The Developing Economist was founded by students at UT Austin and published its inaugural issue in the spring of 2014, though the process of creating it began much earlier.
Members of UT Austin chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODE), an economic honors society, conceived the idea in early 2013 after students saw the quality of undergraduate economics research being produced at the university. The founders set out to provide a means for showcasing undergraduate research through a peer-reviewed publication.
Robert McDowall, an economics and mathematics alumnus, is a founding member of the journal and served as its chairman.
“The idea came about as our team recognized an opportunity to foster communication amongst our own students and faculty, while forming an avenue for the publication of undergraduate research across the nation,” McDowall says. “We hope the journal can inspire students early in their undergraduate careers to start thinking about pursuing their own research interests.”
The deadline for students to submit their research work in economics, mathematics, international relations, finance or public policy for consideration is Dec. 31. Volume 2 of The Developing Economist will be published in the spring of 2015.
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