Dean's E-News | November 30, 2016
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Vjollca Sadiraj (pictured), James C. Cox, Sweeney, J. F. & Schnier, K.E., published the following papers in the November 2016 issue of Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Vol. 131 (B)
  • Higher Quality and Lower Cost from Improving Hospital Discharge Decision-Making, 1-16.
  • Incentivizing Cost-effective Reductions in Hospital Readmission Rates, 24-35.
James C. Cox, Hennig-Schmidt, H. & Green, E.P. (2016). Experimental and Behavioral Economics of Healthcare. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.  Vol. 131 (Part B), A1–A4.
David L. Sjoquist (pictured) and John V. Winters (Ph.D., Economics, ‘09). (2016). The Effects of State Merit Aid Programs on Attendance at Elite Colleges, Southern Economic Journal, 83(2): 527-49.
Bruce Kaufman. (2016). Will the Real RBV Please Stand Up? Human Resource Management Journal, 26 (4): 379-89.
Kristie L. Seelman, Young, S.R., Tesene, M., Alvarez-Hernandez, L. R. & Kattari, L.
(2016). A Comparison of Health Disparities among Transgender Adults in Colorado
(USA) by Race and Income. International Journal of Transgenderism. 0(00).
Julie L. Hotchkiss, Robert E. Moore (pictured), Fernando Rios-Avila (Ph.D., Economics, ‘13  ) & Melissa Trussell (Ph.D., Economics, ‘15). A Tale of Two Decades: Relative Intra-family Earning Capacity and Changes in Family Welfare Over Time. Review of Economics of the Household, forthcoming.
Mary Beth Walker (pictured), Julie L. Hotchkiss, & Pitts, M. Impact of First Birth Career Interruption on Earnings: Evidence from Administrative Data. Applied Economics, forthcoming.


Harvey Newman was featured at Georgia State University’s Fall 2016 Emeriti Author Series, Nov.16, 2016. Newman, along with Ambassador Andrew Young and Andrea Young, co-authored the book, Andrew Young and the Making of Modern Atlanta.
Terri Lewinson made the following presentations:
At the Gerontological Society of America Annual Conference in New Orleans, Nov 16-21, 2016:
  • “Narrative Perspectives of Motherhood as a Pathway into and out of Housing in Hotels”
  • “Preparing Our Story: LGB Elders’ Decision-Making about Advance Directives” (co-authored with Kristie Seelman)
At the Council on Social Work Education’s Annual Program meeting in Atlanta, Nov. 3-6, 2016.
  • “Sexual Minority Seniors: Coping Strategies for Health Needs in Late Life” (co-authored with Kristie Seelman and MSW students Lily Engleman and Alex Allen)..
Nicholas Forge (pictured), Karen Watkins, Terri Lewinson, along with MSW alumni Brittany Garner and Larance Carter, presented their paper, “Exploring Student Challenges with Collaborative Team Learning in Undergraduate Social Work Education,” at the  62nd  Annual Program Meeting of Council on Social Work Education in  Atlanta, Nov. 4, 2016.
Julie Hotchkiss made the following presentations at the Southern Economic Association meetings in Washington, D.C., Nov18-21, 2016:
  • with Anil Rupasingha, "Wage Determination in Social Occupations: the Role of Social Capital" and “Social Capital and Census Return Rates”
  • with Robert Moore and Fernando Rios-Avila (Ph.D., Economics, ‘13), "Family Welfare and the Cost of Policy Failure"
  • With Robert Moore, Fernando Rios-Avila and Melissa Trussell (Ph.D., Economics, ‘15 and M.P.A., ‘10), "A Tale of Two Decades: Relative Intra-family Earning Capacity and Changes in Family Welfare Over Time"
James C. Cox made the following presentations:
  • Directed a full-day session, gave the keynote address on “Experiential Economics,” and delivered a  lecture on “Payoff Equivalent Public Good and Common Property Resource Games with Symmetric and Asymmetric Power,” at the International Workshop on Experiential Economics sponsored by the Meghalaya Economic Association, Meghalaya, India, Nov. 22, 2016. 
  • Presented a paper, "Moral Costs and Rational Choices: Theory and Experimental Evidence,” to a seminar at the Institute of Behavioral Economics at the University of Arizona, Sept. 29, 2016.
  • Presented a paper, “Fit as a Fiddle or Sick as a Dog: Effects of Subjective Patient Reports on Uptake of Clinical Decision Support,” at the meetings of the Economic Science Association in Tucson, Ariz., Nov. 12, 2016.  
Ashley Singleton (pictured), Susan McLaren, Astrid Prudent, and Brandon Attell presented “Using Data to Support Shared Decision Making and Quality Improvement: A Case Study of High Fidelity Wraparound” at the Georgia Conference on Children & Families in Augusta, Ga, Nov. 2, 2016.
John Butts presented “Improving your Potential for Sustainability: Learnings from Rural Communities” at the Kentucky Office of Rural Health 2016 Rural Collaborative Meeting in Bowling Green, Ky, Nov. 17, 2016.
Glenn Landers and Leigh Alderman (pictured) facilitated a two-day meeting, the CDC-HUD-ASTHO Convening on Cross-Sector Partnership Models to Improve Health and Housing Outcomes in Atlanta, Nov. 29-30, 2016.   The goal of the meeting was to identify partnerships, funding, and data-sharing approaches that promote cross-sector efforts to improve health and housing outcomes.
Chris Parker facilitated the Georgia Community Health Worker Forum, sponsored by the Georgia Department of Public Health, in Atlanta, Nov. 17, 2016. The forum intended to create a common understanding among stakeholders about the definition, roles, and value of community health workers and to foster alignment of community health workers’ efforts in supporting health improvement and healthcare access in Georgia.

