The Texas A&M Department of Economics was once again proud to host the 10th Annual American Society of Hispanic Economics (ASHE) Conference on September 30 and October 1, 2016 at the Texas A&M campus.
Made possible by a generous gift from Dr. Terrence Larson, the two conference organizers (Timothy J. Gronberg, Professor and Head, Department of Economics, Texas A&M University and Alberto Dávila, Professor and Head, Department of Economics and Finance, University of Texas– Rio Grande Valley) hosted over 30 attendees from seven different Texas and New Mexico Universities. The conference included ten quality research presentations over the two-day conference focusing on “Economic Issues Affecting African American and Hispanic Communities”.
The Conference was not just a research forum – a major aim of the event is to enable a diverse set of undergraduates to participate in an academic conference along with their faculty mentors.
This year’s conference saw fourteen students from six different universities in attendance. Each of these students is considering pursuing a doctorate in economics, so the conference was structured so they could interact with current PhD students and faculty and hear firsthand about the TAMU Economics PhD program. For the fourth year, we repeated the mock economics experiment in our Economics Research Laboratory with the visiting students participating as subjects. The experiment was run by one of the fourth year PhD students, and the visiting students really seemed to appreciate the hands-on exposure to the human subject laboratory method.
Overall the conference was a major success. Several of the students who attended indicated that they are making A&M one of their top choices for graduate school.