Humanity’s Greatest Invention?

Face-to-face with Edward Glaeser, author of Triumph of the City

Besides being one of today’s most influential urban economists, Harvard’s Edward Glaeser is a highly
sought-after city strategist, a provocative thinker who may get you questioning what you think you
know about cities. At this year’s Marburg Lecture earlier this month, Glaeser shared lessons from his book Triumph of the City, arguing persuasively that cities make us smarter, richer and greener. While on campus, he also sat down with Marquette Business to converse about a few favorite topics, including the enduring value of in-person conversations, what we can learn from successful cities ranging from Chicago to Vancouver, where Milwaukee is likely to find its best path to urban success, and what’s truly green about neighborhoods full of concrete, brick and glass?

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Economics prof Hanson researches minimum wage policy for Wisconsin

In a Nov. 20, 2014, opinion piece in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Associate Professor of Economics Dr. Andrew Hanson laid out his latest research project for the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, which tackled a divisive topic in the state: whether to raise the minimum wage. In the paper, Hanson and collaborator Dr. Ike Brannon, president of Capital Policy Analytics in Washington, D.C., suggest that raising the minimum wage is not the most effective way to help Wisconsin’s working poor. Instead, their research favors improving the Earned Income Tax Credit.

2014 ULINE Scholarship recipients named

Marquette Business has announced the 2014 recipients of the Uline Scholarship. Seniors Katherine Chaudoir and Alaa “Alex” Ibrahim, and juniors Avery Flyte and Elizabeth Kellen were each awarded one $5,000 scholarship. For the third year in a row, Uline provided four tuition-specific awards to academically talented students enrolled in the college.



Abdur Chowdhury, professor of economics, discussed raises and bonuses being scarce even with more people being employed. "Average hourly earnings ticked up by .1 percent, leaving the year-over-year rate unchanged at 2 percent," said Chowdhury.

Story appeared on the website of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Nov. 7, 2014

Mark Eppli, interim Keyes Dean of Business Administration and Bell Chair in Real Estate, moderated the Commercial Real Estate and Development Conference Panel in Milwaukee on Nov. 14.

Story appeared on the website of BizTimes, Nov. 12, 2014

MBA alumnus Matt Neumann profiled in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Matt Neumann grew up in the home building business, and started selling real estate about 11 years ago while attending graduate school at Marquette University. “My dad built homes that sparked my interest in the industry,” he remembered. “I fell in love with the dynamics of the industry, and have been in land development and home building ever since.”

Read the full Q&A profile on Neumann in the Nov. 1 issue of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.


Accounting alumnus named CFO of the Year

Jonathan Sohn, a 1995 accounting alumnus and senior vice president and chief financial officer for Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, was named CFO of the Year by the Business Journal of Milwaukee. In its fifth year recognizing southeast Wisconsin’s accomplished CFOs, the Business Journal honored Sohn in the Large Private Companies ($250 million+) category.

EMBA alumna named executive director of nation’s largest youth orchestra

Linda Edelstein, a 2011 executive MBA alumna, has been named executive director of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, the largest youth orchestra in the United States. She leaves her role as the chief operating officer for the United Performing Arts Fund.