Aaron Hufford and Jordan Schotz
Jordan Schotz works in the Economic Development department at the City of Hamilton, Ohio. After her graduation in 2016 with a Wright State University M.S. degree in Social and Applied Economics, Jordan was part of the Russell P. Price Fellowship Program in the City of Hamilton’s Economic Development Department, and then continued there as a Workforce Development Specialist. Her unit works to bring new businesses and residents to the community, and is also involved in a number of quality of life projects. As the Workforce Development Specialist, Jordan helps businesses identify and recruit new talent, and works with high school students who are transitioning directly into the workforce. Jordan also creates materials for businesses, developers, and visitors who are looking to make an investment in our community. This includes producing annual publications. Finally, Jordan tracks and manages data for the Economic Development department, including investment numbers, job creation, salary, new business prospects, and more.
Aaron Hufford graduated from Wright State University with his M.S. degree in Social and Applied Economics in 2013. He also holds a B.S. degree in Business Economics from WSU, and pursued the Combined undergraduate/graduate program. Aaron received an Outstanding Graduate Student Award in 2012 and a continuing undergraduate student scholarship from the Economics Department in 2011. After his graduation from our M.S. program Aaron went on to work for the City of Hamilton’s Economic Development Department as an Earl Brush Fellow (2013-2014). Aaron continued there as a Business Development Specialist, later as an Assistant to the City Manager until 2016, and as a Senior Analyst until 2018. While in those positions, he developed the City's first Labor Market Analysis in conjunction with the UC Economics Center. He led effort on application for Neighborhood Initiative Program and was awarded $2 million grant for the Butler County Land Bank. He also assisted with an application to the State of Ohio Capital Budget, and was awarded $100,000 for the development of an advanced manufacturing lab in conjunction with universities and the startup ecosystem. Finally, he helped with the envisioning and development of a green advanced manufacturing business incubator, the Hamilton Mill. In his current position as a Chief of Staff, Aaron develops and manages stakeholder relationships, and oversees projects on economic development and blight reduction strategies. He is also involved in budgeting, communications, policy research, and quality of life initiatives.
Dr. Ktenge will discuss his collaborative research with Dr. Sajal Lahiri from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, reporting results from their analysis of bilateral aggregate export data from 205 countries over the period 1990-2014.
The prevalence of "vertical specialization" and global value chains (GVCs) demands that we think differently about international trade and its relationship to employment. This talk discusses employment effects of GVCs trade. Dr. Jiang argues that the expansion of foreign high value-adding activities in the upper stream of GVCs is likely to lead to a decline of domestic value-added share, leading to intensification of international and domestic distributional conflicts.
Dr. Xiao Jiang’s research combines mathematical modeling, simulations and statistics with classical political economy. He has provided economic consulting for the International Labor Organization, the Association for East and Southeast Asian Countries, and the Economic Policy Institute. Dr. Jiang holds a PhD. in Economics from The New School for Social Research.
Yana vander Meulen Rogers
This talk examines how social disadvantage among rural-urban migrant households in China is associated with the nutritional status of children. The measures of social disadvantage are based on China’s hukou system of household registration – designed to limit domestic migration flows by denying public services in cities to migrants with rural registrations – and on gender bias that may harm women and girls.