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Individualized Research Experience

Economics students have the opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty members on cutting-edge research in areas such as innovation and technology, biotechnology and health economics, economic data modeling, behavioral and experimental economics, and more.

Topics include:

  • Impact of health IT adoption on hospitals’ financial and quality performance
  • Health interventions and medication adherence
  • Medical devices and recalls
  • Innovation in pharmaceuticals markets
  • Health IT adoption and diffusion among physician clinics
  • Health data analytics
  • Health insurance
  • Health policy related to Medicare and Medicaid
  • Benefit-cost policy evaluation
  • Development health economics

Faculty: Vivek Ghosal, Jason Huh, and Jianjing Lin

Topics include:

  • Adoption and diffusion of new technologies
  • Evolution of technologies and industry dynamics
  • Disruptive technological change
  • Firms’ R&D and patenting decisions
  • Strategic behavior in technology adoption
  • Network externalities in information technology
  • Internationalization of innovation
  • Evaluation of subsidy programs on the diffusion of new technology
  • Innovation and competition
  • Human capital and innovation
  • Firm and industry productivity
  • Innovation-knowledge stocks accumulation
  • Product and process innovation

Faculty: Vivek Ghosal, Michael Klein, Jianjing Lin, and Kenneth L. Simons

Topics include:

  • Regulatory reform
  • Regulatory assessments
  • Optimum regulatory standards
  • Impact of regulatory mandates on firm strategy
  • Benefit-cost approach to regulations
  • International comparisons of regulatory standards
  • Health-care regulations and policy

Faculty: Vivek Ghosal and Jason Huh

Topics include:

  • Antitrust laws and enforcement
  • Environmental laws and enforcement
  • Valuation of financial assets and closely held businesses
  • Forensic economics
  • Copyright law
  • Intellectual property laws and enforcement
  • Health-care laws

Faculty: Vivek Ghosal, Michael Klein, and Robert Jones

Topics include:

  • Structural estimation
  • Cluster computation
  • Time-series analysis
  • Economic and financial forecasting
  • Forecast accuracy
  • Simulation and computational methods
  • Measuring economic uncertainty
  • Quantile regressions
  • Dynamic panel data models
  • Large factor models
  • Modeling and testing for structural breaks
  • Model misspecification
  • Nonparametric and semiparametric methods
  • Spatial analysis
  • Big data analytics

Faculty: Rui Fan, Jason Huh, Jianjing Lin, Huaming Peng, and Kenneth L. Simons

Topics include:

  • Industry shakeouts
  • Industry dynamics
  • Firm entry and exit
  • Product variety and differentiation
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Competition
  • Market structure and market power
  • Antitrust

Faculty: Vivek Ghosal, Jianjing Lin, and Kenneth L. Simons

Topics include:

  • Foreign direct investment
  • Organization of multinational firms
  • Dynamics of comparative advantage
  • Technological spillovers
  • Product space connectedness
  • Optimal trade and industrial policy

Faculty: Michael Klein

Topics include:

  • Optoelectronics technology and innovation
  • LED lighting
  • Solar photovoltaics

Faculty: Kenneth L. Simons


Research Sponsors:

  • National Science Foundation
  • National Institutes of Health
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
  • National Academies – Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy
  • U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • Ragnar Söderberg’s Foundation
  • Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • National Telephone Cooperative Association
  • RAND Corporation



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(518) 276-6575

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