Josiah Johnson, a UA Little Rock senior finance and economics student, received the 2021 Karen Russ Memorial Award for Excellence in Research for his study, Estimating the Impact of Small Businesses on Crime in the Local Community. Dr. Rhet Smith, Department of Accounting, Economics, and Finance, served as his faculty mentor. Johnson presented his research at the 2021 Research Expo online which was held April 16, 2021
Johnson’s research project examined the economic impact of the television show, Small Business Revolution, on the winning town. In addition to the economic impact, the project tracks the effect of winning on crime in the community. A recording of a presentation of his research is available online.
The Karen Russ Memorial Award of $500 is awarded each spring to the UA Little Rock student who best utilizes, applies, and visualizes government data in his/her research. Government resources used by Johnson included data from the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, the United States Census Bureau, and the FBI Uniform Crime Reports.
The Ottenheimer Library faculty and staff congratulate Mr. Johnson on winning this award.