Jul 22, 2008    #076
Contact: Wandra Green

UMKC Students At World Bank Forum

Four University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) students, Felipe Carvalho de Rezende, Flavia Dantas, Xuan Pham and Devin Rafferty, are among 200 students attending a Good Governance Forum in Washington, DC this week.

All of the UMKC delegates are PhD candidates in the Department of Economics. While students, they have contributed writings, research and panel presentations on such topics as employment equality indices, male and female wage differences, and the Fair Tax.

The competitive process for choosing student delegates, conducted through an arm of the UN, is international in scope; and partial funding is made available by Athgo, a non-profit organization without political or economic ties. Athgo forums, where students are given both academic and professional education, are held in Europe and Asia also.

The topic taken up by this year’s attendees, who range in age from 18 to 32, is “Miracles of Development,” the relationship between good governance and sustainable economic expansion. Sessions will be held at the World Bank.

Randall Wray, UMKC professor of economics, noted the benefit of experiential learning and the forum’s attention to socially-conscious programs.

“This is a great opportunity for our Interdisciplinary PhD students to see how economic theory can be applied to real world problems. That four of our students were chosen for the limited number of fellowships available is proof of the high quality of our program.”

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