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Anne's Alexander's blog published at AAAS: "When Fear Comes to Town: Avoid Aversion in Pandemics"

photo of Anne AlexanderArticle>>>  Recently, the World Bank issued a report forecasting the economic impacts of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. According to their estimates, the outbreak will reduce Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia’s output by more than 2% in 2014. If Ebola is not contained, the estimates rise in 2015 to 2.3% -11.7% reductions. These West African countries have fragile economies that rely on a small number of industries, especially agriculture and mining, which are heavily impacted by mobility restrictions. Even if the outbreak is contained, the economic prognosis is incredibly grim.  Read the rest of the article...

UW's Economics & Finance Department in the top 10%

The prestigious citations body, Research Papers in Economics (RePEc, has compiled its Top 10% Institutions and Economists in the Field of Environmental Economics (

Based on these rankings, and almagamating programs spread across each university, the Department of Economics & Finance at the University of Wyoming is ranked as having one of the top environmental economics programs in the world.  Among all academic and non-academic research institutions globally, we are ranked 11th (tied with Oxford) for our environmental economics program.  Focusing just on universities, the University of Wyoming is ranked 7th in the world (again tied with Oxford), and we are ranked 4th among all U.S. universities.  The only three US universities that do better than our environmental economics program are Harvard, MIT and Yale.

Professor David Finnoff given Ellbogen Meritorious Teaching Classroom Award

David Finnoff awarded Ellbogen Meritorious

Congratulations to Economics Professor David Finnoff!
Professor Finnoff was recently awarded an Ellbogen Meritorious
Teaching Classroom Award.

Professor Sherrill Shaffer appointed to The State Banking Board

Sherrill Shaffer appointed to the State Banking Board
Congratulations to Guthrie Distinguished Professor of Banking and Financial
Services Sherrill Shaffer! Governor Matt Mead recently appointed Shaffer to
The State Banking Board for a three year term.

Jason Shogren honored as new AERE fellow

Jay Shogren AERE 2014 induction
July 21, 2014 — University of Wyoming Professor Jason Shogren has been named a fellow of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE), the nation’s pre-eminent professional society for environmental
economists and policy.

UW College of Business students present at State Loan Investment Board meeting

Student Loan Investment Board Meeting

Professor Patrick Fleming and students presented to the State Loan Investment Board on April 10, 2014.  The State Loan Investment Board Members include Governor Matt Mead, Treasurer Mark Gordon, Secretary of State Max Maxfield, State Auditor Cynthia Cloud, and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill.

Robert Godby publishes book

Professor Robert Godby publishes book

Dr. Robert Godby, an associate professor in the Department of Economics and Finance, published his first book titled The European Financial Crisis in December of 2013. Professor Godby began his academic career at the University of Wyoming in 1997.  He has since published articles in journals, contributed to edited volumes, presented his research internationally, and served as public expert by commenting in radio, national television, and public media interviews on his main research areas, which include macroeconomic and monetary policy, behavioral economics, energy economics, industrial organization, and environmental economics and policy.  Read more...

UW Professor’s Work Appears in Two Prestigious Journals

December 7, 2012 — In the world of academics, having one of your works published in the scientific journal Science is a major accomplishment. The same goes with Nature, another of the world’s top peer-reviewed academic journals.

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