Professor Vernon Smith, a 2002 Nobel laureate in economics, served as the first Rasmuson Chair in Economics. Professor Smith is an economist at Chapman University, ICES Emeritus faculty at George Mason University, and president of IFREE.
Professor Kelcie Ralph is a 2009 graduate of UAA's Department of Economics. She earned her Ph.D. from UCLA, where her dissertation project evaluated the causes and consequences of the decline in driving among young adults. Before attending UCLA, Kelcie studied as a Marshall Scholar in England, where she earned a Masters of Environmental Policy from Cambridge University and a Masters of City Design and Social Science from the London School of Economics. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University's Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.
Maroš Servátka is a Professor of Economics at Macquarie Business School. He is the founding director of the MGSM Vernon L. Smith Experimental Economics Laboratory and the founder and a former president of the Slovak Economic Association. Maroš specializes in experimental and behavioral economics and has experience consulting to industry, government & non-profit organizations on behavioral approaches and solutions. He has conducted research in the area of charitable giving in order to help charities to raise funds and provided behavioral insights to businesses on market strategy, customer service, and project planning.