One key idea Professor Tebaldi shares with students is that economics is a social science.
“It’s not about business,” he says. “We don’t look at things the same way a business-oriented person would look at things. We examine the implicit and explicit costs and opportunities of what may happen because of decisions made by individuals, businesses, and governments.”
Tebaldi, a native of Brazil, is the director of the Bryant Scholars program and coordinator of the Center for Global and Regional Economic Studies at Bryant University. A former consultant for the World Bank, he often is sought out by Rhode Island leaders seeking ways to foster economic growth in the region. He brings research conducted by him and by other Bryant faculty members into the classroom as a tool to deepen students’ understanding of the material.
“In my econometrics course, I try very hard to integrate the quantitative work I am doing into the classroom,” he says. “I use real-world examples to highlight what we are talking about and to illustrate not only what faculty are doing, but also to show what’s going on outside our windows.”
Tebaldi’s recent research examined whether income growth in the United States is “pro-poor” or not. “In some institutional environments, job placement is not a function of your skills, but rather determined by other factors” he says. “In many situations, a person might be able to secure a job not because he or she has the best skills, but rather because of a good connection to someone who can assist him or her. This problem, which is particularly serious in developing nations, reduces human capital accumulation and efficiency and, thus, negatively affects economic growth.”
Director, Bryant Scholars Program
● Center for Global and Regional Economic Studies
● Economic growth
● Applied econometrics
● International trade
● Economic development and poverty
● Discrimination and social issues
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