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Pennsylvania Economic Association

2018 Conference

Hosted by

Penn State Altoona

Best Undergraduate Student Paper Contest

With the winner to be announced at the
Annual Conference of the Pennsylvania Economic Association
June 1, 2018



*     To encourage undergraduate interest in all fields of economics, the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Economic Association cordially invites undergraduate students to enter the Pennsylvania Economic Association Undergraduate Paper Contest at Penn State Altoona this June. The winning student author(s) will receive:

  • A $1000 award (first place), $750 (second place) and $500 (third place)

  • A commemorative plaque for the first place and certificates for the second and third places

  • Complimentary publication of the paper in the Pennsylvania Economic Review and

    Picture of the winning student(s) with the PEA President posted on the PEA website

*     To enter a paper into the contest, please send the following by 4pm on May 7, 2018:

  • A cover letter as an email attachment to the PEA webmaster that includes your name, class/year, and also full contact information of your faculty sponsor

  • Your complete paper (with a minimum of 7 pages and a maximum of 25 pages) including the abstract as an email attachment to the PEA webmaster, Dr. Orhan Kara (

*      Eligibility

  • Authors must be an undergraduate student as of Spring 2018, including December 2017 and May 2018 graduates.

  • No faculty-student co-authored submissions will be accepted.

*     All manuscripts must be submitted according to the APA guidelines.


*     As part of the selection process, papers will be reviewed by a panel consisting of five economist judges representing Pennsylvania educational and research institutions. Reviewers assigned to each paper will be external to the student's institution and will follow the same scoring rubric.


*     All students will present their papers on the morning of Friday, June 1, 2018, in a dedicated session(s) of the Annual Conference of the Pennsylvania Economic Association. The winning paper will be announced at the conference luncheon on June 1, 2018.


 Contest Notes: 

(1) Co-authors will split the monetary prize.

(2) The PEA will reserve the right to cancel the contest for insufficient submissions.

(3) Faculty should encourage their students' participation early in the spring semester.



If you are an undergraduate student who plans to submit and present a paper for consideration of this prize, you must also complete the electronic paper submission form and indicate using the appropriate button that you will participate in the paper contest. Also, prior to May 7, 2018, you must also register for the conference by following the Registration button below.



Electronic Submission Deadline for the Student Paper Contest: 4pm on May 7, 2018

Submission Deadline for Contest Paper to Webmaster: 4pm onMay 7, 2018


You can also submit your paper electronically by clicking here submit student




Special Information for International Participants

The Pennsylvania Economic Association (PEA) is pleased to welcome participants from around the world to its annual conference.  Each year representatives from various countries present at the conference and enjoy the company of fellow economists. 

It is important to note that the PEA will notify you via email or surface mail that your paper has been accepted for presentation at the conference.  However, the PEA is unable to provide any additional supporting materials to potential international participants for purposes of visa acquisition or for making other travel arrangements.  The PEA will not provide additional letters, telephone calls, faxes, or telegrams in support of visa applications.  Your written notification of the acceptance of your paper for presentation at the conference is the limit to the association's ability to provide you with supporting documentation for travel purposes.

Unfortunately, due to a very high cancellation rate from international applicants in recent years, the association will provide only provisional acceptance of conference papers until receipt of the individual's registration fee.  This prepayment requirement will be waived for any international applicant that had previously attended a PEA conference.

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