The German and English banking systems: A comparison; which one is better for customers? Which one is better for ï¬rms?
â€¢ Argentinaâ€™s disaster, the IMF and the World Bank.
â€¢ Tax evasion and the government revenue.
â€¢ What similarities are there in the types of ï¬rms in the FTSE 100 and NYSE? â€¢ How does the central bank work in ï¬nancial markets in the US?
â€¢ Factors aï¬€ecting the performance of shares in Hong Kong after the Asian ï¬nancial crisis.
â€¢ Japanâ€™s ï¬nancial crisis and its banking system.
â€¢ Evaluation of the eï¬ƒcient market hypothesis (EMH) in the stock market.
â€¢ The economic impact of mandatory provident fund (MPF) in Hong Kong.
â€¢ The examination of CEO compensations of US banks and bank holding companies (ï¬nancial services)
â€¢ Stockholding in Cyprus.
â€¢ The link exchange rate system in Hong Kong.
â€¢ Major market shocks and their implications.
â€¢ To what extent does payment card fraud aï¬€ect UK bank proï¬tability and bank stakeholders? Does this justify fraud prevention?
â€¢ The impact of Central Bank independence on price stability: Does independence lead to increased price stability?
â€¢ Analysis of the weak and semi-strong forms of eï¬ƒciency in SGX (Singapore Exchange)
â€¢ An assessment of ï¬nancial assets.
â€¢ A study of managing risk using ï¬nancial futures (behaviour approach) â€¢ Inï¬‚ation targeting and its economic impact in the UK.
â€¢ A review of UK stock market eï¬ƒciency using the random walk model.
â€¢ Optimal rate of inï¬‚ation for transition economies:
Case study; the central bank of Armenia.
â€¢ Evaluating the Swedish monetary policy using the Taylor rule as a guideline for the time period 1995M1-2000M6.
â€¢ Are macroeconomic variables such as GDP, inï¬‚ation, interest rate, unit wage cost, play signiï¬cant role in determining UKâ€™s unemployment rate? Is China heading towards a ï¬nancial crisis?
â€¢ The determinant factors on stock prices: How debt, dividends, insider share holdings and institutional investors ownership and ï¬rm size aï¬€ect the stock price.
3. International Trade.
â€¢ Trading with China.
â€¢ Does international trade and integration lead to economic growth?
â€¢ Developing countriesâ€™ gains and losses from international trade.
â€¢ Currency unions and trade: To what extent does a currency union aï¬€ect trade?
â€¢ Economic eï¬€ect of a dictatorship upon the country in question and international trade 2
â€¢ Gains and losses from International trade for the UK.
â€¢ The impact on China and other countries after China entered the World Trade Organization.
â€¢ The importance of international trade in developing countries.
â€¢ Foreign direct investment in China: Determinants and impact.
â€¢ The economic implications of opening borders to Cyprus.
â€¢ The eï¬€ect of the banana crisis on the Jamaican and British economies.
â€¢ Export and import trade in garments between UK and Hong Kong.
â€¢ To what extent are the gains to developing countries from trade liberalisation exaggerated?
â€¢ Foreign direct investment and wages: Evidence from USA and China.
â€¢ Evaluating the eï¬€ect of exchange rate changes on trade balances in the short and long run in China and the UK.
â€¢ The roles of exchange rate and exchange rate regime in Chinaâ€™s export.
4. Economic Development and Growth.
â€¢ Poverty in Nigeria. what should be done?
â€¢ Estimating the eï¬€ect of international aid on development in Uganda or Malawi.
â€¢ The eï¬€ects of a multinational cooperation on a developing country.
â€¢ The impact of external debt on economic growth in Uganda in the 1980s and 90s.
â€¢ The problems faced by Brazil in achieving economic growth: the constraints on reform.
â€¢ To what extent have the Labourâ€™s measures to reduce poverty within the UK been successful?
â€¢ What are the economic and environmental implications of the regional airport expansions at Nottingham East Midlands airport and West Midlands International airports for the Midlands.
â€¢ How successful have international ï¬nancial institutions such as the World Bank and IMF been in helping economies recover from ï¬nancial crises?
â€¢ Population growth and economic development.
â€¢ The role of multinationals in economic development.
â€¢ The impact of education on economic growth in China.
â€¢ WTO and economic development in China.
