December 2017 Newsletter
New Faculty Profiles
Two new assistant professor joined the faculty of the economics department this fall.
Benjamin Bushong received his Ph.D. in Social Science (Economics) from the California Institute of Technology. He is an Assistant Professor of Economics and a faculty affiliate in the Social Science Data Analytics Program. Prior to coming to MSU, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard University and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Business School. Broadly, his research focuses on the intersection of psychology and economics, also known as behavioral economics. His current research focuses on how expectations affect learning and how incorrect beliefs about the future can shape current plans. Prior to coming to MSU, he worked with the U.S. Army to help soldiers become more psychologically resilient.
Ajin Lee received her Ph.D. from Columbia University. Her main research fields are Public Economics and Health Economics, and her current research focuses on public health insurance programs in the U.S., including the effectiveness of Medicaid managed care and the role of Medicare in access to nursing homes. Other research topics include credit-constraints in health care utilization, the effect of early-childhood environment on human capital development, and intra-household labor market decisions.