Media Tip Sheet: Colorado State University Experts on the Nation’s Economy and Credit Crisis

During a historic time in the United States with the economic and credit crisis, Colorado State University is providing the following experts who can discuss aspects of the current state of the nation’s economy. Following is a list of faculty members intended for reporter use only and not for publication.

Financial regulation

Ron Phillips, an economics professor, has published widely on the financial history of the United States and financial regulation in books, academic journals, newspapers, magazines and public policy briefs.  He also published a widely cited book on the banking crisis of the 1930s. He has been a visiting scholar in the Division of Insurance at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in Washington, D.C. and a visiting scholar in the Bank Research Division at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Department of the Treasury, in Washington, D.C. To speak with Phillips, contact Kimberly Sorensen at (970) 491-0757 or

Retirement saving and household financial risk

Nancy Jianakoplos is a professor of economics and her research focuses on household saving for retirement and household financial risk taking. She is also interested in Federal Reserve monetary policy and financial institutions. To speak with Jianakoplos, contact Kimberly Sorensen at (970) 491-0757 or

Effects of credit crisis

Ramaa Vasudevan, an assistant professor of economics, has worked on the evolution of the international monetary system and the implications of financialization for the international financial system and on financial crisis. Her current work is focused on the unfolding credit crisis, particularly investigating its roots in the process of financialization and analyzing the implications of the crisis for the United States, for emerging markets and for the international monetary system. To speak with Ramaa, contact Kimberly Sorensen at (970) 491-0757 or

Personal finance

Vickie Bajtelsmit, finance professor in the College of Business, can talk about the impact of the financial crisis on personal finances, taxes and jobs. She is an expert on retirement issues and is the author of three personal finance books. To speak with Bajtelsmit, contact Emily Narvaes Wilmsen at (970) 491-2336 or

Regional economy

Stephan Weiler is a professor of economics and research associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts, and founding co-director of the university’s Center for Research on the Colorado Economy. His current work focuses on regional economic growth and development, particularly in struggling rural areas, combining theoretical, empirical, and policy analyses in topics such as geographic informational asymmetries, public/private partnerships, industrial restructuring, housing, immigration, entrepreneurship and the environment. To speak with Weiler, contact Kimberly Sorensen at (970) 491-0757 or