â€¢ The eï¬€ects of foreign investment on the Chinese economy.
â€¢ Trade policies and economic growth.
â€¢ Examining the eï¬€ects of a debt burden whilst trying to achieve economic growth in Mexico (1970-2000)
â€¢ The economic consequences of child labour.
â€¢ What inï¬‚uence does income inequality, foreign aid and poverty have on economic growth in the Brazilian economy?
â€¢ The future economic growth in China as a result of recent and proposed policy implementation.
â€¢ Foreign aid and economic growth in India: An econometric analysis using time series data.
â€¢ An empirical investigation testing the predictions of the SOlow Model to the recent economic growth experienced in India.
â€¢ â€˜Superâ€™ casinos will be built in the UK in 2006: Will they reduce unemployment and promote economic growth?
â€¢ Analysing the extent to which the oil reserves in Nigeria have contributed to its current state of poverty.
â€¢ Has the foreign aid donated to Tanzania been a signiï¬cant factor in the achievement of economic growth over the past two decades?
â€¢ An investigation into the poverty reduction methods used in India: Are they successful in alleviating poverty?
â€¢ Does the central bank independence aï¬€ect the economic growth rates in African countries in the period 1990-1997? â€¢ Immigration in the UK over the period 1971-2001: Causes and impact on GDP and GDP per capita â€¢ The key to development in Nigeria: Resource curse or debt overhang?
â€¢ Analysis of the Bulgarian Foreign trade after the years of economic transition: Development, tendencies and impact on the economy.
5. Labour Economics
â€¢ The European labour force
â€¢ A study on the eï¬€ects of the introduction of the minimum wage.
â€¢ Discrimination against women in the labour market.
â€¢ European unemployment.
â€¢ Employment in the UK.
â€¢ Causes of unemployment in the UK and the trade-oï¬€ with inï¬‚ation.
â€¢ Diï¬€erent patterns in occupations and and earning throughout the labour market.
â€¢ Henry Fordâ€™s $5 workday: A discussion of the theory of eï¬ƒciency wages.
â€¢ The changing role of women in the labour force and its eï¬€ect on society: Comparing UK, USA & Africa
â€¢ The change in working practices within the UK.
â€¢ The role of racial discrimination in the labour market.
â€¢ Human capital: what determines individualsâ€™ wage rate.
â€¢ To what extent does there appear to be discrimination in the labour market, and if so what are the economic eï¬€ect of such a bias?
â€¢ Assessing the determinants of earning for single parents using the UK family resource survey 1999/2000.
â€¢ The eï¬€ect of minimum wages on foreign domestic helpersâ€™ employment in Hong Kong.
â€¢ Immigrants and factors aï¬€ecting their hourly wages in the UK.
â€¢ The eï¬€ect of immigration on wages in the UK: 1996-2000 â€¢ Is child labour unambiguously ruinous for a country, purely in an economical context?
â€¢ What eï¬€ect has the introduction of a National Minimum Wage had on employment in the United Kingdom?
â€¢ Regional unemployment disparities in the UK: A case based on the South East region.
â€¢ Analysis of minimum wage policy on employment and its feasibility in Hong Kong.
6. Microeconomics: oligopoly, collusion, cartel, competition policy, etc.
â€¢ Collusion and law.
â€¢ How eï¬€ective is advertising as a barrier to entry?
â€¢ The advantages of R & D and innovation in competitive markets â€¢ Marketing strategies and research as a business approach.
â€¢ The theory behind mergers and beneï¬ts to industry.
â€¢ Economic regulation of monopolies in the UK and USA.
â€¢ Price discrimination in the UK car industry.
â€¢ Industrial concentration with the record industry.
â€¢ The use of internet as a marketing and sales device.
â€¢ Competition in the British wine market 4.
â€¢ Does empirical evidence back up the point of theoretical barriers to entry?
â€¢ Price discrimination in the European car market.
â€¢ Hostile takeovers
â€¢ The eï¬€ects that government regulations have on monopoly power.
â€¢ The strategy and managerial turnaround of Marks and Spencer.
â€¢ The eï¬€ect of mergers on the UK banking sector.
â€¢ Proï¬tability related to market structure.
â€¢ Strategic proï¬le of the BMW motor group and selected acquisitions.
