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

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 Following is a list of faculty members intended for reporter use only and not for publication.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

Global financial crisis

Deepankar Basu is an applied econometrician with interests in macroeconomics, political economy and economic development. He is studying processes of economic growth from a classical perspective. Previously he has studied empirical aspects of monetary policy in the United States and issues of gender inequality in developing countries. He can speak on some aspects of the origins, nature and spread of the current global financial crisis. To speak with Basu, contact Kimberly Sorensen at (970) 491-0757 or

Regional economy

Stephan Weiler is a professor of economics and research associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts, and former assistant vice president and economist with the Federal Reserve. 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

Financial markets

Sanjay Ramchander, finance professor in the College of Business, can talk about the impact of economic shocks on financial and energy markets.  He is an expert on business valuation, corporate finance, and international finance.  To speak with Ramchander, contact Emily Wilmsen at (970) 491-2336 or

Corporate finance

Kent Zumwalt, finance professor in the College of Business, can talk about investments and corporate finance as it relates to the nation’s financial crisis. He can also speak about derivative securities and international finance. He has taught financial management and MBA courses in Singapore, Hong Kong, China and the Philippines and created economic courses for HP. To speak with Zumwalt, contact Emily Wilmsen at (970) 491-2336 or