Economics Faculty, Students Attend and Present at Conference

Phanwin Yokying '11 steps up to participate as discussant for a general session.  


Several Randolph College students and professors attended the Virginia Association of Economists (VAE) annual meeting March 24-25 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Virginia.

Elizabeth Perry-Sizemore , associate professor of economics and president-elect of VAE, organized the program. Perry presented a paper on undergraduate learning, “Undergraduate Research: Tools, Tips, and Ideas from the Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics Project”. Additionally, she chaired the plenary session, “Virginia: Economic Trends and Potentials” and chaired a session on “Economics of Education and Education Economics”.

Mark Harrison , associate professor economics and business, chaired a session on “Health and Labor Economics” in which he participated as a discussant.

John Abell , professor of economics, chaired an undergraduate research session.

Student Participants

Randolph economics students played an active role in the conference.

Phanwin “Pear” Yokying '11 , participated as a discussant for one of the general session papers, “An Economic Interpretation of Campus Sexual Assault”, by Lynchburg College professor Joe Turek.

“This was quite an honor for her,” said Abell, “I suspect that this was first at the conference - to have a student chosen to discuss a professional economist's paper.”

Wenjun Xu '11 presented her economics honors research on willingness to pay a premium for organic coffee entitled “Has Environmental Education Awakened the Consumer Conscience? An Analysis of College Students’ Environmental Literacy and Willingness to pay for Sustainable Products”.

Lucas Brady '11 , Isabelle Dom '12 , Ludovic Lemaitre '11 , Mareeha Niaz '12 , Louise Searle '12 , and Reid Winkler '12 presented “Inner City Food Deserts: Case Study of Lynchburg, VA”, a collaborative research project from the Econ 286 class, The Economics of Food and Sustainability, under Abell.