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MSC students’ thesis projects

May 6, 2012

Thank you Si Jun, for reminding me.  Here is the list of your subjects.  The selection of your supervisor is in process and will be communicated to you shortly.

PSB, MSc Thesis Summary, Spring semester 2012

Name Subject
Natia and NnekaChoice : Carla Davidovich

ECONOMICS

Impact of OECD innovation strategy on economic growth in Turkey

Origin of innovation, from private sector of from the govt?

Increase of 37% innovation

What % of the federal to R&D?

Mix between Public/private; FDI to innovation?

Germany very active in bringing in innovation;

Soft loans of 50.000€ per person on innovation; World Bank, 20% of their budget is for private sector investment; GGarcia

Nat’l and regional perspective

The role of education in promoting and encouraging innovation

Primary sources of information : OECD, Turkish govt

  1. What are the sources of growth? % of GDP : R&D of

  2. How does it attract FDI?

  3. Education is the key; Women

OUTLINE; Bibliography to do

Jennifère et Si Jun

Choice : Jerry Musnitsky; Kristina Wulf

  1. SUSTAINABILITY

Sustainable Relationship between Manufacturing and services industries in China

  1. National view of Chinese sustainable industries

  2. Nat’l policies for developing manuf and services industries

  3. Le dilemma of the limitation of national policies and current and future development

How is the process of manufacturing sustainable? 

Example : the production of the Electric vehicle is using dirty energy, i.e., coal.  And what would be the source of the electricity to power the car?

Services : hotels, restaurants, how can they be sustainable? Chopsticks, cooking oil

Govt wants to develop sustainable industries, but doesn’t  have the technology; it must be imported .  Education is key to forming young Chinese in new sciences or technologies abroad.  The antiquated education system is inadequate in this technology-based economy.

  1. Bibliography to do

Xiaochu Li/Yuxaio Wang

  1. ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Entrepreneurship leading Technology innovation in China

  1. China’s need for technology (what type of technologies?) incites Chinese to become entrepreneurs

  2. National policies for technology development; framework of 5-year plan

  3. Financial incentives and investment : domestic and foreign? Banks and IO’s; % of GDP invested in R & D

Social network companies; biology, nuclear; industrial pollution; recycling; sustainability; transport infrastructure; higher education; efficiency; food safety and security; water

General overview; two case studies from North and South.

2)Nothing done : bibliography to do

Sreleeka/FabienChoice : Jerry Musnitsky
  1. ENTREPRENEURSHIP

The culture of Entrepreneurship in India vs Vietnam

  1. Examine the country, its culture and see if it is conducive to entrepreneurs/women

  2. Legal framework and economic need (is govt big and ineffective; does it encourage (%GDP = R&D?); FDI; IOs

  3. Sectors that need development (transportation, energy, renewables, water, food supply and security, investment, entertainment)

Recommandations : how to improve the situation for entrepreneurs?

Case studies  from each country : 1 success; 1 failure

  1. Bibliography to do

Nesce/Meryem

Choice : Cassandra Prerost

  1. ECONOMICS

The Greek crisis : how  its debt could lead to its loss of sovereignty

  1. The Greeks don’t pay taxes : 3 generations of debt-building

  2. Saved by the Troika, but at what price? Losing their legitimacy, independence and their sovereignty?

  3. Consequences : losing the Euro and leaving Europe

Democracy vs Fiscality

  1. Bibliography to do

Naren/Sok-Lieng

Choice : Graham Brown

  1. GOVERNANCE

German model of governance : recipe for economic success?

  1. Industrialization under Adolf Hitler and national culture of efficiency; consensus society

  2. Rebuilding after WWII and reunification of the country for a stronger bigger and better Germany (geopolitical to geo-economic shift; are they self-sufficient)

  3. European engine of growth and an economic model of governance today (EU, 27 countries, geographical at the center, with its capital moved to Berlin)

Turkish Immigration ;

Partnership with France, peace dividend and NATO, economic, financial and political stability

  1. Chapters written

Ivana/Inès

Choice : Richard Thompson

ECONOMICS

  1. HR employment policies in Spain as regards Youth Employment
  2. Develop the outline :

  3. Historical background, Spain joining the EU; political background, education policies (WEF Gender Gap Index)

  4. Education in Spain : how many options do young people have?

  5. Los Indignados : reaction to the Financial Crisis?

  6. Is Spain next to fall ?

Bibliography to do

Cameron/Sven

Choice  : EW

FINANCE  & INVESTMENT

Is Social media the next bubble?

  1. History of previous bubbles (tulip, housing , dot.com

  2. Evaluate Patterns and modeling and apply to existing ones

  3. Analysis of social media and how it affects our behavior or our interaction in society; law order; censure in China; its eventual decline but to what; the role of R&D and the % of GDP.  Human beings have a need to communicative, and the form has evolved as we have, as technology has.  Human nature will always creative speculative opportunities, part and parcel of the capitalistic system

  4. What’s next?

Patterns and diagrams done; Bibliography to do

Yu Ting, Hongjian Li

  1. SUSTAINABILITY.

The city of Shanghai (where Yu Ting is from) to see how it is sustainable; what the National policy is; how the city gov’t translates that into policy and it hotels, supermarkets, restaurants and tourism put the reglementations into place.

  1. Housing; Water quality; Air quality; Solid waste management; Transport; Land use planning; Conclusion

Toghrul Rahimov et Wan Lin

ENVIRONMENT/GEOECONOMICS

Ramifications of the petrol over-exploitation of the Caspian Sea.

List the countries that now have borders on the seas since the USSR dissolved in 1991; the oil companies; economic vs.environmental trade-offs; Azerbaidjan  and the preponderant role it plays in the oil prospection process; the importance/irrelevance of alternative/renewable energies; regional cooperation alliances w/Iran, China, India; geopolitical stakes to regional stability.

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