Economics Students, Professors Present at Conference | St. Lawrence University

Economics Students, Professors Present at Conference

St. Lawrence University’s Department of Economics was well represented at the 46th Annual Eastern Economic Association Conference, held Feb. 28-March 1, 2020, in Boston, where two students presented their research and four faculty members organized and presented during sessions.

Jake Ciolek ‘20 presented his paper titled “Analysis of United States Residential Time of Use Pricing Mechanisms,” while Margar Harutyunyan ’20 presented his paper titled “The Role of Mandatory Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs and Welfare Spending on Opioid Overdose in the United States.”

Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics Cynthia Bansak and Assistant Professor of Economics Shuwei Zhang organized two sessions, including “Current Topics in Macroeconomics” and “Economic Modeling and Applications.” Zhang presented her paper, “Understanding Why Fiscal Stimulus Can Fail through the Lens of the Survey of Professional Forecasters,” with Hyeongwoo Kim of Auburn University.

Assistant Professor Guanyi Yang organized a session titled, “International Economics: Informal Economy and Expropriations in Emerging Markets,” and also presented a paper with the University of New Hampshire’s Jaroslav Horvath titled, “Labor Market Volatility and Informal Economy in Emerging Markets.”

“The Economics of Innovation” session was organized by Assistant Professor of Economics Sahar Milani, who also presented a paper titled, “R&D, Patents, and Financing Constraints of the Top Global Innovative Firms,” with Rebecca Neumann from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The Eastern Economic Association promotes educational and scholarly exchange on economic affairs and publishes the Eastern Economic Journal. Bansak is a co-editor of the journal. 

Learn more about the scholarly work being done in St. Lawrence’s Department of Economics.