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 economics, predominantly international economics. Some of the most recently presented papers include:
- Bounded Rationality in Rules of Price Adjustment and the Phillips Curve by Sitong Ding
- Institutions and Missing Women: Evidence from Qing China by Shaoyu Liu
- An Analysis of Post-Brexit U.K. Services Trade using Synthetic Control by Jonas Knecht
- Eliminating the Penny in Canada: An Economic Analysis of Penny-Rounding on Grocery Items by Christina Cheung
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:
- Joshua Angrist, 2021 Nobel laureate in Economics Sciences and the Ford Professor of Economics at MIT
- Kenneth Rogoff, Thomas D. Cabot Professor at Harvard University
- 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 Stanford 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 the 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, the International Monetary Fund and the Federal Reserve, as well as at leading multinational consulting and financial firms. 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.