Economics – Featured Students

Ph.D. Job Market Candidates

John “Will” Queen

Ph.D. in Economics, UNC Greensboro, anticipated 2022
M.A. in Applied Economics, UNC Greensboro, 2018
B.A. in Regional Economic Development (Mathematics Minor), Appalachian State University, 2017

Will Queen is a PhD Candidate on the job market in 2021-22. He is an applied microeconomist specializing in health economics, econometrics, and policy evaluation. Broadly speaking, he is interested in topics where mental health, substance use, and economics intersect. His job market paper estimates the direct and indirect effects of adolescent depression on adult labor market outcomes. His other recent research focuses on the cost-effectiveness of mental health pilot programs for youth involved with Juvenile Justice or Social Services in North Carolina. Visit his website ( for more information.


Ph.D. Featured Students

Md. Rashedur Rahman Sardar

Ph.D. in Economics, UNC Greensboro, anticipated 2023
M.A. in International Development, International University of Japan, 2011
B.S. in Civil Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, 2002

Rashed Sardar’s research focus lies in the economics of innovation, development economics, and public economics. He is currently a doctoral candidate exploring the effects of R&D and other innovation activities on innovation in developing countries as part of his dissertation. His other recent research focuses on how financial markets of developing countries respond to monetary policy statements using firm-level stock data.

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