Business Students Present At LSU Discover Day

May 1, 2019

BATON ROUGE – Four students from the E. J. Ourso College of Business presented at LSU Discover Day 2019. On Tuesday, April 9, 2019, LSU Discover hosted the sixth annual LSU Discover Day undergraduate research and creativity symposium in the LSU student union.  The event provided a forum for undergraduate students to share their work with the LSU community and visitors. Presentation categories included posters, visual displays, oral presentations, performances & readings, juried art show presentations and panel discussions. SDEIS professor, Gabriele Piccoli, serves on the LSU Discover Advisory Board.


Abimbola Ogundare

PhotoOlevia Sharbaugh 

The students include

Abimbola Ogundare | ITF | Senior | Baton Rouge | Daniel Keniston – mentor
Uncovering the Roots of the Black-White Wealth Gap: The Freedman's Bank Crash
Spring 2019 Research Grant Recipient

Olevia Sharbaugh | ITF | Senior | Baton Rouge |Areendam Chanda – mentor
The Effects of Natural Disasters on Economic Growth at the Subnational Level
First place for E. J. Ourso College of Business oral presentation - $125

Jackson Cole Green | GBus | Junior | Baton Rouge |Julie Buckner – mentor
Problem-Focused Personalized Feedback Intervention Reduces Cannabis-Related Problems among cannabis Users with High Problem Distress

Finn Bicknell | Finance, Math | Sophomore | Mandeville, LA | Kurtay Ogunc – mentor
Dynamic Asset Allocation Strategies Across Economic and Volatility Regimes
Second place for E. J. Ourso College Business poster - $75

Sharbaugh’s project was entitled "The Effects of Natural Disasters on Subnational Economic Growth in South America." The paper presents the results from an empirical test of the effect of natural disasters on the growth of 623 regions from 1992 to 2013 and presents evidence that as the number of people affected increases, there is a significant increase in economic growth in the first year after the disaster occurs. However, the burst in economic growth quickly diminishes until there is a negative effect on growth in the second year following the disaster.

Ogundare’s research investigated the Freedman’s Savings Bank. The Freedman's Savings and Trust Company was a private corporation chartered by the U.S. government in 1865 to encourage and guide the economic development of the newly emancipated African-American communities in the post-Civil War period. The bank was to invest in low-risk securities, such as government bonds. However, due to board corruption, fraudulent behavior and a series of increasingly speculative investments caused the bank to go into debt. Freedman’s Bank went bankrupt and closed its doors in 1874. Ogundare attempts to answer the question: “Is there a correlation between the failure of the Freedman's Savings Bank and the black-white wealth gap that we see today?”

For more information, visit the LSU Discover Day website.

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Elizabeth Eaton
E. J. Ourso College of Business