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Economics Student Selected as Finalist for National Economics Insider Symposium

Economics Major Hannah Vinson was recently selected as one of the 12 finalists in a contest organized by Pearson Higher Education for their National Economics Insider Symposium (NEIS) 2010.

The objective of the contest was to invite essays or video presentation from Economics students across the nations that addressed solutions to one of the following macro- or microeconomics issues: (1) healthcare; (2) the environment; (3) education; (4) housing; (5) technology; or (6) any aspect of macro- or microeconomics the student feels should be addressed.

Based on what they’ve learned in class, students were asked to prepare their proposal detailing how they would change an aspect of our ailing economy for the better.

Prof. Samia Islam nominated Hannah who is currently in Dr. Islam’s Urban Economics class. Dr. Islam advised Hannah on her essay titled “Powering America’s Economy”.

Twelve finalists were selected by a panel of Economics Insiders in consultation with Pearson. Finalists are now invited to attend the 2010 National Economics Insider Symposium (NEIS) in Washington, D.C. in June 2010 where the students will get to present their ideas to a panel of top-name economists, including, Ben Bernanke, Chairman and member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; Olivier Blanchard, Economic Counselor and Director of the Research Department of the International Monetary Fund; 2008 Nobel winner Paul Krugman, and John List, Senior Economist, President’s Council of Economic Advisers: Environmental and Resource Economic, among others. At the symposium, the above mentioned economists will select a winner.

This is a great opportunity for Hannah and she is delighted to be a finalist in the contest.

Hannah will be a senior at Boise State University this fall. After she graduates with her BA in economics and minor in sociology, she hopes to go on to pursue to a Ph.D. in economics.

Hannah’s particular interests in economics include energy policy economics, natural resource economics and property rights. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys reading anything by Alexander McCall Smith or many other authors. Hannah is from Afton, WY.

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