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Fall 2009

Visiting professor decides to stay.

The University of Pittsburgh just lost a professor.

James Feigenbaum talks with Denis J. Peralta. (Photo by Russ Dixon)

James Feigenbaum, who is a regular visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, has agreed to come to the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business and become a full-time professor. Last year he was in Logan as a visiting professor.

Feigenbaum has been an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh since 2003 and will be teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses in macroeconomics while he is at USU. He earned a doctorate in economics from the University of Iowa and in physics at the University of Chicago.

Feigenbaum has developed an expertise in modeling how, over time, households make decisions about how much to save. He has also made contributions to research that employs techniques in physics to understand trends in equity prices before major crashes have occurred in the U.S. economy.

“I have fallen in love with Cache Valley,” Feigenbaum said. “In addition to the beauty of the surroundings, I have been energized by the discipline of the students and the positive changes occurring at the Huntsman School of Business. This is a great place to teach and a peaceful environment to do research.”