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ECU Professor Plays Role in Improving Russian Economics

East Carolina University professor Dr. Richard Ericson will participate in a collaborative effort to improve Russian economics as a member of the guiding Academic Committee and Jury for the Russian National Award for Applied Economics.

Ericson, chair of the Department of Economics in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, has been invited to serve on the committee and to attend, all expenses paid, the annual Higher School of Economics Russian Economics Conference in Moscow in April.

He has been communicating via video conferencing with other economic scholars on the committee, which selects the winner of the prestigious RNAAE award. The award was designed to reward high quality work on the Russian economy, with a goal of raising the quality of economic analysis in Russia. Presented every two years, the award includes a large cash prize financed by Russian business and government. It was founded on the joint initiative of Ural State University in Ekaterinburg, Russia; the State University – Higher School of Economics in Moscow; and the New Economic School, also in Moscow.

“I am one of only two international/foreign economists on the Award Committee, as fluency in Russian is required,” Ericson said. “This also brings substantial notice to ECU as one of only two foreign institutions involved.”                        

This story appeared originally in the March 31, 2010 issue of Pieces of Eight. An archived version of that issue is available at