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Faculty and Student Collaborations

Some student and faculty research collaborations result in coauthored conference presentations or published journal articles.  Here are some examples, listed alphabetically by faculty member name:

  • Professor Anderson coauthored two articles with Frank DiTraglia (Class of 2006) and former colleague, Jeffrey Gerlach. Their study on the January effect on Wall Street was published in the Journal of Behavioral Finance.  Another study evaluates differences in public goods games across countries and gender, and is being considered for publication.
  • Matt Hanson (Class of 2008) and Professor Schmidt coauthored a paper entitled "The Impact of Coalition Offensive Operations on the Iraqi Insurgency." Matt presented the paper at the National Bureau of Economic Research's (NBER) 2007 Summer Institute, where he was the only undergraduate student presenting his work in front of the premier experts in the field.  Matt is currently working at the NBER, and the paper is forthcoming at Applied Economics. Professor Schmidt also coauthored a paper with Lee M. Stuck (Class of 2008) entitled "Point Shaving:  Corruption in NCAA College Football?" which is forthcoming in Economics Letters.


In addition, some faculty members are involved in large, on-going research projects that employ students as undergraduate research assistants:

  • Professor Anderson regularly employs students as research assistants who help conduct economic experiments.  In a recent grant-funded project  on retirement investments in annuities, Professor Anderson and colleagues from the Mason School of Business employed a dozen economics and business majors as research assistants who carried out tasks ranging from recruiting subjects, running experiments, and analyzing data.
  • Professor Hicks helped launch the interdisciplinary project known as Project-Level Aid (PLAID), which has a strong emphasis on undergraduate research. While working as paid assistants in data collection and coding efforts, PLAID student researchers also pursue their own independent research under close supervision from project faculty.  Since 2003, faculty in PLAID have worked with more than 80 undergraduate research assistants and have placed students in numerous graduate schools, the World Bank, the UNDP, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and other development institutions.
  • Professor McHenry is working with students studying 19th century American post offices.  The project will asses how the spoils system affected government services and how our modern bureaucracy professionalized.  He is also working with students who are collecting data regarding information about immigration to diffrent U.S. cities.  He has found evidence that lots of immingration to a city induces non-immigrant (native born) children to increase their education investment.  This is what people would do in response to increased competition for jobs, and it's a potentially positive side-effect of immigration.