Students present at Global Landscapes Conference

Students present at Global Landscapes Conference

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Six Lycoming College students presented their economics research at the Global Landscapes Conference, held at Kings College on April 16.

The following students presented their research: Patrick Schmitt, third-year exchange student from Germany; Jesse Treur, freshman with a major in business; Devon Dietrich, senior with a major in mathematics and actuarial mathematics; Matthew DaVolio senior with a major in mathematics and actuarial mathematics; William Dietz, a senior with majors in economics and corporate communications; and Hoang Nguyen, a junior with majors in economics and psychology.

“The caliber of the student projects at this conference is superb,” said Elizabeth Moorhouse, Ph.D., associate professor of economics at Lycoming College. “I was very pleased that these students were selected to be included in this intellectual exchange of ideas.”

Schmitt and Treur presented research that investigated what helps determine difference in poverty rates across the countries, discovering that the structure of the economy and birth rates were the most important determinants of poverty.

Dietrich and DaVolio focused their research on the relationship between the percentage of a state’s population that has achieved a certain level of education and the unemployment rate of the state. Using data from 2013, they found an increase in the percentage of the population that has a high school diploma or a bachelor’s degree results in a decrease in the state unemployment rate.

Deitz examined whether the increased use of smart phones and other mobile devices improved the ability of people, particularly those living in developing countries, to access the internet. Many scholars have found that economic progress depends in part on a country’s ability to assimilate into the global communications network. This assimilation increasingly requires the capacity to access the internet. His research improves the understanding of the benefits, both economic and social, of increased internet connections on a global level.

Nguyen investigated the variation in housing prices around the world.  He found that the most important influence on housing prices are the population density of the country, gross domestic product (GDP) per capita, and real interest rates.

The theme of the Global Landscapes Conference was Interdisciplinary Research and focused on The World in 3D: Democracy, Demography and Demand. Topics discussed ranged from Veterans Health and Life Care to Social, Economic and Technological Issues.

“The students had the opportunity to participate in various research sessions, and listen to some excellent presenters speak on the issue of humanitarian aid and its influence on the poor in developing countries,” said Moorhouse. “It was a wonderful academic experience, both for myself and the students.”

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