Susquehanna University Professor to Discuss Economic Impact Studies

Susquehanna University Professor to Discuss Economic Impact Studies

Published on February 11, 2013

Matthew Rousu, associate professor of economics at Susquehanna University, will discuss potential pitfalls of economic impact studies when presenting the annual John C. Horn Lecture on Feb. 20 at 4:15 p.m. in Seibert Hall’s Isaacs Auditorium.Horn Lecture

The lecture, titled “Manipulating Public Opinion With Economic Impact Studies: Marcellus Shale, Parks and Recreation Areas,” will address how economic impact studies can be both a valuable and a misused tool. “This is particularly relevant for Pennsylvanians, as there have been a number of economic impact studies recently released about drilling for Marcellus Shale,” Rousu said.

Rousu is the 2012 recipient of the John C. Horn Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes outstanding faculty scholarship and service. The award was established in 1979 by the university's Board of Trustees to honor the late John C. Horn, who served as its chair from 1962 to 1978. Rousu was presented with the award, which is determined by open nominations from the faculty, during Commencement last May.

“There are many great researchers here at Susquehanna University, so to be recognized with the Horn Lectureship Award is a tremendous honor,” he said.

Rousu’s research methodology focuses on experimental auctions, which he uses to study issues in agricultural and environmental economics and public health topics. His research has been published in numerous journals, book chapters and technical reports. He has been recognized with awards from professional organizations, served as a regular contributor at professional conferences and received significant external funding to support his work.

Rousu has researched Marcellus Shale and other issues associated with economic impact studies for the past year. Six months ago, he launched the website to review such studies and reduce confusion and bias among studies of the state’s Marcellus Shale reserves.

Rousu earned his doctorate from Iowa State University and joined the Susquehanna University faculty in 2004. He also serves as a member of Susquehanna’s Board of Trustees.

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