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Dallas Morning News: Study: Mild winter, wet spring to blame for Dallas County’s deadly West Nile outbreak
Fomby and Haley, along with other researchers, analyzed a decade of data related to West Nile Virus and, in particular, the 2012 West Nile epidemic in Dallas County. The analysis allowed them to identify important precursors of West Nile Virus outbreaks that allow for early and effective intervention. Continue reading
Researchers who analyzed a decade of data related to West Nile Virus and, in particular, the 2012 West Nile epidemic in Dallas County, have identified important precursors of West Nile Virus outbreaks that allow for early and effective intervention.
The analysis found that the epidemics begin early, after unusually warm winters and are often in similar geographical locations. Continue reading
A $3 million grant to SMU economics professor Shlomo Weber will fund the establishment of a first-of-its-kind research laboratory to study diversity and social interactions.
The new center at Moscow’s New Economic School will focus on research into societal diversity, ranging from economic, historical and geographical to linguistic and ethnic. Researchers at the center will assess the impact of diversity on economic, political and social development, said Weber, a professor in the SMU Department of Economics. Continue reading
Economists at SMU will analyze the roles social networks and isolation play in fighting hunger in North Texas.
Recent studies have found that household economic resources are not the only factor contributing to food insecurity, according to Thomas B. Fomby, SMU professor of economics. Continue reading
Existing scientific literature suggests the U.S. government nutritional program known as WIC improves birth outcomes of children, but new SMU research is unable to find either a positive or negative impact on infant health.
WIC, which serves 53 percent of all U.S. infants, is for low-income pregnant women and their young children under five who are at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level. Continue reading
Imposing trade restrictions on parallel imports has the surprising effect of motivating a firm to export, according to a new study using game theory economic analysis, says co-author Santanu Roy, SMU. The study found that diverse parallel importing policies make it possible to analyze for the first time how competition between firms and allowing or banning parallel imports can influence competition. Continue reading
UPI and other media outlets have covered the research of SMU economist Shlomo Weber.
In the new book “How Many Languages Do We Need? The Economics of Linguistic Diversity” (Princeton University Press), Weber and his co-author, Victor Ginsburgh, researched the costs and benefits of the many languages across the globe. Continue reading
History has shown that political regimes mandate single languages for efficiency or social control. But limiting linguistic diversity can backfire, says economist Shlomo Weber, Southern Methodist University. Continue reading
Renowned non-fiction author Henry Hitchings covers SMU economist Shlomo Weber’s new book “How Many Languages Do We Need? The Economics of Linguistic Diversity” (Princeton University Press).
Writing for the International Monetary Fund, Hitchings’ review “Speaking in Tongues” notes that Weber and his co-author, Victor Ginsburgh, have scrupulously researched the costs and benefits of the many languages across the globe. Hitchings, the author of “The Language Wars” and “The Secret Life of Words” among other books, notes that the books most thought-provoking section is the case study of linguistic policy in the European Union. Continue reading