November 10, 2020

UW-Superior students present at fall 2020 Regional Economic Indicators Forum

Focus of research was on the affect COVID-19 has had on the regional economy

University of Wisconsin-Superior student researchers presented months of research on the affect the pandemic has had on the regional economy during the bi-annual Regional Economic Indicator Forum (REIF), which took place virtually Nov. 10.

With more than 300 regional business leaders, government officials, professionals, academics and students attending, two UW-Superior student teams presented their work.
One of the teams researched how consumer sentiments changed during the COVID-19 health and economic crisis.

Grant Garding, an economics and finance major, presented the findings on behalf of the team. Other researchers included Munkhtulga Amarsanaa, Joseph Cummings, Lindsay Hagfors, Ulrik Lager, Thao Le, Ryan Lovaas, Ririko Miura, Samuel Myszka, Kento Nomura, AJ Olson, Chiyono Owa, Mackenzie Reykdal, Jade Roatch, Ramesh Shrestha, Ismael Tounkara, Augusto Vladusic, Ryan Volz, and Sam Waylee Jr. Economics faculty Rubana Mahjabeen and Praopan Pratoomchat supervised the consumer confidence indicators team.

Michael Huttner, an economics and history major, presented the second team’s findings on how the pandemic influenced the regional equity index. Other researchers on this team were Sajid Chowdhury, Ramesh Shrestha, and Pontus Tavemark. Faculty members Sakib Mahmud, sustainable management, and David Koslowsky, finance, supervised the financial indicators team.

REIF is a community-based, student-led research partnership sponsored by the National Bank of Commerce. The forum provides research and professional networking opportunities for undergraduate students attending the three regional universities. Student presentations, presentations and summary, along with the fall 2020 REIF executive summary are available online.

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