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Roanoke College economics professor awarded Summer Scholar position

  • Roanoke College economics professor awarded Summer Scholar position

  • 04/02/10
  • SALEM, Va. - Dr. Alice L. Kassens, assistant professor of economics, has been awarded a 2010 Summer Scholar in Residence position at the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development. The center is located at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.

    William M. Rodgers III, former chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor, nominated Kassens for the Summer Scholar position and will work with her on her research project. Rodgers currently is a professor of public policy and the chief economist at the Heldrich Center and the Bloustein School.

    Kassens and Rodgers began collaborating on a series of papers last November and have already presented one of their drafts at several national conferences. Their research analyzes the effect of clinical depression on labor market outcomes, including unemployment and income. Preliminary results indicate that the effect of clinical depression on labor market outcomes varies among gender, racial and ethnic groups.

    Kassens is looking forward to working with Rodgers and says, "This experience is particularly exciting for me, as William Rodgers was my professor when I was an undergraduate at the College of William and Mary. He is one of the reasons why I went to graduate school for economics." She adds, "This position is an honor professionally and I hope that it reflects well not only on me and my abilities, but also on the College's economics program and Roanoke College as a whole."

    Roanoke College, an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a classic, undergraduate setting. Roanoke prepares students for their futures through its commitment to providing a true classic college experience. Roanoke is one of just 280 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast."

    For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.

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