College of Business economics major Alexander Marsh was recently accepted into the 2016 Economic Scholars Program (ESP) Conference Peer Review Board and will responsible for reviewing submissions for conference acceptance to ensure presentation quality remains high. ESP is a collaborative effort between Austin College and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas to foster the involvement of undergraduate economics students in research. The cornerstone of ESP is the annual conference where student scholars and faculty from institutions across the U.S. and Canada come together to share undergraduate student-initiated or student–faculty co-authored works, ideas about the role of undergraduate research in curriculum and challenges and concerns of undergraduates who conduct research.
Students who have served as either discussants or presenters at previous ESP conferences are invited to apply to be a member of the Board. Students who serve on the Board are encouraged to attend the conference and may participate as presenters, discussants and session chairs.
In March 2015, Marsh presented a co-authored paper titled “GDP, Unemployment, and the Great Recession: Utilizing Okun’s Law to Analyze the GDP Drop from 2005-2013”at the 9th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference hosted by the ESP for Undergraduate Research. The paper was part of an assignment in the fall 2014 Labor Economics class taught by Assistant Professor of Economics Dr. Colin Cannonier.