Lebergott-Lovell Prize announced

The Wesleyan Economics department is pleased to announce the winner of this year’s Lebergott-Lovell prize.

This prize is for the top paper written for a course in the current academic year that uses econometric techniques to analyze an economic problem.  Nine papers were submitted by economics faculty for consideration by the committee (Profs. Hornstein, Keats, and Sheehan-Connor). Papers that were nominated for the prize were written by students for our gateway quantitative methodology course, Econ 300, as well as for a wide assortment of upper-level economics electives.

The 2020 prize is awarded to Elizabeth Vann ’20 for a paper titled “Exploring the Impact of Female Enfranchisement on Economic Outcomes in the United States,” which was submitted to Richard Grossman’s American Economic History course in the fall semester.


We are also awarding two runner-up prizes to (in alphabetical order):

  • Josh Ng ’20 for a paper titled “Cultural Similarities and Dispute Settlement in the World Trade Organization (WTO)”, which was submitted to David Kuenzel’s International Trade course in the fall semester.
  • Ben Stagoff-Belfort ’21 for a paper titled “Mergers and Acquisitions Behavior: Evidence from the Asian Financial Crisis”, which was submitted to Abigail Hornstein’s Multinational Enterprise course in the spring semester.


Congratulations to this year’s prize winner and our runners-up, and many thanks to all the students who wrote such interesting papers!