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Recent Departmental News


A study on the effects of mortgage tax breaks by Dr. Zack Hawley, Andrew Hanson, and Ike Brennon, has been featured by the Wall Street Journal. (read the WSJ article)

Dr. Silda Nikaj has published a paper in the journal Addictive Behaviors, which has been featured by Reuters. (read the news article and the abstract of the paper)

Dr. Rob Garnett has been honored as the 2013-14 AddRan Distinguished Faculty Lecturer and will give a talk entitled “Give, Take, Learn: Commerce and Care in Adam Smith's 21st Century Humanomics" on March 20, 2014.

In July, Dr. Rob Garnett presented an invited seminar on Beneficence Unbound: The Strength of Weak Ties at the Department of Political Economy at King's College, London. He also directed (with Paul Lewis) an interdisciplinary colloquium on Liberty, Responsibility, and Progress in the Writings of Friedrich Hayek and Amartya Sen at Ockenden Manor in West Sussex, UK.

Dr. John Lovett published the second edition of his textbook, Horizons in Macroeconomics: An Introduction to the Macroeconomy, in August 2013.

The Spring 2013 issue of the research magazine TCU Endeavors published an interview with Dr. John Harvey. (read the interview)

Dr. Gary Hoover from the University of Alabama gave a talk on plagiarism in the economics seminar series at TCU. His talk was featured in TCU 360. (see the article)

Dr. Silda Nikaj has joined the faculty as a tenure-track assistant professor. She received her PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012. Her research interests are in the area of health economics and labor economics.

Dr. Zackary Hawley has joined the faculty as a tenure-track assistant professor. He received his PhD from Georgia State University in 2012. His research interests are in the area of urban and regional economics and experimental economics.

Dr. John Harvey has been appointed editor of the World Economics Journal

Senior Wenting Yu won the award for best paper presentation at the 7th Annual AddRan Festival of Undergraduate Scholarship and Creativity. Senior Kevin Lioi won the award for best economics student at the festival.

Dr. Rob Garnett published an article entitled "Detribalizing Economics" in the April 2012 issue of the World Economics Association Newsletter (see p. 4 of the newsletter)

Dr. Charles Sawyer has been appointed editor of Global Economy Journal

Dr. John Harvey has been nominated for the Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Achievement as a Creative Teacher-Scholar

Dr. Dawn Elliott's More Than Budgets program was adopted as a part of a Federal Government Experiment commissioned through Workforce Solutions - the Special Project Group. Seven counties in the country have been selected in this program and Tarrant County, Texas, is the first, in which it is being conducted. The experiment is designed to determine whether the recidivism rate of individuals recently leaving the prison system is reduced by providing them with support programs regarding employment opportunities and financial literacy. It is a randomized experiment - one group receives the various support and the other none. The project will run for 5 years through the US Department of Labor.

Dr. Dawn Elliott presented the results of a comprehesnive research survey on financial services in Jamaica at the Mobile Financial Services Conference in Mona, Jamaiaca, in December 2011. The survey headed by Dr. Elliott and contracted by Solutions for Society, a Think Tank of the University of the West Indies, showed that 33.65 percent of the adult population in Jamaica do not own bank accounts and therefore use cash or the non-bank payment outlets at relatively high costs. The results of the survey have been widely reported in the press, including in the Jamaica Observer. For more details, see article 1, article 2 and article 3.

Dr. Dawn Elliott's financial literacy project More Than Budgets has secured the financial support of Comerica Bank for the academic year 2011-12 and will be offered in at least two homeless shelters in the DFW area. The project has been featured on NBC (see clip). For more information, go to the website of the project.

Dr. Charles Sawyer's new book Latin American Economic Development, co-authored with Javier Reyes from the University of Arkansas, was published by Routledge in March 2011. For more information, go to the book's website.

Dr. Dawn Elliott has been appointed as Research Associate at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute for Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) at the University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica. For more information, visit the institute's website.

Dr. Stephen Quinn is the recepient of a summer stipend from the Grant Submission Incentive Program at TCU for his grant proposal, entitled "Rediscovering an Early Central Bank".

In April 2011, Dr. Dawn Elliott was invited as a keynote speaker at a conference, entitled "Strategies for Enhancing Jamaican Competitiveness in the Global Knowledge Economy". The conference and Dr. Elliott's presentation were featured in an article in the Jamaica Observer. (read the article and watch a video of Dr. Elliott's talk)

Dr. Rob Garnett is the recipient of the newly created AddRan Administrative Fellowship for the academic year 2011-2012.

Dr. John Harvey has a new economics blog on Forbes.com. (go to the blog)