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Quantitative Economics Faculty

Our faculty are a unique blend of researchers, educators and professionals who are proven experts in their fields.

Zsolt Becsi, Associate Professor of Economics

Economics

Ph.D. 1991, Economics, University of Wisconsin, Madison 
Fields: Macroeconomics, Public Economics



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Faner Hall, 4137
Office: 618-453-5067
Dept: 618-453-2459
becsi@siu.edu

Chifeng Dai, Associate Professor of Economics

Economics

Ph.D., University of Florida, 2003
Fields: Industrial Organization, Contract Theory, Law and Economics, and Applied Econometrics



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SIU Chifeng Dai

Faner Hall, 4140
Office: 618-453-5347
Dept: 618-453-2459
daic@siu.edu

Scott Gilbert, Associate Professor, Economics Program Coordinator and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Economics

Scott Gilbert received his Bachelors degree from the University of California Berkeley. He completed his coursework there to go to medical school, but found economics so interesting that he instead went to work as a research associate in the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. After working there two years, he completed his Ph.D. in economics at the University of California San Diego. After graduating in 1996, he worked as an assistant professor in economics at the University of Mississippi for three years, then joined SIU Carbondale in year 1999.



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SIU Scott Gilbert

Faner Hall, 4145
Office: 618-453-5095
Dept: 618-453-2459
gilberts@siu.edu

Hundanol Kebede, Assistant Professor of Economics

Economics

Ph.D., 2020, Economics, University of Virginia
Fields: International Economics, Development Economics



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SIU Hundanol Kebede

Faner Hall, 4138
Office: 618-453-5072
Dept: 618-453-2459
hundanol.kebede@siu.edu

Sajal Lahiri, Professor of Economics

Economics

Sajal Lahiri, Ph.D. earned his doctorate from the Indian Statistical Institute (1977). He worked at the University of Essex in England (1978-2002) and joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University in 2002 as the Vandeveer endowed chair in Economics and is a distinguished scholar at SIU.



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SIU Sajal Lahiri

Faner Hall, 4130
Office: 618-453-9472
Dept: 618-453-2459
lahiri@siu.edu

Ali Mehrabani, Assistant Professor of Economics

Economics

Ph.D., 2021, Economics, University of California - Riverside
Fields: Econometrics



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Faner Hall, 4134
Office: 618-453-5062
Dept: 618-453-2459
ali.mehrabani@siu.edu

AKM Mahbub Morshed, Professor of Economics, Director of Graduate Studies

Economics

Ph.D. 2001, University of Washington
Fields: Macroeconomic Theory, Economic Growth, International Economics



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SIU AKM Mahbub Morshed

Faner Hall, 4139
Office: 618-453-5070
Dept: 618-453-2459
mmorshed@siu.edu

Kevin Sylwester, Professor, Interim Director The School of Analytics, Finance, and Economics

Economics, Business Analytics

Ph.D. 1997, Economics, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Fields: Macroeconomics, Economic Growth, Development



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SIU Kevin Sylwester

Faner Hall, 4141
Office: 618-453-5075
Rehn Hall, 138A
Office: 618-453-1421
Dept: 618-453-2459
ksylwest@siu.edu

Alison Watts, Professor of Economics

Economics

Ph.D. 1993, Economics, Duke University
Fields: Microeconomics, Game Theory, Law and Economics



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SIU Alison Watts

Faner Hall, 4143
Office: 618-453-5073
Dept: 618-453-2459
wattsa@siu.edu