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Ph.D.; Assistant Director, Honors College
Office: 314 Tainter Hall
B.A. Chemistry & Economics - Wake Forest University - Winston-Salem, NC
M.A. Economics - Miami University - Oxford, OH
Ph.D. Economics - Indiana University - Bloomington, IN
My research is in the general area of Public Economics, with a focus on policy issues relating to the economics of education and human capital, community choice, aging, social security, and Medicare.
I also have an interest in issues relating to applications of game theory, mechanism design, and strategic interaction, and in applied micro policy topics in the environmental economics and the economics of sports, music, and leisure.
Recent Publications and Presentations:
"Improving our Water, Our Communities, and Our Economy" with Ron Verdon, Dunn County Economic Development Conference, Menomonie, WI - September 2014
"City-as-Prices: An Exploration of Place Through Economics" National Collegiate Honors Council Conference, New Orleans, LA - November 2013
"Teaching Utility Theory and Consumer Optimization using Gloom" National Collegiate Honors Council Conference, New Orleans, LA - November 2013
"Privacy in the Era of 'Big Data'" UW-Stout Constitution Day, Menomonie, WI - September 2013
"An Empirical Analysis of the Growth of Youth Rugby in the Upper Midwest" (with Xanthi Gerasimo) at the Midwest Economic Association Meeting - Columbus, OH - March 2013
"Economic Issues Surrounding the Affordable Care Act" - UW-Stout Constitution Day – Menomonie, WI – September 2012.
"Growth and Distributional Effects of Retirement Migration and Community Choice" at the Midwest Economic Association Meeting – Chicago, IL – March 2012
"Current Issues Surrounding Economic Inequality" UW-Stout Social Science Speaker Series – Menomonie, WI - November 2011.
"National Debt, Public Finance, Growth, and Social Welfare" UW-Stout Constitution Day – Menomonie, WI – September 2011.
"Human Capital Investment, Longevity, Health Care, & Growth" and "Contract Rigidities & the Quantity and Quality of Teachers (co-authored with Greg Gilpin)" at the Annual Association for Education Finance & Policy Conference - Seattle, WA - March 2011
"Retirement Migration & Community Choice: Effects on Public Goods Provision" at the Midwest Economic Association Meeting - St. Louis, MO - March 2011
"Contract Rigidities and the Quantity and Quality of Teachers: An Analysis of Differential Effects Across Teaching-Subject Areas" at the Southern Economic Association Meeting - Atlanta, GA - November 2010.
"Wage Frictions, Teacher Quality, and Teacher Quantity: An Empirical Analysis of Differential Effects Across Subject Areas" at the Midwest Economics Association Meeting - Chicago, IL - March 2010
"Retirement Migration & Community Choice: Effects on Public School Funding" at the American Education Finance Association Meeting - Richmond, VA - March 2010
"Wage Frictions and Teacher Quality" at the National Council on Teacher Quality Annual Conference - Washington, D.C. - March 2009
...and just to show I'm well-rounded:
Melvin, M.S., Ferguson, D.C., Lindquist, N. and R.A. Manderville. 1999. DNA Binding by 4-Methoxypyrrolic Natural Products. Preference for Intercalation at AT Sites by Tambjamine E and Prodigisosin. Journal of Organic Chemistry 64(18): 6861-6869.
ECON 210 - Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 215 - Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 215 HON - Honors Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 360 - Game Theory and Strategic Behavior
ECON 380 - Economic Model Building and Forecasting
ECON 410 - Intermediate Microeconomics
ECON 415 - Intermediate Macroeconomics
ECON 445 - Public Finance
APSS 300 - Applied Social Analysis II
APSS 400 - Applied Social Analysis III
Social Science Office Hours: (Tainter 314)
T-Th: 9:40 - 11:15 & by arrangement
Honors College Office Hours: (RSSLC 430)
M: 8:30-2:00; W: 8:00-11 F: 8:00-11:00
8:00TTh - ECON 215
11:15TTh - ECON 360
Poor Economics by Banerjee & Duflo - This is a fantastic "Applied Social Science" book that explores the nuances of policy implementation and design, with a focus on poverty. One of my all-time favorite econ reads. Also has a fantastic companion website
Other recent reads I would highly recommend:
Free by Chris Anderson ... Looks at the economics behind things with a price of zero
Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely - delves into testing the limits of our assumptions about rational behavior and the implications for economic models
The Theory that Would Not Die - by Sharon McGrayne - a history of Bayes' Rule and Bayesian Statistics ... chances are that doesn't sound riveting to you, but it is a story involving spies, submarines, and the German Enigma code in WWII - the most interesting book on the history of statistics you're likely to read