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In addition to unparalleled strength and dedication as instructors, the UW-Eau Claire economics faculty members offer a breadth of teaching and work experiences not seen in other departments or on many other campuses: every member of this faculty has either lived or worked abroad, some for many years.
Why is that so significant?
Economics, perhaps more than other disciplines, relies on a deep understanding of global systems, markets and cultures, typically gained at the undergraduate level only through student travel and study abroad. Blugold economics students gain that global expertise right her on this campus, as well as through unique international research opportunities with faculty.
Helue Vazquez-Valverde, '16, business economicsNot many students at other universities can say they practiced for job interviews with their professors on a Sunday afternoon, or had research mentors spend their free time looking for exciting presentation opportunities for their students, or were invited to picnics and home-made dinners. The Economics department became my second family.
Dr. Eric Jamelske, professor of economics, answers questions to the Leader-Telegram about CERCA, the campus celebration of student research.20+ econ presenters each year
I have received the following awards and honor:
Excellence in Service Award, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 2007
2005 Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Award entitled “Women in Contemporary India,” July 25-August 5, India
UW System Women of Color in Education Award, April 2005
2000 Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Award entitled “Brazil 500 Years: Crossing Boundaries from Cabral to the Third Millennium, Brazil, July 8-August 12
My research interests are focused on public policy issues. My past research topics include welfare reform issues, recycling policies, higher education retention, public opinion on health care reform, local food purchasing as well as a variety of research related to the local/regional Eau Claire/West-Central WI economy. My current research involves two very timely and interesting policy areas. First, I am researching ways to motivate children to eat more fruits and vegetables, and second, I am researching public opinion on climate change issues and policy. All of my current research involves the active participation of multiple student research assistants and community/university/international partners.
Yan Li received a Ph.D in Economics and an MS in Actuarial Science from the University of Iowa. She joined the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire as an Assistant Professor of Economics in Fall 2007. She was promoted to Associate Professor and awarded tenure as of Fall 2013. Her current research mainly studies the role of money, credit and banking in the macroeconomy and the liquidity effects of monetary policy. She is also interested in examing the income inequality and economic growth in emerging markets. Her recent publications include articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Macroeconomic Dynamics, International Review of Economics and Finance, Journal of Macroeconomics, Review of Social Economy, Transportation Research (Part A): Policy and Practice, Journal of Pacific Asia, Journal of Business Diversity, International Business Research and International Journal of Economics and Finance.
My major areas of interest are in Labor Economics, Macroeconomics, International Economics, and Public Policy. Several years ago I co-authored a scholarly book entitled, Who's Not Working and Why: Employment, Cognitive Skills, Wages, and the Changing U.S. Labor Market (Cambridge University Press, 1999). I continue to do research on the increasing inequality of wages in the U.S.
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