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Faculty Notes 

 _fcksavedurl= Kate Chen's article “Strategic Outsourcing Induced by Strategic Competition” was published in the International Journal of Industrial Organization. She presented her working paper “Strategic Sourcing Under Technology Spillovers” at the 86th Annual International Conference of the Western Economic Association. Chen also presented her working paper “On the National Brand Manufacturer’s Incentive to Supply the Retailer’s Store Brand” at the CSULB Economics Department seminar.

Professor Elaine FreyElaine Frey recently published “Technology Diffusion and Environmental Regulation: The Adoption of Natural Gas-Fired Combined Cycle Generating Units” in Economics of Innovation and New Technology. She continues to work on a research project with Professor Chen Ng entitled “The Impact of the Economic Recession on Truck Traffic in Los Angeles,” which is funded by METRANS. She is collaborating on other research examining environmental issues such as deforestation in the Amazon, valuation and restoration of urban wetlands in Long Beach, and the protection of recreational fisheries in Southern California. This year, Frey presented her research at the Southern Economic Association Conference in Atlanta, the Western Economic Association International Conference in San Diego and for RAND’s Labor and Population Brown Bag Seminar Series in Santa Monica. She continues to organize the CSULB Economics Seminar Series, which is open to all alumni and students. Finally, Frey is happy to announce her recent marriage in August. She and her new husband, Dave, live in Long Beach.

 _fcksavedurl=Lisa Grobar took three CSULB economics majors to Cusco, Peru, for a three-week study abroad program in January. In May, Grobar presented the CSULB 2011-12 Annual Regional Forecast to attendees of our annual conference, held in downtown Long Beach.


 _fcksavedurl=Darwin Hall officially changed his status last academic year to emeritus. He took fall semester off from teaching, using some of the time to help organize the Biennial Pacific Rim Conference, held in April at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. The Biennial Pacific Rim Conference is officially organized by the Western Economic Association International, a nonprofit organization of academic, business, government, and research economists and allied professionals for which Hall serves as the executive director. At the Brisbane conference, Hall presented two papers on the economics of water pricing and organized 14 sessions on the economics of water, education, agriculture and environmental resources. He also helped organize the Western Economic Association International Annual Conference of almost 1,500 participants in San Diego, held from June 29-July 3. Last spring semester, Hall taught energy economics. One exercise for the class was to download data on oil prices and gross domestic product and estimate the impact of reduced growth due to the oil price increase that occurred during the Arab Spring. The class accurately predicted the drop in economic growth that is now underway.

 _fcksavedurl=Jack Hou presented his research at the President’s Forum, Chinese Economists Society, Nankai University (Dec. 10-11, 2010, Tianjin, China); Hong Kong Economic Association, Sixth Biennial Conference (Dec. 18-19, 2010, Tianjin, China); American Economic Association’s 2011 Annual Meeting (Jan. 7-9, Denver, Colo.); 53rd Annual Conference of the Western Social Science Association (April 13-16, Salt Lake City, Utah); Western Economic Association International’s Ninth Pacific Rim Conference, (April 26-28, Brisbane, Australia); Chinese Economists Society’s 2010 China Conference: “The Role of China in the Post-Crisis Era,” University of International Business and Economics (June 18, 2011, Beijing, China); and the 86th Annual Conference of the Western Economic Association International (June/July, San Diego, Calif.). He also gave the keynote address “The Aging of the Chinese Population: Healthcare Cost Concerns” at the Association for China Economic Studies, Inaugural Banquet, National Chengchi University (Aug. 23, Taipei, Taiwan).

Hou published a book chapter in Chinese and a refereed journal article. In addition, he had three journal articles and a chapter in a book by the Asian Development Bank accepted for publication, two papers currently under review and two working papers he hopes to complete and submit to professional journals. He refereed articles for Industrial Relations, Journal of Developing Areas, Journal of Economic Issues and the Social Science Journal. Hou continues to serve as a regent and member of the Academic Publication Council of the Chinese Economists Society and concluded his term as immediate past president of the Western Social Science Association. He concluded his service as co-editor of Contemporary Economic Policy, a publication of the Western Economic Association, in June. Also in June, Hou visited seven universities in China as part of the recruiting effort for the Department of Economics M.A. degree and the M.A. in Global Logistics degree programs. The CSULB College of Continuing and Professional Education invited Hou to deliver nine lectures to nine different Chinese delegations that were visiting CSULB for training. He served as the external reviewer for an assistant professor’s promotion to associate professor at Southern Illinois University and served as the external reviewer for a tenure review at Scripps College.


