Two Jamestown College business students and their professor recently presented a paper at a national economics conference.
Seniors Emily Becker, Bismarck; and Kallie Merrill, Buffalo, Mont.; and Dr. Fadi Fawaz, assistant professor of Business, Accounting and Economics, presented â€œTourism and Economic Growth: A Worldwide Studyâ€ at the Missouri Valley Economic Associationâ€™s Annual Meeting held Oct. 28-30 in St. Louis.
Analyzing 25 yearsâ€™ worth of data from 144 countries, the paper examines the effects of tourism on economic growth in seven regions around the world.
â€œDifferent regions have different magnitudes of tourismâ€™s effect on economic growth, but tourism always has a positive effect,â€ Dr. Fawaz says.
The paper is being revised and will be submitted for publication in peer-reviewed journals related to tourism and economic development. The students say the project has provided them with good exposure to the fundamentals of scholarly research.
â€œThis gives us an outlook on how a part of the world is doing and how we can make a positive change with our conclusions,â€ says Merrill, a business and accounting major.
â€œItâ€™s great to take ideas and apply them to real life, not just in a classroom setting,â€ adds Becker, a radiologic technology major pursuing a business minor.
Dr. Fawaz says conducting research and presenting findings is a valuable way for students to learn.
Â â€œItâ€™s important for the students to see that environment and to get that experience, academically and professionally,â€ he says.