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Economics Professor lead author of second Colorado Innovation Report

Dr. Stephan Weiler Professor of Economics

Dr. Stephan Weiler
Professor of Economics

Professor Stephan Weiler is the lead author of the second Colorado innovation report, just released.  The report is a product of the governor’s Colorado Innovation Network (COIN), a roundtable of leaders in government, business and academia devoted to the promotion of innovation and economic development throughout the state.  Professor Weiler’s prominent role in COIN attests to the increasing visibility of the regional economics program at CSU.logo

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Cher Li & Elisa Belfiori Joining Economics Faculty

Welcome to Cher Li and Elisa Belfiori, who will join our faculty next year.  We are looking forward to welcoming them into our departmental community.


Cher Li is finishing her PhD at the University of Wisconsin.  She specializes in applied microeconomics & public economics.Cher Li portrait econ

Working Papers:
  • The Effects of Human Capital Depreciation on Occupational Gender Segregation,” (Job Market Paper), 2012.
  • Are All Americans Saving “Optimally” for Retirement?” with William Gale, John Karl Scholz, and Ananth Seshadri, 2012.
  • EITC Use in Shared Placement Cases, with Pat Brown and John Karl Scholz, 2012.

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Elisa Belfiori is finishing her PhD at the University of Minnesota.  She specializes in environmental economics & macroeconomics.

Working Papers:

  • Carbon Trading, Carbon Taxes and Social Discounting
  • Climate Change and International Cooperation
  • Understanding Credit Crunches Through a Model of Loan Commitments (with Manuel E. Macera)

College of Liberal Arts Faculty and Students Receive School of Global Environmental Sustainability Awards

The College of Liberal Arts would like to recognize our faculty and students who received School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES) awards for the 2013-2014 academic year. SoGES awards offer funding and training for faculty and students who are contributing their knowledge to sustainability science solutions. The mission of SoGES is to catalyze cross-disciplinary interactions and understanding on global sustainability science and solutions by bringing together and supporting faculty, researchers, and students.


Faculty at Colorado State University were awarded with fellowships and grants from SoGES through the Resident Fellows program and the Global Challenges Research Team program. SoGES Resident Fellows are a select group of CSU faculty members who engage in scholarly, creative research and problem solving consistent with the mission of the school. The fellowships provide unique opportunities for faculty to accelerate progress in research designed to meet global environmental challenges, and to engage in the academic life of SoGES and its affiliates. Faculty also have the opportunity to become Principle Investigators on SoGES Global Challenges Research Teams, engaging in research that shows potential for providing great understanding towards transformational outcomes for real-world problems.

SoGESSaundersKyle Saunders, Department of Political Science, Resident Fellowship for research in urban sustainability practices and challenges;  Principle Investigator on a 2013-2014 Global Challenges Research Team grant



SoGESGalvinKathleen Galvin, Department of Anthropology, Principle Investigator on a 2013-2014 Global Challenges Research Team grant





Public Lands History Center at Colorado State UniversityJanet Ore, Department of History, Principle Investigator on a 2013-2014 Global Challenges Research Team grant







SoGESTaylorPeter Taylor, Department of Sociology, Principle Investigator on a 2013-2014 Global Challenges Research Team grant







SoGES selects 20 Ph.D. candidates and Postdoctoral Fellows every year to be Global Sustainability Leadership Fellows. The Global Sustainability Leadership Fellows Program cultivates future innovators and thought leaders in environmental sustainability issues. Five of the fellowships were awarded to College of Liberal Arts students. Fellows will receive training and support from SoGES on collaboration and communications to help build their professional careers.

