Economics and Business

Notable Faculty & Student Achievements

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

July 2018

  • Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies Emily Northrop joined Dr. Kerry Cook of UT’s Department of Geological Sciences to make the case for climate science and for legislation to incentivize CO2 reductions in a Georgetown Community Forum titled “Climate Science: Fact or Fiction.” Speaking against the science were Henry Savage, a retired chemical engineer, and Bob Parmelee, a retired computer and business executive. Approximately 160 attended and witnessed the fact-based arguments prevail. The forum was held on July 17 in the Georgetown Public Library. Learn more about the debate through this Williamson County Sun article

May 2018

  • Professor of Economics Dirk Early had his research proposal “Effective Homeless Interventions and the Importance of Local Housing Market Conditions” accepted for funding through a partnership between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Bureau of the Census. The research grant funds his analysis of data from the Family Options Study, a randomized evaluation of housing interventions targeted toward homeless families. He will examine which interventions available to homeless families are the most effective in reducing homelessness and whether their effectiveness varies with local housing market conditions. The primary goal of the research is to guide policymakers in developing homeless prevention strategies that are the most effective for their area.

April 2018

  • Five Economics majors traveled to present their research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Undergraduate Research conference held April 6.

    • Maranda Kahl, class of 2018, presented “Wellbeing and Marriage: Does Marriage Improve Mental Health?”
    • Manuela Figueroa-Casaand Aresha Davwa, both class of 2018, presented “A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Federal Housing Assistance Programs.”  
    • Stan Kannegieter, class of 2019, presented “Does Higher Education Decrease Hypertension Death Rates?”
    • Penny Phan, class of 2018, presented a poster related to her work on “The Effect of H-1B Visas on Economic Growth.”  

  • Assistant Professor of Business Debika Sihi was invited to participate in the “Survey of Digital Governance in Municipalities Worldwide” conducted by the E-Governance Institute at the Institute for Public Service at Suffolk University. This study represents a continued effort to evaluate digital governance in large municipalities throughout the world. Invited participants, who work/research in the domain of digital innovation, contribute by evaluating online citizen participation opportunities of various municipalities.

  • Professor of Economics Emily Northrop’s blog Southwestern University faculty collectively endorse climate legislation” was published by the Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) on April 4, 2018. CCL has nearly 100,000 members worldwide, organized into 475 chapters. It is a grassroots organization that lobbies for a carbon tax with proceeds distributed to US households on an equal basis.  

March 2018

  • Assistant Professor of Business Debika Sihi and Southwestern University alumna Kara Lawson ’16 published a co-authored paper titled “Marketing Leaders and Social Media: Blending Personal and Professional Identities” in the Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice. The paper examines marketing leaders’ use of social media accounts which connect their personal and professional identities. Using feedback from Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) and secondary social media data, the authors investigate the motivation, benefits, and challenges in maintaining an account which is both personal and professional in nature. In addition, content published through these accounts is analyzed to better understand the nature of the information disseminated through these channels.