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JMU Economic Education
Research Among the Best
October 21, 2004
A new study of economic education
research productivity among colleges and universities has ranked James
Madison University in the top 20 nationwide.
The study, conducted by Melody Lo and M.C. Wong, two assistant professors
of economics at the University of Southern Mississippi, used data from
The Journal of Economic Education, published at Indiana University.
The study tied JMU at 15th with Duke University, New York University, the
University of Delaware and the University of North Carolina at Chapel
The top-ranked school in the study was Vanderbilt University in Nashville.
"This ranking is a tribute to our faculty and their dedication to
improving teaching," said Dr. Ehsan Ahmed, director of JMU's economics
JMU has a nationally recognized Center for Economic Education that
conducts research in economic education and serves area schools with
funding from a local non-profit organization, Shenandoah Valley Economic
"We couldn't have achieved this without SVEE," said center Director
William C. Wood, a JMU professor of economics. "Their continuing funding
makes it possible for us to do the field work and research that it takes
for this kind of ranking."
The Lo-Wong study will be included in the forthcoming book, Shaping the
Learning Curve: Essays on Economic Education.