TimothyAssalTimothy J. Assal, Ph.D. Candidate with advisor Jason Sibold, Department of Anthropology and Graduate Degree Program in Ecology






TessaConroyTessa Conroy, Ph.D. Candidate with advisor Stephan Weiler, Department of Economics







JonathanFiskJonathan Fisk, Ph.D. Candidate with advisor Charles Davis, Department of Political Science







LieselHansLiesel Hans, Ph.D. Candidate with advisor Robert Kling, Department of Economics







OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMatthew W. Luizza, Ph.D. Candidate with advisor Michele Betsill, Department of Political Science and Graduate Degree Program in Ecology







Resident Fellowships

Joe Champ, Department of Journalism and Technical Communication

Bob Duffy, Department of Political Science


Principle Investigators on Global Challenges Research Team Grants

Michelle Betsill, Department of Political Science

Morris Burns, Department of Theatre

Lori Peek, Department of Sociology

Peter Taylor, Department of Sociology

Craig Trumbo, Department of Journalism and Technical Communication


Sustainability Leadership Fellowships

Jaime Fuller, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Anthropology

Theresa Jedd, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Political Science

Michelle Lueck, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Sociology

Holly Marlatt, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Journalism and Technical Communication

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Stephan Weiler speaks at Fed Reserve Board conference on Rebuilding for Low-Income Communities

Stephan Weiler, Economics, College of Liberal Arts, Associate Dean

Dr. Stephan Weiler

Finding the link between banks, small business

Stephan Weiler, professor of economics at CSU, is part of a group of prestigious speakers at the Resilience and Rebuilding for Low-Income Communities Conference.

The event, sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, features top economists from universities and financial institutions across the country. Keynote speaker is Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve and one of the most influential economists in the world.

“This is a really big deal, and we’re thrilled to be presenting,” said Weiler, who will be joined in his presentation by former CSU graduate student Natalia Kravchenko.

Banks matter to small businesses

Weiler will talk about his findings in a study looking at the relationship between small business and bank lending.

“The fact the conference invited us to share our work suggests they are interested in small business and how important it is to local economies,” Weiler said. “It also points out how important banks are to the survival of small business. Small businesses are not only important in terms of providing jobs, they are the pioneers in our economy – if they survive and thrive that encourages other businesses to follow.”

Weiler has taught economics at CSU since 1996.



Spring Awards and Scholarship Recipients

Student awards and scholarships in the Department of Economics will be celebrated on Thursday, 2 May 2013 at 3:00 p.m. in Room 214-216 of the Lory Center.  New members will also be inducted into Omicron Delta Epsilon.

Omicron Delta Epsilon New Members:

Jay Barnes                              Katelyn Bertelsen                   William Billica
Mackenzie Clark                    Charles Eason                         Kevin Ellis
Matthew Hammerly                Jason Haney                           Daniel Huddleston
Christopher Johnson              Christopher Lehrer                Seth Moore
Daniel Reeder                         Ashley Shomshor                    Kelsey Skaar
Kevin Tsuji                             William Wheeler                    Jaron Wilkin

OΔE Best Term Paper – $100              

          Breanna Barrier
          Linh Do
         Thao Doan 

Undergraduate Awards – $250

Outstanding Undergraduate Student                             

            Kellen Wittkop                                                                       

Graduate Student Awards – $250

Outstanding Graduate Student – Research

            Chris Hannum

Outstanding Graduate Student – Teaching

            Liesel Hans


Undergraduate Scholarships             

Alok Mehta 9-11 Scholarship – $500                                           

               April Wymann Allen                                                              

 Ed Hewett Memorial Scholarship – $2000                     

               Jake Tilleman                                                                            

 Alumni Scholarship – $1000 renewal                                         

              Rashed Albinali
              Daniel Biondi  

Graduate Scholarships

L.S. and Chuen-mei Fan Scholarship – $1500

               Huong Le

Terry Ozawa Scholarship – $1500

               Jose Galvez


Graduate Fellowships

Economics Dissertation Fellowship – $8000

               Liesel Hans
              Chris Slootmaker

Economics Research Fellowship – $4000 

             Joshua Hess


Economics Department Spring 2013 Seminar Series

Seminar Schedule, Spring 2013

Economics Department


Friday, April 26th, 3:00 in C-144 Clark

Liesel Hans, Graduate Student, Colorado State University

Individual Decision-Making under Uncertainty: a Theoretical and Experimental Analysis of the Effect of Feedback


Friday, May 3rd, 3:00 in C-144 Clark

Tessa Conroy, Graduate Student, Colorado State University

Determinants of Female Entrepreneurship Across the United States