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15th Annual Economic Scholars Program Conference for Undergraduate Research

Virtual Conference

The Economics Scholars Program (ESP) is a collaborative effort between Austin College and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas to foster the involvement of undergraduate economics students in all facets of research.

The cornerstone of the ESP is the annual ESP Conference. Since 2007, student scholars and faculty from institutions across the U.S. and Canada have come together to share undergraduate student-initiated or student–faculty coauthored works, ideas about the role of undergraduate research in the curriculum and the challenges and concerns of undergraduates who conduct research.


9:00 a.m.

  • Armida Riojas, Director, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

9:45 a.m.

Presentation Session One
  • The Phillips Curve and Its 21st Century Evolution
    Michael Kashian, Marquette University
  • Forward Expectations of Inflation’s Effects on Equity Style Factor Excess Performance
    Nicholas DeFrancesco, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
  • County Level Changes Alone Predicted Biden Win in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin
    Rachel Rucker, Stephen F. Austin University
  • Modern-Day Social Stratification? Exploratory Analysis of Socioeconomic Status and Stagnant College Degree Completion Rates
    Kenneth Skidmore and Kale Tendick, Texas State University

11:00 a.m.

Presentation Session Two
  • Professor-only session: Federal Reserve Internship Opportunities
  • The Effect of Real Broad Effective Exchange Rates and Inflation on Middle Eastern Conflict
    Paycen Brouillette, Louisiana Tech University
  • The Effect of the Coronavirus on Low-Income Counties in Texas
    Avery Atencio, Austin College
  • The Relationship Between Fuel Consumption and Carbon Emissions in Canada Using Multiple Regression and Recommendations for Vietnam
    Anh Nguyen, Texas Christian University
  • Changes in Emergency Department Visits After the ACA Medicaid Expansion: Evidence from State-Level Data
    Ningzhou Gu, The University of Texas at Austin/ University of Texas Health Houston

12:00 p.m.


1:30 p.m.

Presentation Session Three
  • Should Central Banks Lend to Local Governments in Times of Crisis? Evidence from the Federal Reserve’s Covid-19 Municipal Liquidity Facility
    Rohan Garg, Yale University
  • Impacts of COVID-Induced Recession on Unemployment Rate of Minority Groups Across Counties in the United States
    Moses Addai, Soka University of America
  • Great Recession vs. COVID-19: Differences in the Nature of Unemployment
    Inhye Kim, Boston University
  • The Effects of Economic Stability on Events of Civil Unrest in Latin America
    Marissa Schmoecker, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
  • First-Generation Status and College Entrance Exam Scores in the United States
    Soo Jee Choi, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Income Inequality and Asset Price Bubbles
    Tomer Fidelman, University of California Davis

2:45 p.m.

Presentation Session Four
  • Effect of State Income on the Supply of Primary Care Services
    Ravi Palat, University of Mary Washington
  • Intergenerational Income Mobility: Aptitude Versus Resources
    Yuwei Liu, Pace University
  • The Genre Effect of Producer Versus Consumer Oriented Markets in the Video Game Industry
    Prithvi Kalunte, Austin College
  • Does Military Expenditure Stifle Real GDP Growth?
    Nicolas Espana, University of Mary Washington

3:50 p.m.

Closing Keynote
  • Marc Giannoni, Senior Vice President and Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

A special thank you to our Peer Review Board who review and score all presentation proposals:

  • Aguiele Ndoungla Fobasso Awah, Austin College
  • Akash Thakkar, University of Texas at Austin
  • Aro Rajaonah, Northern Kentucky University
  • Christian Spurlock, Austin College
  • Connor Hanna, University of Texas at Austin
  • Madison Willard, Pace University
  • Michael Kashian, Marquette University
  • Patrick Miller, Louisiana Tech University
  • Paycen Brouillette, Louisiana Tech University
  • Parithvi Kalkunte, Austin College
  • Wenjie Sun, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Wes Stone, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Ximena Mercado Garcia, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Yuwei Liu, Pace University
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