Honors and Awards
- Georgia Southern Dept. of Finance and Economics Donald Howard Excellence in Business Fund Award (April 2016)
- Teaching Grant, Vilnius University, LITHUANIA (Jan. 2015)
- Teaching/Research Grant, Southern Federal University, Taganrog, RUSSIA (Feb./Mar. 2015)
- GSU Educational Leave (Sabbatical), Spring 2015
- Travel Grant, Southern Federal University, Rostov/Taganrog, RUSSIA (Nov. 2013)
- Research Grant, College of Business, GSU (2013)
- Bank of America Faculty Award, College of Business, GSU (2012)
- Research Grant, College of Business, GSU (2011)
- Fulbright, U.S. Dept. of State, Universidad Veracruzana - Facultad de Economia, Xalapa, MEXICO (2010)
- Research Grant, College of Business GSU (2010)
- Volunteer Service Appreciation Award, Boys and Girls Club, Statesboro, GA (4/2009)
- Adirondack Mtns. 46r #6483, July 2009, www.adk46r.org
- Excellence in Economics Education Sub-grant, Council on Economic Education via Georgia College and State University, (2007)
- GSU Educational Leave (Sabbatical), Fall 2007
- GSU Center for International Studies Travel Grant, Fall 2007
- International Education Promotion Grant, National Council on Economic Education, (9/2005&2006)
- T.J. Morris Faculty Award for Outstanding Research, College of Business, GSU (2004)
- Albert Burke Faculty Award, College of Business, GSU (2001)
- Georgia Southern College of Business BBRED Travel and Trade Promotion Grant using ICAAP funds, World Food Fair, Moscow, RUSSIA (10/2000)
- Travel Grant, Volgograd State/Kent State University, Volgograd, RUSSIA (May/June, 1992)
- Teaching/Research Grant, Volgograd State/Kent State University, Volgograd, RUSSIA (Spring, 1991)
- Teaching/Research Grant, Vilnius University/Kent State University, Vilnius, LITHUANIA (Fall, 1990)
- National Resource Fellow, Summer Term, Indiana University (Summer, 1985)
- National Resource Fellow, Center of Slavic and East European Studies, The Ohio State University, 1984-1988
- Soviet and East European International Behavior Award, Mershon Center, The Ohio State University (October 1983)
- Research Grant, College of Business, GSU (2018)
|July 1983 - April 1989||PhD, The Ohio State University ‐ Department of Economics|
|September 1979 - April 1983||A.B. Economics, The University Of Michigan|
Excess Pandemic Mortality in Russia's Regions in 2020 Journal of East-West Business (2022)
Counterfactual estimates of excess deaths in Russian regions in 2020 are compared with actual deaths to measure the initial COVID impact. COVID is a real threat to high labor productivity regions and those with relatively ...
Pre-Covid Mortality in North Ossetia-Alania Eurasian Journal of Social Sciences (2022)
North Ossetia-Alania (NOA) regional mortality over thirty years of transition is described in detail for the first time. Though NOA and other Caucasus regions are perceived to have higher life expectancy than Russia overall, we ...
Overall US and Census Region β-Convergence 1963–2015 Controlling for Spatial Effects Comparative Economic Studies (2022)
Economic growth and β-convergence of American states 1963–2015 is analyzed adjusting for significant spatial autocorrelation with system-GMM by considering the four Census macro regions individually. The Census regions converged over the last 50 years with ...
Energy Efficiency Management across EU Countries: A DEA Approach Energies (2021)
We examine energy efficiency in the European Union (EU) using an integrated modelthat connects labor and capital as production factors with energy consumption to produce GDPwith a limited amount of environmental emissions. The model is ...
Lessons from long-run (1975–2017) structural change in Colombia’s coffee production Agricultural and Resource Economics Review (2021)
Although coffee is still an important agricultural commodity in Colombia, the coffee shareof GDP has significantly declined over the past 40 years. Controlling for changes in relativeprices, factor endowments, and technological change, we analyze the ...
The real Oaxaca decomposition: convergence within Mexico’s Oaxaca region in the twenty-first century—Do types of crime and religious belief matter? Economic Change and Restructuring (2020)
The paper empirically examines municipality convergence within Mexico’s southern Oaxaca region. We find municipalities are converging more rapidly than the “iron law” of 2% with up to 8% β convergence. Though homicides from the Drug War have ...
Are Mexican Manufacturing Workers Underpaid? Some Quarterly Time Series Evidence Journal of Developing Areas (2020)
The quarterly empirical relationship between Mexican manufacturing labor productivity and salaries 1993-2015 is examined for causality and whether first order labor market equilibrium is evident. An equilibrium would mean salaries and labor productivity are cointegrated. ...
A Remote Sensing Look at the Economy of a Russian Region (Rostov) Adjacent to the Ukrainian Crisis Journal of Policy Modeling (2019)
Satellite data used in combination with a stochastic production function method reveal an inefficient formal economy in rural Rostov Oblast 2013-2015 embedded in an overall (formal and informal) relatively efficient economy with the measurement of ...
