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15th Annual Economic Scholars Program Conference for Undergraduate Research

October 22, 2021 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.

Spring 2021 Dates


Wednesday, March 3

  • Peer review board applications open

Thursday, March 25

  • Peer review board applications due 5 p.m. CT


Thursday, April 1

  • Peer review board notifications

Fall 2021 Dates


Wednesday, September 1

  • Paper proposal submissions open
  • Poster proposal submissions open
  • Student and faculty registration opens

Wednesday, September 15

  • Paper proposal submissions due 5 p.m. CT
  • Poster proposal submissions due 5 p.m. CT
  • Discussant and session chair application due 5 p.m. CT



What is the ESP Conference?

It is a research conference for undergraduate students in economics. The conference offers students the opportunity to share and gain feedback on high-quality undergraduate research. It is also designed to inspire other students to undertake their own projects.

Is the conference in person or virtual?

For the safety of Federal Reserve Bank staff, students and professors, the 2021 conference will be held virtually. We are working hard to bring the energy from the in-person conference to the virtual landscape.

How much does it cost to attend?

The conference is free for students and professors to participate in and attend.

Who should participate?

Current undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career related to the field of economics or finance and undergraduate students who graduated in fall 2020 and spring of 2021, who have completed or undertaking research in economics or finance.

What kind of papers are presented?

Papers can be empirical, theoretical or analytical in nature. Past papers have included such diverse topics as health economics, business and ethics, the effects of smoking on productivity, spatial patterns of foreign direct investment and many others.

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