A Brief History of the Carroll Round

“Undergraduate economists from around the country deserved an event in which they could interact significantly with each other and the professional academic community.”

- Christopher L. Griffin, Jr., founder of the Carroll Round


The Carroll Round conference began in 2001, as a way to foster the next global ‘round’ of economic and political dialogue among top undergraduates.

Inspired by the quality of informal discussions among fellow students at Georgetown and abroad, the Carroll Round’s first conference in 2002 provided a unique opportunity for undergraduate economics students from across the country to present their work in a serious research setting.

Over the past 12 years, the annual Carroll Round conference has grown to attract the highest quality research in international economics from undergraduates around the world. The quality and quantity of submissions to participate in the Carroll Round grows each year. Since 2006, presented papers have been published in the annual journal, The Carroll Round Proceedings.

Carroll Round participants also have the opportunity to meet leading academics and policymakers in the field as guest speakers at each conference. Speakers have ranged from Nobel Laureates to members of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve- for instance, John F. Nash, Jr., Thomas Schelling, Susan Athey, Eric Maskin, Joseph Stiglitz, William Easterly, Steven Radelet, Kemal Derviş, Gene Sperling and many more.

With each year, the Carroll Round alumni group has grown into a professional and academic network unlike any other for young economists. The Carroll Round serves as a key experience for aspiring undergraduates in the field of international economics.