Julie Weisz '12 presented her ongoing economics Honors research at the 38th Eastern Economic Association (EEA) Annual Conference in Boston, Massachusetts.
Julie Weisz '12: "Recently, I had the opportunity to present my paper, titled "Effects of Feedback on Residential Demand for Electricity in Demand-Side Management Programs," in one of the undergraduate research sessions at the EEA Conference in Boston. My initial idea developed out of research with Professor Baltaduonis on residential energy efficiency programs. As my research progressed I decided to conduct economics experiments in order to study how market efficiency changes based on information that consumers receive about their consumption. That study culminated in this paper which is also my undergraduate Honors Thesis that I will be defending this spring. Attending the EEA Conference gave me an invaluable opportunity to represent Gettysburg College and to present some of the diverse and novel research that takes place within our Economics Department. I presented in front of many other Economics professors and undergraduate students from around the country, received their feedback, and learned about their research. The experience helped me gain a wider perspective on current Economics topics and provided additional ideas as I prepare to present my research to the college."
The undergraduate paper sessions at the EEA annual meetings provide selected students with the opportunities not only to present their work but also to serve as session chairs and discussants. The conference continues to attract undergraduate researchers from a wide range of liberal arts colleges and universities every year.