Tuesday, February 5, 2013

I'm presenting a public lecture at Susquehanna

From the (forthcoming?) press release:

Manipulating Public Opinion with Economic Impact Studies:  Marcellus Shale, Parks and Recreation Areas – Feb. 20

Matthew Rousu, associate professor of economics, will discuss potential pitfalls of economic impact studies when presenting the annual John C. Horn Lecture on Feb. 20 at 4:15 p.m. in Isaacs Auditorium.    The presentation will explore how economic impact studies can be both a valuable and a misused tool.  “This is particularly relevant for Pennsylvanians, as there have been a number of recently released economic impact studies about drilling for Marcellus Shale,” Rousu said.

Rousu is the 2012 recipient of the John C. Horn Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes outstanding faculty scholarship and service. The award was established in 1979 by the university's Board of Trustees to honor the late John C. Horn, who served as its chair from 1962 to 1978. Rousu was presented the award, which is determined by open nominations by the faculty, during Commencement last May. “There are many great researchers here at Susquehanna University, so to be recognized with the Horn lectureship award is a tremendous honor,” he said.

Rousu’s research methodology expertise is experimental auctions, which he uses to study issues in agricultural economics, environmental economics and public health. His research has been published in numerous journals, book chapters and technical reports. He has been recognized with awards from professional organizations, serves as a regular contributor at professional conferences and has received significant external funding to support his work.

Rousu has researched Marcellus Shale, as well as other issues related to economic impact studies, for the past year. Six months ago, he launched the website economicimpactreview.com to review economic impact studies and to reduce confusion and bias among the studies of the state’s Marcellus Shale reserves.

Rousu earned his doctorate from Iowa State University and joined the Susquehanna University faculty in 2004. He also serves as a member of Susquehanna’s Board of Trustees.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Students, as well as faculty and staff, are encouraged to attend.

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