Economics and Business

Notable Faculty & Student Achievements

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.





January 2018

  • Assistant Professor of Business Gaby Flores presented “Construct Validity of an Objective Measure of Ethical Climates” at the Iberoamerican Academy of Management in New Orleans, LA, on Dec. 9.





December 2017

  • Assistant Professor of Business Debika Sihi participated on a panel in Austin, Texas on Dec. 7, 2017 with Kevin Brown (a partner at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP ) and Ryan Garcia (a social media attorney at Dell and adjunct professor at University of Texas at Austin Law) sponsored by the Association of Corporate Counsel, Austin Chapter. The panel was titled Marketing Liability in the Digital Age: Tales from the Trenches and Best Practices and addressed legal issues arising from advertising, social media, online data collection, and copyright infringement.





  • Assistant Professor of Business Debika Sihi and two co-authors published a paper titled “Managerial perspectives on crowdsourcing in the new product development process” in Industrial Marketing Management. The paper explores the use of crowdsourcing in the new product development (NPD) process of business to business (B2B) companies.





  • Assistant Professor of Economics Patrick Van Horn’s research article “In the Eye of a Storm: Manhattan’s Money Center Banks During the International Financial Crisis of 1931” (coauthored with Gary Richardson) was accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal Explorations in Economic History.