Matthew Dakken’s paper, “Booyah! An Analysis of Mad Money Stock Recommendations,” placed third in the Term Paper division of the Minnesota Economic Association’s 2017 Undergraduate Student Paper Contest. Dakken, who is completing a major in Economics and minor in Political Science, is the first Minnesota State University Moorhead student to earn this distinction from the Minnesota Economic Association. 

Other 2017 award winners in the Term Paper division include: Ibrahima Dieye, Macalester College (first place) and Ryan Mather, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (second place). Dakken and research mentors Drs. T. J. Hansen and Oscar Flores were recognized at a ceremony held October 27, 2017 on the Hamline University campus in conjunction with the Minnesota Economic Association Conference. MSUM faculty members Vernon Dobis and Hansen joined Dakken in participating in the conference. Dakken’s award-winning paper can be viewed on the web site of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. The Undergraduate Student Paper Contest is open to undergraduate students enrolled in colleges and universities in Minnesota and Wisconsin.