Lithuanian Regional FDI During the Litas Period, 1997-2013 Journal of International Business Research (2018)
FDI in to the ten counties of Lithuania 1997-2013 is substantial and widely dispersed. Applying a standard model of FDI impact on regional economic growth reveals dispersion of FDI as well as the amount has ...
Russian 1998–2007 TFP decomposed: some inspiration emerging from inherited Soviet legacy Economic Change and Restructuring (2018)
Using a recently developed stochastic Translog production function frontier model, technical inefficiency, technological progress and returns to scale are examined during Russia’s 1998-2007 cyclical expansion at the branch level including both the market and non-market ...
Transition and Mortality Impact in Post-Communist Romania Transformations in Business and Economics (2018)
The impact of economic conditions on mortality in a large transition economy is analysed using county level data (NUTS III) from post-communist Romania 1997-2014 and a fixed-effects model. Overall mortality, circulatory diseases mortality, neoplasms mortality ...
Regional Industrial Informality and Efficiency in Mexico, 1990-2013 Journal of Policy Modeling (2017)
The impact of electricity consumption on aggregate regional Mexican industrial labor productivity is examined using a stochastic production function. Electricity consumption is also used to gauge macroeconomic informality that varies greatly across regions with no ...
Creative Destruction on the Chechen Frontier? Post-Communist Economies (2016)
The economic performance of Chechnya is examined for the first timeusing an aggregate stochastic frontier production function method.The 15 sectors of the economy are found to be quite inefficient inthe use of capital and labour ...
A Stochastic Walk Down Mexico’s Mesoamerican Frontier, 1990-2011 Applied Econometrics and International Development (2015)
Local economic growth 1990-2011 along Mexico’s southern border is analyzed using a stochastic production function with subject-specific fixed effects and the convergence literature. An underlying Translog technology fits the data well with excess physical capital ...
The Informal Economy of Rostov Oblast on the Eve of the Ukrainian Refugee Crisis Journal of Policy Modeling (2015)
Using a stochastic frontier production function at the raion (county) level of aggregation, Rostov Oblast rural economy's formal economic growth 2009–2013 is analyzed in conjunction with satellite luminosity data capturing both the formal and informal ...
Fiscal decentralization and China’s regional infant mortality Journal of Policy Modeling (2015)
Regional Chinese infant mortality rates (IMRs) are examined using a stochastic frontier method for the first time. The composite error term method yields estimates of large underreporting of IMRs over time and provinces in China ...
Strength in Diversity: A Spatial Dynamic Panel Analysis of Mexican Regional Industrial Convergence, 1960–2003 Comparative Economic Studies (2015)
Using a spatial dynamic panel, the long-run industrial sector convergence rate across Mexico’s states is found to be 2%. The model is a system-General Method of Moments with correction for spatial autocorrelation and an explicit ...
Another Look at Technical Efficiency in American States, 1979-2000 The Annals of Regional Science (2014)
A recently developed stochastic frontier production function methodology is used to estimate econometrically how technical efficiency, technological progress, and returns to scale contributed to US states’ economic growth in 1979–2000. Improved regional human capital data ...
The Long Run Industrial Growth of Veracruz State, 1955-2008 Journal of Economic Studies (2014)
Growth is examined using a standard two input stochastic production function (SPF) that creates a measure of technical efficiency. Convergence is measured using a convergence equation from the literature but which also included the results ...
The Informal Economy of Veracruz State During the Fox Administration The Journal of Developing Areas (2014)
Using recently available night lights and electricity consumption data for the 212 municipios (counties) of Veracruz state in southern Mexico, the informal economy is analyzed at the Mexican county level for the first time with ...
The Intra-Regional Economy of Veracruz Province: What Can the Municipios Tell Us? Journal of Developing Areas (2013)
A stochastic production function analysis of the 212 regions of Veracruz province in southern Mexico reveals some inefficiency in manufacturing, mining, trade and service sectors in recent years. Poverty indices appear to influence a region's ...
Regional Industrial Growth in Mexico: Do Human Capital and Infrastructure Matter? Journal of Policy Modeling (2013)
A production function analysis of the 32 Mexican regions reveals almost no technological progress and human capital impact in Mexican industry over a 44 year period. While extensive growth is found prior to 1985, little ...
Student Attitudes and Knowledge Change in an Introductory College Economics Course The Georgia Social Studies Journal (2011)
Students’ attitudes towards economics as well as their knowledge of economics before and after taking a college introductory economics class is examined using standardized multiple choice economics knowledge and attitude questions. Prior knowledge of economics, ...
The Rise in Female Smoking in Russia: What to Do? Regional and Sectoral Economic Studies (2011)
Using the latest data (2009) and one historic year (2000) from a Russian nationally representative household survey, a tobit demand model is estimated to examine influences on both the decision to smoke and the quantity ...
Growth in Russia's Federal Districts, 1994-2003 Post-Communist Economies (2010)
Russian macroeconomic growth in the transition era is analysed across federal districts using a neoclassical production function often found in studies of Soviet-era economic growth. An adjusted capital stock series for Russian regions is created ...