â€¢ Copyright in the entertainment industry.
â€¢ Barriers to enter in the UK competitive market.
â€¢ Are the ï¬rms in the mobile phone industry oligopolies?
â€¢ The role of information in product selection and advertising.
â€¢ Competitiveness of Hong Kong among the Tigers.
â€¢ The announcement of mergers and acquisitions on shareholder value.
â€¢ Reputation, predation, management and strategic behaviour of supermarkets.
â€¢ The theory of asymmetric information with ï¬nancial markets: The principle-agent and rogue trader problems.
â€¢ OPEC: Group behaviour and bounded rationality.
â€¢ A theoretical and empirical survey into the eï¬€ects of asymmetric information on the automobile insurance markets, and the role that experience rating plays.
â€¢ The impact of low-cost carrier entry to the air-transport market: Competitive advantage, eï¬ƒciency gains and future implications.
â€¢ Geographical price discrimination in the English car market.
â€¢ Through the evolution and application of Game Theory can we understand more clearly utility as a measure of psychological fulï¬llment?
â€¢ Entry deterrence in imperfectly competitive supermarket ï¬rms in Hong Kong.
â€¢ Barriers to entry: Theory and evidence, corporate diversiï¬cation, motivation and outcomes.
â€¢ Competition in the ï¬xed line telecommunication market.
7. European Union: economics of integration, EU policy, single currency, etc.
â€¢ Should the UK enter the single currency? â€¢ Monetary integration: costs and beneï¬ts to the UK.
â€¢ Analysing the economic rationale for the UKâ€™s membership of the European single currency.
â€¢ The UK and EU: economic gains and losses.
â€¢ Pressure to reduce car prices in the UK to match the European norm.
â€¢ UK and the European Monetary Union: A discussion of the economic beneï¬ts and costs.
â€¢ Should Britain enter the EU or adopt Euro?
â€¢ The eï¬€ects of a single currency on an economy.
â€¢ Will entering the single currency aï¬€ect the NHS?
â€¢ The economic implications of the UK entering into the European single currency.
â€¢ How joining and staying out of the single currency will aï¬€ect the UKâ€™s economy and prosperity
â€¢ An economic analysis of the EU common agricultural policy (CAP)
â€¢ Should Britain join the Euro? Is the economic and monetary union economically viable for Britain?
â€¢ How might EU enlargement aï¬€ect the UKâ€™s economy in the short-run and in the long-run?
â€¢ The eï¬€ects of European economic integration on FDI determinants: The impact of Euro on UK level of FDI
â€¢ Are the broad restraints of the European single currency too restrictive to allow a group of nations to ï¬‚ourish?
â€¢ The impact of the EU enlargement during 2000-2004 on the wages in the UK.
â€¢ Have European business cycles converged due to monetary integration?
8. Environmental Economics and Tourism.
â€¢ Tourism in Ghana (the land of hospitality)
â€¢ The externalities that arise from landï¬ll and incineration.
â€¢ Environmental pollution (externalities) as a result of global warming.
â€¢ International terrorism and its economic impact on tourism in the UK and USA.
â€¢ The economics of traï¬ƒc congestion and an analysis of the solution.
â€¢ Live music: excess volume as an externality.
â€¢ Sustainable development: The transposition of the end of life vehicles directive in the UK.
â€¢ The economics of congestion.
â€¢ The dynamic nature of holiday markets in the UK.
â€¢ A study of the London traï¬ƒc congestion charge.
â€¢ The eï¬€ect of congestion charges in major cities.
â€¢ Road usage in the UK: An empirical and econometric analysis.
â€¢ Tourism in Kenya: An empirical analysis on the eï¬€ect of tourism on economic growth in the country.
â€¢ Economics of tourism: a case study on the impact of environmental issues in Malta
9. Property Market â€¢ The UK property market.
â€¢ Fluctuations in house prices â€¢ What factors inï¬‚uence the diï¬€erences in regional house prices across the UK?
â€¢ A study of how the increase in the UK house prices over the last ï¬fteen years aï¬€ected the ability of ï¬rst time buyers to get onto the property ladder.
â€¢ Property market in Hong Kong.
â€¢ A look at boom and bust: examining factors which aï¬€ect UK house prices â€¢ Explaining house price variations between regions across the UK via the ripple eï¬€ect hypothesis: How do the labour market structure and government policies aï¬€ect such variations?
