On May 8, 2010, the Department of Economics held a faculty and staff reception to honor professors Darwin Hall (upper photo with professor Wade Martin) and Joseph Magaddino (lower photos with professor Martin) for their many years of service to the campus. Both men began their FERP appointments in fall 2010. Also celebrated at this event were the promotions to assistant professor for Edward Funkhouser and Steve Yamarik. Professor Wade Martin assumed leadership of the Economics Department in fall 2010 with words of encouragement and inspiration from outgoing chair Magaddino.
Fall 2010 saw the beginning of a new era in the Economics Department. First and foremost was the transition from professor Joe Magaddino to professor Wade Martin as the department chair. Magaddino has been the chair of the department since 1982 and a faculty member since 1973. He announced his retirement at the beginning of the 2009-10 academic year.
Magaddino received his Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1973, his M.A. degree from the University of Connecticut, Storrs in 1969 and his B.A. from Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1967. His research has been in the fields of law and economics as well as public choice. Magaddino was instrumental in creating the MAGL program at CSULB, of which he was the director until fall 2009. He also created and directed the Office of Economic Research, where he served as the primary researcher in the preparation of the Annual Forecast of the Southern California Regional Economy, one of the most successful of the university’s community outreach activities.
Magaddino begins his Faculty Early Retirement Program (FERP) appointment this fall and will teach on a half-time basis for a maximum of five years. He will continue to collaborate with professor Lisa Grobar on the Economic Forecast Project and is especially looking forward to teaching, something he has not done in many years.
Professor Darwin Hall announced his retirement from the faculty at the end of the 2009-10 academic year. He will be participating in the Faculty Early Retirement Program (FERP), which will allow him to teach on a half-time basis for a maximum of five years. Hall will be teaching in the spring and will be on leave for the fall. Hall joined the department in 1986 and has been a highly valued member of the department ever since. He served as co-director for the B.A. and B.S. degree programs in environmental science and policy, which he was instrumental in creating. Hall was honored as the Outstanding Professor of 2003-04 for CSULB, recognizing his commitment to the greater university community. Hall received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1977, his M.A. in statistics also from Berkeley in 1973, as well as his M.S. in agricultural economics in 1973. He received his B.A. in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1970. Prior to teaching at CSULB, Hall was an assistant professor and served as assistant dean at the University of California, Riverside College of Humanities and Social Sciences. He is now serving as executive director of the Western Economic Association International. Upon joining the CSULB faculty, Hall played an important role in developing courses and chairing or serving on various committees, while maintaining an active research agenda by publishing journal articles and book chapters too numerous to mention. He has served as the editor of Contemporary Economic Policy and Advances in the Economics of Environmental Resources. As a senior member of the Economics Department, his contributions will be greatly missed.
Ann Kinsey is the administrative support coordinator for the Economics Department. Kinsey received her B.A. in speech communication from CSULB and previously worked on campus in the Communication Studies Department. Prior to working at CSULB, she worked in restaurant management. Kinsey joined the department last April and has already made positive contributions to the efficiency of the department. Perhaps most importantly, she has brought to the front office a warm and welcoming smile and a helpful attitude for all who walk through the door. All students, faculty and visitors are greeted as longtime friends of the department. We look forward to Kinsey's continued contributions.