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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Regional Economics Applications Laboratory


Visiting Scholars



Visiting scholars come to REAL from all over the world under various financial support schemes. During their stay at REAL they have the opportunity to exchange and discuss research views with REAL and University of Illinois faculty and students, which often leads to a joint publication of academic papers. In addition, at REAL faculty and students present their research in a weekly REAL seminar and visiting scholars are fervently invited to take part in it.

Below is a list of visiting scholars profile and contact information, by alphabetical order of their first names.

Current visiting scholars (Spring 2017)

Alberto Franco Solís

Jing Xue

Juliano Condi

Metin Piskin

Namhee Jung

Renata Caldas

Rodger Antunes

Shunlu Hu



 
Alberto Franco Solís

Assistant Professor
University of Extremadura
Period in REAL: Feb 2015 - May 2015, Oct 2015 - Aug 2016, Feb 2017 - May 2017
e-mail: albertofranco@unex.es

Alberto received his Ph.D. degree in Economics in April 2014 by the University of Extremadura. Now, he is assistant professor at the same university. His research focus is related to Environmental Input-Output and SAMs at a regional level, along with the application of Computational General Equilibrium (CGE) models to simulate and evaluate changes from a regional perspective. Now, he is working on how diet changes may affect environment and economy in the Spanish region of Extremadura.

 

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Jing Xue

Ph.D. Student in Regional Economics
College of Economics and Management, Beijing Jiaotong University
Period in REAL: Oct 2016 - Oct 2017
e-mail: bjtuxuejing@gmail.com

Jing Xue is a Ph.D. student in Applied Economics in Beijing Jiaotong University of China, currently in her third year. Her research interests focus on the effect of transportation on economic performance, poverty reduction and agglomeration in China. In her studies, she uses econometric models of panel data. Now she is working on "the development of urban rail transit network" and "marketization, railway infrastructure investment and economic growth in china based on panel data spatial economic models".

 

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Juliano C. Condi

Undergraduate Student in Economics
University of Sao Paulo - Ribeirao Preto, Brazil
Period in REAL: Jan 2017 - July 2017
e-mail: jccondi@fearp.usp.br

Juliano is finishing his undergraduate program in Economics, in the School of Economics, Business Administration and Accounting at Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo (USP). His research focuses on the role of investiment on sanitation. He has also some experience with data manipulation, specifically with R, Python and SQL, and loves programming.

 

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Metin Piskin

Ph.D. Student
Istanbul Technical University
Period in REAL: Jan 2017 - July 2017
e-mail: piskinm@itu.edu.tr

Mr. Piskin received his M.S. degree in Economics from Galatasaray University in 2013. The topic of dissertaiton is ‘The Economic Impacts of Economic Partnership Agreements on Sub-Saharan Africa: at the framework of Partial Equilibrium analysis’. And he is a PhD candidate at Istanbul Technical University, Department of Economics. He currently focuses on Spatial Computable General Equilibrium Models and economic analysis of transportation investments in Turkey. He is a Visiting Scholar at the REAL in Spring 2017.

 

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Namhee Jung

Director
The Ministry of Strategy and Finance of South Korea
Period in REAL: Nov 2015 - May 2017
e-mail: hijung1111@gmail.com

Efficient and sustainable fiscal framworks to meet increasing welfare demand.

 

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Renata Caldas

Visiting Assistant Professor, Dept of Economics, UIUC
Ph.D in Economics, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil
Period in REAL: Aug 2011 - Present
e-mail: rcaldas@illinois.edu

Renata received her PhD in Economics from Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil, and currently she is Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has been part of REAL mafia since August 2011, when she came to UIUC as a visiting student for the first time. Her research interests are Development Economics, Impact Evaluation, Poverty and Inequality, focusing especially in Brazil. Her current researches are related to impact evaluation of public policies in Brazil, specifically irrigation and micro credit policies implementeed in the Brazilian semi-arid area, and the analysis of intergovernamental transfers and its impacts on regional inequalities in Brazil.

 

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Rodger Antunes

Ph.D. Student
University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Period in REAL: Feb 2017 - Present
e-mail: rodgerantunes@gmail.com

B.S. in Economics from Mackenzie University (2011) and Master at Applied Economics from Juiz de Fora Federal University (2014). Currently, he is a PhD student at the Economics Department of the University of São Paulo and his PhD dissertation is focusing on business subcentralities and its impacts on land price. He is also a member of the University of São Paulo Regional and Urban Economics Lab. He has experience in Regional and Urban Economics, Spatial Econometrics and Econometrics. His research field is Urban Economics, especially real estate, land use, construction sector and housing public policies.

 

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