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“I chose to study economics because the theories and models developed by economists are useful for studying not only the economy, but also a surprising variety of social, ethical, and environmental questions. Economics is the study of how people make decisions, and the more we can understand about how people make decisions, the more we can understand about governments, markets, policies, and institutions of all kinds. Every student, no matter his or her background or interests, will learn something interesting, useful, and important in an economics class.”
- Kathleen Odell
Kathleen Odell received her PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago in July, 2009. Kathleen also holds a masters degree in Urban Planning and Policy. In 2003-2004, she held a Fulbright US Student grant to Denmark, where she lived in Copenhagen and studied the economic and planning foundations of Denmark’s wind energy program. Her current research interests include microfinance, economic growth, poverty and inequality, urban economic development, and energy policy. Her dissertation, “Nonlinearities and Economic Growth: New Evidence,” and follow-up research investigate the determinants of economic growth using newly available statistical techniques for estimating nonlinear models.
Kathleen lives in Oak Park with her husband and two daughters.