Fellows

Jenkins Fellow

John Westall

John Westall is a Ph.D. candidate in economics at North Carolina State University. His research interests are in labor economics and the economics of education. Specifically, he is interested in educator labor markets, the impacts of school principals, the long-run impacts of education policies, and causal identification using school choice mechanisms. John’s research has been published in economics journals such as Economics of Education Review and the Journal of Pension Economics and Finance. John holds a M.A. in Economics from San Diego State University and a B.A. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 

Agricultural Policy Fellows

Avery Dobbins

Avery Dobbins is a second year PhD student at NC State University’s Department of Economics. Avery’s research interests include agricultural economics with special interests in honeybee markets and veterinary economics utilizing econometric methods. His research has included work in the areas of goods counterfeiting and transshipment, weather effects on consumer power consumption, and student dropout and return rates contingent on socioeconomics factors. Avery holds a B.S. degree in Economics, a B.A. degree in Political Science, and a minor in Mathematics from Appalachian State University.

Robert Thompson

Robert Thompson is a second year PhD student at NC State University's Department of Economics. Robert's general research interests lie in agricultural economics, with special interests in commodity markets. Robert applies econometric methods in researching how market participants manage risks, and how the tools available to manage risk, including the federal crop insurance program, futures, options, and derivatives contracts, may be improved upon. Robert holds a B.S. degree from NC State in Agribusiness Management with a minor in Economics, as well as a Master's degree in Agricultural Economics from Mississippi State University.