Wade E. MartinWade Martin is currently working on several research projects and serving as department chair, assistant director for the Master of Arts in Global Logistics program and co-director of the Office of Economic Research. Martin’s research projects focus on the following areas: wildfire risk, homeowner behavior and social media; housing prices and bushfire risk in Australia; and used-oil management in California.

The study on wildfire risk, homeowner behavior and social media evaluates the role of social media in risk communication at various stages of wildfire events. This joint project is with faculty from the CSULB Marketing Department and with Roger Sutton, a Master of Arts in Economics student.

By applying a HP values approach, the research on housing prices and bushfire risk in Australia examines current hypotheses using data available for bushfire prone areas that are forested in the immediate environs of the city of Brisbane, Queensland. This is a joint project with colleagues at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane.  

Martin’s third research project with the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) is conducting a life cycle analysis and economic analysis of the collection and management of used lubricating and industrial oils. This project is designed to integrate the two analyses to develop policy recommendations to CalRecycle for consideration in a report to the state legislature under SB 546. The project will conclude in December 2013. Jason James, a student in the Master of Arts in Economics program, is working on this project with Martin.

Kristen Monaco

Kristen Monaco is now the graduate coordinator for the department’s three master's degree programs: Economics, Global Logistics-Accelerated Program and Global Logistics-Hybrid Program.  In addition, she serves as the enrollment manager for the College of Liberal Arts. Monaco remains active in her research on the transportation industry.  Last year, she published "Wage Inequality of U.S. Truck Drivers" with Steffen Habermalz, Labour, 2011, 25(2): 268-285. She is also a member of the METRANS Executive Committee, the Trucking Industry Research Committee of the Transportation Research Board, and serves as executive vice president of the Transportation Research Forum. One of her highlights last year was working on research with two graduate students, Brydey Redmon and Heather Stephens. Her paper, co-authored with Brydey, "Firm Characteristics and Accidents in Motor Carriage" is currently under review at a transportation safety journal.  Her paper with Heather, "Cognitive Skills and Labor Market Outcomes in Trucking," was presented at the National Urban Freight Conference in October.

 _fcksavedurl=Chen Feng Ng is currently working on a project that involves looking at the sale of iTunes gift cards above face value on eBay, and she presented a paper about the project at the Economics Department's seminar series and the 86th Annual Western Economic Association International Conference. Ng also presented the paper "The Recession and Truck Traffic on the Long Beach Freeway in Los Angeles" (co-authored with Professor Elaine Frey) at the 53rd Annual Transportation Research Forum. Ng and Frey were pleased to work with graduate student Foo Law on this project, which was funded by METRANS.

 _fcksavedurl=Andrew Ojede’s research primarily focuses on issues in macroeconomics and open economy macroeconomics. His current research studies real exchange rate dynamics and sectoral productivity. He also has working papers that attempt to measure productivity growth at the sectoral level using cross-country data sets. Ojede recently submitted a paper for publication on efficiency convergence in African agriculture. In July, he presented a paper at the 86th International Western Economic Association Conference in San Diego on macroeconomic policy reforms and productivity growth in African agriculture. He is currently co-authoring a paper with Steve Yamarik on tax policy and state level economic growth using a pooled mean group (PMG) approach. In October, Ojede presented his research and organized sessions at the Missouri Valley Economics Association in Kansas City, Mo.

 _fcksavedurl=Seiji Steimetz received tenure and promotion to associate professor. He continues to serve as the department’s undergraduate coordinator and as faculty advisor to the Economics Student Association and Omicron Delta Epsilon Economics Honors Society. He also serves as vice chair of the university’s Program Assessment and Review Council and as a faculty mentor with the university’s Partners for Success Program. Over the past year, Steimetz presented his research at the Western Economic Association’s International 86th Annual Conference in San Diego and at the 52nd Annual Transportation Research Forum in Long Beach. He also published an article entitled “Revealing the Value of Time and Congestion Relief Using Stated-Preference Data” in Transportmetrica as part of an ongoing collaboration with his colleague, Professor Luis Rizzi, at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

 _fcksavedurl=Steve Yamarik published the following three articles: “State-Level Capital and Investment: Updates and Implications,” Contemporary Economic Policy (forthcoming); “Is Natural Openness or Trade Policy Good for the Environment?” (with S. Ghosh), Environment and Development Economics (forthcoming); and “Human Capital and State-Level Economic Growth: What is the Contribution of Schooling?”, The Annals of Regional Science 47 (August 2011), 195-211.