Students present papers

March 25, 2016

Benjamin Meier, Urja Rajesh ShahBenjamin Meier, a senior co-majoring in industrial engineering and applied math in economics and Urja Rajesh Shah, an economics senior, have had papers accepted for the 10th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference Economics Scholars Program for Undergraduate Research on April 1, 2016 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

The conference is for current undergraduates who are conducting independent or coauthored original research in all fields of economics and finance.

Peter Orazem, the students' Econ 490 instructor, encouraged the two students to submit their research and is their faculty research sponsor.

Meier will present his paper, “Minimum wages and youth job training: implications for earnings and career skills as an adult.” The paper investigates how differences in minimum wages across states during the high school years affect skill acquisition on the job. Shah’s paper explains the wage differences between urban and rural areas in 104 countries.

The Economics Scholars Program (ESP) is a collaborative effort between Austin College and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas to foster the involvement of undergraduate economics students in all facets of research.