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Economics faculty members present at private enterprise conference in Mexico

College of Business economics professors Zac Gochenour, Ed Lopez, Bob Mulligan and Steve Miller recently took a trip to Cancun, Mexico, to attend the 40th annual Association for Private Enterprise Education meeting.

They were among about 500 other academicians present from around the world and from fields as varied as economics, business, social sciences and humanities.

Miller and Gochenour presented their joint work titled “To be, not just to seem: The Political Economy of North Carolina.”

Miller gave a presentation on IRS-derived income inequality data as part of a panel on Thomas Piketty’s 2014 book, “Capital in the 21st Century.” The other panelists included Phil Magness of the Institute for Humane Studies and Randall G. Holcombe of Florida State University.

Mulligan presented a paper entitled “A Theory of CEO Compensation,” exploring insights from basic microeconomics and behavioral economics to explain why CEOs can be compensated at levels which may seem extraordinarily high.

Lopez, in addition to serving as a member of the APEE board, presented on numerous panels throughout the conference and had four papers on the programs. He presented three as solo author and attended as his co-author presented the fourth.

“APEE is a great conference, and WCU is well-known there,” Lopez said. “Next year, we’ll have an entrant or two in the undergraduate poster competition.”

Ed Lopez, left, participates on a panel about how to communicate economic ideas at the meeting.

Ed Lopez, left, participates on a panel about how to communicate economic ideas at the meeting.

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