Dr. Jingze Jiang, associate professor of Economics at Edinboro University, was selected to co-chair the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland’s 2019 undergraduate research competition.
Presented in partnership with Edinboro University and the University of Akron, the competition is an opportunity for college and university students to share their economics or finance research with economists, professors and peers.
The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Friday, May 3, at the Federal Reserve Bank, 1455 E. Sixth St., Cleveland. It is one of only 12 regional banks of the Fed, the central banking system in the United States.
The competition is an opportunity for students to gain a better understanding of the Fed and for the Fed to identify promising students planning careers in economics or finance, said Jiang, who will evaluate the finance submissions.
“Our Department of Business and Economics is exceptionally strong, with tremendous faculty and wonderful students,” Jiang said. “I am very proud to represent Edinboro as a competition judge.”
Jiang’s research in energy financial economics and environmental economics reflects her love of economics and her social consciousness. She was a 10-year-old growing up in southern China when she realized she wanted to protect the environment. She recalls an elementary school field trip in Kunming, China, where she found herself counting the number of seagulls, realizing that the number of birds was rapidly declining.
Since then, she has published dozens of peer-reviewed articles and presented at conferences. Her research focuses on the quantitative and financial analysis of agricultural and energy commodity markets, especially risk quantification and management. She also studies severe weather and global warming and their impact on agricultural production.
Scott Miller, dean of Edinboro’s School of Business, said that Jiang’s research not only impacts her students, it also has broader implications.
“At a time when social consciousness is growing and interest in sustainability has increased, Dr. Jiang’s research is quite timely,” he said. “It brings to light the need for more education as we manage the challenges in our environment.”
Jiang earned her bachelor’s degree in Finance at Shanghai University in 2009 and then relocated to the United States, where she earned a master’s degree in Statistics and a Ph.D. in Economics from Washington State University.
Photo caption: Dr. Jingze Jiang, associate professor of Economics at Edinboro University, was selected to co-chair the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland’s 2019 undergraduate research competition.