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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

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

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Office: Faner Hall, 4137
Phone: 618-453-5067

Chifeng Dai, Associate Professor of 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

Office: Faner Hall, 4140
Phone: 618-453-5347

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

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

Office: Faner Hall, 4145
Phone: 618-453-5095

Hundanol Kebede, Assistant Professor of Economics

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

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SIU Hundanol Kebede

Office: Faner Hall, 4138
Phone: 618-453-5072

Sajal Lahiri, Professor of 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

Office: Faner Hall, 4130
Phone: 618-453-9472

Ali Mehrabani, Assistant Professor of Economics

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

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Office: Faner Hall, 4134
Phone: 618-453-5062

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


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

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SIU AKM Mahbub Morshed

Office: Faner Hall, 4139
Phone: 618-453-5070

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

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

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SIU Kevin Sylwester

Office: Faner Hall, 4141
Faner Phone: 618-453-5075
Office: Rehn Hall, 138A
Phone: 618-453-1421

Alison Watts, Professor of Economics

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

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SIU Alison Watts

Office: Faner Hall, 4143
Phone: 618-453-5073

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