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Student Journal of Economics - Second Edition

The Journal of Economics is an on-going student-led publication at the University of Oklahoma dedicated to developing scholarship in Economics and related fields at the undergraduate and graduate levels

Letter from the Editors of the Second Edition

Dear Readers,

Thank you for reading the second edition of the OU Economics Journal. We appreciate your commitment to the journal, as students, faculty, and general admirers of economics. We are proud that we can enrich the research lives of OU students and showcase the outstanding work they produce.

This year, we received a large number of submissions. As is the case for most journals, the selection process was difficult, but we are excited by the quality of papers and the diversity of topics represented. We chose to publish a smaller number of papers this year in order to uphold the spirit of the journal. There are four publications below that accurately demonstrate the talent of OU students both within and outside the Economics Department.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who submitted work this year, the members of the editorial board, our faculty advisor and our staff advisor. Finally, we would like to thank you, the reader, for you interest in economics research at OU. The journal would not be possible without you, and we are sincerely grateful.

Warm regards,

Jonathan Kim and Nicole Smith

Lead Editors

2016-17 Finalist Papers (in alphabetical order):

Overlooking the Gray: The Need for Greater Nuance in Studying Ukraine's Economic Landscape (PDF)

Luke Bartz

Gone With the Wind? Reinterpreting Economic Viability and the Interregional Impact of the Antebellum Southern Slave System (PDF)

Marisa Kometas

Executive Compensation in Africa (PDF)

Jay Maier

Residential Segregation: Indices, Statistics, Effects, and Policies (PDF)

Alex Nongard

Editorial Staff - Second Edition

Jonathan Kim is a junior from Plano, Texas working on a double major in math and economics. In addition to his work on the journal, he serves as President of the Economics Club and Chair of Internal Events for the College of Arts and Sciences Leadership Scholars. He also enjoys attending events hosted by the Honors College and the Classic Films Club.

Some of Jonathan's other activities include studying abroad in Clermont-Ferrand, France in 2016 and attending the Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics at the University of Minnesota in 2017. His current post-graduation plan is to attend a graduate program in either economics or statistics.

Nicole Smith is pursuing her Master of Arts in International Studies with a focus on economic development in Africa. Her thesis, “The Dynamics of Identity in Determining French Foreign Aid,” investigates how French bilateral aid is determined by colonial relationships and the policy of Françafrique. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Religious studies with Honors and a minor in French in May 2015 from the University of Oklahoma.

During her time as an undergrad, Nicole was actively involved in the Economic Club, Campus Activities Council, and President’s Leadership Class. She also served as the Regional Affairs intern for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City in downtown Oklahoma City. As a graduate student, Nicole has attended a variety of conferences including the University of Nebraska’s European Studies Conference and the Midwestern Political Science Association. In addition to her editor duties, she serves as secretary for the International Studies Graduate Association.

Nicole also works as a research assistant for World Neighbors, a nonprofit organization in Oklahoma City that focuses on sustainable development. She also volunteers with the Spero Project, where she tutors English to refugees from Burma, Iraq, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

After graduation in May, Nicole will continue to be a life-long student and will pursue a Master of Arts in Quantitative Methods for Social Sciences at Columbia University.

Editorial Board Members

Nela Mrchkovska is pursuing a Master of Arts in International Studies with a focus on economic development in Southeastern Europe. She is originally from Skopje, Macedonia. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Finance with a minor in Risk Management and Insurance from the University of Central Oklahoma in May 2015. Currently, she is a treasurer of the International Studies Graduate Association.

Nela’s interest in economics started with her desire to contribute to the development of her home country, Macedonia. She is currently working on research that analyzes cultural norms and their influence on the economic development in the Balkans. This summer, she will be working as an intern for the Macedonian Center for International Cooperation, conducting research on Western Balkan civil society organizations and their role in eradicating poverty and encouraging global justice. She will be also conducting a field research on cultural norms and economic development in Macedonia.

Outside of economics, Nela likes learning new foreign languages. Upon completing her Masters program in May 2018, she plans to potentially pursue a PhD in Development Economics.

Jesse is a senior from Nasvhille, TN graduating in May with a B.S in Biochemistry and a B.A in Economics. He will be pursuing a research doctorate at Oxford University in Structural Biology and Protein Science, but he will always miss his time as an armchair economist.