OAEPS NEWSLETTER

1 October 2019

President’s note: 

We just finished the 78th annual meeting of the OAEPS!  Our recent conference was a huge success, particularly with our new $500 Best Faculty Paper awards (one each for economics and political science).  This newsletter will highlight the conference, including those participants who received awards, and our new Board members.  I am excited about our momentum and all that we can accomplish over the next year!  Please feel free to contact me if you have contributions for future newsletters or queries about our organization.

Colin Swearingen, President OAEPS

78th Annual Meeting

This year’s annual meeting was held near Cleveland at John Carroll University on September 20-21.  Representatives from six states and 20 organizations/universities gathered together.  Our Friday night plenary panel featured two state legislators talking about the complex future of Ohio’s economy, which was followed by a reception.  It was a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.  The next morning, participants could visit any of the nine panels (with 35 papers), with topics ranging from the earned income tax credit in Ohio to Vietnamese political icons.

Check below for more highlights, including pictures of the key events!

Friday Night Panel

On Friday night, we had State Senator Matt Dolan, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, and State Representative Bride Sweeney, a recent John Carroll graduate, discuss the future of Ohio’s economy.  They specifically addressed education funding, infrastructure, clean energy, and small business growth.  After their remarks, our audience was eager to ask questions and press our elected officials for additional details.  During the ensuing reception, the legislators continued their discussion with audience members one-on-one.

Lecture at Lunch:  Telling the Story of the Great Recession

Our keynote address was given by Dr. Diego Mendez-Carbajo of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.  Using the Fed’s database (FRED), he—with the help of a volunteer—showed how we can better understand major economic events by using data visualizations. 

One the important aspects to Dr. Mendez-Carbajo’s presentation was that it takes a variety of data and visualizations to better grasp an event like the Great Recession.  Using one economic indicator and graph will not adequately describe reality.

Executive Board Officers are Elected Unanimously

During the Annual Meeting the 2020 slate of Executive Officers were elected unanimously by the membership in attendance.

The 2019-2020 Executive Committee Officers are:

  • President – Colin Swearingen, John Carroll University
  • Vice President – Greg Arburn, University of Findlay
  • Secretary – Shauna Reilly, Northern Kentucky University
  • Treasurer– Greg Arburn, University of Findlay
  • Vice President, Marketing & Membership – Erwin Erhardt, University of Cincinnati

The Executive Committee meets annually during the Annual Meeting and Conference as well as periodically during the year to address the business of the association.

Cook Joins Seasoned Vets on Board in Unanimous Vote

Dr. Amanda Cook, a Bowling Green State University economist, was unanimously voted on to the OAEPS Board.  Renewing their terms were two other economists, Dr. David McClough (Ohio Northern University) and Robert Rogers (Emeritus, Ashland University).

Please welcome our newest members!

New Best Faculty Paper Awards Bring Major Cash Awards to OAEPS

The Ohio Association of Economists and Political Scientists sponsors six paper competitions each year.  New to the 78th Annual Meeting were awards for the best faculty paper in both political science and economics.  As with previous meetings, excellent graduate and undergraduate papers in economics and political science were also recognized.  Each category was judged by volunteer faculty members.

Our first faculty paper awards were presented to:

Faculty Economics (tie):

Amanda C. Cook (Bowling Green State University), Gregory Leung (University of Kansas), and Rhet A. Smith (University of Arkansas at Little Rock) “The Effects of Reducing Pharmaceutical Prices on Patient Welfare in the United States.”

Kara Riesing (Dickinson College) “The Long-Run Effects of Natural Disasters and Terrorist Attacks.”

Faculty Political Science:

Colin Swearingen, Rachel Schubert, and Elizabeth Marcelli (John Carroll University), “Access to Clean Water and Improved Sanitation in Rural Honduras: Do They Improve Individual Health?”

Awards for best graduate papers were given to:

Graduate Economics:

Thomas Weinandy (Western Michigan University) “Flexible Ubers and Fixed Taxis: The Effect of Fuel Prices on Car Services.”

Graduate Political Science:

Katie Schwipps, Alexis Palmer, and Samuel Waitt (Ball State University)  “Can Money Buy Votes? The Effect of State Educational Spending on Voter Turnout.”

Our undergraduate paper awards were presented to:

Undergraduate Economics:

1st Place: Jizel Maddouri (Oberlin College) “The Impacts of Intergovernmental Transfers on Economic Development in Brazil.”

2nd Place: Stephen Strouse (Bowling Green State University) “The Effects of Reducing Pharmaceutical Prices on Patient Welfare in the United States.”

Undergraduate Political Science : 

1st Place: Sally Al-Qaraghuli (John Carroll University) “The Pen-Pal Exchange Program.”

2nd Place: Faith Howard (Northern Kentucky University) “The Public Opinion of Climate Change and the Need for Alternative Energy.”

Congratulations to all of our winners!