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Economics Majors Present Research and Earn Recognition at Pennsylvania Sports Business Conference

The Department of Economics is pleased to recognize three economics majors who shared the results of their research completed as part of the honors track in economics at the 2021 Pennsylvania Sports Business Conference held virtually on Friday, April 23.

Jozefowiczes Recognized with IUP Award of Excellence in Volunteer Leadership

Department of Economics faculty members James Jozefowicz and Stephanie Jozefowicz are the recipients of the 2020 IUP Award of Excellence in Volunteer Leadership for Advancement Support, which recognizes volunteers who continually inspire others to give their time and treasures to advance IUP.

Economist Jeffords Publishes Article in “Ecological Economics”

Available to download for free until June 18, Christopher Jeffords’ paper, “On the relationship between constitutional environmental human rights and sustainable development outcomes,” was published in Ecological Economics. Jeffords uses two different econometric frameworks to provide quantitative evidence of a positive relationship between national constitutional environmental rights provisions and sustainable development outcomes as measured by the newly developed Sustainable Development Index.

Economics Majors Present and Win Awards at 2021 Scholars Forum

Several undergraduate economics majors shared the results of their scholarly pursuits at the 2021 IUP Scholars Forum, held virtually on Wednesday, April 7, and we are proud of their accomplishments. 

Research by Economist Jeffords Featured in BBC Article

Chris Jeffords was recently quoted and his research cited in a BBC article on environmental human rights.

Economist Jeffords Featured Guest on “Jive Talking” Podcast

Chris Jeffords was recently a guest on David Zetland’s Jive Talking podcast where the two discussed environmental governance and human rights and the environment.

Economics Majors Recognized on Fall 2020 Dean's List

The Department of Economics is proud to announce that 27 economics majors have been named to the fall 2020 Dean’s List at IUP. These students earned a grade-point-average of 3.25 or higher while completing a minimum of 12 credits during the semester.

Economics Faculty Members Participate in Leadership Society Advancement Council Meeting

Stephanie Jozefowicz and James Jozefowicz participated in a Zoom meeting of the IUP Leadership Society Advancement Council, held Tuesday, February 2, 2021.

Sissoko Completes Faculty Professional Learning Course

Yaya Sissoko was awarded a Certificate of Completion on “Faculty Professional Learning Course Including and Engaging Students at a Distance” at IUP on December 4, 2020.

Sissoko Presents “Is Your Education Worth it? A Benefit-Cost Analysis”

During the virtual annual meeting of the Allied Social Sciences Association, Yaya Sissoko presented a paper, titled “Is Your Education Worth it? A Benefit-Cost Analysis” (co-authored with Brian Sloboda), at the the Committee on Economic Education Poster Session, January 3–5, 2021.  

Sissoko Attends Virtual Program on Labor Economics and Applied Econometrics

Yaya Sissoko attended the American Economic Association’s virtual continuing education program on Labor Economics and Applied Econometrics, January 6–8, 2021. The course covered recent developments in empirical labor economics along with econometric methods commonly used in contemporary research on labor markets.

Jozefowicz and Economics Alumni Contribute to Econometric Analysis Book

Graduates of the IUP honors track in Economics have had their work published in the recently released book, Applied Econometric Analysis: Emerging Research and Opportunities, co-edited by Yaya Sissoko (IUP) and Brian Sloboda (University of Phoenix).

Economics Scholarships Awarded for 2020-21 Academic Year

Thanks to the past and ongoing generosity of alumni, faculty, staff, administrators, and friends, the Department of Economics is pleased to have awarded six scholarships for the 2020–21 academic year.

Economics Majors Recognized Among 2020 Provost Scholars

Seven economics majors have been named to the recently released fall 2020 list of IUP Provost Scholars in recognition of their completion of at least 45 credits at IUP while earning a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.5 or higher. This honor is bestowed only once during a student’s course of study at IUP.   

Economics Faculty Members Attend Virtual Pennsylvania Economic Association Board of Directors Meeting

Stephanie Brewer Jozefowicz, James Jozefowicz, and Yaya Sissoko participated in the annual fall Pennsylvania Economic Association board of directors meeting held via Zoom on Thursday, October 22, 2020.

IUP Students Participate in Urban-Rural Dialogue Program

Earlier this fall semester, six IUP students participated in “Power of Dialogue (POD): Deconstructing the Urban-Rural Divide,” a joint effort between Georgetown University, Radford University, Columbia University, and IUP.

Sissoko Presents on External Debt Impact on Economic Growth and Investment in ECOWAS Countries

Yaya Sissoko presented a paper titled, “The External Debt and Its Impact on Economic Growth and Investment in ECOWAS Countries” (co-authored with Brian Sloboda) at the ninetieth International Atlantic Economic Virtual Annual Meeting, October 15–18, 2020. 

Sissoko Publishes Article on Value Chain Frameworks

In June 2020, Yaya Sissoko published “A Reformulated Value Chain Framework Useful for Different Kinds of Markets” (co-authored with Jeffrey Forrest, Yong Liu, John Golden, and Qiaoxing Li) in the Journal of Business Economic Studies.

Sissoko Publishes Article on Economic Growth in ECOWAS Countries

In July 2020, Yaya Sissoko published “The Determinants of Economic Growth in ECOWAS Countries: An Empirical Investigation” (co-authored with Brian Sloboda) in the African Journal of Economic Review.

Sissoko Co-edits Book on Econometric Analysis

Published in June 2020, Yaya Sissoko co-edited the book Applied Econometric Analysis: Emerging Research and Opportunities, which includes his article “Does Regional Variation in Startup Concentration Predict Employment Growth in Rural Areas of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia?”

Economics Majors Recognized on Spring 2020 Dean's List

The Department of Economics is proud to announce that 41 economics majors have been named to the Spring 2020 Dean’s List at IUP.

Economics Major Mascaro Recognized Among PSAC Scholar-Athletes at IUP

Congratulations to economics major Justina Mascaro, who ranked among the record 208 IUP student-athletes selected by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference for the scholar-athlete distinction for 2019–20.

Economics Faculty Members Participate in Pennsylvania Economic Association Virtual Board Meeting

Stephanie Brewer Jozefowicz and James Jozefowicz participated in the Pennsylvania Economic Association virtual board of directors meeting held on Thursday, May 28, 2020.

Economics Major Mascaro Named Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Economics major Justina Mascaro won the Scholar-Athlete of the Year Crimson and Gray Award. The junior guard on the IUP women’s basketball team was recognized for her outstanding performance both on the court and in the classroom. 

Economist Radell Awarded Emeritus Status

Congratulations to Willard W. Radell who was awarded professor emeritus status in May 2020. Professor Radell retired on August 16, 2019, after 38 years of dedicated service to the Department of Economics at IUP.