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Economics scholar to join USU

Well known professor comes from Hebrew University in Jerusalem

Herald Journal
By Kevin Opsahl
Staff Writer

An internationally known professor who has held faculty positions at some of the most prestigious schools in the country has agreed to teach at Utah State University.

The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business announced Thursday that Eytan Sheshinski was invited as a Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Visiting Professor.

Sheshinski is now the Sir Isaac Wolfson Professor of Public Finance at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is well known in the business community in Israel, having worked with their largest conglomerate – Koor Industries – in the 1990’s. He splits his time between Jerusalem and Princeton, N.J.

“He’s clearly one of the leaders in financial economics, and his area of expertise is closely aligned with the faculty of the college,” said Frank Caliendo, associate professor in the department of economics and finance. “So he seemed like a natural choice and when we approached him he seemed very eager and excited about what we’re doing at the Huntsman School.”

For three weeks, Sheshinski will teach a course to faculty, undergraduate and graduate students on annuity theory and annuity markets. He is widely viewed as a leading authority on issues such as privatization of social security and other industries. He will also speak at two of the dean’s convocations in February, including a lecture on “Social Security Reforms Around the World.” The lectures are free and open to the public.

“We are in the process of rebranding ourselves as a top tier business school; reputation matters,” said Tyler Bowles, department head of economics and finance. “So what better way to bring a man of this caliber… to come to Logan, Utah, all the way from Jerusalem.

Sheshinski will be the second visiting professor under the Huntsman school after Utah philanthropist Jon M. Huntsman announced he would fund two presidential chars back in 2009. The idea behind the presidential chairs it to bring people to teach at USU with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

The school will host another visiting professor from the University of Michigan in May.