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Economics Grad Students Present Their Research at UH’s 1st Annual Graduate Research Day

Six economics PhD candidates presented posters at the 1st Annual Graduate Research and Scholarship Projects (GRaSP) Day held on October 31, 2014 at the University Center.  The event, sponsored by the University of Houston Graduate School and Office of the Provost, showcased the rich array of graduate research-related activities across all disciplines. The six presenters from our department were: Chon Kit Ao, Mike Hsu, Wen Long, Ryan Ruddy, Edson Silveira Sobrinho and Jacob Smith. Their research topics covered many areas of economics including analyses of water services, transportation costs, bargain hunting, education and housing, inequality, and bitcoin exchange markets. The titles of their posters were:

Chon Kit Ao, “The Impact of Privitization of Water Services on Education Attainment: the Case of Argentina”
Mike Hsu, “Does Transportation Cost Affect Foreign Investment?”
Wen Long, “Bargain Hunting and Best Price: Evidence from Retail Scanner Data”
Ryan Ruddy, "Family Resources and Secondary Education Investment: Evidence From the Housing Boom"
Edson Silveira Sobrinho, “Yes Inequality Can Harm Economic Development”
Jacob Smith, “The Digital Gold Rush: An Analysis of Bitcoin Exchange Rates”