Ark. (June 24, 2013) – Recent graduate Jacob Porter ’13 from Austin,
Texas, won Best Undergraduate Paper at the 2013 Arkansas Political Science
Association (ArkPSA) conference.
winning paper “Fiscal
Decentralization and Economic Innovation in Spain’s Autonomous Communities” was his senior
thesis for his major in international relations.
participated in the Hendrix-in-Madrid program the summer before his junior year
and studied abroad in Granada, Spain, during the fall semester of his junior
year. He credits his travels with inspiring his thesis topic.
in Spain, Porter visited the Basque Country, Catalonia, and witnessed 15-M
protests in Madrid and Granada.
separatist strongholds and seeing national protests made me want to examine the
ties that bind Spaniards together—their rules for fiscal federalism,” said
addition to presenting his thesis at the 2013 ArkPSA conference, Porter presented
his work at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in La
“Studying economic innovation is also
interesting to me because, in the 21st century, economic success will be
determined in large part by how well an economy can perform dynamically and
rapidly adjust to advances in technology,” said Porter.
a Hendrix alumnus, Porter plans on attending law school.
“I had numerous
experiences in college related to policy that I enjoyed and am interested in
staying involved in policy in the future,” he said.
Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in
engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the fifth consecutive year,
Hendrix was named one of the country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by
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best 377 colleges, the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change
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list of America's Top 650 Colleges, and the 2013 edition of the
Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist
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