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Faculty Spotlight – Samia Islam

Dr. Samia Islam, associate professor in the Department of Economics, presented a paper titled “Testing for Spatial Equilibrium using Happiness Data” at the North American Regional Science Council (NARSC) conference held on Nov 13- 16 in Atlanta, Georgia. NARSC is an international scholarly organization that focuses on regional analysis, ranging from urban and spatial economic theories to applied problems and public policies in regional development, sustainability, environmental management, transportation and land use.

Dr. Islam was also the discussant for the paper entitled “Centralized vs. Decentralized Tourism Policies: A Spatial Interaction Model Framework” at the conference.