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Economic impact of tornadoes subject of talk

March 26, 2009

KALAMAZOO--The economic impact of tornadoes will be explored in a talk on Wednesday, April 1, at Western Michigan University.

Dr. Daniel Sutter, associate professor of economics and finance at the University of Texas-Pan American, will speak on "The Socio Economic Impact of Tornadoes" from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Room 3508 of Knauss Hall. His presentation is part of the 2008-09 Werner Sichel Lecture-Seminar Series, which this year is focusing on the economics of both man-made and natural disasters. His talk is free and open to the public.

Sutter earned both his doctoral and master's degrees from George Mason University in 1993 and 1992, respectively, and is an affiliated senior scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason.

Sutter was named associate professor at UTPA in August 2006. Before that, he served as associate professor in the University of Oklahoma Department of Economics for four years and was graduate program director for the department for five years.

A nationally recognized authority on the economics of weather, Sutter has published in top journals in both the social and natural sciences including Applied Economics, the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Public Choice, Economics and Wind, Weather and Forecasting, Natural Hazards Review, the American Journal of Economics and Sociology and the Journal of Regulatory Economics. He has been awarded fellowships and grants by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction and the National Science Foundation for his research.

Now in its 45th year, the annual Sichel Series is organized by the WMU Department of Economics and named in honor of longtime WMU economics professor, Dr. Werner Sichel, who retired in 2004. The series is cosponsored by the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

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

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