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Economics Students Submitted Service-Learning Projects to the Undergraduate Research Conference.

economics students at the Boise State Undergraduate Research Conference

Urban economics students at the Boise State Undergraduate Research Conference on April 16, 2018

Five teams from Samia Islam’s ECON 432/532 class participated in Service-Learning research projects this semester. Working with community partner Boise Farmers Market, students assisted in collecting and analyzing data that would help determine a permanent location for the market.

The teams prepare posters about their projects and took part in the annual Undergraduate Research Conference. Titles of the posters were:

  • Commercial Kitchens in Farmers Markets
  • Location Choices of the Future Boise Farmers Market using GIS Mapping
  • Boise Farmer’s Market Commercial Kitchen & Relocation Options
  • Farmer’s Market Surveys: Best Practices
  • Surveying for New Boise Farmers Market Location and Consumer Amenity Preference

Students from ECON 474/575 ‘Sustainability and Economic Policy’ presented on the following topics

  •  Climate Change Effects On The Outdoor Economy of Idaho. [Ben Albert, Marissa Warren, Michael Duke, and Hannah Arnold]
  • Environmental Valuation Best Practices. [Jon Snell, McKenna Yetter, Hailie Johnson-Waskow]
  • The Idaho Outdoors As A Recruitment Tool. [Nate Nelson, Marlee Heistuman, Calvin Gaus]
  • Utilizing Science in Idaho Policy:  Exploring Feasible Environmental Policies for Idaho. [Ravyn Farber, Danny Fisher, Amy Hilton]

Overall, this class included 12 students from COBE, 1 from SPS. The poster titled ‘The Idaho Outdoors As A Recruitment Tool’ won the Best in College award.

Economics faculty accept new positions

Scott Lowe and Zeynep Hansen

Scott Lowe and Zeynep Hansen

Congratulations to Dr. Zeynep Hansen and Dr. Scott Lowe who have accepted new leadership roles at Boise State University.

Dr. Hansen is now the Associate Dean for the College of Business and Economics and Dr. Lowe is now the Associate Dean of the Graduate College.


Allen Dalton, Department of Economics, contributes to Idaho Statesman article

Michail Fragkias, Department of Economics, Published in Environmental Sustainability Journal

Michail FragkiasMichail Fragkias, associate professor in the Department of Economics, has published a paper: “Modern Political Economy, Global Environmental Change and Urban Sustainability Transitions”  in the Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability journal. The paper was co-authored by Christopher Boone, professor and dean at the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. The work is part of a Special Issue on Urban Transitions to Sustainability that Fragkias also co-edited.

The authors explore how modern political economy can frame (and be framed by) urban transitions to sustainability in an era of global environmental change. In particular, the authors emphasize the role of the choice of institutions and institutional change, the maintenance of institutions and institutional robustness as well as good urban governance.

Read Modern Political Economy, Global Environmental Change and Urban Sustainability Transitions here.

Celebrating the Jordan Family’s gift to Scholarship

Jordan family standing with recipientsSue Jordan Lovelace and Tammy Ota — granddaughters of Len B. and Grace Jordan — joined the Department of Economics in celebration of most recent Jordan Scholarship recipients: Makenzie Peake, Lauren Butler, Holly Bossart, and their families.

The Len B. and Grace Jordan Economics Endowment was established in 1978 in memory of the late Len B. Jordan and his wife Grace Jordan. Len served the state of Idaho first as a member of the Idaho House of Representatives from 1947 to 1949, then as Governor from 1951 to 1955. He served as chairman of the United States Section of the International Joint Commission from 1955 to 1957 and as a member of the International development Advisory Board from 1958 to 1959. In 1962 Len was asked to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate, he was then elected to the Senate in November of that same year and re-elected in 1966 serving until 1973 when he retired.Jordan Family, recipients and faculty

Boise State Students Attend 2017 APEE

Students with Allen Dalton

(L to R) Chris Caldwell, Jennifer Moore, Professor D.A. Dalton

Boise State’s Department of Economics is proud to have two students attend the 42nd Annual Meeting of The Association of Private Enterprise Education (APEE). Professor D. Allen Dalton said, “APEE is a group of scholars sharing a common interest in the liberal tradition of freedom -to trade, migrate, associate, and investigate. At the conferences, we get to share the investigations we’ve made. My co-authored paper on Coasean bargaining was first presented at an APEE conference.” Chris Caldwell and Jennifer Moore traveled with Professor D. Allen Dalton to Hawaii to present their research.

