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Rapoport-King Thesis Scholarship Awarded to Econ Student

Posted: October 9, 2013
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The Economics Department congratulates David Oh as a recipient of a 2013-2014 Rapoport-King Thesis Scholarship. David is one of 15 students to receive the scholarship this year among a field of 40 competitors.

The Rapoport-King Thesis Scholarships honor Audre and Bernard Rapoport and Robert D. King, former Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Audre and Bernard Rapoport of Waco, Texas have provided an endowment that enables the College of Liberal Arts to provide scholarship and research support for those students who are writing a thesis in one of the Departmental Honors Programs the year they apply. Fellows are chosen on basis of academic record, the quality of the thesis proposal, and financial need. Those chosen are awarded a $2,000 scholarship. In addition, the student’s faculty mentor receives a $1,000 research stipend.

In his thesis, "The Gift of Salvation", David seeks to contribute to the recent growth in the economics of religion by expanding on the model of household utility founded by Azzi and Ehrenberg (1975). His utility model will distinguish itself from that of Azzi and Ehrenberg by allowing salvific merit of the religion to have an effect on individual's utility maximizing decision. David’s supervisor is Dr. Stephen Trejo.

For more information about this and other Liberal Arts scholarships go to: http://www.utexas.edu/cola/progs/lahonors/scholarships/overview.php

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