Michele Boldrin is Professor of Economics and Chair of the department at Washington University in St Louis. Previously, he has been on the faculty of the University of Chicago, UCLA, Northwestern, Carlos III, and the Universities of Pennsylvania and Minnesota. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, a past Associate Editor of Econometrica, past Editor of the Review of Economic Dynamics, and the Academic Director of FEDEA in Madrid. He has served as an advisor to various international agencies and governments. His most recent books are, Against Intellectual Monopoly (2008), with David K. Levine, and Tremonti: Instruzioni per il disuso, with Alberto Bisin, Sandro Brusco, Andrea Moro, and Giulio Zanella.
Susan Feigenbaum, Ph.D., is a professor of economics at the University of Missouri St. Louis. Previously, Feigenbaum was an associate professor of economics at Claremont McKenna College and Claremont Graduate School. She has also been a visiting scholar at the Public Choice Center at George Mason University, a Robert Wood Johnson fellow in health care finance, and chief of methodology for the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission. Feigenbaum received her Ph.D. in economics at the University of Wisconsin Madison and spent a year of graduate study as an Earhart Fellow in the Department of Economics at UCLA. She has written extensively on private versus public provision of goods and services, focusing on a diverse set of industries, including water utilities, charity (income redistribution), and health care. Feigenbaum has also contributed significantly to the literature on the economics of scientific inquiry, examining the incentives that result in scientific replication, error, and fraud. She has been the recipient of several National Science Foundation grants for both research and curriculum development. Feigenbaum has received numerous honors and awards, including the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Governor's Award for Outstanding Teaching; the St. Louis Chanel Woman of Influence Award and the UMSL Trailblazer Award. Currently, Feigenbaum is collaborating with Professor Rik Hafer on a new, innovative introductory economics textbook, Economics: The Way We Live, which will be published in December 2010 by Freeman-Worth Publishers (New York City).
Beverly Gossage is a consumer-based health care expert and research fellow with the Show-Me Institute. In addition to training and writing health savings account (HSA) policies for individuals and the self-employed, she helped pioneer them for businesses in Kansas and Missouri. She has testified on health policy bills in both houses of the Kansas and Missouri Legislatures, and serves on the health advisory board of the Flint Hills Center for Public Policy. On March 5, 2007, the Show-Me Institute sponsored Gossage presentation to the Missouri Legislature on HSAs and free-market approaches to health insurance reform. The Legislature subsequently drafted HB 818, a market-based reform bill that incorporated many of the ideas Gossage presented. Gov. Matt Blunt signed it into law in June of that year.
Rik Hafer is the distinguished research professor of economics and finance at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. After receiving his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in 1979, Rik worked in the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis from 1979 to 1989, rising to the position of research officer. He has taught at several institutions, including Saint Louis University, Washington University Saint Louis, the Stonier Graduate School of Banking, and Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Since joining the faculty at SIUE, he has served as a consultant to the Central Bank of the Philippines, as a research fellow with the Institute of Urban Research, and as a visiting scholar with the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and St. Louis. He has published nearly 100 academic articles and is the author, co-author, or editor of five books on monetary policy and financial markets. He also is the co-author of the textbook Principles of Macroeconomics: The Way We Live. He has written numerous commentaries that have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the St. Louis Business Journal, the Illinois Business Journal and the St. Louis Beacon. He has appeared on local and national radio and television programs, including CNBC's Power Lunch.
Joseph Haslag is a professor and the Kenneth Lay Chair in economics at the University of Missouri Columbia. An expert in monetary policy, Professor Haslag has done research at the Federal Reserve Banks of Saint Louis, Dallas, and Atlanta. He serves on the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City's Economic Roundtable and the Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis' Business Economic Regional Group. He has taught at Southern Methodist University, Erasmus University in Rotterdam, and Michigan State University. Haslag has published his research in the Journal of Monetary Economics, the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, and the International Economic Review. His research has been cited in more than 100 academic papers. In his role as director of EPARC, Haslag is a standing member of the Consensus Revenue Forecasting Group that forecasts state revenues for state legislators and the governor.
Michael Podgursky is a professor of economics at the University of Missouri–Columbia, where he served as department chair from 1995 to 2005, and is a Fellow of the George W. Bush Institute at Southern Methodist University. He has published numerous articles and reports on education policy and teacher quality. He serves on advisory boards for various education organizations, and editorial boards of two education research journals. From 1980 to 1995, he was on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He earned his bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Missouri Columbia and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin Madison.
David C. Rose is a professor of economics at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He has published scholarly articles in a wide range of areas. His latest work is The Moral Foundation of Economic Behavior (Oxford University Press, 2011). He is currently working on Why Culture Matters Most (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). He also frequently contributes to policy debates through radio interviews and Op-Eds on topics ranging from social security, monetary policy, fiscal policy, judicial philosophy, and healthcare reform. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Missouri State University and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Virginia.
James V. Shuls is an assistant professor of educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Previously, he served as director of education policy for the Show-Me Institute. He earned his Ph.D. in education policy from the University of Arkansas. He holds a bachelor's degree from Missouri Southern State University and a master's degree from Missouri State University, both in elementary education. Prior to pursuing his doctorate, James taught first grade and fifth grade in southwest Missouri. His primary research interests are in the areas of school choice and teacher quality. His work has been featured in numerous media outlets, including: Phi Delta Kappan, Social Science Quarterly, Education Week, The Rural Educator, Educational Policy, Education News, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Daniel Thornton is vice president and economic advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Prior to joining the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis in 1981 Dr. Thornton was an associate professor of economics at Central Michigan University. Thornton received his Ph.D. in economic from the University of Missouri—Columbia and an M.S. in economics from Arizona State University. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Journal of International Financial Markets Institutions and Money, Applied Economics Letters, and Applied Financial Economics, a Research Fellow at the Centre for Finance and Credit Markets, a member of the Central Bank Communication Network and a member of the advisory board of the International Centre for Banking and Corporate Governance. He is also a member of the Board of the St. Louis Council on Economic Education and a Trustee of the Missouri Council on Economic Education.
Howard J. Wall directs the Hammond Institute for Free Enterprise and the Center for Economics and the Environment at Lindenwood University. Prior to joining Lindenwood in 2011, he was a vice president and regional economics adviser at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. While at the St. Louis Fed, he established and directed the Center for Regional Economics-8th District (CRE8), which provided economic analyses of issues affecting state and local economies. In addition, Dr. Wall spent 10 years as an academic in the economics departments at West Virginia University and Birkbeck College, University of London; had two stints as a visiting scholar at the Bank of Japan; and was a senior Fulbright scholar at the Instituto de Economía de Montevideo, Uruguay. He has published more than 50 papers in scholarly journals such as the Review of Economics and Statistics, International Economic Review, Economic Journal, Journal of Urban Economics, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, and the Journal of Regional Science.
Bonnie Wilson is an Associate Professor of Economics at Saint Louis University, where she has served as a member of the faculty since 2003. Previously, Bonnie was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Bonnie earned undergraduate degrees in economics, international business, and music from Saint Louis University, and her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her primary areas of interest include public choice and international trade. In recent years, her research agenda has focused on the determinants and impact of special-interest groups.