Economics and Business

Notable Faculty & Student Achievements

July 2019

  • Assistant Professor of Economics Katherine Grooms and coauthors were awarded a prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) two-year grant for their work “Drinking Water and Infant Health: Evidence from Contaminant Levels in California.” Dr. Grooms presented their research at the annual meeting of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, in Incline Village, NV.





June 2019

  • Ellie Crowley ’19, Todd Coachman ’20, and Andrea Hern ’20 are three of only 70 students who were selected from around the country for the Marketing EDGE Collegiate Summit, held in New York City, June 9–11. They met with leadership from companies including Plated, Facebook, NBC Universal, Ernst & Young, and more. Assistant Professor of Business Debika Sihi also attended.





  • Assistant Professor of Business Debika Sihi was invited to discuss the findings from her recent paper examining the use of virtual- and augmented-reality tools in the real-estate industry at the annual Austin Home Buyer Fair on June 1, 2019.





April 2019

  • Economics majors Abbie Boatwright ’19, Stan Kannegieter ’19, and Diana Trevino ’20 presented their research at the Economics Scholars Undergraduate Research Conference at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.  Boatwright, under the direction of Professor of Economics Dirk Early and Dr. Paul Brenner, associate director of high-performance computing at the University of Notre Dame, presented her research on the link between intellectual-property protections and patenting, “Global Innovation and Intellectual-Property Rights.” Kannegieter presented his work on the effectiveness of solar incentives in solar adoption, “The Effect of Financial Incentive Policies on Residential Solar Panel Installation,” and Trevino presented her paper on discrimination in jury selection, “Discrimination in Peremptory Challenges.” Assistant Professor of Economics Katie Grooms supervised the projects produced by Kannegieter and Trevino.  Grooms was also the keynote speaker at the conference and presented her work “Water Pollution in the United States: Regulatory Enforcement, Firm Compliance, and Human Health.”





  • Assistant Professor of Business Debika Sihi was invited to join the editorial review board of Marketing Education Review. The journal is focused on innovative and rigorous research to advance marketing education.





  • Emma Cooper ’20 and Markell Henderson ’19 participated as panelists in a financial seminar titled GLAD (Greeks -and others- Learning to Avoid Debt). Professor of Economics and Chair of the Department of Economics and Business Dirk Early and Assistant Professor of Business Hazel Nguyenalso participated as panelists and provided sage advice to student participants seeking knowledge about avoiding debt before and after graduation. The GLAD event was supervised by Associate Professor of Education Alicia Moore and was cohosted by the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; the Kappa Sigma fraternity; and EMPIRE.





February 2019

  • Assistant Professor of Business Debika Sihi participated in an invited panel on teaching digital marketing at the American Marketing Association Winter Educators’ Conference, in Austin, TX, Feb. 22–24, 2019. In addition, her coauthored project “The Challenge of Engagement and Co-Creation” was featured in the conference poster session.





January 2019

  • Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Joshua Long and Professor of Economics Emily Northrop were signatories on a letter to Governor Abbott from Texas climate scientists and other experts urging his understanding of climate science and his action to address it. As reported in the Austin American Statesman, Northrop spoke at the Jan. 8 press conference held prior to delivering the letter to the Governor’s office.





December 2018

  • Assistant Professor of Business Debika Sihi was featured in an interview conducted by the U.K.-based agency Giraffe Social Media, sharing her insights about marketing and social media strategy. The interview can be found here .





  • Professor of Economics Dirk Early’s article on housing discrimination, “Racial Rent Differences in U.S. Housing Markets: Evidence from the Housing Voucher Program,” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Regional Science. The article is coauthored with Edgar Olsen at the University of Virginia and Paul Carrillo at George Washington University.





September 2018

  • Professor of Economics Emily Northrop, who also serves on the Environmental Studies Program Committee, authored a lengthy commentary, “University Faculty Passes Resolution to Urge Climate Legislation,” that was published in the June issue of the peer-reviewed journal Sustainability: The Journal of Record.​





  • Assistant Professor of Business Debika Sihi had a project titled “Home Sweet Virtual Home: The Use of Virtual and Augmented Reality Technologies in High Involvement Purchase Decisions” recently accepted in the Journal of Research in Interactive Marketing. This research explores the various ways digital technologies, specifically virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) features, impact different stages of consumer decision-making in a high-involvement purchase decision context (i.e., the purchase of a home). In addition, the use of such technologies is examined as a competitive advantage for sales agents.





August 2018

  • Assistant Professor of Business Debika Sihi was invited to participate as a judge for the Marketing EDGE Collegiate ECHO Marketing Challenge, cosponsored by Fossil Group, Inc. Public and private universities from around the U.S. participated in the competition