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ODE Induction 2017

Posted by: blackwellc | May 15, 2017 | No Comment |

On May 6, 2017, Professor Doug Walker welcomed the newest members of Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODE), the Economics Honor Society. The following students were inducted:

  • Samantha Curtin
  • Avery Fine
  • Holland Harvard
  • Elizabeth Mandell
  • James McDonald
  • Simon Ruddock-Harris
  • Hannah Wagner

Holland Harvard receives her ODE tassle from Doug Walker

under: Students

Adam Smith Week 2017

Posted by: blackwellc | April 11, 2017 | No Comment |

This year’s Adam Smith Week may have been the best ever. From March 19th to the 24th, the Center for Public Choice and Market Process put together a fantastic program of events. Speakers included Virgil Storr (George Mason University), Bart Wilson (Chapman University), Sahar Akhtar (University of Virginia), Dwight Lee (The Independent Institute) and Nobel Laureate Vernon Smith (Chapman University). Even our alumni helped out, with Tori Schallot, David Seamans, Thomas Dugan and Jamie Johnson participating in a talk entitled “Why Major in Economics?”

For more details, check out this link: http://sb.cofc.edu/centers/publicchoice/programs-and-events/adam-smith-week/2017.php

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Department of Economics Advisory Board

Posted by: blackwellc | April 7, 2017 | No Comment |

On March 26, 2017 the Department of Economics Advisory Board met for the first time. The purpose of the Board is to contribute professional expertise and financial development to assist the Department Chair, faculty and students to develop, shape and accomplish the stated missions of the Department of Economics. Board members Thomas Dugan, Darryl Fyall, Jamie Fronckowiak, Graig Norden and Tori Schallot ratified the by-laws and discussed the state of the Economics Program.

The next meeting of the Board will be at 3pm on September 29, 2017.

under: Alumni, Giving, Students

Now in his third year at the College of Charleston, Dr. J. Wesley Burnett came to the College of Charleston from West Virginia University. Dr. Burnett is a CofC alum who went on to earn his PhD in Natural Resource and Environmental Economics from the University of Georgia.

Dr. Burnett’s research interests are in applying microeconomic theory to energy and natural resource markets and policy. In the past five years he has secured (often in collaboration with others) nearly eight hundred thousand dollars in external, competitively funded grants and cooperative agreements including the National Science Foundation and the National Institute for Food and Agriculture. Additionally, he has published over a dozen manuscripts in peer-reviewed academic journals including Energy Economics and the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.

In addition to his research, Dr. Burnett teaches two undergraduate courses of microeconomics and one graduate course in microeconomic theory applied to environmental policy. He is actively involved with numerous economic associations including the American Economic Association and the Southern Economic Association.

Dr. J. Wesley Burnett, CofC Class of 1999

under: Alumni, Students

On Saturday, April 30, 2016, the Department of Economics hosted a reception for alums and graduating seniors. About twenty-five faculty and graduates mingled and had drinks and hors d’oevres before heading over to the Cistern for A Charleston Affair. Everyone seemed to have a good time – look for the department to host a similar event in 2017.

Professor Mark Witte chats with alums Jamie Johnson and Hunter Nadeau (foreground).

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The Condon Award is given annually to the most outstanding student majoring in economics. The recipient is chosen by the economics faculty based on individual achievement. This year the faculty selected Mary Frances “Frankie” Zeager.

Frankie graduated from the Honors College at the College of Charleston with a major in Economics and minors in Asian Studies and Mathematics. For the last two years she was selected to be a Market Process Scholar, representing the College of Charleston School of Business by interacting with the invited guests of the Center for Public Choice & Market Process. As a Scholar, she regularly participated in the Economics Book Colloquium and several weekend reading symposiums. She traveled with the program to Nashville and Washington, DC to learn more about various business CEOs and academic scholars to learn more about business and economic policy. Most recently, she presented her Bachelor’s Essay on “Regime Durability, Institutional Memory and Economic Freedom” at the Association of Private Enterprise Education Undergraduate Poster Session. She intends to continue to work on the project to publish it in an academic journal.

In addition, to being an excellent student she interned at the Charleston Regional Development Alliance. With a mind toward globalization, she spent multiple summers in China, and served as a volunteer ambassador for AFS International, an international exchange organization for high school students.

She was also involved in a variety of campus clubs and activities, including serving on the Dean’s Student Forum, the Micro-Finance Club, Rotaract Club, and the Alliance for Planet Earth.

She applied to and was accepted into several Ph.D. programs in Economics, as well as several Masters Programs in Data Science. She intends to pursue her graduate education in fall in UVA’s Data Science Program.

Congratulations Frankie!

Frankie Zeager receives the Condon Award from Economics Chair Calvin Blackwell

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Adam Smith Week 2016

Posted by: blackwellc | May 11, 2016 | No Comment |

The 8th Annual Adam Smith week was a great success. Over 600 students, faculty and community members participated in eight events. Held the third week of March (the 21st to the 25th), this year’s activities included presentations, panel discussions and workshops.

Guest speakers spoke on a variety of topics. Dr. Michelle Vachris gave a presentation on the linkages between Adam Smith and Jane Austen. Dr. Chris Coyne spoke on the insights Adam Smith had for foreign affairs.  Dr. Carl Schramm examined the role of the entrepreneur according to Smith. Dr. Alex Tabarrok discussed Adam Smith’s famous “invisible hand.”

Dr. Alex Tabarrok of George Mason University speaks on Adam Smith’s “invisible hand.”

College of Charleston faculty Chris Day, Kelly Shaver and David Wyman also participated in panel discussions on foreign affairs and entrepreneurship.

The week ended with alumni Brad DeVos, Jamie Shafer, and Erica Von Nessen sharing their experiences on the value of an economics degree with current students.

Thanks to the Center for Public Choice and Market Process for continuing to organize this great event!

Erica Von Nessen, Jamie Shafer and Brad DeVos (from left) speak at the Alumni Panel Discussion.

under: Alumni, Students

Giving Back to the Economics Program

Posted by: blackwellc | January 13, 2016 | No Comment |

Your contributions enable the Department of Economics to provide opportunities for the enrichment of our students’ educational experiences. If you would like to help support the Economics program, you can contribute directly through the College of Charleston Foundation:

  • You can make a contribution with your credit card by visiting: https://giving.cofc.edu/campaign/donate. For the gift designation, please select ‘Other’ and then type in ‘Department of Economics’.
  • Or you can send a check made out to ‘College of Charleston Foundation’ (with ‘Department of Economics Account’ in the memo line) to:

Chair, Department of Economics

College of Charleston

66 George Street

Charleston, SC 29424

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LinkedIn Group: College of Charleston Economics Alumni

Posted by: blackwellc | January 12, 2016 | No Comment |

There is now an official College of Charleston Economics Alumni LinkedIn Group. Joining this group will gain you access to a network of former alums with whom you can share information on jobs, internships, graduate school and professional advice.

To join, simply follow the link below and click on the button labeled ‘Ask to Join’:


under: Alumni


Posted by: blackwellc | January 6, 2016 | 1 Comment |

Welcome to the blog for the Department of Economics. I hope you will find it interesting and useful.

under: Alumni, Uncategorized

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