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By Tim Maggio
Students are human capitalists, according to Colin Read, chair of SUNY Plattsburgh’s economics and finance program.
“They want to make the best investment in their human capital that they possibly can,” he said, and they want instructors who are active and respected in their field.
In fact, students are so serious about this that they have asked faculty in Read’s department to include their biographies on class syllabi.
“They want to know the professor is current and well published. It gives you more credibility,” Read said.
And when it comes to publishing, economics and finance faculty members are doing plenty. They have published more than 36 books in the past five years and — in the past three years alone— 40 papers and conference proceedings.
Students benefit when teachers bring research into the classroom, said Dr. Greg N. Gregoriou, a professor of finance who has had more than 48 books and 60 scientific articles published. “It puts SUNY on the map,” he said.
Read thinks alumni benefit, too.
“It gives the Plattsburgh degree more currency,” he said.
Dr. Colin Read looks at how economic innovations foster global economic dominance and discusses whether natural evolution brings about the demise of economic empires.
Dr. Greg N. Gregoriou presents new research on the Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities directive and examines the death and survival of hedge funds, as well as trends in risk management.
Dr. Kameliia Petrova looks at evidence showing that 80 percent of those starting up businesses also hold outside jobs.
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