Beatriz Maldonado

Dr. Beatriz Maldonado is an Assistant Professor of Economics and International Studies at the College of Charleston. Her research in economic development and political economics has appeared in the European Journal of Political Economy, Oxford Development Studies, Applied Economics Letters, and Social Science Quarterly.

She was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and later moved to Oklahoma. She studied at the University of Oklahoma where she received her B.A, M.A., and Ph.D. in Economics. She lives in Charleston with her husband Max Kovalov who teaches political science and international studies at the College of Charleston.

Beatriz spoke to the Columbia Economics Club on May 3, 2017, in her talk entitled, “Puerto Rico: Island of Enchantment and Debt”.

Todd Nesbit

Dr. Todd Nesbit is a Senior Lecturer in Economics and Competitive Markets at The Ohio State University and an Adjunct Scholar at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Dr. Nesbit earned dual B.S. degrees in Economics and Mathematics from Capital University in 2001 and then went on to complete his Ph.D. in Economics at West Virginia University in 2005.  Dr. Nesbit has authored peer-reviewed professional publications appearing in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, the Southern Economic Journal, and Public Budgeting and Finance, among others.  His primary research interest is in public policy issues generally, and excise taxation specifically. 

Todd spoke to the Columbia Economics Club on March 15, 2017, in his talk “Education or Extortion? School Levies and the Impact of Pay-to-Participate”


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Katherine Restrepo

Katherine Restrepo is the Director of Healthcare policy at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the John Locke Foundation, she interned at the Cato Institute under the direction of Michael Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies. 

Katherine graduated from McDaniel College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish along with a minor in Communication. She earned her master’s degree in health care administration at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is also a contributor to Forbes.

Katherine spoke to the Columbia Economics Club on January 11, 2017, in her talk entitled, “Under the Knife: Why Certificate of Need Laws Need to Be Reconstructed”.

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