Elmhurst College student to meet Bernanke, Krugman

Elmhurst, IL

Josh Zuke, a senior business administration major at Elmhurst College, will meet with top economists as one of 12 nationwide finalists in the prestigious 2011 National Economics Insider student essay contest.

The competition, organized by Pearson Higher Education, asks college economics students to “propose solutions to an economic problem of their choice,” according to a release. Zuke chose rising oil prices and the possibility of preventing further increases and possible alternatives.

Zuke will travel next month to Washington, D.C., where he will pitch his idea to a panel of the nation’s top economists and meet top officials such as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. Finalists will also meet with Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman and Glenn Hubbard, dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

“I feel honored to be chosen as a finalist. For me personally, it represents the culmination of four years of study and work,” Zuke said in a statement. “I am looking forward to meeting professionals in the field of economics, both to learn from those who have artfully applied their craft and to develop my professional network.”