Economics Faculty Mentors

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Sarah Burke
(610) 519-4385
Room 3081

Sarah Burke is an Assistant Professor of Economics.  Her research interests focus on equity issues in public education both within and across districts.  More recent writings concentrate on teaching undergraduate economics.  Dr. Burke is available to consult with students who are interested in economics based careers or are considering attending graduate school after graduation.

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Paul Suckow
(610) 519-5949
Room 2057

Mr. Suckow received a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Bradley University in 1969 and earned a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in finance from Western Illinois University in 1973. He began his career in finance in 1973 with American National Insurance Company as a securities analyst. In 1975, he became a trust investment officer with First Hutchings-Sealy National Bank. From 1978 to 1981, he was Vice President, Investments, for Sun Insurance Services and from 1981 to 1985, Vice President and Portfolio Manager for Delaware Investment Advisers. From 1985 to 1992, Mr. Suckow was Executive Vice President and Director of Fixed Income Securities for Oppenheimer Management Corporation, and from 1993 to 1999, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer-Fixed Income for Delaware Investment Advisers, Inc. In 1999, he retired from the investment management industry and began a teaching career as a business fellow and adjunct professor of finance and economics at Villanova University. Since 1978, he has been a Chartered Financial Analyst and is a member of the CF A Institute.

Mr. Suckow's individual qualifications include his financial literacy evidenced by his position as an adjunct professor of finance and economics and his many years of service in the financial and insurance services industries. In addition, Mr. Suckow has served on the advisory boards of many corporations and is an "audit committee financial expert" within the meaning of SEC rules.

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Graduate School/Academia

Surtithra Bagchi, PhD
(610) 519-7799
Room 2065

Sutirtha Bagchi is an Assistant Professor of Economics at VSB. He has broad interests in public finance, political economy, labor economics, and regulation.  His work has analyzed the political economy of public-sector pension plans.  In a recently co-authored paper in The Journal of Industrial Economics, he finds that as a result of reforms that made it easier for firms to enter the cable TV market, there were significant reductions in the price of the “Basic” tier of service with little to no change in prices of the “Expanded Basic” tier. His research into the taxicab market shows that with the advent of companies such as Uber and Lyft, taxicab medallion prices have dropped by roughly 50% in New York City and 80% in Chicago from their peak in 2013/2014 to the present day.  Dr. Bagchi’s work has been discussed in such media outlets as Forbes, Huffington Post, and the Washington Post. His paper examining the political economy of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was profiled by Journalist’s Resource, a collaboration of the Harvard Kennedy School and the Carnegie-Knight Initiative. He has also written op-eds on the topic of public pensions in outlets like Pensions & Investments and PennLive.

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Peter Zaleski, PhD
(610) 519-4378
Room 2014

Dr. Zaleski is a Professor of Economics and has served as Department Chair for seven years. In addition to his research of structure and strategy, Dr. Zaleski has published research on the rankings of Economics Departments worldwide. He has served on a curriculum committee for the National Association for Business Economics.

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International Development

Christopher Kilby, PhD
(610) 519-4324
Room 2006

Christopher Kilby, Professor of Economics, joined the VSB faculty in 2008.  His general area is development economics, with a specific focus on empirical studies of foreign aid. Dr. Kilby’s teaching includes Econometrics, Micro Theory, Macro Theory, Research Methods, and an upper level course on the Political Economy of Foreign Aid. His research exploring how the U.S. allocates its bilateral aid to developing countries, the politics and effectiveness of international financial institutions, and the economic impact of aid. Much of Dr. Kilby’s recent work has focused on U.S. influence over international financial institutions.  He has published 20 articles in academic economics journals, including the Journal of Development Economics, the European Economic Review, and the Review of International Organizations.  Most of Dr. Kilby’s research uses econometric methods to statistically test hypotheses about the allocation of foreign aid and the behavior of international organizations.  He is one of the organizers of an annual international conference titled “The Political Economy of International Organizations,” and he is the Book Review Editor for the journal The Review of International Organizations.  Dr. Kilby’s joint work with students most recently includes a chapter in the Handbook on the Economics of Foreign Aid (with Elizabeth Bland).

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Public Sector

David Fiorenza
(610) 519-3206
Room 2012

Private sector industry experience includes large Fortune 500 companies within Insurance, Banking and Mutual Funds. Public Sector experience includes Municipal Government, County Government. Non-profit experience in arts and theaters. Entertainment experience with many major musical artists including Todd Rundgren, Wilson Phillips, and The Hooters. Consulting experience in Finance, Economics, Management and Human Resources for non-profit organizations, Municipal Government and entertainment.

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