Carlianne_Patrick2Carlianne Patrick, Assistant Professor in Economics at Georgia State University is the winner of the 2016 William H. Miernyk Research Excellence Medal Competition. Patrick won $1,500 for her paper titled, “Demand for New Cities: Property Value Capitalization of Municipal Incorporation.”

Patrick said, “I’d like to thank the Regional Research Institute for awarding me the 2016 Miernyk Research Excellence Medal. I am humbled and deeply honored to have my work associated with Professor Miernyk’s legacy of rigorous and insightful regional science research.” Patrick’s primary research fields include urban and regional economics, public finance, and economic development policy.

The Miernyk Medal Award was presented at the 2016 Southern Regional Science Association conference held in Memphis, TN this past March. According to Dr. Randall Jackson, Director of the Regional Research Institute, competition for this prestigious award, “named after one of the most influential and highly regarded regional economics scholars of the last century” is held annually among young scholars for the best solely-authored paper presented at the SRSA, yet only five other individuals have won this award: Jonathan Winters in 2015, Zhenhua Chen in 2014, Olivier Parent in 2008, Shaoming Cheng in 2006, and Santiago Pinto in 2005. The Miernyk Medal may not be awarded every year, at the discretion of the panel.