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In its founding year, the IONA Journal of Economics purposed to establish itself as more than just a journal of undergraduate research in the field of economics. We have made it our mission to go beyond setting the stepping stones to undergraduate publication, guided by a vision to connect a community dedicated to the advancement of “the knowledge of the causes of things.” A common thread throughout humanity, this drive to understand the world and construct solutions to improve it laid the foundations to the academic pursuit. From a desperate need to comprehend the cosmos to understanding our own ‘benevolent interests’, our curious quest of knowledge brings us here. IONA and the diverse community it has fostered in its first year is a testament to the value that abounds between the multiple dimensions of the economic discipline as a social science.
As a name, IONA serves as an icon—connecting us with this historical drive to create, preserve and spread knowledge. The name “Iona” originates from an island off of Scotland that once served as a middle-age ‘knowledge hub’ through the copying and preservation of written manuscripts. The community was founded by a prolific scribe, Colmcille, now credited with saving the church’s literary treasurers during Europe’s Dark Ages, when book burning was a common practice amongst religious zealots. His mission was simple. He recognized the shortage of books as one of the critical paths restricting the growth of the scholarship— pushing him to copy, study and disperse the literary materials of the church. Soon falling under persecution from higher authorities in a middle-age copyright dispute, the scribe set sail for Iona in Scotland to continue his mission.
IONA pays homage to the many efforts like those of Colmcille that have preceded the journal’s founding and its many volumes to come. Technology, like any socio-economic force, has transformed the architecture underlining the copy, study and dispersion of knowledge. In the present age where information is now expansive, accessible and abundant, IONA serves as a platform for our undergraduates to showcase their own ‘literary treasurers’. It is common place in the undergraduate world for great work to be left behind to collect dust on a shelf. On a campus vibrant with student life and resources, this is unfortunate and unnecessary.