The New York State Economic Association (NYSEA) encourages undergraduate economics students to submit their original research paper and present at our annual conference. The winning papers will be recognized at the conference luncheon and receive cash prizes:
  • 1st place $200
  • 2nd place $100
  • 3rd place $50


Entrants in the contest must have been an undergraduate student during the 2019-2020 academic year. May 2020 graduates may still enter. Papers may be singly or jointly authored, but all authors must be undergraduate students. At least one author must attend the conference in October to present the research. The paper can be empirical or theoretical in nature, but must conform to general academic paper conventions as outlined in the Research Paper Style Guide on the NYSEA website.


Judges will consider both the written paper and oral presentation at the conference. The substantive contribution, methods used, literature review and motivation, and quality of both the written and oral presentation are all important parts of the evaluation.


To enter the contest, please submit the following by August 1 2020 via email to:UGPaper@nyseconomicsassociation.org

   a. Author name(s), school affiliation, and class year

   b. Faculty advisor and contact info

   c. Your final paper including abstract

If your written paper is accepted, you will be notified promptly. Upon notification of acceptance, please register for the conference by September 1.