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Economics Students Present Research at NCUR

Ithaca College is proud to be hosting the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research from March 31-April 2, 2011. For more details, please visit the NCUR 2011 website at www.ithaca.edu/ncur2011.
The National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), established in 1987, is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study by sponsoring an annual conference for students. Unlike meetings of academic professional organizations, this gathering of young scholars welcomes presenters from all institutions of higher learning and from all corners of the academic curriculum.

This year, Ithaca College is sending a delegation of 23 students representing 25 different projects to the conference at the University of Montana, from April 14 through 18. A total of 38 students were involved with the projects.

Among those students accepted to NCUR 2010 is Krasimir Kehayov ’10 (applied economics, mathematics) who will be presenting “Explaining the Differences in Hours Worked Among Twelve OECD Countries,” and Hristo Nikolov ’11 (applied economics, mathematics-computer science) who will be presenting “Does U.S. Society Progress?”

Their sponsor Elia Kacapyr, Department of Economics, says of their work, “I am fortunate to be able to work with students as talented and enthusiastic as Krasimir Kehayov and Hristo Nikolov. I am the faculty sponsor of Krasimir's senior thesis which is the paper accepted at NCUR. Krasimir went beyond undergraduate econometrics to develop fixed and random effects models of hours worked in various countries. His research is an important addition to the literature on factors affecting labor force participation.

Last semester I directed Hristo's independent study on measuring national economic and social well-being. After reviewing the literature, Hristo went on to collect his own data on US well-being. He then developed a website that allows users to choose how much to weight each aspect of overall well-being according to their own values. The website then calculates and graphs America's well-being over the years based the user's subjective preferences. This independent study required talent and application in a variety of fields including web design, data gathering, computer programming, and economic analysis.”

Ithaca College is proud to be hosting the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research from March 31-April 2, 2011. For more details, please visit the NCUR 2011 website at www.ithaca.edu/ncur2011.
 



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