This fall, the Department of Economics is welcomed three new faculty to the department.
David Croson received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1996 and, before MSU, taught managerial economics as well as strategy and entrepreneurship courses at Southern Methodist University. His main research fields are Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Industrial Organization. His current research focuses on decision errors made by entrepreneurs, the welfare effects of these decisions, and how to improve them. Other research topics include efficient public and private investment in high-risk, long-duration projects; nontraditional benefits of vertical integration; and the design and application of research methods to identify future high-performing firms.
Rachel Croson received her PhD from Harvard University in 1994. Her research focuses on behavioral and experimental economics, investigating how people make a variety of economic decisions including financial, charitable and risky. She has served in a number of professional leadership roles, including Associate Editor for the American Economic Review and Experimental Economics, among others, and on the board of the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession, where she was pivotal in developing and running mentoring workshops. Dr. Croson is currently serving as the Dean of the College of Social Science.
Rebecca G. Chambers received her Ph.D. in Economic Education from the University of Delaware in 2016. Her research interests include economic education at the secondary and collegiate level and financial literacy. Her current research focuses on the financial literacy of high school-aged students, best practices in collegiate economics classrooms, and examining gender gaps in both financial and economic knowledge. Her teaching focuses on creating a diverse and engaging classroom experience for students at the introductory level.