Carroll Round Conference

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At the beginning of the spring semester 2012 at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga my thesis paper co-authored with Anastasija Oļeiņika received a recognition from the Carroll Round Steering committee, and we received an invite to present our paper at the Carroll Round conference at Georgetown University, Washington D.C. The goal of the Carroll Round is to foster the exchange of ideas among leading undergraduate international economics and political economy students by encouraging and supporting the pursuit of scholarly innovation in the field. With the help of Leif Mutén Society as one of the benefactors we took part in the conference, met students from leading universities: University of Warwick, Macalester College, Dartmouth University, Brown University, Harvard University; and listen to top level keynote speakers – Dr. Jonathan Levine (Stanford University) and Gene Sperling (National Economic Adviser to Bill Clinton and Barack Obama). These were educational and motivating experiences, and I want to express my gratitude to Leif Mutén Society for supporting students and fostering the quality of higher education in Latvia.

Madara Bogdāne
Class of 2012
Stockholm School of Economics in Riga


During my studies at SSE Riga LMS supported me on several occasions. After achieving top score in FE course, I received a scholarship from SEB Enskilda through Leif Mutén Society. Receiving the scholarship felt really rewarding after all the hard work during the course. I used the money to cover my tuition fee. LMS also helped me with partially covering my and my thesis partner’s expenses of attending the Carroll Round – an annual international economics conference at Georgetown University, providing a unique forum for research and discussion among the world’s top undergraduates. Travelling to the US is quite expensive for a student, thus, LMS support was highly valuable. I believe that possibility to be supported from organizations like LMS is really motivating for students to achieve more during their studies.

Anastasija Oļeiņika
Class of 2012
Stockholm School of Economics in Riga


Leif Mutén Society supported me and my thesis partner during our final year of studies at SSE Riga by partially covering the travelling and accommodation expenses for our trip to Washington, USA, to participate in the10th Annual Carroll Round Conference in 2011. The Carroll Round is an international economics conference held at Georgetown University,Washington, and it gives 20-30 of the world’s top undergraduate students the unique opportunity to present their original research projects in the environment of a professional academic conference. We were first SSE Riga students who applied and were selected as participants among other students from leading universities around the world, including the University of Chicago, New York University, Harvard University, University of Oxford, and the London School of Economics. The financial support from LMS was crucial for us to participate in the Carroll Round, which, in turn, contributed a lot to our knowledge and provided an excellent feedback to improve our paper. We had a unique chance to hear and discuss the findings of other student research papers, listen to keynote speaches by Nobel Laureate Dr. Joseph Stiglitz and Dr. Jagdish Bhagwati, as well as represent SSE Riga – both to people in Europe and the USA – as an institution of academic excellence. Without doubt I can say that LMS serves a very important role and contributes a lot to the academic and professional development of students in the Baltic region.

Zane Siliņa
Class of 2011
Stockholm School of Economics in Riga


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