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LSU Finance Professor Coauthors Book Chapter

03/22/2012 11:08 AM

BATON ROUGE – Frances Lawrence, Gerald Cire and Lena Grand Williams Alumni Professor in the Department of Finance at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business, has coauthored a chapter in the book “Rural Families and Work: Context and Problems,” which was published by Springer Publishing Company.


Along with colleagues from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Yeungnam University-South Korea, Lawrence contributed to a chapter related to the earned income tax credit. “Rural Families and Work” analyzes the issues and policies that have the greatest influence on rural employment.


Lawrence has conducted research related to poverty in rural America for 10 years. Her research has been part of a larger USDA Cooperative State Research Grant involving 18 states. For the book, Lawrence collected and analyzed the data from Louisiana families and also assisted in writing the article.


“The EITC provides a powerful boost to families’ economic well-being by not only encouraging employment but by increasing their purchasing power and their ability to save,” Lawrence said. “Unfortunately, not all families who qualify actually file for the tax credit.”


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The Department of Finance at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business offers high quality programs for undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers in corporate finance, asset management, real estate, insurance, banking, financial planning and business law. Aiming to create exciting educational opportunities for its students, the department employs tools such as the Securities Markets Analysis Research and Trading, or SMART, Lab. This 44-station simulated interactive trading floor enables students to gain practical experience in the fast-paced world of securities analysis, research and trading. Additionally, the Department of Finance encourages, supports and conducts research in real estate by housing the nationally renowned Real Estate Research Institute. For more information, visit, call 225-578-6291, or email

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