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Faculty Notes

Kate ChenKate Chen attended the Teaching Professor Conference in Washington, D.C., in June 2009. She also presented her research on “Entry Deterrence through Strategic Sourcing” at the Fifth Biennial Conference of the Hong Kong Economic Association in December 2008.


Alejandra EdwardsAlejandra Edwards presented research with the Michigan Retirement Research Center at the National Bureau of Economic Research Summer Institute in July 2008. Dr. Edwards co-authored an article with E. Rodriguez Oreggia entitled “The Effect of Remittances on Labor Force: An Analysis for Mexican Households Using Propensity Score Matching,” World Development, 37(5), (May 2009), 1004-14. She also wrote a book review for S.M. Collins, B.P. Bosworth and M.A. Soto-Class (Eds.), The Economy of Puerto Rico: Restoring Growth. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press & Center for the New Economy. Economic Development and Cultural Change, 57(4), (July 2009), 849-52. Dr. Edwards continues to serve as the graduate advisor of the Master of Arts degree program in economics.

Elaine FreyElaine Frey is currently working on several manuscripts for publication in the area of natural resource and environmental economics. “Technology Diffusion and Environmental Regulation: The Adoption of Scrubbers by Coal-Fired Power Plants” will be submitted to Resource and Energy Economics once it is completed. In November 2008, she presented “Technology Diffusion and Environmental Regulation: The Adoption of Natural Gas-Fired Combined Cycle Generating Units” at the Southern Economic Association Conference in Washington, D.C. Dr. Frey enjoyed her first year at CSULB and is looking forward to another productive academic year.

Ed Funkhouser received tenure, effective fall 2009.

Constantine Glezakos co-authored with J. Nugent, in 2009, a chapter in Corruption and Judicial Efficiency in the MENA Region, entitled "Why does it take so long to collect on a bad check through the courts?: A case of institutional path dependence." 

Lisa GrobarLisa Grobar continues to collaborate with Joseph Magaddino on the annual CSULB Economic Forecast for the Southern California Region. The 15th annual conference was held in May 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach. Dr. Grobar had the following article published: “The Economic Status of Areas Surrounding Major U.S. Container Ports: Evidence and Policy Issues,” in Growth and Change, Vol. 39, No. 3, September 2008. 

Darwin HallDarwin Hall continues to teach courses both in economics and in environmental science and policy. He completed two articles that will be published next year in Contemporary Economic Policy. The topics of these articles are water rate design and the theory of public choice.


Jack HouJack Hou continues to serve as a co-editor for Contemporary Economic Policy and a cluster leader in the Partners for Success mentoring program for first-generation students. He completed his term as president of the Chinese Economists Society (CES) and is now chair of the CES Regents, overseeing the long-term strategic planning of the society. Dr. Hou has also been elected to the Academic Publication Council and chairs their nomination/election committee. 

As president-elect, Dr. Hou was the general conference coordinator for the Western Social Science Association's (WSSA) 51st Annual Conference, held in Albuquerque, N.M., in April 2008. Upon the completion of the conference, Dr. Hou assumed the presidency of WSSA.

Dr. Hou has also been very active in research. In the past year, he was named a Distinguished Fellow by Nankai University, and he has four refereed articles in professional journals, one of which is a "leading article of the year.” In addition, he authored two chapters in two books.

In addition, Dr. Hou was the keynote speaker at the International Conference of the International Center for Chinese Study, Aichi University, Nagoya, Japan, in December 2008. His topic was "Economic Development and the Harmonious Society of China.” In February 2009, Dr. Hou served as the plenary speaker at the luncheon of the 47th Annual Conference of the Economic Education Winter Institute: Sino-American Economic Relations, held at St. Cloud State University, Minn. He spoke on the reform of China in a global perspective.

Dr. Hou was an executive officer of the 2009 Allied Social Science Association Conference, held in San Francisco in January 2009, and the associate conference chair of the Western Economic Association International’s Eighth Pacific Rim Conference, held in Kyoto, Japan, in March 2009.

In August 2009, Dr. Hou gave a speech on Taiwan’s economic strategy at an international conference sponsored by the Asia Development Bank and the Asia Productivity Organization. He is working on a draft of this speech to submit for a book.  

Dr. Hou took sabbatical leave for the fall 2009 semester.

Xumei LiuXuemei Liu received tenure and promotion to associate professor, effective fall 2009. Dr. Liu is on sabbatical leave for the 2009-10 academic year.


Joseph P. MagaddinoJoseph Magaddino continues to serve as chair and undergraduate advisor. He presented the 15th Annual CSULB Economic Forecast Conference in May 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach with his colleague, Dr. Grobar.


Wade MartinWade Martin presented his research on climate change and the transportation sector at the National Urban Freight Conference in October 2009 in Long Beach. Dr. Martin also participated in a panel on climate change at the Pew Center for Global Climate Change in Washington, D.C. He is continuing his work on wildfire risk with the publication of “The role of risk perceptions in the risk mitigation process: The case of wildfire in high risk communities” in the Journal of Environmental Management. He continues to work along with his colleague, Dr. Monaco, as the associate director of the M.A. degree in global logistics and serves as editor of Contemporary Economic Policy. While on sabbatical during spring 2010, Dr. Martin will work on wildfire and climate change linkages with colleagues at the U.S. Forest Service.

Kristen Monaco is now serving as director of the M.A. degree program in global logistics. She and co-author Jeffrey Cohen had their article “Inter-county Spillovers in California’s Ports and Roads Infrastructure: The Impact on Retail Trade” accepted for publication in Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciences. She presented her research on logistics employment in Southern California (joint with CSULB alumna Kimberly Ritter) at the 2009 Allied Social Science Association Annual Meeting, the Western Economic Association International’s Pacific Rim Conference, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and the CSULB MAPS forum. She was quoted in the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Business Journal, Riverside Press-Enterprise and Arkansas Democrat-Gazette regarding truck driver labor market issues.

Seiji SteimetzSeiji Steimetz recently published his paper entitled ‘‘Spatial Multipliers in Hedonic Analysis: A Comment on ‘Spatial Hedonic Models of Airport Noise, Proximity, and Housing Prices'” in the Journal of Regional Science. He also submitted “Spatial Hedonics and the Willingness to Pay for Residential Amenities” (with Kenneth A. Small) to Environmental and Resource Economics and “Revealing the Value of Time and Congestion Relief Using Stated-Preference Data” (with Luis I. Rizzi and Juan Pablo Limonado) to Transportation Research Part B: Methodological. The latter paper is the result of ongoing collaborations with his colleagues at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Dr. Steimetz also continues to collaborate with Dr. Steven Yamarik and economics graduate student Christopher Malatesta on examining truck safety along port-related highways, a research project funded by a grant from the METRANS Transportation Center. And his new experience with fatherhood has given new meaning to his role as a faculty mentor in the university’s Partners for Success program.

Steve YamarikSteve Yamarik was promoted to full professor, effective fall 2009. He continues to serve as a co-editor for Contemporary Economic Policy. In October 2008, Steve presented the paper “Testing the Partisian Business Cycle Using State-Level Data” at the Southern Economic Association meetings in Washington, D.C.