Undergraduate research journal celebrates 20th edition
Issues in Political Economy, the undergraduate research journal published jointly by the economics departments at Elon University and the University of Mary Washington, recently published its 20th anniversary volume.
The journal has been published jointly by the two schools since 1997. Senior editors for the 20th volume were all from Elon.They were:
Editor: Kevin Sheridan ’11
Executive Director: Micah Boomer ’11
Copy Editor/Associate Editor: Zachary Gillis ’12
Associate editors from Elon University were Tyler Zoda ’12, Ian Grady ’11, Raleigh Richards ’11, and Joseph A. Mastrosante ’11. Associate editors from the University of Mary Washington were Jaclyn Evans, Elyse Menendez, and Caitlin Payne. Faculty mentors for the journal are Steve DeLoach of Elon University and Steven A. Greenlaw of the University of Mary Washington.
This year’s volume includes one paper by Elon alumna Stephanie Franz ’11. Her paper, “The Effects of Gas Prices on Single Mothers’ Time Use," reports that increases in gasoline prices cause single mothers living in poverty to reduce the amount of time they spend with their children. The implication is that for children living in poverty, rising gas prices may have a detrimental effect on their cognitive and emotional development.
Franz graduated with Honors after double majoring in economics and international studies and will be moving to China in the fall to teach English.
All paper submissions are double-blind reviewed by students. Papers written by Elon students are refereed only by students from the University of Mary Washington.
Since Elon has been at the helm of the journal, students from more than 120 colleges and universities from all over the world have submitted papers to the journal or presented at the sessions sponsored by the journal at the annual Eastern Economics Association conference. The journal is indexed by Cabell's Directory of Publishing Opportunities in Economics & Finance and has a long-run acceptance rate of 30 percent.
- Information provided by professor Steve DeLoach, Department of Economics