At the 2017 Pennsylvania Economic Association Conference held June 1–3 at Alvernia University, economics majors Jordan Gwinn and Robert Schwartz presented “A Hand Much Bitten: A Panel Data Analysis of State Dependency on Federal Funds and Voting Behavior,”
and economics alumnus Lucas Mafrica (’17) presented “Exploring the Appalachian Gender Wage Gap,” co-authored with faculty member Brandon Vick.
Gwinn and Schwartz’s paper won second place in the PEA Best Undergraduate Student Paper Contest, generously sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, and they received a $750 cash prize. The research for the award-winning paper was supervised
by faculty member James Jozefowicz.
This marks the seventh consecutive year that research conducted by IUP economics
majors has been recognized in the PEA Best Undergraduate Student Paper Competition.
Photo, from left: Kosin
Isariyawongse, PEA president; Jordan Gwinn; Robert Schwartz; Patrick Harker,
Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia president
Department of Economics