Cardazzi is a first year economics Ph.D. student at West Virginia University. He received his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Ramapo College of New Jersey. After presenting a research paper on the voting process of the Basketball Hall of Fame at the 2017 SEA conference, Alex looks forward to continuing his research. This semester, he is working as a research assistant for Dr. Humphreys and Dr. Ruseski. He is looking forward to more experiences in researching, teaching and learning during his time at WVU.
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Erika received BAs in economics and philosophy from Duquesne University. She has a Master's in economics from George Mason University, where she studied policy and behavioral economics.
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Dean is a first year Ph.D. student in Economics. He comes to WVU from Texas, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Lubbock Christian University. He is assisting Dr. Shuichiro Nishioka and Dr. Arabinda Basistha on various research projects ranging from Japanese trade and foreign direct investment to coal mining in the United States. He greatly enjoys CFE’s brown bag workshop, graduate student reading group, and public lectures. Dean’s research interests center around macroeconomics and domestic poverty.
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Sara Harper is a first-year PhD student in Economics. She graduated from WVU in 2015 and holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies. She has also studied at the University of Strasbourg. During her first semester as a graduate student, she assisted Dr. Brian Cushing with his Business and Economics Statistics course. Her areas of interest include international economics, political economy, and the European Union.
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Lawson is a first-year PhD student in the Department of Economics. She received a bachelor's degree in Economics from Southern Methodist University in 2017. She also studied at the University of Cape Town. During her first semester at WVU, she assisted Dr. Dan Grossman in his Microeconomics course. She is currently working on research relating to the iconography of currency across countries.
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Gordon holds degrees in Economics from Albany State University and the University of Mississippi. He has a background in cost accounting and financial markets operations and his primary
interests are financial economics and emerging industries.
Zach has earned an MA in Theology from Boston University and a MBA from St. Bonaventure University. His research focus is development economics, and specifically the spillover effects of development interventions on cooperation and social norms. Zach is the founder of Embrace It Africa (EIA), a nonprofit organization working to encourage sustainable community growth in southern Uganda. EIA enacts its mission by addressing issues of economic development, public health, access to education through its microfinance institution, community health clinic, and student sponsorship program.
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Trudeau is a first year PhD student in the Department of Economics. Currently, he is assisting Dr. Feng Yao in the instruction of Principles of Microeconomics. His research interests include public economics, law and economics, and applied microeconomics. His recent research project involves investigation into the effects of occupational licensing on both industries and consumers. Noah is particularly excited at the opportunities the program presents to share his love of economics with undergraduate students and he revels in every opportunity to be in front of a class.
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Wadsworth is currently a first-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Economics. She received a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics with Honors from Niagara University in 2017. While working on her undergraduate degrees she published a coauthored paper in the Journal of School Choice International Research and Reform. Currently, she is a research assistant for Dr. Gregory DeAngelo & Dr. Alexander Lundberg, attends CFE brown bag & seminar series presentations and the graduate reading group meetings. Her research interests center around regional & public economics.
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Blemings is a second year Ph.D. student, CFE research fellow, and currently the teaching assistant for the first phase of graduate microeconomic theory. Regularly attending CFE sponsored presentations, workshops, article discussions, and seminars has motivated him to work on a range of research topics falling broadly within the categories of public economics and crime. Recently attending the Economics of Corruption 2017 has catalyzed his interest in experimental and empirical methods for investigating corruption, resulting in ongoing empirical research examining the relationship between electoral cycles and maritime piracy.
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In his third year, Ferrell has started teaching both introductory micro and macro economics courses. He has completed his course work in the Public and Urban/Regional fields which has served as a great stepping stone into his dissertation research. Ferrell is writing his dissertation under Dr. Hall. His current focus is applying the lessons from public choice economics to understand the difficulties in reforming corrupted property rights institutions around the world. The CFE has provided many great opportunities for Ferrell and he looks forward to many more as he works to complete his dissertation.
Ge is currently in his third year as the Peter Thomas Bauer Fellow. With the support of the CFE, he has recently finished his coursework. Currently Ge is focusing on his dissertation and other research projects. During the past year, he has started two research projects in his health and urban economics classes; his dissertation project aims at using international trade data to estimate the size of the North Korean economy and the share of different departments in the total output. In addition, he recently served as teaching assistant in principle economics classes and he will soon begin teaching his own courses. With the help of the CFE, he has had valuable opportunities to meet fellow researchers in various fields and explore his research interests.
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Matti is in his third year and has finished his field classes in public and urban economics. He began teaching over the summer with a Principles of Macroeconomics course and is currently teaching Intermediate Macroeconomics. In addition to teaching, receiving the Swiger Fellowship has allowed him to focus on research. His recent research has appeared in Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, Review of Regional Studies, and Applied Economics Letters. He has presented his research at three conferences this past year and will present at the Public Choice conference in March 2018. Going forward, he will study the spatial location of consumer service firms under his advisor Dr. Joshua Hall as part of his dissertation.
Pruitt is a Mary Wallestonecraft Fellow who has seen much progress regarding research, conference presentations, and teaching opportunities. She recently had two articles accepted for publication, one of which is at the Journal of Public Economic Theory and the other at Economics Bulletin. She anticipates presenting new research at various conferences during 2018. She has also recently begun teaching her own courses, both in-class and online. Through the CFE, she has had many opportunities to share research and other interests with colleagues and has grown in pursuit of economic scholarship. She hopes to continue pursuing research interests in public and urban economics, as well as law and economics.
Walker is a Ph.D candidate in his third year as the Antonio De Viti De Marco Fellow. In the past year he has presented at multiple conferences including Public Choice and the Southern Economics Association. Additionally, he had the opportunity to attend the American Economics Association's Continuing Education Program on machine learning and econometrics. Paul has also begun teaching and is currently in the process of teaching his second class. Lastly, he currently is working on what will become his third publication under review.
Neto is a fourth-year graduate student in the Department of Economics at WVU focusing on regional/urban economics and public economics. In 2017, he was awarded the Jon Vilasuso Advanced Doctoral Student Award from the Department of Economics at WVU and was the co-winner of the Best Graduate Student Paper in Economics in the Academy of Economics and Finance Conference. As he continues to work toward the completion of his degree, he has several projects under way, some of them with CFE affiliated faculty (Drs. Josh Hall and Brad Humphreys), and some with current and former CFE affiliated students (Jamie Bologna Pavlik, Eduardo Minuci, and Josh Matti). He had four publications in 2017-2018. Being funded by the CFE has also provided him with the opportunity to improve his teaching experience, being an instructor of record since the Summer 2017. The CFE brown bag presentations and reading club were also part of his routine. Both provided valuable opportunities to get acquainted with different and important research by fellow graduate students/professors as well as other scholars in the field.
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is a fourth year graduate student currently on the academic job market. His
research focuses on evaluating urban and health-related policy. In 2017,
he was awarded the Best Doctoral Student Award from the Department of Economics
at WVU and the Graduate Student Award from the Southern Economic Association’s
86th Annual Meeting. He had one paper published this year and has three papers
under review at peer-reviewed journals. He is also developing other papers with
his advisor, Dr. Brad Humphreys. Lastly, he successfully defended his
dissertation proposal and taught multiple courses over the past year.
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Reilly is a fifth year graduate student currently on the academic job market. His research focuses on evaluating how policy affects educational outcomes. He has two papers under review at peer reviewed journals. Additionally, he is presented two papers at the Southern Economics Association Conference in November 2017. In addition to research, he successfully defended his dissertation proposal and he taught multiple courses over the past year.
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