International Workshops Feature RU Economists

Alex Orlov

Alex Orlov

Two Radford University economics professors participated in recent economic summits dealing with issues ranging from global economic growth to economic reconstruction in war-torn areas.

Alex Orlov, associate professor of economics, chaired a committee at the “Workshop on Frequency Domain Research in Macroeconomics and Finance” in Helsinki, hosted by the Bank of Finland.

At the workshop, Orlov explored innovative macroeconomic research using frequency domain methods and the application of empirical macroeconomics.  He said applications of frequency domain techniques in macroeconomics center on the dynamics of economic growth, the relationship between money and prices, inflation trends and financial market integration.

“This workshop afforded me a distinctive opportunity to exchange ideas with a very talented group of first-rate researchers from central banks, premier universities and international organizations,” said Orlov, currently on sabbatical from the College of Business and Economics. “I was proud to represent RU in this distinguished company, and it was an exciting opportunity to work with colleagues on challenging issues.”

Basel Saleh

Basel Saleh

Basel Saleh, assistant professor of economics, was a panelist at the recent U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) symposium, “A Roadmap for Effective Economic Reconstruction in Conflict-Affected Regions,” in Washington, D.C.  In a discussion distributed online globally by USIP, Saleh and his colleagues reviewed aspects of the World Bank's 2011 World Development Report on Conflict, Security and Development.  

Saleh joined other scholars and practitioners for the symposium, including Fred Tipson, Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at USIP; Jomana Amara, assistant professor of economics at the Naval Postgraduate School; Sharon Morris, director of Mercy Corps’ Conflict Management Group; and Robert Aten, retired senior international economist at the U.S. Agency for International Development.