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Suggested Summer Reading for Economics Students

I know, I know, classes just ended and you’re already wondering how you’ll get your economics fix this summer.  No worries – the Suggested Summer Reading for Economics Students is now available!

By the way, if you read something not on the list that you think we should add to the list in the future, please let us know in the comments below.  Have a great summer!

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Dr. Self earns MSU Foundation Award for Excellence in Research

Sharmistha Self

Congratulations to Dr. Sharmistha Self, who was presented with an MSU Foundation Award for Excellence in Research at the 2015 MSU All-Faculty Recognition Reception.  Foundation Awards are presented annually to full-time faculty members in recognition of excellence in the areas of teaching, research, and/or creative activities and service.

Dr. Self has published 35 refereed journal articles, made more than 40 presentations of her research at academic conferences, has published two editions of her Economic Development textbook, and is working on a new textbook on the Economics of Social Issues.

Congratulations Dr. Self!

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Health Policy talk by Dr. Angela Snyder – April 16th at 3:30 PM

 

THE MSU ECONOMICS CLUB welcomes

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Dr. Angela Snyder

Assistant Professor

Dept. of Public Mgmt. and Policy

Georgia State University

 

Thursday, April 16th

3:30 PM- 4:30 PM

Strong Hall 304

 

Dr. Snyder’s research interests involve child health policy analysis, development, and evaluation, as well as the organization and financing of public health systems. She directs the research efforts of the Center of Excellence in Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health and works on several projects evaluating Georgia’s Children’s Health Insurance and Medicaid programs.

 

  • Listen to an overview of her health policy research
  • Ask questions about potential career opportunities

 

Open to all faculty, staff, and students.

For more information, contact: Per Norander, Dept. of Economics

417.836.5352 or pernorander@MissouriState.edu

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Economics Major Among Students Recognized with Citizen Scholar Award

14-15 Citizen Scholars

Six students were selected for the 2014 Citizen Scholar Award based on their dedication to the Public Affairs Mission of Missouri State University through coursework, activities, and service-learning opportunities.  One of this year’s winners is Jordan McGee, an Economics and Organizational Communication major, who was nominated by Professor Mitra.  Congratulations Jordan!

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MSU Student Pricing Index

The Economics Club of Missouri State University recently released its first annual summary of the newly created Student Pricing Index for Missouri State students. The purpose of this project is to estimate the change in prices for a group of goods that a typical MSU student would buy, much like headline CPI does for a typical consumer nationally. The Economics Club gathered prices in October of 2013 and 2014 and prices were compared annually. Key consumption categories include: grocery and food items, tuition, off-campus housing, entertainment, and gasoline costs. The total consumption bundle increased in price 1.27% annually. The price changes by consumption categories are as follows:

Category Percent Change
Groceries 5.39%
Gasoline 5.99%
Tuition 1.49%
Off-Campus Housing 0.97%
Pizza 7.67%
Movies Unchanged
Hygiene Items -0.81%
Beer 6.89%

This is the first release of price change data for the Economics Club at MSU. Price indexes need more than one set of observations to be meaningful. Last year’s club decided consumption bundles and collected prices, while this year’s club collected prices and calculated the percentage changes. Headline CPI on a national scale is 1.7% over the same time period, calculated from a different consumption bundle.

The Economics Club anticipates new releases to this index every Fall. For information about the club please contact Mr. Per Norander in the Economics Department at MSU. For information on the Student Pricing Index, please contact Dr. C. Patrick Scott in the Economics Department at MSU.

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