We are happy to announce that an economics team, composed by MA students Ramsha Jaweed and David Kim, has been selected to participate in the National Policy Challenge organized by CRDCN (the research data centre network created by the government to facilitate access to confidential government data). The teams submitted a proposal to analyze a policy problem of their own choosing with confidential microdata.
Ramsha and David’s was one of the 10 teams selected out of 40 proposals. They want to analyze the impact of private sponsorship on the integration of refugees. Their proposal presented a plausible empirical model to obtain these results, selected an adequate data base to work with, and made a compelling motivation for their research. The initiative came out of ECON 606, for which one of the assignments is to write a research proposal. The MA students had the opportunity to join the contest if they could work out the tight deadline of October 1st. Ramsha and David worked really hard to meet this deadline.
They will present their work in Ottawa on June 11 for a chance to win one of the three prizes awarded.