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What was your previous position and where?I was an assistant professor of economics at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.
What brought you to LSU?I came to LSU for research and family. LSU had some excellent researchers in my field at that time which made the department particularly attractive. Further, both my wife and I are academics, and we were fortunate to secure tenure-track positions at LSU — before that we were commuting between Utah and North Carolina!
What is your research interest?Most of my work centers around long-run economic growth. My recent research has focused on both high and low income countries. I have just completed a research project with a former graduate student on comparing productivity growth across U.S. states over the past 30 years. I am currently doing research on the effects of rural banking on agricultural productivity and growth in India. I have also done research on the role of foreign direct investment and capital flows on long run economic growth, as well as on the quality of governance across countries.
What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?As the graduate director, I am currently involved in making much needed improvements in the program to make it competitive relative to our peers and aspirant institutions.
When I joined LSU, the department of economics had an international reputation for scholarship on economic growth. The department suffered from disproportionate cutbacks over the last decade while the university expanded, but LSU has recently recognized the need to rebuild the department. As a part of this rebuilding, I would like work to ensure that LSU returns to that position of preeminence in the field of growth and development.
Nationwide, economics is one of the most popular and desirable majors. As a member of the economics department, through my teaching, I hope to continue to attract LSU undergraduates to major in this discipline.
What do you enjoy most about LSU?Over the years, I have benefited from the research environment and the company of my colleagues. I am also looking forward to moving to the new business school. Finally, despite my overall indifference to sports, I can't deny my fondness for the LSU Tigers.
What are your major accomplishments?As anyone in academics knows, for an academic couple to secure tenure track positions in the same university is an achievement in itself. Also, tenure, and two beautiful daughters. I am also gratified that my research on quality of governance and on foreign direct investment and growth have garnered considerable recognition in the field.