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Issued by: Terry Higgins
Date: Nov. 30, 2001
MILWAUKEE -- Professor Mohsen Bahmani-Oskooee, director of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Center for Research on International Economics (CRIE), has been named the university's first Wilmeth Professor of Economics.
Bahmani, who served as chair of the Economics Department from 1992-98, has won university awards for both his teaching and his research. As director of UWM's Graduate Program in Economics, he has produced the largest number of Ph.D. students in the department.
The Wilmeth Professorship is named for Harvey Wilmeth, who retired in 1983 as vice president and economist at the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company. In 1990, Wilmeth provided a grant to establish the Center for Advanced Macroeconomic Policy. In 1997, recognizing the need to study and understand a growing international financial crisis, that center was reorganized as CRIE.
Bahmani was appointed CRIE director in 1999. Under his guidance CRIE established a global reputation as a leading center for the study of international economics.
"The Center for Research on International Economics plays a pivotal role at UWM by providing speakers, seminars, conferences and research data that broadens our understanding of economic systems throughout the world," said UWM College of Letters and Science Dean Richard Meadows. "The college is deeply grateful to Harvey and Patricia Wilmeth for their generous support of this effort."
In 2000 a researcher at the European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics (ECARES) of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) ranked Bahmani as 11th among the Top 500 Prolific Economists in the World, and 89th among the Top 500 Economists in the World.
The rankings were based on the quantity and quality of published papers produced by 55,000 economists over the 1994-98 period. "Professor Bahmani is richly deserving of the honor of being named the first Wilmeth Professor of Economics," said Meadows.