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Faculty In Action – Update 2007

Don Holley recently provided economic analysis to the Idaho Department of Commerce in support of its effort to have legislation introduced to provide incentives for the development of the film industry in the state.

Chris Loucks, Department of Economics, recently presented a paper, “PAC Contributions from Sectors of the Health Care Industry and Committee Membership in the House of Representatives, 1998-2002”, at the International Atlantic Economic Conference in Montreal, Canada.

Don Holley, economics, was quoted in a KBCI Channel 2 story about how inflation is hitting local residents. Holley noted that wages and salaries are not keeping pace with rising costs.

In the past couple of weeks there has been a lot of interest in local and national economics. Don Holley has been interviewed three times by different reporters at the Statesman. The subjects have been housing, employment and restaurants. He was also interviewed by Channel 2 (CBS) on the consequences of layoffs at Albertsons. Finally, he was also interviewed for an hour on KFXD radio and spoke to the local chapter of the BYU Management Society. Both times the subject was the local and national economic conditions and outlook.

Don Holley was interviewed by Channel 2 and the Idaho Statesman about rebate checks and economic recovery.

Don Holley was interviewed by the Idaho Statesman on debt associated with housing in the Boise market.

Don Holley was interviewed by channel 2 (CBS) on the Idaho Lottery. What impact will a recession have on lottery receipts?

Don Holley was interviewed (twice) by the Idaho Statesman on the local impact of the financial crisis and on the local effect of increased inflation.

Don Holley was interviewed by the Idaho Statesman on the impact of the economic stimulus package on the local economy, especially retailers.

Dr. Scott Lowe, Economics, presented “Economics of Climate Change: Measuring and Reducing Your Footprint” at the Business Symposium held at Boise State University, January 30th, 2008.

On January 4th, 2008, Don Holley and economists from the University of Idaho and Idaho State University presented their annual estimates of General Fund Revenues to the State Legislature.

In December, Don Holley was interviewed by the Statesman on wages and inflation in Idaho.

In November, Dr. Don Holley was interviewed by the Statesman on the weakness of the housing market in the Treasure Valley.

Dr. Chris Loucks presented the paper, “PAC Contributions from Sectors of the Financial Services Industry”, at the International Atlantic Economic Conference, and chaired the Human Capital, Compensation, and Family Structure session.

Dr. Don Holley was interviewed by Channel 2 on the effect of Micron on the Treasure Valley. He was also interviewed by Dave Fotsch of Central District Health for an article in a supplement to the Idaho Business Review on the economics of a pandemic. The article appeared in supplement dated October 15.

Drs Geoff Black and Scott Lowe participated in a panel discussion at the Environmental Sensing Symposium, Boise State University, October 25th. The panel was organized by Dr. Lowe and addressed key governmental, regulatory and economic issues surrounding non-attainment of environmental goals and standards.

Dr. Zeynep Hansen, Associate Professor, has a paper accepted for publication and is forthcoming in Journal of Law and Economics. The title of the paper is “The Political Economy of Truth-in-Advertising Regulation during the Progressive Era” and it is co-authored with Dr. Marc Law, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics in University of Vermont.

Assistant Professor Scott Lowe will be chairing a panel discussion at the 2007 Environmental Sensing Symposium at Boise State University, October 25-27th. The panel, which includes Economics Department Chair Geoff Black, and Boise City Council Member Pro-tem Dr. Bill Eberle, will discuss the key governmental, regulatory, economic, and societal issues surrounding attainment and non-attainment of environmental goals and standards. In particular, the panel will discuss the technical and economic analyses of air quality standards and non-attainment in the airshed surrounding Boise, Idaho.

Dr. Chris Loucks was invited to serve on the Early Childhood ROI Task Force; the primary goal of the Early Childhood ROI (Return on Investment) Task Force is to guide the development and implementation of the business outreach and education module to make business leaders more aware of the importance of early childhood education.

Dr. Chris Loukcs participated in the Idaho Criminal Justice Commission Meeting, June 29, 2007, “Early Childhood Learning–Economic Impacts and Benefits”

Dr. Geoff Black was quoted in a story regarding the economic impact on the state, of the Idaho National Laboratory. An economic study conducted by Boise State University indicated that the INL plays a vital role in Idaho’s economy. The story ran in the Casper, Wyoming, Star Tribune.

Dr. Scott Lowe presented “Measuring the Effects of Environmental Regulations: the Critical Importance of Spatially Disaggregated Air Modeling” in the Joint Session of the History and Philosophy of Science, Psychology, and Social, Economic and Political Sciences Sections of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Pacific Division. Tuesday, June 19th, 2007, Boise, ID

Dr. Samia Islam presented a paper at the Mid-Continent Regional Science Association (MCRSA) conference, June 7 – June 9, 2007 in Kansas City, MO. The co-authored paper (with John McIntosh of the CoBE Management Dept.) is titled: “Beyond the Veil: Women Entrepreneurs in Islamic Societies -The Case of Bahrain”

Dr. Samia Islam was selected to be a member of the Boise State Teaching Scholars (BSTS) group on Undergraduate Research. Ten faculty members were chosen from all the colleges and departments across campus to be a part of this group. The purpose of the BSTS program is to bring together faculty from various disciplines and study how undergraduate research can be integrated into courses for the benefit of both faculty and students. Each member of this group will apply the principles, theories, or strategies explored by the group in an individual project to assess the effectiveness of their work. Moreover, the group as a whole will generate a product based on their findings by the end of Spring 2008.

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