Donna Potter
Executive Secretary

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Virginia Military Institute
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Lexington, VA  24450

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Faculty Research

Ltc. Sam Allen 

Publications 

  • A Patchwork Safety Net: A Survey of Cliometric Studies of Income Maintenance Programs in the United States in the First Half of the Twentieth Century." with Price Fishback, Jonathan Fox, and Brendan Livingston. (2010) Journal of Economic Surveys, 24(5): 895-940.
  • Civilization and the Evolution of Short-Sighted Agents." with Atin Basuchoudhary and Troy Siemers. (2010) Virginia Economic Journal, 15(1): 11-33.
  • Press Pass: Payoffs to Media Exposure Among National Football League (NFL) Wide Receivers." with Julianne Treme. (2011) Journal of Sports Economics 12(3): 370-390.
  • Interview on NPR’s With Good Reason can be heard here. http://withgoodreasonradio.org/2011/01/secrets-of-the-nfl-draft/ 

Maj. James Bang 

Publications 

  • Civil War, Ethnicity, and the Migration of Skilled Labor (with Aniruddha Mitra). Eastern Economic Journal  (forthcoming)
  • Brain Drain and the Institutions of Governance: Educational attainment of Immigrants to the US 1988-1998 (with Aniruddha Mitra). Economic Systems. (Forthcoming)
  • Gender Bias and the Female Brain Drain (with Aniruddha Mitra), Applied Economic Letters. (forthcoming)

Conference Presentations 

  • Reducing the Impact of Ethnic Tensions on Economic Growth – Economic or Political Institutions? (with Michael Reksulak and Atin Basu), presented at the European Public Choice Meetings, 2011.
  • Civil War, Ethnicity, and the Migration of Skilled Labor Meetings of the Southern Economic Association, 2011.
  • Predicting State Failure: A Classification Tree Approach (with William Shughart and Atin Basu), presented at the American Public Choice Meetings, 2011 and the European Public Choice Meetings, 2011.
  • Reducing the Impact of Ethnic Tensions on Economic Growth – Economic or Political Institutions? (with Michael Reksulak and Atin Basu), presented at the European Public Choice Meetings, 2011.

Col. Atin Basu 

Publications 

  • Civilization and the Evolution of Short-Sighted Agents." with Sam Allen and Troy Siemers. (2010) Virginia Economic Journal, 15(1): 11-33.
  • Checks and Balances at the OK Corral: (with Michael Reksulak and William F. Shughart), in Constitutional Mythologies: New Perspectives on Controlling the State (2010) ed. Alain Marciano

Conference Presentations 

  • Predicting State Failure: A Classification Tree Approach with Jim Bang and William F. Shughart (US Public Choice Society meeting San Antonio)
  • The Evolution of Revolution with Laura Razzolini (European Public Choice Society meeting in Rennes France)
  • Ethnicity, Conflict and Growth with Michael Reksulak and Jim Bang (European Public Choice Society meeting in Rennes France.

Invited Talks 

  • Talk about using decision trees to solve signaling games at VCU’s OR Dept. seminar series. With Barry Cobb. Fall 2010.
  • Talk about production versus predation at Midwestern State University Dept of Economics Koch lecture for Spring 2011
Col. H. Francis Bush

Publications 

  • Today’s Program is Brought to You by the Letters – Debit and Credit and by the Number Income with Vonda Walsh. American Journal of Business Education (Volume 4, Number 5). May 2011
  • A Multicenter Study of Students’ Sensitivity to Screen-Update Delay with Vonda Walsh, James Squire and Gerald “Jay” Sullivan. Contemporary Issues in Education Research (forthcoming)


Ltc. Barry Cobb 

Publications 

  • Graphical Models for Economic Profit Maximization.  INFORMS Transactions on Education 11(2) 43-56.
  • Performance of TIAA-CREF’s recommended portfolios.  Journal of Personal Finance 8 23-48, with A.J. Menas.
  • A graphical model for valuing switching options.  Journal of the Operational Research Society 61 1596-1606, with J.M. Charnes.
  • An influence diagram model for detecting credit card fraud.  In: P. Myllymaki, T. Roos and T. Jaakkola, eds. Proceedings of the Fifth European Conference on Probabilistic Graphical Models, 89-96.
  • Continuous decision variables with multiple continuous parents.  In: P. Myllymaki, T. Roos and T. Jaakkola, eds. Proceedings of the Fifth European Conference on Probabilistic Graphical Models, 97-104.

Conferences 

  • An influence diagram model for detecting credit card fraud.  Fifth European Conference on Probabilistic Graphical Models, Helsinki, Finland, September 2010.
  • Continuous decision variables with multiple continuous parents.  Fifth European Conference on Probabilistic Graphical Models, Helsinki, Finland, September 2010.
  • Mixed strategy Nash equilibria in symmetric signaling games.  Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Statistical Sciences and Operations Research, October 2010.
  • Mixed strategy Nash equilibria in symmetric signaling games.  INFORMS National Meeting, Austin, Texas, November 2010.
Ltc. Raymond MacDermott

Publication 

  • Faculty Perceptions of Grades: Results from a National Survey with Lester Hadsell. International Review of Economics Education

Conference 

  • Only the beginning: The current account aftershocks of earthquakes. Western Economic Association, Portland, OR, July 2010.

Col. Robert Moreschi  

Publication 

  • Employee Benefit Plan Language and Sponsor Misconception published in the Journal of Business Case Studies, September/October (Volume 6, Number 5).

Conference 

  • Presentation at the March 2011 National Business and Economics Society Conference:  Corporate Sponsorship and Market Efficiency.
  • Presentation at the October 2010 Academy of Financial Services Conference:  An Intergenerational Solution to Inadequate Social Security Benefits Payments.  Also published in the conference proceedings.

Editorial 

  • Appointed an Associate Editor of the Academy of Economics and Finance Journal (AEFJ)
  • Elected a Director on the Board of the Academy of Financial Services

 Ltc. Tinni Sen 

Publication 

  • Asymmetric Business Cycles under Optimal Mixed State and Time Dependent Pricing Rules, with John R. Conlon. Berkeley Electronic Macroeconomic Journal. Fall 2010.

Undergraduate Research 

  • Growth in Haiti through the Right Incentives. Nathaniel Salatin.  Honors Thesis, Spring 2011.  Co-Mentor: Atin Basuchoudhary
  • From the Ground up.  Nathaniel Salatin.  SURI 2010.  Co-Mentor: Atin Basuchoudhary.
  • The effect of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act on high school drop-out rates. Simone Jimenez.  SURI 2010 Summer 2010.