Department of Economics News

Faculty Recognized for Teaching at Annual Honors Banquet


Last week, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek celebrated faculty, staff, and students for their accomplishments throughout the past academic year. Debora Baldwin, associate professor of psychology; Bruce MacLennan, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science; Anthony Nownes, professor of political science; and Marianne Wanamaker, associate professor of economics, each received the Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award.

UT Expert: Olympic Infrastructure Investments, Not Venues, Bring Economic Growth

All eyes turn to Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 Winter Olympics this week as athletes compete to take the gold. But what happens to the city and sporting facilities that have been built for the event once everyone returns home? It’s a question Scott Holladay, an assistant professor of economics at UT, has considered. He’s studied the overall impact of the Olympics on a host city’s long-term growth.

Nobel Laureate to Speak at UT’s Knoxville Economics Forum November 8

Peter Diamond, Nobel Prize winner in economics and U.S. labor market expert, will be the guest speaker at the Knoxville Economics Forum on Friday, November 8. Reservations are being accepted now for the event, which is sponsored by UT’s Department of Economics. The program will take place at Club LeConte. Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. followed by the 8:00 a.m. program. Cost is $20, payable on the day of the event. Space is limited.

Professor Emeritus Establishes Faculty Award After Sixty Years at UT

Professor Emeritus John R. Moore has dedicated his life’s work to serving the university, and now has created a faculty award in the College of Business Administration. Moore joined the UT faculty in 1953, serving the Department of Economics as a professor, department head, associate dean, and most recently as a researcher in the Construction Industry Research and Policy Center. Moore and his late wife, Shirley (also a UT faculty member), previously established a scholarship in honor of his parents. He now has established the John R. & Shirley Burr Moore Economics Faculty Award.

Neilson Appointed Head of Department of Economics

William “Bill” Neilson, J. Fred Holly Chair of Excellence, became head of the UT Department of Economics in the College of Business Administration on January 1. He succeeded Robert Bohm, who retired December 2012 after being department head for ten years.

Senator Corker to Speak at UT’s Knoxville Economics Forum Aug. 8

This summer, politicians are spending a bulk of their time discussing the nation’s fiscal crisis—weighing revenue growth and spending cuts as solutions to the ballooning budget deficit. Front and center in this debate is Senator Bob Corker. Sen. Corker will share his insights at the Knoxville Economics Forum, organized by the College of Business Administration’s Department of Economics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Monday, August 8, at Club LeConte in downtown Knoxville.