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Undergraduate Research

Economics majors have a variety of research opportunities available to them. Students and faculty work side-by-side to co-author papers and articles, and to give national and international presentations.

Professor Gina Pieters and Ben Kerley completed "Soda-Pop Culture: The Coca-Cola Index and What it Says about PPP, Exchange Rates, and Prices". Ben presented the paper at the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank's spring 2014 research conference.

Professor Huston's student, Evan Scott, also presented his paper "The Effects of State Right-to-Work Laws on the Union-Nonunion Wage Gap" at the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank's spring 2014 research conference.

Professor Ricardo Santos and James Nordlund (2011) completed "Contributions for an Economic Perspective on School Choice" (Journal of Economics and Economic Education Research, Vol. 13, No. 3, 2012). James is in graduate school at Texas A&M.

Professor Roger Spencer and Professor John Huston have worked with a number of talented students on their research over the years. Their paper, "Influential Macromonetary Publications and Economists," was published in the Fall 2009 issue of The American Economist with student Rachel Branyan as co-author.

Student Paulius Kosmarciukas and professor Richard Butler presented their paper, "The 21st Century Work Force: Is there a Skills Gap?" at the Southern Economic Association meetings in November 2009.

Student-Published Articles

Michael J. Ashton (Class of 1990)

Real-Feel Inflation: Quantitative Estimation of Inflation Perceptions
Business Economics
2012, vol. 47, No. 1

Ryan Luby (Class of 2011)

Toward an Econometric Model of Guzman's Theory of Customary International Law
The American Economist: Journal of the International Honor Society in Economics
2011, Vol. 56, No. 2

Barbara Davalos (Class of 2010)

New Tool Gauges Impact of Exchange Rates on States (with Keith R. Phillips and Steve Brzezinski)
Southwest Economy
2010, Issue Q4

Michelle Hahn and Michelle Olivier (Class of 2009)

Affordability and Education: Keys to San Antonio's Long-Term Growth
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Spring 2009

Shelly Nauss (Class of 2009)

Employment Impacts of a 'Green' Energy Transition in China
China Economic Journal
Vol. 2, No. 2, July 2009

Jessica Renier (Class of 2007)

Fed Policy in the Financial Crisis: Arresting the Adverse Feedback Loop
Economic Letter
Vol. 4, No. 7, September 2009

Fed Confronts Financial Crisis by Expanding Its Role as Lender of Last Resort
Economic Letter
Vol. 4, No. 2, February/March 2009

Fed Intervention: Managing Moral Hazard in Financial Crises
Economic Letter
Vol. 3, No. 10, October 2008

Nicole Ball (Class of 2005)

A Regional Perspective on the 'Great Moderation'
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Issue 3, May/June 2008

Juan Carlos Suarez (Class of 2006)

Forecasting Mexico's Inflation: the Effects of an Inflation Targeting Regime
Proceedings of the 5th Annual Carroll Round at Georgetown University (2007)