This fall, the Department of Economics is welcomed three new faculty to the department.
Ben Bushong received his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 2013. Prior to coming to MSU, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard University and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Business School. His main research focuses on the intersection of psychology and economics -- also known as behavioral economics. He investigates a variety of economic decisions including financial decision making, mistakes in learning, and errors in perception that drive everyday choices. He also has conducted research in neuroeconomics, in which he investigated the neural basis for altruistic behaviors. Dr. Bushong is also a faculty affiliate of the Social Science Data Analytics Initiative (SSDA).
Ajin Lee received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2017. Her main research fields are Public and Health Economics. Her current research focuses on public health insurance programs in the U.S. including the effectiveness of Medicaid managed care, risk-adjustment for Medicaid provider payments, and the role of public health insurance in access to nursing homes. Other research topics include how social insurance programs influence families' labor market decisions and how a school system affects health and academic performance of children.