Three new faculty members have joined West Virginia University’s College of Business and Economics. Dr. Santosh Mishra, Dr. Andrew Young, and Dr. Donald Lacombe have gained appointments in the Division of Economics and Finance.

Dr. Santosh Mishra is an assistant professor in economics. He came to WVU from Oregon State University where he was an assistant professor. Mishra has published in the International Journal of Forecasting; Econometric Review; Journal of Applied Econometrics; Forthcoming, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics and Journal of Econometrics.

Mishra’s research interests include non-parametric, semi-parametric, and additive estimation of regression models, and financial econometrics. His teaching interests are econometrics, macroeconomics and microeconomics. He earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Riverside, an MA in economics from the Delhi School of Economics, and a BE (bachelor in engineering) in electrical engineering from the Regional Engineering College (India).

Dr. Andrew T. Young is an assistant professor in economics and the college’s BB&T Scholar, so designated because he is one of the best published and upcoming young scholars in the area of free markets. His papers have been published in Public Choice, Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, Review of Economics and Statistics, Managerial and Decision Economics, Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, Review of Economic Dynamics and Review of Austrian Economics.

Young’s previously was an assistant professor at the University of Mississippi. Earlier, he earned a Ph.D. in economics from Emory University and a BA in economics from College of Holy Cross. His research interests include economic growth and development, macroeconomics, and Austrian economics. Young’s teaching interests focus on macroeconomics and microeconomics.

Dr. Donald Lacombe is an associate professor of agricultural and resource economics. He is a research associate professor for the Regional Research Institute as well as the Koch Scholar and shares his appointment with the Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Consumer Sciences. His areas of concentration include public finance and public choice, industrial organization and spatial econometrics.

Among his accomplishments are numerous refereed publications, workshop presentations, and working papers. Prior to coming to WVU Lacombe was an associate professor of economics at Ohio University. Lacombe earned a Ph.D. in economics from Florida State University and a BA in economics from the University of Florida. His professional memberships include the American Economic Association, Southern Economic Association and Public Choice Society.

For additional information about a degree in economics and finance from the College of Business and Economics visit or contact Dr. Clifford Hawley, acting director, Division of Economics and Finance.


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