Professor McMullen recipient of 2014 Warren Samuels prize
At the Allied Social Sciences Association (ASSA) annual meeting in Philadelphia last month, Dr. Steve McMullen, professor of Economics, and Dan Molling, Economics major, ’13, received the 2014 Warren Samuels Prize. The prize is awarded by the Association for Social Economics (ASE) to the paper that best exemplifies scholarly work of high quality, is important the project of social economics, and has broad appeal across disciplines. The winner of the prize was announced during the ASE-sponsored presidential breakfast on Saturday, January 4th. The award includes a $500 stipend.
The title of McMullen and Molling’s winning paper is “Environmental Ethics, Economics, and Property Law.” Their paper argues that property laws are at the heart of conflicts between economic and environmental interests, and that in order to be able to avoid these conflicts, we should rethink what it means to own parts of the natural world. The paper is likely to appear in a book on social economics and law in the coming year.
McMullen received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of North Carolina and has been teaching economics at Calvin since 2008. His research areas of interest involve the economics of education and environmental and animal ethics.
Molling graduated in May 2013 with a major in economics. He worked with Prof. McMullen as a Mcgregor fellow during the summer of 2012. He is currently working as a Research Associate at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City in Kansas City, MO. Molling works in the Macroeconomics Research department supporting the economists in the areas of applied macroeconomics and urban economics.
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