Tulane Professor Evacuates to UTD, Where He
Will Spend Semester and Present Lecture Series

An economics professor at Tulane University in New Orleans, forced to evacuate the Crescent City along with thousands of others because of Hurricane Katrina, is spending the fall semester in the School of Social Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD).

Dave Chetan

The professor, Dr. Chetan Davé, who received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, already has begun planning a lecture series on his three fields of special interest – macroeconomics, econometrics and experimental/behavioral economics.

Although those are somewhat difficult, if not arcane topics, Davé is an excellent speaker with a deft ability to translate highly scientific issues into language the layperson can understand.  The lectures are free and open to the public and will be held on Friday afternoons at 2 p.m., beginning on Oct. 7.  The first lecture will be titled “An Overview of Behavioral Macroeconomics” and will be held in Green Hall Room 3.606. For more information, please contact Valerie Williams at 972-883-2956 or at valerie.williams@utdallas.edu

Dr. Davé arrived in New Orleans on July 29 expecting to begin the fall semester at Tulane on Aug. 31.  But Hurricane Katrina forced him to evacuate, along with a colleague, on Aug. 28.   They made it to Hot Springs, Ark., and began notifying friends that they were okay.   One of his friends, Dr. Catherine C Eckel, herself a newcomer to the School of Social Sciences at UTD, asked Davé if he’d be interested in coming to Texas.  He said yes, and Eckel, who knew Davé from Virginia Tech, was able to get prompt approval for the proposal from Dean Brian Berry.  The rest, as they say, is history.

Davé’s colleague from Tulane?  He’s now at the University of Florida, his alma mater.