William Burrus

Meet a Lucerna author: William Burrus

William Burrus’ essay, “European Rail Nationalization and Income Inequality: An Empirical Analysis,” appears in the new volume of Lucerna available at https://honors.umkc.edu/get-involved/lucerna/

For more about William’s work, keep reading.

What is your Lucerna project about?

My Lucerna project is about the relationship between rail industry nationalization and income inequality in European Union member states.

Why are you interested in this topic?

I am interested in this topic because economic inequality is a significant problem in our society. I wanted to explore whether there is a relationship between government involvement and control in the economy and income inequality. I selected data from the European Union because its data were readily available and easily accessible.

What have been the benefits and challenges of this project?

The main benefit has been the experience of developing my econometrics project beyond what was required for my course. It also helped me to learn more about using a statistical software called R, which was also challenging because I needed to teach myself some programming on the fly.

What is your advice for students who are interested in publishing their work in Lucerna?

My advice is to not be shy in asking for advice from your professor for feedback regarding the writing and research process. They will be happy to help improve the quality of your work.

What are your professional plans or goals?

I plan to begin graduate school in economics or finance in France in Fall 2021.