Once again, it was another successful year for the Stocks Essay Contest. Students from all over campus, in varying academic disciplines submitted essays covering many different economics topics that are important to society. Eleven finalists were invited to the Economics Department end-of-the-academic-year dinner gala in the Gallery on April 28, 2015. During this dinner celebration, the three top winning essays were announced.
This is the seventh year for the essay competition, which is named after Dr. Anthony Stocks. Dr. Stocks served 16 years as chair of the YSU Department of Economics. The essay competition honors his continuing dedication to furthering economic education.
Contestants were asked to write an essay of approximately 2000 words on any economic topic relevant to society. The essay should have a clearly defined policy issue, analyzed from all sides, and followed by a policy solution based on the arguments presented. Any undergraduate student at YSU is eligible to participate. Since economic issues are not restricted to any particular major, we strongly encourage participation by students from all academic fields. No advanced statistical analysis is expected. This year’s deadline for submissions was April 15, 2015.
Ashley Orr (Mathematics / Economics)
“Household Participation in Public Housing Programs in Youngstown: A Policy Suggestion Considering Preference”
Matthew Stevens (Political Science)
“Keystone XL Pipeline Economics Policy"
Tyler Handzlik (Political Science)
“A Decaying Ecosystem at 29,000 Feet above Sea Level"
Christopher Anderson (Pre-Business Marketing
“Anchoring America’s Future: The Student Loan Burden”
Samantha Anderson (Finance)
“Economic Implications from the Disaster Capitalism”
Robert Grahovac (Individual Curriculum Program)
Joe Lonardo (Mechanical Engineering)
“Farming: Seed Saving and Patents”
Reid Pancoe (Pre-Business Accounting)
Kevin Siembida (Political Science)
“Overfishing of North American Water: The United States Response to Preserve Sustainable Fishing”
Mohammad Yusuf (Accounting)
“We the People?”
Bryan Ericsson (Economics)
“What To Do About the Problem of Water Scarcity in the United States: Following California’s Lead”