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Economics Students Come in Second Overall in the International Economics Summit

On Thursday, October 28 a group of Economics students participated in the International Economic Summit in conjunction with the Frank Church Institute at Boise State University.  The three man team, which included Economics majors Barry Bakke and Steve Canty as well as Finance Major Jon Fulcher, represented Iceland.  They won Top High Income Country, Best Country Display, and came in second overall in the competition.  The International Economic Summit student competition focused on international trade and economic issues between the U.S., China and the rest of the world.

Faculty Spotlight- Charlotte Twight

Dr. Charlotte Twight made three presentations at “Cato University,” an annual program of the Cato Institute held July 25-30. Her presentations were titled, “How Government Works and Grows: Elements of Public Choice Theory,” “Grasping Government: Public Choice at Work,” and “You’re Being Watched and Other Nightmares: The Growth of the Surveillance State.”

Faculty Spotlight – Don Holley

Economics Department Chair Don Holley was quoted in an Idaho Business Review story about how restaurants are focusing on happy hour to attract and reward customers. Holley noted that, given the economic situation, restaurants may be better off reducing prices for happy hour and getting more customers in the door.

Economics Student Finishes in the Top Three at the National Economics Insider Symposium

Hannah Vinson, a senior economics major, placed in the top three in a national contest aimed at generating new ideas to solve pressing economic issues.

Hannah was one of 12 students in the country invited to share her ideas with a panel of the nation’s most prominent economists at the 2010 National Economics Insider Symposium (NEIS) in Washington, D.C. She presented her essay, titled “Powering America’s Economy,” that addressed reducing energy demands.

The contest was organized by Pearson Higher Education and included panelists such as Ben Bernanke, chairman and member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; Olivier Blanchard, economic counselor and director of the Research Department of the International Monetary Fund; and 2008 Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman. The contest was organized by Pearson Higher Education. Vinson was accompanied by Boise State economics professor Samia Islam, who encouraged her to enter the contest.

Hannah intends to pursue a Ph.D. in economics after earning her bachelor’s degree at Boise State.

Faculty Spotlight – Samia Islam

Economics professor, Samia Islam, had a recent article titled ‘An Examination of the Differential Impact of Highway Capital Investment on Economically Disparate Appalachian Counties’ accepted for publication in the journal Transportation Planning & Technology (Taylor and Francis -UK).

The editor, David Gillingwater, says the following about the paper: “The reviewers considered (this) paper to be a fascinating and interesting contribution to the topic and of significant interest to an international readership”.

The article will be published in the next issue of Transportation Planning & Technology.

Grants Awarded to Eight Undergrads to Study Water and Climate Change Issues

The National Science Foundation has awarded eight Boise State undergraduate students research grants which will be used to study water and climate change issues. Economics professor and director of the Boise State portion of the grant, Siân Mooney, said, “Experience with undergraduate research can help students discover a passion for inquiry and lifelong learning.”

Two of the students selected are from the Economics Department at Boise State. The researcher, student, and their project are:

  • Economics assistant professor Scott Lowe, Economics associate professor Zeynep Hansen and senior Samantha Hobdey of Gooding, climate variability and water infrastructure: historical experience in the Western United States.
  • Economics assistant professor Scott Lowe, Economics assistant professor Kelly Cobourn and senior Blair Vanderlugt of Boise, the impacts of climate change on economic development and land use change within Idaho.

Economics Student Selected as Finalist for National Economics Insider Symposium

Economics Major Hannah Vinson was recently selected as one of the 12 finalists in a contest organized by Pearson Higher Education for their National Economics Insider Symposium (NEIS) 2010.

The objective of the contest was to invite essays or video presentation from Economics students across the nations that addressed solutions to one of the following macro- or microeconomics issues: (1) healthcare; (2) the environment; (3) education; (4) housing; (5) technology; or (6) any aspect of macro- or microeconomics the student feels should be addressed.

Based on what they’ve learned in class, students were asked to prepare their proposal detailing how they would change an aspect of our ailing economy for the better.

Prof. Samia Islam nominated Hannah who is currently in Dr. Islam’s Urban Economics class. Dr. Islam advised Hannah on her essay titled “Powering America’s Economy”.

Twelve finalists were selected by a panel of Economics Insiders in consultation with Pearson. Finalists are now invited to attend the 2010 National Economics Insider Symposium (NEIS) in Washington, D.C. in June 2010 where the students will get to present their ideas to a panel of top-name economists, including, Ben Bernanke, Chairman and member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; Olivier Blanchard, Economic Counselor and Director of the Research Department of the International Monetary Fund; 2008 Nobel winner Paul Krugman, and John List, Senior Economist, President’s Council of Economic Advisers: Environmental and Resource Economic, among others. At the symposium, the above mentioned economists will select a winner.

This is a great opportunity for Hannah and she is delighted to be a finalist in the contest.

Hannah will be a senior at Boise State University this fall. After she graduates with her BA in economics and minor in sociology, she hopes to go on to pursue to a Ph.D. in economics.

Hannah’s particular interests in economics include energy policy economics, natural resource economics and property rights. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys reading anything by Alexander McCall Smith or many other authors. Hannah is from Afton, WY.

Scholarship Application Deadline: New Students

Faculty In Action – Update 2009

Economics professor Samia Islam co-hosted a discussion on “Our Great Recession” at the Fettuccine Forum in downtown Boise Nov. 5. Her co-host was city councilman and economist David Eberle. The forum is a free public lecture series held on First Thursdays during Boise State’s academic year. Islam serves on several Boise and Treasure Valley planning committees.

Faculty In Action – Update 2008

Don Holley was quoted in a Boise Weekly story on the causes behind recent unemployment hikes in the state and region.

Don Holley and history professor Todd Shallat were featured in a Channel 2 news story on the similarities between the 1929 stock market crash and the recent crisis on Wall Street. (more…)