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Waldorf College business professor presents papers at national economic conference

Waldorf College

Forest City, Iowa - Dr. Deepraj Mukherjee, assistant professor of business and economics at Waldorf College, presented two papers at the 2011 Southern Economic Association (SEA) in Washington D.C. between November 19-21.

The first paper, "Do Formal and Informal Institutions Jointly Matter for Financial Development?” co-authored by Nabamita Dutta (University of Wisconsin-La Crosse), examines the role of formal and informal institutions in creating an efficient financial infrastructure for a country. The second, "Cultural Influences on Entrepreneurship: Evidence from a Set of Countries," co-authored with Mihai Nica (University of Central Oklahoma), discusses the impact of a country’s indigenous culture on its entrepreneurial activities.

One of the oldest regional economics associations in the country, SEA serves the purpose of advancing the education of scholars and the public in economic affairs.

“My papers talk about the impact of culture on the economic and social growth of a country in emerging economies,” said Dr. Mujherjee whose papers were also accepted for publication in prestigious business journals, such as the European Business Review, Management Decision, and Applied Economic Letters. While in D.C. Dr. Mujherjee also plans to visit the World Bank to conduct research for his next paper on the economic impact of interregional migration.

Dr. Mukherjee joined Waldorf College in August of 2010, and has since co-authored three research papers. He has also presented at 12 conferences in the past several years.

“While doing research you’re getting up to date with the advancement in your discipline, which you can bring back to the classroom,” said Dr. Mukherjee who often discusses his papers with his students. “I suggest my students to read my papers, and sometimes I get valuable feedback from them. Even an undergraduate can point out a good idea for a paper or project.”

Dr. Mukherjee received his Ph.D. in business administration with a concentration in economics and M.A. in economics from the University of Memphis, M.S. in applied economics, and B.S. in economics, mathematics and statistics from University of Calcutta in India.