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Barry M. Moriarty Student Paper Winner, 2010

Juan Sebastian Leguizamon, Ph.D. candidate, Economics, West Virginia University

Paper Title: "Yardstick Competition and Government Political Structure: Evidence From State Welfare Spending"

Faculty Sponsor: Donald Lacombe, Research Associate Professor, West Virginia University

Leguizamon worked for the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at WVU for 2 1/2 years as a research assistant where he co-authored several reports, including two on the work experience of college graduates in West Virginia. He has been teaching undergraduate courses in economics for WVU for three semesters. His research interests are public economics, urban/regional economics, and applied econometrics.