Economists from across the state met met at University of Lynchburg for the 37th annual meeting of the Virginia Association of Economists on March 4-5, 2010. Presentations were made by 20 scholars from ten different colleges and universities, two private consulting firms, the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, and the Congressional Research Service.
Program highlights included a Plenary Session entitled “A Glimpse at Virginia’s Economic Future,” the annual Sandridge Lecture, and two concurrent sessions showcasing undergraduate student research.
The William A. Sandridge Lecture, titled “The Troubled Federal Budget: Outlook, Concepts, Process,” was delivered by Dr. Marvin Phaup, professorial lecturer in Public Policy and Public Administration at The George Washington University and director of the Federal Budget Reform Initiative at Pew Charitable Trusts.
This year, for the first time, a special session was added to the program: “Going to Graduate School — a colloquium on attending graduate school.” It featured a panel discussion with representatives from Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business, UVA’s McIntire School of Commerce, and JMU’s Public Policy and Administration program. The session was attended by undergraduate economics majors from four Virginia colleges and universities.
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