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Renowned economics scholar Hamid Beladi awarded Tom C. Frost Endowed Professorship in International Business


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(July 15, 2015) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio announces the appointment of Hamid Beladi as the Tom C. Frost Endowed Professor in International Business. A renowned researcher, Beladi has had a tremendous impact on UTSA since joining the College of Business in 2005. The position was made possible by the generous endowment funded by Tom C. Frost and Frost Bank.

“UTSA has been a caring environment,” Beladi said. “To be part of a university working toward Tier One status is exciting because I’ve been surrounded by faculty passionately engaged in writing and research.”

Beladi, the Associate Dean of Research in the College of Business, stressed the importance of research, and that fact that it is inextricably linked with teaching. Research, he said, contributes to the production of knowledge, while teaching is concerned with the distribution of knowledge in society.

“As university faculty increases its commitment to research and publications, an increase in competitive rankings will follow,” Beladi said. “The university will be ‘on the map,’ and in a better position to recruit quality faculty and students. The interaction between quality faculty and students ultimately results in graduates who obtain better jobs and positions in society.”

Beladi’s specialty is in international trade and finance. He has published more than 220 articles in high quality and leading academic journals, focusing on the economics of migration of skilled and unskilled labor, international trade in technology, global outsourcing and bi-sourcing, exchange rate pass-through and fraudulent financial practices among scores of other topics.

“UTSA becoming Tier One not only means it will become a top university,” he said. “We’ll be able to build bridges between UTSA and the business community.”

Since 1992, Beladi has been the editor of the International Review of Economics and Finance. He is also the series editor of Frontiers of Economics and the managing editor of the North American Journal of Economics and Finance, in addition to maintaining an active role in many other economic journals. Beladi is also a co-founder of the International Economics and Finance Society.

“Corporations, the general business sector and private individuals take notice of universities producing great research and reward those institutions with endowments, so this is a great honor,” he said. “And it’s an honor to continue to work toward Tier One.”


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