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Economics Students Present Research at National Conference

May 06, 2024

Angelo State University economics majors Maggie Brockman of Midland and Emma Krehbiel of Kerrville were selected to present their undergraduate research projects at the recent 48th annual meeting of the Association of Private Enterprise Education (APEE) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Fewer than 30 students nationwide were chosen through a competitive application process to make research presentations in the APEE conference’s Undergraduate Research Competition. Brockman and Krehbiel are the first-ever ASU students to earn selection.

Brockman’s presentation was titled “Recessions and Creativity: How Economic Shocks Affect Musical Innovation,” and Krehbiel’s presentation was titled “Long-Term Effects of Public Debt.” Their faculty research mentors are Dr. Bryan Cutsinger and Dr. Edwar Escalante, assistant professors of economics.

Portrait photo of Angelo State professor Dr. Edwar Escalante Dr. Edwar Escalante “Our students were selected to present their research posters at the annual APEE conference, based on the innovative nature of their research and its relevance to current economic issues,” Escalante said. “This event is the largest national conference that gathers free-market economists, and our students’ participation and success in presenting their research shows the growing strength of Angelo State’s economics program and the exceptional capabilities of our students.”

Brockman and Krehbiel are both seniors at Angelo State, and both of them have made the Dean’s List every semester in attendance. They were both also selected to participate in the Political Economy Reading Program on economics by the Texas Tech University Free Market Institute at Angelo State University.

Both Brockman and Krehbiel were also awarded grants from the TTU Free Market Institute to cover their airfare and lodging for the APEE conference.