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Department News - Spring 2006

Professor Emeritus Twice Honored

Kudos to Seiji Naya for two recent recognitions. On May 18th, 2006, the UH Alumni Association inducted Seiji into its circle of Distinguished UH Alumni during its annual Distiguished Alumni Awards banquet. The College of Social Sciences also named Seiji a Distinguished Retired Faculty for his scholarly accomplishments since his retirement in November 2002. Among these numerous accomplishments are two major books: Asian Development Experience published by the Asian Development Bank (2002) and The Economics of the Enterprise for ASEAN Initiative, published by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (2005). He has also presented a paper (2005) and chaired a session (2006) at the annual meeting of the American Economic Association. Seiji is currently Distinguished Visiting Senior Fellow at the East-West Center (Honolulu).

Deja Vu! Congratulations to Iolani High School ... Again!

Iolani High School has repeated their spectacular performance from last year to take first place in the National Economics Challenge again this year! The Challenge, as described on their website, is a nationwide competition for high school students--the only one of its kind--testing their economic knowledge in a fun, competitive, rewarding environment.

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin has posted an in-depth story on the team's win, available here. Pacific Business News also featured an article on Iolani's win, as well as a story describing the team's initial win at the Hawaii Economics Challenge on April 10.

Congratulations again to Iolani High School on establishing a new tradition of economic excellence on the islands!

Student Awards Ceremony at the Department's Semester-End Party

Congratulations to our 2005-2006 UH Manoa Economics Award Winners!

Award Name Recipient(s)
Hung Family Scholarship Ming Liu
Burnham O. Campbell Award Mun Sim (Nicole) Lai
Wytze and Barbara Gorter Awards - Best Students (2) Amy Morton *
Yu Nunokawa
Wytze and Barbara Gorter Awards - Leadership Elena Bachorik
Hawaii Economic Association Award Mike Carpenter
Chris Grootaert Scholarship (5) Diamond Grace
Allen Lau
Adrian Martin
Chace Moleta
Guy Noa
Wall Street Journal Outstanding Student Award Clement Mulalap
Omicron Delta Epsilon (International Honor Society of Economics) Adrian Martin
Clement Mulalap
Kelli Nakaya
Xiangru Tang

Amy Morton was also selected as one of five student marshals represeing the UH Manoa College of Arts and Sciences in the spring 2006 commencement.

See photos from the end-of-the-semester celebration!

Ph.D. Candidate Tam Vu Accepted for Publication of Two Articles

Ph.D. candidate Ms. Tam Vu has sole authored two scholarly papers which have been accepted for publication in highly respected economics journals. "An Alternative Approximation to Consumer Durable Expenditures" has been accepted for publication in the journal Applied Economic Letters (website). The other paper, "Foreign Direct Investment and Endogenous Growth in Vietnam" has been accepted for publication in Journal of Applied Economics (website). She has several other papers in the submission stage.

Congratulations on this fine achievement!

Econ Student to Speak at Spring 2006 Commencement

For the third consecutive semester, an undergraduate major in economics has been selected to represent the College of Arts and Sciences as a student marshal. Chosen for their exceptional scholastic and leadership qualities, student marshals speak at each commencement. Amy Morton will be one of five student marshals to speak at the 2006 spring commencement. Congratulations to Ms. Morton on this honor recognizing her outstanding achievement!

Professors Mason and Roumasset win College Distinguished Research Awards

Congratulations to Andy Mason and Jim Roumasset for winning the College's Distinguished Research Awards for 2005-06. Only 7 awards were made in the entire College--2 for economics, 2 for psychology, 1 for political science, 1 for geography, and 1 for anthropology. Each award comes with a financial emolument of $5,000--$3,000 for the winner and $2,000 for the Department.

Kimberly, Burnett, UHM Economics Doctoral Student, Publishes Research on Invasive Species

Burnett, Kimberly. 2006. "Introductions of Invasive Species: Failure of the Weaker Link." Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, in press.

Burnett, K., B. Kaiser, B. Pitafi, and J. Roumasset. 2006. "Prevention, Eradication, and Containment of Invasive Species: Illustrations from Hawaii." Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, in press.

Both papers were presented at the Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association's Economics of Invasive Species Workshop. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the USDA Economic Research Service, and the Farm Foundation sponsored this workshop held in Annapolis, Maryland on June 14-15, 2005.

Prof Sumner La Croix Contributes to New Release of Historical Statistics

In the early 1990s, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that it would stop compiling Historical Statistics of the United States, the authoritative reference work for quantitative information on the United States. A team of renowned social scientists came together with Cambridge University Press to fill the gap. Their efforts have produced the 5-volume millennial edition of Historical Statistics, just published (online and print editions) in February 2006. More than 200 of the nation's leading economists, historians, political scientists, sociologists, and other scholars contributed to the new edition, which presents and analyzes more than 37,000 annual time series of quantitative historical information covering virtually every quantifiable dimension of American history. Professor Sumner La Croix, UHM Economics and Population Studies, is the editor of the "Outlying Areas" chapter, which presents and discusses data for U.S. trusts, territories and commonwealths, including Alaska, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Trust Territory of the Pacific, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Panama Canal Zone, and the Philippines. For more information on the millennial edition, see


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