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03-06-2013

Luciana Echazu Receives Tenure & Promotion to Associate Professor at Clarkson University

Clarkson University President Tony Collins has announced that Luciana Echazu has been granted tenure and promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of economics and financial studies in the School of Business.

Luciana EchazuEchazu has been at Clarkson University since 2007, teaching courses in industrial organization with a supply chain application to both graduate and undergraduate students. Her undergraduate courses also include game theory and econometrics.

She received her bachelor of arts degree (licenciatura) from Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, her MBA from East Carolina University, and her master of arts and Ph.D. in economics from University of Memphis.

Echazu's main research interests are in the area of law and economics, with a specific focus in corruption and criminal behavior. She also conducts research in industrial organization, new trade theory and lately she has been working in the area of risk and uncertainty. A common thread in her research is the examination of strategic behavior in different settings.

For example, in “Corruption and the Balance of Gender Power," Echazu models corrupt behavior when there are two groups in the population that interact with one another. She shows that the relationship between the proportion of female participation in government agencies and corruption levels is actually non-monotonic in nature (corruption decreases as female participation increases, but only up to a point, where it becomes increasing). The implications of this paper go beyond the issue of gender, for she shows that the negative relationship between female participation and corruption also applies more broadly to minorities.

In “Corruption and the Distortion of Law Enforcement Effort” (coauthored with Nuno Garoupa), the setting looks at criminal behavior in the presence of multiple enforcement activities where each activity exposes law enforcers to criminals in a different fashion. When law enforcement agents look more for their own benefit, rather than that of the community, the authors find that corruption distorts the allocation of resources to enforcing activities and it dilutes criminal deterrence.

Echazu has coauthored papers with colleagues and presented her work at several national academic conferences. She has published several articles in highly ranked peer reviewed journals including Health Economics, International Review of Law and Economics, The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, Review of Law and Economics, American Law and Economics Review, Southern Economic Journal, and Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, among others. She has also served as a reviewer for several academic journals and is a member of the American Economic Association and the American Law and Economics Association.

As a teacher, Echazu has received numerous awards. Her accolades include being named MBA Faculty Member of the Year in 2012. She was tapped into Phalanx, Clarkson's highest honorary society, and received the Commendable Leadership Award in 2012. She is also a recipient of the Ralph Janaro Memorial Faculty Award in 2012 and 2011 (presented by the honor society Beta Gamma Sigma), the Outstanding Teacher award by CUSA in 2011, the Respect Award in 2011 and 2012; the Outstanding New Teacher Award in 2009; and the Inspiring Mentor Award in 2009 (presented by Delta Zeta).

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