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What was your previous position and where?Before joining LSU in Fall 2007, I was a professor of economics at University of Colorado at Denver and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
What brought you to LSU?I was attracted to LSU because of the reputation of the Department of Economics and the administrationís commitment to provide the department with the resources necessary to increase its national ranking.
What is your research interest?My research interests include the investigation of the causes and consequences of crime and corruption, the analysis of child care markets and various topics in health economics, ranging from teenage smoking to obesity.
What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?I hope to contribute to the department and consequently to the Flagship Agenda of LSU by continuing to produce high-quality research and by training and supporting graduate students. I also hope that my research helps guide public policy in Louisiana.
What do you enjoy most about LSU?Professionally, I enjoy the intellect and the scholarship of my colleagues in the Department of Economics, and I appreciate LSUís ambition and dedication to creating and maintaining high-quality programs. Personally, my family and I really enjoy the culture and the community in Baton Rouge with all aspects ranging from food to friendship. Mike the Tiger is a bonus.