Economics Professor Presented Paper at Atlanta Conference

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Dr. David Cushman, Westminster College professor and chair of the Department of Economics and Business, presented a paper at the 17th annual symposium of the Society for Nonlinear Dynamics and Econometrics April 16-17 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

The paper, "Nonlinear Trends in Real Exchange Rates: A Panel Unit Root Test Approach," was co-authored with Nils Michael of the Health Finance Directorate of the Scottish Government.

"The paper investigates the relative price competitiveness of 22 other economies with the United States over a period of 25 years," Cushman said. "It appears that relative competitiveness does not move unpredictably, as some economists believe, nor does it remain constant except for temporary fluctuations, as others believe. Instead, competitiveness evolves gradually along relatively predictable paths."

Cushman, who holds the Captain William McKee Chair of Economics and Business, has been with Westminster since 2005. He earned an undergraduate degree from Stetson University and master's and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.

Before coming to Westminster, he taught at the University of New Orleans, the University of North Carolina, Vanderbilt University, the University of South Florida, and the University of Saskatchewan (Canada).

Contact Cushman at (724) 946-7169 or e-mail for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College is ranked 15th among liberal arts colleges, according to the Washington Monthly 2007 Annual College Guide. Westminster is a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Guide to America's Best Colleges, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 368 Colleges" and "Best in the Northeast" by The Princeton Review, and was recognized by the Templeton Guide as a "Character Building College."

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus.

Dr. David Cushman