Dixie L. Leavitt School of Business

Southern Utah University Working Paper Series

SUUWP was established in the spring of 2019 as a way to highlight and showcase undergraduate research. Originally stemming from research projects from the undergraduate econometrics course, SUUWP is for any student using economic tools to conduct original research. To be published on this site, students must write an academic research paper and present their findings at an academic conference.


Jacob Lyman

How Much is That Second Major Worth?
By: Jacob Lyman

Abstract: This study examines the difference in earnings between college graduates who select to double-major for their bachelor's degree versus those who select to only single-major. To collect a greater return on their education, students are often compelled to double-major as they pursue their bachelor's degree. Does this decision effectively increase student outcomes? At the beginning of this study, my initial assumption was that a second major would insignificantly affect the earnings of an individual. The results of this study confirm this hypothesis, providing evidence that a second major insignificantly affects earnings at the 95% confidence level, all else held constant.

Brayden Ross

Online Interactions in Education and Their Effects on Students Perception of Quality
By: Brayden Ross

Abstract: Online education is increasing as a solution to manage increasing enrollment numbers at higher education institutions. Intentionally and thoughtfully constructed courses allow students to improve performance through practice and self-assessment and instructors benefit from improving consistency in providing content and assessing process, performance, and progress. The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of student to instructor interaction on the student’s perception of quality for an online course. The top two findings of the case study included an overall linear relationship between interactions per student and overall perception of quality in addition to a statistically significant relationship between interactions per student and quality-of-course scoring by students using linear regression with fixed effects for colleges.


Cassidy Mickelson

The Worth of an MLB All-Star: Are MLB All-Star Players the Key to Wins, the Playoffs, and the World Series?
By: Cassidy Mickelson

Abstract: All-Stars are given the title of being the best a team has to offer but are they helping their teams get more wins, make it to the playoffs and win the World Series? Players are more likely to make the MLB all-star team in the first years of their career, thus a team should identify and purchase these players if it is found that these players could help a team be successful. It is also in the team's best interest to know how many players they should purchase with an “all-star” status. This study found that while holding home game attendance, salary, earned run average (ERA) and fielding percentage constant, a team should try to have 8-9 all-stars on their team to increase wins and probability of making the playoffs, while 6-7 all-stars will help a team to win the World Series.

Mikala Lowrance

One More Shot: Predicting Wins in Women's Professional Tennis
By: Mikala Lowrance

Abstract: Racquet technology, tactics, and an increased importance placed on improving player stamina have led the game of tennis to evolve into a more physically demanding sport over the past 20 years. This paper looks to examine rally duration's effect on match outcome of female tennis players at the professional level. The purpose of this research was to assess the relationship between point duration and winning to better understand to what extent a player's stamina as well as momentum shifts effect winning. Data was collected through the Tennis Match Charting Project, in which one hundred forty-one matches where used. Matches were only used from the Australian Open to keep consistency in surface and ball type. Results indicate that the player who is most successful on long rallies of 10 or more shots is both the player in greater physical shape, and is the player that will likely gain the most momentum. From these assumptions, it is speculated that the player with a higher number of long rallies won, will ultimately win the match.

Jessica Mancuso

Does a Gender Pay Gap Among Faculty Exist at Southern Utah University?
By: Jessica Mancuso

Abstract: This paper provides an analysis on salaries for female and male faculty members at Southern Utah University. Given all the attention that gender pay gap has gotten in the last years, I have decided to respond to the question if Southern Utah University, the university where I study, has a gender pay gap among faculty members. After gathering information on SUU's faculty education, job position, age, and salary, I used a linear regression model to answer this question. The results of the study suggest that there is not enough evidence to prove that there is a gender pay gap among SUU faculty, probably because the data set is limited to the year 2016.