â€¢ Regional variations in the UK house prices: An empirical and comparative analysis of panel data between 1985-2003 â€¢ The eï¬€ects of demographic age structure upon UK house prices.
â€¢ Causes of UK house price volatility and its macroeconomic eï¬€ects.
â€¢ The relationship between oil prices and house prices in the Uk economy â€¢ The impact of rising house prices on the UK economy
10. Alcohol, Tobacco, Black Markets and Piracy: drugs market, illicit distilling, illegal immigration, pirate software and CDs etc.
â€¢ The economics of the illegal immigrant problem (in the UK)
â€¢ Has the introduction of home CD writers had a signiï¬cant eï¬€ect on the UK music industry?
â€¢ Underground economics: A study into the illegal re-sale of event tickets.
â€¢ Economic eï¬€ects and consequences of alcohol/cigarette consumption in the UK 6
â€¢ Entry of pirated compact discs into the music/software industry in Singapore.
â€¢ The economic viability of legalizing cannabis in the UK
â€¢ Alcohol and tobacco: strain or gain to the United Kingdomâ€™s economy?
â€¢ The eï¬€ect of supply side enforcement policies on the illicit drugs market
â€¢ The illicit drugs market in the UK: Social costs and the government intervention.
â€¢ Tobacco consumption in the UK â€¢ The economics of tobacco taxation: How does excise tax aï¬€ect the level and dem and of smoking in the United Kingdom?
â€¢ How does alcohol consumption aï¬€ect the labour force participation rate in the US?
â€¢ Analysis and solutions for UK binge drinking.
â€¢ Unemployment and criminal activity: Is there a signiï¬cant relationship?
â€¢ Piracy and the copyright industry.
â€¢ Change in income and consumption of tobacco in the US in the last 30 years.
â€¢ Illicit drug use and the UK labour market: An empirical analysis of its eï¬€ect on the productivity and wages of young adults.
â€¢ Restructuring a state-run economy through privatisation: Zambia as a case study.
â€¢ Does the â€œNorth-South divideâ€ still exist? If yes, then where is the divide?
â€¢ The UK car market.
â€¢ The eï¬€ect of the world trade tower disaster on American Airlines.
â€¢ The problems of an ageing population.
â€¢ The economic consequences of the September 11 attacks in America.
â€¢ HBSO: an agency problem or a business strategy?
â€¢ The economic eï¬€ects of tobacco regulations.
â€¢ Diversiï¬cation of KEO wine company in Cyprus.
â€¢ Economics of gambling â€¢ Immigration and the domestic economy.
â€¢ Does the Catholic Church behave as a multinational ï¬rm?
â€¢ How does SARS aï¬€ect the Hong Kong business economy?
â€¢ The role of oil in Nigeria.
â€¢ The economic implications of the foot and mouth disease.
â€¢ The economics of terrorism.
â€¢ High street clothing stores vs. designer labels.
â€¢ The impact of oil discovery in Nigeria on the countryâ€™s agricultural industry.
â€¢ The eï¬€ect of oil prices on the British economy.
â€¢ Eï¬ƒciency in sports betting markets.
â€¢ The implementation and implication of a cashless economy.
â€¢ An essay on the economics and politics of prison privatization.
â€¢ Economics of gangsters.
â€¢ Film entertainment industry in the USA.
â€¢ Are Western countries such as the US and the UK still at risk of stagï¬‚ation and a higher unemployment rate given OPECâ€™s ability to increase oil prices?
â€¢ The eï¬€ect of demographic transition on an economy, with special reference to the UK economy.
â€¢ The impact of the BSE crisis of 1996 on beef and milk prices in the UK.
â€¢ The economic regeneration of London Docklands.
â€¢ Mining vs. the Zambian economy: The impact of copper mining on Zambia 7.
â€¢ The internet and its economic impact on the UK music industry.
â€¢ A critical introduction to hyperbolic discounting: several applications.
â€¢ Migration of Jews and the growth and stability of Israel.
â€¢ Analysis of non-durable luxury good industry
â€¢ Overall view of the Macau industry: how much impact does the gaming industry have on the economy and country?
â€¢ Evaluating the eï¬€ects of 2008 Olympic Games to Beijing economy.
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