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Four undergraduate students offered market entry recommendations for Fischer Homes in the competition hosted by the University of Kentucky.

A team of students from the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business tested their skills at the Econ Games 2022 conference hosted by the University of Kentucky.

Hannah Chaput ’23, Isaac Schwartz ’23, Sarah Mirrow ’24 and Cole Meixsell ’25 with assistant professor Lauren DiRago-Duncan at the Econ Games.

Hannah Chaput ’23, Isaac Schwartz ’23, Sarah Mirrow ’24 and Cole Meixsell ’25 represented Elon in the data analysis and research contest.

The event tasked teams from nine schools to collect and evaluate publicly available data to determine which three new markets sponsor Fischer Homes should enter. The students had a day to research demographic and labor market trends in several cities across the United States, analyze the data, and create a presentation with their recommendations.

“The Econ Games were a difficult experience because the students didn’t know what they would be asked to do until they arrived,” said Brandon Sheridan, assistant professor of economics. “Teams had to collect data from public sources this year rather than receiving one set of data, which posed an additional challenge of collecting data with different formats. Despite this extra wrinkle, Elon’s students created a wonderful presentation and performed well.

Lauren DiRago-Duncan, assistant professor of economics, accompanied the team to Kentucky. Prior to the competition, she held a practice meeting with Team Elon. “I answered a few minor questions while we were at Elon, but the students did all the work for the competition from start to finish,” she said. “The four students have a lot of perspective and I was impressed by what they found. Especially since we flew in that morning and completed all tasks within 24 hours.

Reflecting on his Econ Games experience, Meixsell shared, “I was one of the few first-timers at this event, and I was placed in an environment where I was expected to be on par with the sophomores, juniors and seniors. It was certainly a challenging experience, but where I learned valuable skills in data analysis, communication and presentation that I could not learn in a classroom. »

During the Econ Games, Elon’s team also attended a networking reception and presentation by Kyle Noth, Group Leader, International Interoperability at The MITER Corporation.

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