About the Carroll Round

The Carroll Round is an annual international economics conference at Georgetown University that provides a unique forum for research and discussion among the world’s top undergraduates. The goal of the Carroll Round is to foster the exchange of ideas among leading undergraduate international economics and political economy students by encouraging and supporting the pursuit of scholarly innovation in the field.

The conference encourages an informed and productive dialogue about global economic issues by bringing together participants and prominent members of the academic and policy-making communities through presentations, discussions, and lectures.

As an academic conference, the Carroll Round revolves around the presentation and discussion of original research by undergraduates. Students present their findings in journal-length articles and summarize their project in discussion panels moderated by economics professors and practitioners. Papers focus on a wide variety of the latest topics within International Economics. Some of the most recently presented papers include:

  • "U.S. Monetary Policy Announcements and Foreign Exchange Market Behavior" by Qianyi Yang
  • "International Adoption and Child Laundering: a Framework for Reform" by Evan Friedman
  • "A Robust Approach to Price Stickiness" by David Thomas
  • "Clearing the Cognition: A Study of the Impact of High-Frequency Trading on Equity Market Volatility" by Samuel Evans

The Carroll Round also hosts keynote lectures and engages with the DC policymaking community. For example, in past years participants have visited the Federal Reserve to speak with Governors Ben Bernanke, Roger Ferguson, and Donald Kohn. The conference sponsors two keynote lectures during the conference from eminent scholars and practitioners in the field of Economics. Keynote speakers have ranged from Nobel Laureates to members of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.

A few of our past keynote speakers at the conference include:

  • John B. Taylor, Mary and Robert Raymond Professor of Economics at Stanford University
  • Dr. Janet M. Currie, Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University
  • Dr. Susan Athey, John Bates Clark medal winner of Harvard University
  • Dr. Kemal Derviş, of the Brookings Institution and former head of UNDP
  • Dr. William Easterly, of New York University
  • Dr. Eric S. Maskin, Nobel Laureate of the Institute for Advanced Study
  • Dr. John F. Nash Jr., Nobel Laureate of Princeton University
  • Dr. Peter R. Orszag, of the Council on Foreign Relations
  • Dr. Steve Radelet, Chief Economist at USAID
  • Dr. Thomas Schelling, Nobel Laureate of University of Maryland
  • Dr. Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate of Columbia University

Participating students are selected among applications from the world's leading economics programs, including but not limited to the University of Chicago, Columbia, Duke, Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Warwick, Oxford, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Stanford, Yale, and London School of Economics.

The Carroll Round alumni group is an extensive and growing global network of academics and professionals. Some of our alumni pursue graduate work in Economics at prestigious programs around the world, including Oxford, MIT, Yale, the University of California-Berkeley, and the University of Chicago. Other alumni have gone on to work at the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and the Federal Reserve, as well as at leading multinational consulting and financial firms.

Now in its sixteenth year, the Carroll Round is supported through the generosity of Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Carroll Round alumni, and private donors. This year's conference will be held from April 20 to April 23, 2017.

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