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Fellows

Jenkins Fellow

Filippo Massari

Filippo Massari is a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at North Carolina State University. His research interests are in macroeconomics, specifically in economic growth and innovation. Filippo’s focus is on endogenous growth theory and firm dynamics: he studies individual firms’ optimal R&D investment decisions to derive the effects on various macroeconomic variables, such as aggregate productivity growth, job reallocation, and firm entry/exit rates. Filippo holds a B.Sc. in Business & Economics from the University of Bologna (Italy), an M.Sc. in Economics from Jönköping University (Sweden), and an MR from North Carolina State University.

Agricultural Policy Fellows

Avery Dobbins

Avery Dobbins is a second year PhD student at NC State University’s Department of Economics. Avery’s research interests include agricultural economics with special interests in honeybee markets and veterinary economics utilizing econometric methods. His research has included work in the areas of goods counterfeiting and transshipment, weather effects on consumer power consumption, and student dropout and return rates contingent on socioeconomics factors. Avery holds a B.S. degree in Economics, a B.A. degree in Political Science, and a minor in Mathematics from Appalachian State University.

Jack Robinson

Jack Robinson is a second year PhD student at North Carolina State University. Jack’s research interests include agricultural and resource economics with special interests in policy shocks and trade frictions within agricultural and resource markets. Previously, Jack’s research has included cost analysis of wildfire suppression with the United States Forest Service as well as tax revenue forecasting with the Mississippi Department of Revenue. Jack holds a B.A. in Economics from Sewanee: The University of the South.

Robert Thompson

Robert Thompson is a second year PhD student at NC State University’s Department of Economics. Robert’s general research interests lie in agricultural economics, with special interests in commodity markets. Robert applies econometric methods in researching how market participants manage risks, and how the tools available to manage risk, including the federal crop insurance program, futures, options, and derivatives contracts, may be improved upon. Robert holds a B.S. degree from NC State in Agribusiness Management with a minor in Economics, as well as a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Mississippi State University.