Stetson School of Business and Economics to Host Second Annual Mercer University Undergraduate Economics Research Conference

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MACON – The Stetson School of Business and Economics will host the second annual Mercer University Undergraduate Economics Research Conference (MUUERC) April 19 on the Macon campus.

The small-scale conference is designed to afford economics students the opportunity to showcase their research. Consistent with the broad nature of the economics discipline, this year's conference features a wide variety of research topics. These range from the economic underpinnings of criminal activity to the impact of debt on economic growth.

The conference will showcase 14 students from Mercer, in addition to students from the University of Houston, Rhodes College, Wingate University, Troy University and Mount St. Mary's University.

“In many cases, students have worked closely with other students and professors for an extended period of time in developing their research,” said Dr. Allen K. Lynch, associate professor of economics and qualitative methods in the Stetson School of Business and Economics. “We are honored that these students have chosen our conference in showcasing their hard work.”

Four sessions, each of which includes multiple paper presentations, are scheduled to take place throughout the day on Saturday in Stetson Hall Room 241. The first, from 8:30-10 a.m. is titled “Institutions, Politics, and Economic Outcomes.” The second, from 10:15-11:45 a.m., is titled “Global Issues in Economics.” The third, from 1-2:30 p.m., is titled “Issues in Finance and Economics,” and the fourth, from 2:45-4:30 p.m., is titled “General Economics.” The community is invited to sit in on these presentations.

Conference participants will have dinner from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Connell Student Center Conference Room I, which will feature a keynote address by Dr. Antonio V. Saravia, visiting assistant professor of economics in the Stetson School of Business and Economics, titled “Can Capitalism Survive in South America?”

About the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics

Established in 1984, Mercer University's Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics is named for Eugene W. Stetson, a 1901 Mercer graduate and business pioneer who leveraged the first major buyout in corporate history. Over the past 80 years, Mercer has granted over 12,000 business degrees, and many of its graduates hold senior leadership positions in companies around the world. Mercer's business school delivers career-focused business education programs and develops entrepreneurial leaders and responsible global citizens. It holds accreditation from the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which places it among the top five percent of all top business schools worldwide. Mercer's business school has been recognized by the Princeton Review as No. 3 for “Greatest Opportunity for Women” and one of its “Best Business Schools.” In addition, it has been recognized among the “Top 15 Schools in the Nation for Marketing and Accounting.”

The School offers the following programs: Atlanta (Evening BBA, Full-Time MBA, Flexible MBA, Executive MBA and Virtual Professional MBA), Macon (Traditional BBA and Flexible MBA), Savannah (Virtual PMBA), Douglas County and Henry County (Evening BBA).

Kyle Sears
Kyle is the director of media relations at Mercer. In addition to being the primary media contact for most academic and administrative units of the university, he coordinates hometown and university news releases and serves as editor of the News@Mercer e-newsletter and Reach magazine.​