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Economic development expert next in Sichel Series

Oct. 16, 2007

KALAMAZOO--An authority on economic growth in developing nations is coming to Western Michigan University next week as the part of the Werner Sichel Economics Lecture-Seminar Series.

Dr. Lisa Cook is an assistant professor in the Michigan State University Department of Economics and MSU's James Madison College. She will address "Patents and Knowledge Spillovers to Developing Countries" at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in Room 3508 of Knauss Hall.

Cook's fields of interest and expertise include development, political economy, economic history and technology and innovation. Before coming to MSU, she was a National Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. She also was a visiting assistant professor at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and deputy director for Africa Research at the Center for International Development. She also was a faculty member at the Harvard Business School.

Cook is among six leading economists exploring globalization and its impact during the 44th annual speaker series, which is named in honor of longtime WMU economics professor, Dr. Werner Sichel, who retired in 2004. Presented by the Department of Economics, the series is co-sponsored by the W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research and the Diether H. Haenicke Institute for Global Education. All presentations are free and open to the public.

For more information, call the WMU Department of Economics at (269) 387-5535.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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