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Taylor Griffith helps win College Fed Challenge with University of Wisconsin-Whitewater team

 

Last updated 12/11/2017 at Noon



WHITEWATER, Wis. – Taylor Griffith from Lake Elsinore, majoring in economics and mathematics, has contributed to a first-ever win by the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater economics team, Nov. 13, at the College Fed Challenge competition in Chicago.

linklinklink University of Wisconsin-Whitewater edged out Northwestern University, the University of Chicago and Marquette University to earn first place and the right to advance to the national level. They faced off against Harvard University, Virginia Commonwealth University and Pace University before the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, Dec. 1.

The College Fed Challenge is an academic competition designed to bring real-world economics into the classroom. Teams analyze economic and financial conditions and determine how they may impact monetary policy.

As captain and a presenting team member, Griffith’s leadership and contributions were vital to the team’s success. This was Griffith’s fourth year competing and her third year as team captain.

linklink “The students have to be informed of economic conditions right up to the day of the competition,” economics professor Yamin Ahmad said. “They use indicators like consumer confidence, inflation, unemployment and gross domestic product to determine how different sectors are performing and how the Federal Reserve might react.”

The regional event was the culmination of more than six months of preparation and practice. The challenge helps build students’ macroeconomic knowledge, as well as teamwork, critical thinking and public speaking skills.

For more than 140 years, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater has provided students with the education and training to begin their careers with a solid foundation behind them. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to the development of the individual, the growth of personal and professional integrity and respect for diversity and global perspectives. These growth markers are met by providing academic and co-curricular programs that emphasize the pursuit of knowledge and understanding and a commitment to service within a safe and secure environment.

 

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