Professor D. A. Dalton said, “Students have an opportunity to present their research to faculty members from throughout the world, meet students from other universities, network for future educational opportunities, and be exposed to ongoing research from leading teachers and scholars.” These conferences have become excellent networking opportunities for students interested in pursuing graduate work.

Jennifer Moore presenting researchChris Caldwell presents research

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President Visits COBE

Dr. John C. Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco visited College of Business and Economics at Boise State University on Tuesday, February 21st. During his visit, Dr. Williams held speaking and Q&A events with economics and finance faculty and students. Mr. Skip Oppenheimer and Park Price, members of the Board of Directors at Salt Lake City Branch of San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank also were present at these events.

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President, Dr. John C. Williams, visits with students

Guest Speaker Presented by The Department of Economics


Florina Salaghe is a PhD Candidate in Economics at the University of Nevada. Florina will be discussing her  current paper under review, “An Empirical Investigation of Wagering Behavior in a Large Sample of Slot Machine Gamblers.” Her interests include applied microeconomics, behavioral and experimental economics, decision making, agricultural and spatial economics.

Date: October 20, 2016
Time: 4:30pm
Where: COBE, MBEB 4001

Nighttime lights energy use urban areas infrastructure planning sustainability US


Urban areas contribute to about 75% of global fossil fuel CO2 emissions and are a primary driver of climate change. If greenhouse gas emissions for the top 20 emitting urban areas were aggregated into a one country, it would rank third behind China and the US. With urban areas forecasted to triple between 2010 and 2030 and urban population expected to increase by more than 2.5 billion, sustainable development will require a better understanding of how different types of urbanization affect energy use. However, there is a scarcity of data on energy use at the urban level that are available globally. Nighttime light satellite data have been shown to be related to energy use, but to date there has not been a systematic comparison of how well different sources of nighttime light data and their derived products can proxy electricity use. This paper fills this gap. First, we perform a comparative analysis of different types of nighttime light satellite data to proxy for electricity use for US cities. Second, we examine how the different types of nighttime light satellite data scale with the size of urban settlements and connect these findings to recent theoretical advances in scaling. We find that (1) all measures of nighttime light and urban electricity use in the US are strongly correlated and (2) different nighttime light-derived data can measure distinct urban energy characteristics such as energy infrastructure volume versus energy use. Our results do not show a clear best nighttime light proxy for total electricity consumption, despite of the use of higher spatial and temporal resolution data.

Michail Fragkias
Boise State University, USA

José Lobo
Arizona State University, USA

Karen C Seto
Yale University, USA

Read the Full Article by Michail Fragkias here

Prestigious International Scholarship Awarded to COBE Student

Rachel Gallina is one of two undergraduates students from Boise State University to have received the Boren Scholarship. The Boren Scholarship, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, is designed to fund opportunities for undergraduates to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests. This is the first time Boise State students have been awarded the highly competitive scholarship.

Student Rachel Gallina poses before a flowering bush.

Rachel Gallina, portrait, Photo by Allison Corona

Gallina is a sophomore pursuing her bachelor of arts in economics with a minor in political science and a certificate in Arabic. She was offered a year-long scholarship to study Arabic at the University of Haifa in Israel for this coming fall semester.

“The University of Haifa is the most ethnically diverse campus in Israel, perhaps the whole of the middle east, which is a strong pull for me,” Gallina explained. “The history of what I’ve done has revolved around ethnic tension. I want to work on peace-building through economics.” Gallina will graduate in spring 2018 with a bachelor or arts in economics, a minor in political science and a certificate in Arabic.

A component of the scholarship includes working for the federal government in the national security arena – the departments of Defense and Homeland Security, for instance, or within the intelligence community – within three years of graduation. After graduation, Gallina hopes to work with the Office of Transition Initiatives, a department that supports U.S. foreign policy objectives by helping local partners advance peace and democracy. Specifically, Gallina would like to work with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on economically empowering women in war-torn countries. Her interest in working with women in predominantly Muslim countries stems in part from her personal history.

“I was born and raised in Kosovo,” Gallina explained. “It’s a Muslim country, but they don’t speak Arabic, they speak Albanian. Still, it was definitely around me in my childhood and I was fascinated by it, and that led me to study Arabic in Jordan after high school. I am eager to immerse myself in speaking the language but my long-term goal is to be able to listen. I think if you want to be an instigator of change, you have to start by listening. With the acquisition of Arabic comes the ability to really hear the heart of a culture and hear the people who can’t advocate for themselves. A lot of people aren’t given the opportunity to have a voice or have their voice heard. Eventually, I’d like to facilitate change in postwar countries that allows women to rise out of poverty and extreme conflict.”