Rachel Hettich, Victoria Duncan, and Cody Brandt presented at the Issues in Political Economy’s 20th annual conference. Hettich studied the impact of gasoline prices on obesity rates across the U.S.; teen pregnancy rates across Minnesota counties was the topic of Duncan’s paper; and Brandt studied the economic impact of NCAA sanctions on a university’s teams.

This is the 10th consecutive year MSUM economics majors participated in the conference. Oscar Flores, Economics, mentored Hettich, Duncan and Brandt.