Thought leaders: Marquette Business faculty share their expertise


June 26, 2012

Marquette Business faculty regularly appear in print and on radio and television to share their expertise with local, regional and national media outlets. From high profile labor disputes to consumer spending to the European financial crisis, our professors have taken their research and classroom discussions to the masses, helping journalists tell meaningful business stories.

“The media are important drivers of public opinion,” says Abdur Chowdhury, chair and professor of economics and one of Marquette’s most sought-after experts. “For that reason they need credible, reliable and responsive sources. Academics possess expertise in certain areas and are generally viewed to be credible by the general public. By sharing their expertise, academics can help to ensure that an informed and balanced voice is included in a debate that involves public interest.”

Each month, we feature a few “Faculty in the News” items. Here are just some of the highlights from the past year:

Abdur Chowdhury, chair and professor of economics, was interviewed by National Public Radio's national bureau about Wisconsin's labor economy in view of President Obama's 2012 visit to Milwaukee-based Master Lock. Chowdhury wrote a related opinion piece in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on the state's "skills gap."

Abdur Chowdhury, chair and professor of economics, discussed consumer confidence, the Case Shiller Forecast and the housing market as the featured expert on Chicago’s WBBM Newsradio “Data of the Day” segment. (Interview begins at the 02:40 mark.)

David Clark, professor of economics, talked about the decline in value of homes in areas that have nuclear power plant facilities with Reuters.

Joseph Daniels, professor of economics, commented in the Huffington Post on the success of “megachurches” that offer more than just religious services, stating that by giving churchgoers more options, it raises the level of commitment to the congregation and increases the religious capital that leads to higher levels of satisfaction and participation in the church.

John Davis, professor of economics, argued that economic researchers engage in herd behavior in order to minimize individual risk, as part of an online discussion of conservative bias in introductory economics textbooks on the New York Times’ Economix blog.

Mark Eppli, Bell Real Estate Chair and professor of finance, commented on the increase of apartment rents and occupancy rates nationwide as well as young professionals’ interest in living in an urban setting in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Dennis Garrett, associate professor of marketing, commented on the early start to Black Friday, describing it as “mutually assured desperation,” as retailers are fighting for the few expendable dollars that people have. The story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12).

Heather Kohls, associate professor of economics, commented in BizTimes Milwaukee on the solar panel manufacturer Solyndra, saying that the downfall isn’t likely to affect Milwaukee’s solar manufacturers, but that a reduction in aid from the state’s Focus on Energy program could be a problem.

David Krause, director of the Applied Investment Management program, discussed what’s currently impacting the markets, the European financial crisis and the Fed as the featured expert on Chicago’s WBBM Newsradio “What’s Moving Wall Street” segment. (Interview begins at the 15:00 mark.)

Cheryl Maranto, chair and associate professor of management, discussed Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed collective bargaining legislation and how it may affect unions. Stories aired on WITI-TV (Fox 6), Wisconsin Public Radio’s “The Kathleen Dunn Show”, WPR’s “At Issue with Ben Merens” and  Milwaukee Public Radio.

Sarah Peck, chair and associate professor of finance, discussed with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the 27% increase in average pay for Wisconsin corporate CEOs in 2010.  Peck said, "Some of the companies that drove this unemployment and imposed pay cuts are doing well because of the cuts, it's kind of a hard pill to swallow.”