Parker is pictured on stage with Camara Phyllis Jones, research director on social determinants of health and equity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Harvey Newman had the following media hits:

Dean Dabney was interviewed for the CNN broadcast, “How Atlanta Proved Black and Blue Lives Matter,” Nov. 23, 2016.
Carolyn Bordeaux is featured in the Infrastructure Section Spotlight of the American Society of Public Administration’s magazine, PA Times. (Fall 2016)
Garth Heutel was interviewed about his research on geoengineering on the Scholars Strategy Network’s podcast, "No Jargon," Dec. 1, 2016.

Joannie Tremblay-Boire was featured as an expert in the WalletHub online story, “2016’s Most Charitable States,” Nov. 28, 2016.

Peter Bluestone was quoted in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution article, “Three Georgias’ Emerge from Great Recession,” Nov. 19, 2016.  The article highlighted Bluestone’s research he co-authored with alumnus Mels de Zeeuw on jobs in Georgia’s urban and rural regions and counties. Download a copy of the report at
James Cox was featured in The Shillong Times (India) article, “Demonetisation is Natural & Uncontrolled Experiment,” Nov. 23, 2016.  The article was about the Indian monetary crisis.
The Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE) program was featured in the Dunwoody Crier article, “Davis Academy Students Learn of Israeli Security, Honor Local Police,” Nov. 15, 2016.
Community and Special Events

The Andrew Young School was well represented at the recent President’s Society dinner, where major leadership donors are thanked for their generous donations. 

Pictured below are: Ken Heaghney, Georgia Fiscal Economist and Professor of Economics; Darryl Holloman, (M.P.A. '99) and GSU Dean of Students; and Chris and Elena Valley, members of the AYSPS Dean’s Council.

Dean's Council Spotlight on
Sameera Fazili

Sameera Fazili is a senior visiting adviser to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta's community and economic development group specializing in economic mobility issues. She has spent her career working in domestic and international economic development, with a focus on inclusive economic growth, access to finance and social enterprise.
Prior to joining the Atlanta Fed, Fazili served as a senior policy adviser at the White House's National Economic Council where she covered retirement, consumer finance, and community and urban development. Previously she worked at the Treasury Department, first on issues of domestic policy ranging from community development financial institutions (CDFIs) to housing finance to small business finance, and then as a senior adviser to the undersecretary for international affairs where she served as chief of staff.
Before her time in government, Fazili was a clinical lecturer at Yale Law School, where she helped lead the community and economic development clinical program. She also worked at ShoreBank, the nation's first CDFI bank. Her work in finance has spanned consumer, small business, housing and microfinance.
One of the newest members to the Andrew Young School Dean’s Council, Fazili received her law degree from Yale Law School and her bachelor of arts in social studies from Harvard College.

Student News

Economics Ph.D. student Shagata Mukherjee conducted an experiment on payoff equivalent public good and common property resource games with participants at the International Workshop on Experiential Economics sponsored by the Meghalaya Economic Association in Meghalaya, India, Nov. 22, 2016.
Economics senior Kalif Robinson was one of 30 students selected from around the country as a 2017 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellow. The competitive fellowship includes up to $47,500 annually towards completion of a two-year master's degree program in international affairs or another area relevant to the work of the U.S. Foreign Service.

Alumni News

Congratulations to John Burke (M.P.A. ‘15), a professional musician whose recent album, "Orogen," has just been nominated for "Best New Age Album" by the 59th Annual Grammy Awards:

Congratulations to Lesley Fisher (M.S., Economics, ’01), who was recently appointed as the Public Financial Management Advisor for the South Asia Regional Technical Training Center (SARTTAC) of the International Monetary Fund. SARTTAC includes Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Fisher was the first Mandela Scholar to be admitted by the Andrew Young School in 1999. She will be moving to Delhi, India, in March 2017 to take on her new position.

Andre Dickens (M.P.A., ’13) was quoted in the Saporta Report column, “Atlanta May Seek Waiver of State Ban on Rent Control to Curb Soaring Prices,” Dec. 5, 2016.

Recent AYS Magazine sparks fond memories for Alumnus Timmerman…

Joe Timmerman (Ph.D., Economics, ‘98) sent an inspirational email to Dean Mary Beth Walker after reading the latest edition of the Andrew Young School magazine.  Timmerman fondly reminisced on his days as a student under Walker’s tutelage and how thankful he was to learn so much from her.  Said Timmerman in his email:  “…you taught me far more than I can thank you.  It (Economics) was a great program overall and has led me to a much better than my banking career was headed toward.”  Timmerman now serves as chair and associate professor in the Department of Business Administration at SUNY Postsdam.  In 2014, Timmerman was recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense with the Patriot Award for his strong support for members of the National Guard and Reserve.

Did you know? In 1997, Dean Roy Bahl received the Aaron Wildavsky Award for Lifetime Achievements in Public Budgeting.
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