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 within the CFE. In the past year, he has started two research projects on economic institutions and economic reform. In addition, he has acted as the teaching assistant for Dr. Josh Hall's microeconomics class, during which he gained experience essential to his future teaching career.
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Pruitt is a Mary Wallestonecraft Fellow who has seen much progress regarding research, conference presentations, and teaching opportunities. She currently has two articles under review, one of which is at the Journal of Public Economic Theory. She presented both of these articles at a number of conferences in the fall of 2016, including the RCN on Understanding Guilty Pleas in Arlington and the Southern Economic Association’s annual meeting. She is currently working on a project inspired by the research presented at the Understanding Guilty Pleas conference, which reinforces the benefits of participating in multi-disciplinary gatherings. In tandem with her research interests in public economics, she expects to have new research on public financing ready to present at the upcoming 2018 Public Choice Meeting. 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.
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. He had three papers published this year. Additionally, he was able to participate, funded by CFE, in the Academy of Economics and Finance Conference, in which he was the co-winner of the Best Graduate Student Paper in Economics; also, he was able to attend the Public Choice Society Conference as well. He currently has eight papers under review in different journals; one is with former CFE fellow Jamie Bologna. 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 CFE affiliated students (Eduardo Minuci and Josh Matti). Being funded by the CFE has also provided him with the opportunity to improve his teaching experience. In 2017 he was the instructor for courses in the Summer and in the Fall. 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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Pyun is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Economics and earned candidacy in the end of last year. His research interests generally focus upon sports, urban, and health economics. This last year, he won the Best Young Researcher Paper Award from the 8th ESEA Conference for his paper, “Exploring the causal relationship between Major League Baseball games and crime: A synthetic control analysis.” He was able to accomplish this, in large part, due to the CFE’s generous support. He now has two (one co-authored and one solo-authored) papers under review in Applied Economics and Empirical Economics. He is also developing other papers with advisor Dr. Brad Humphreys. Lastly, he is teaching an online course (Principles of Macroeconomics).
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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 presenting 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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