Accomplishments: Department of Economics

June 3, 2020
Ian McDonough (Economics) and co-author Daniel Millimet of Southern Methodist University were awarded the Outstanding Article Award for their 2019 publication in Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy. The award-winning article, "Criminal Incarceration, Statutory Bans on Food Assistance, and Food Security in Extremely Vulnerable Households: Findings from a Partnership with the North Texas Food Bank," leverages a unique survey dataset to explore the linkages between incarceration and...
June 2, 2020
Emir Malikov (Economics) and his advisee, Shaymal Halder, a doctoral candidate in statistics at Auburn University, published an article, "Smoothed LSDV Estimation of Functional-Coefficient Panel Data Models with Two-Way Fixed Effects," in Economics Letters. The paper provides a semiparametric estimation procedure for varying-coefficient longitudinal models with fixed effects in both dimensions of the data: cross-section and time. Halder won a best student paper award for this work from the...
June 1, 2020
Makayla Palmer (Economics) published the article “Does Publicly Subsidized Health Insurance Affect the Birth Rate?” in the Southern Economic Journal. The study examines how the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of subsidized insurance impacted insurance enrollment and the birth rate for women of reproductive age. While expanded eligibility for Medicaid did not impact the birth rate, expanded non-Medicaid subsidized insurance increased the birth rate.
May 19, 2020
Nicholas Irwin (Economics) with Jinhyung Lee, Harvey Miller, and Elena Irwin (all from Ohio State University) recently published their paper, "The Role of Distance‐Dependent Versus Localized Amenities in Polarizing Urban Spatial Structure: A Spatio‐Temporal Analysis of Residential Location Value in Columbus, Ohio, 2000–2015," in Geographical Analysis. The paper examines the relative effects of different types of amenities in changing urban spatial structure and residential location within a...
May 6, 2020
Giorgio Canarella (Economics) and Stephen M. Miller (Center for Business and Economic Research) published “Persistence and Cyclical Dynamics of U.S. and U.K. House Prices: Evidence from over 150 Years of Data," along with  Luis A. Gil-Alana, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales, Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain, and Rangan Gupta, economics department, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa, in Urban Studies, online in October. A blog post also was published by the...
April 24, 2020
Stephen M. Miller (Center for Business and Economic Research) published a paper, "The Time-series Linkages between US Fiscal Policy and Asset Prices," along with co-authors Ghassen El Montasser of the Campus Universitaire de la Manouba, Tunisia; Rangan Gupta of the University of Pretoria, South Africa; and Jooste Charl of the World Bank in Public Finance Review. This article studies the interplay of fiscal policy and asset price returns of the United States in a time-varying parameter vector ...
April 20, 2020
Aaron Saiewitz (Accounting) published an article with Dave Piercey (University of Massachusetts Amherst) titled “Too Big to Comprehend? A Research Note on How Large Number Disclosure Format Affects Voter Support for Government Spending Bills” in the journal Behavioral Research in Accounting. In this study, the authors report an experiment demonstrating that individuals have difficulty comprehending the large numbers in government spending (e.g., millions, billions, and trillions) but this...
April 15, 2020
Zantana Ephrem (Honors) has been selected for the 2020 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program following a highly competitive nationwide selection process. Funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by Howard University, the program supports extraordinary undergraduates interested in pursuing a career in international affairs. Ephrem, a senior economics major with minors in political science and philosophy, is just one of 15 students selected this year from a...
April 2, 2020
Nicholas B. Irwin (Economics) recently published a paper, "Legacies of Lead: Estimating Home Buyer Response to Potential Lead Exposure" in Land Economics. The paper examines the responsiveness of potential homebuyers to a novel lead-risk disclosure program that designated some residential areas as high-risk for potential exposure. The results indicate a substantial negative house price effect following risk designation with additional findings suggesting neighborhood composition changed as well...
March 24, 2020
Stephen Brown (Economics) has been promoted from senior editor to editor-in-chief of the academic journal Energy Policy, effective April 1.
March 4, 2020
Emir Malikov (Economics) recently had his paper, "Estimation of Firm-Level Productivity in the Presence of Exports: Evidence from China's Manufacturing," accepted by the Journal of Applied Econometrics with co-authors Shunan Zhao and Subal C. Kumbhakar.
January 21, 2020
Ian McDonough (Economics) recently presented his research on racial/ethnic disparities in food security to the Nevada Governor's Council on Food Security. He discussed the well-documented gaps in food security rates between non-Hispanic white households and minority households both nationally and in Nevada and his recently published work on racial/ethnic disparities in the underlying dynamics governing household-level food security.