Clarkson University President Tony Collins has announced that Bebonchu Atems has been promoted from associate professor to full professor of Economics & Financial Studies in the David D. Reh School of Business. Promotion to professor is considered to be virtually the highest honor that a university can bestow upon its faculty.
Atems joined the David D. Reh School of Business in 2011 after receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Maryland at College Park, and his Master of Arts and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Kansas State University. He was recently named Associate Dean of Faculty Advancement and Achievement in the Reh School.
He is an economist with research macroeconomics, time-series econometrics, and energy economics. Much of his research examines how incorporating nonlinearities and allowing for asymmetries in time-series models enhances current understanding of the macroeconomic effects of shocks to renewable and nonrenewable energy prices, fiscal policy, and financial markets. Another aspect of his research investigates how explicitly accounting for spatial dependence and heterogeneity in dynamic panel data models affects regional economic growth. Recently, his research has extended empirical macroeconomic models to examine issues related to income inequality, crime, entrepreneurship, transportation, and health.
Atems is a renowned and accomplished scholar, having presented his research at numerous national and international academic conferences, and published more than 30 articles in such professional journals as The Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Macroeconomic Dynamics, Health Economics, Economic Inquiry, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Economics Letters, Journal of Regional Science, Energy Economics, and Studies in Nonlinear Dynamics and Econometrics. He is widely regarded as a leading expert in his field, having reviewed over 40 journal articles for more than 26 academic journals.
In 2020, he was awarded the David D. Reh School of Business Faculty Research Award for excellence in research.
Atems teaches Econometrics at the undergraduate level. He has also taught Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics, Intermediate Macroeconomics, and Probability and Statistics. At the graduate level, he has taught Applied Economics, Probability and Statistics for Analytics, and Data Mining. He has received several accolades for teaching excellence in the Reh School and universitywide, including the Outstanding New Teacher Award, the Clarkson University Student Association (CUSA) Outstanding Teacher Award, and the Dr. Ralph Janaro Memorial Faculty Award.
At Clarkson, Atems has taken on several leadership and service roles and has been recognized with numerous awards including the PHALANX Commendable Leadership Award, the PHALANX Commendable Service Award, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Award.