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What was your previous position and where?I was an assistant and associate professor of economics at the University of Georgia from 1975-1985.
What brought you to LSU?In 1985, the economics department was expanding and enhancing its research base and course offerings in my area, econometrics. The opportunity to be part of a growing department was very attractive.
What is your research interest?I am interested in the theory and practice of econometrics. Econometrics is a generic term for the collection of statistical methods used to analyze economic, business and social science data. In particular I study models and techniques used to understand the behavior of individuals and households, which is called “microeconometrics.”
What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?I would like to ensure that LSU is known as a center for econometrics analysis, quality research and teaching. Over the past 20 years our visibility has increased not only in the Southeastern Conference, but internationally, through published research and now with an annually sponsored “Advances in Econometrics” conference that draws leading scholars from all over the world to LSU.
What do you enjoy most about LSU?I certainly enjoy the people, both my colleagues and my students. I love the LSU environment as a place to work, and living near a large university enhances many aspects of life. Go Tigers.
What are your major accomplishments?I am quite a believer in the complementarity of teaching and research. My teaching at both graduate and undergraduate levels leads me to new questions, and my research is devoted to searching for answers. This connectivity has led me to participate in the writing of a number of textbooks that are used worldwide and have been translated into several languages. I like to think that I have affected the teachers and students of econometrics in a positive way.