MetroWest Economic Research Center Faculty
All are members or former members of the Department of Economics or Business Administration at Framingham State University.
Maureen Dunne Professor Emeritus of Business Economics, earned a B.A. in Economics and General Science from Brandeis University, an M.B.A. from the University of Detroit and a Certificate of Advanced Management Studies from Babson College. Her areas of expertise are regional employment and economic development. Professor Dunne has co-authored papers and publications and given presentations on structural and cyclical changes in employment, wage adjustment, and job creation and destruction in substate economies as well as on innovative teaching methods and internship development in economics. Her work has been presented at meetings of the Eastern Economic Association (EEA), the Association for University Business and Economic Research (AUBER), National Association of Business Economics (NABE), and the American Institute of Architects (AIA). She is a member of the EEA, NABE and the Northeastern Economic Developers Association (NEDA). Professor Dunne has served multiple terms on the Board of Directors of the Framingham EDIC.
Assistant Professor, earned her B.A. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Clemson University. Her research interests include energy economics, environmental economics, applied microeconomics and empirical industrial organization. Dr. Lamontagne has authored papers on Renewable Portfolio Standards and the US Energy landscape. She has taken students abroad to Germany and Switzerland to study renewable energy.
Lori Anderson Lavigne
Associate Professor, received a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Lafayette College, a M.A. in economics from Binghamton University, and a PhD in economics from Binghamton University. Her areas of interest are labor economics and health economics. She has presented papers at the Eastern Economic, Southern Economic, and National Business and Economic Society.
Assistant professor, earned her Ph.D. in Business Administration from University of Massachusetts Boston. Her research interests include corporate social responsibility and sustainability, financial accounting, and corporate capital structure. She is a member of American Finance Association, Financial Management Association, Eastern Finance Association, and Southern Finance Association. She is also a pending Chartered Financial Analyst and Financial Risk Manager. She has presented her research at the American Accounting Association (AAA) annual meeting, Eastern Finance Association annual meeting, and Southern Finance Association annual meeting. Dr. Liu’s research work has been published on Accounting and Finance journal.
Professor Emeritus of Business Economics, received a B.A. in Economics from St. Anselm's College and an M.A. in Economics from Boston College. His areas of interest are Quantitative Economics and Comparative Economic Systems. He is a member of the American Economic Association, the Eastern Economic Association and the Association for Comparative Economic Studies.
Professor Emeritus of Business Economics, earned a B.A. in Mathematics from Newton College of the Sacred Heart and an M.A. in Economics from Boston College. Her areas of interest include International Economics and Regional Economic Development. Her research areas for MERC include housing, and income, demographic, and labor force characteristics. She is a member of the American Economic Association, the National Association of Business Economists, the Eastern Economic Association and a licensed Real Estate Broker.
Mary J. Phelan
Research Associate, earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Suffolk University and M.A. in Economics and M.B.A. from Clark University. She is also a Certified Public Accountant and former Internal Revenue Service Agent. Her research interests include taxes, municipal revenue and expenditures, non-profits and multinationals. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Associate Professor, earned a B.A. in Economics from Wheaton College, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Professor Rosero's research interests include the interaction of international finance and economic development, Latin American economic integration, and the use of alternative economic policies to promote sustainable economic growth. His recent research publications have appeared in the Journal of Economic Integration, Latin American Policy, and Critical Sociology. He has presented his research at several international, national and regional conferences, including the Allied Social Science Association (ASSA), Eastern Economic Association (EEA), the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE), and the International Political Science Association (IPSA). In addition to his research on international economics, Dr. Rosero co-authored numerous reports aimed at analyzing demographic and economic trends and their impact on the economic development of the City of Boston during his time with the Boston Redevelopment Authority.
Assistant Professor, received M.S. in Finance from Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, and Ph.D. in Finance from Texas Tech University. His research interests include investments and corporate finance. His recent academic publications have appeared in Economics Letters, Finance Research Letters, Global Finance Journal, and Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance. He is a member of American Finance Association, European Finance Association and Financial Management Association.
Fahlino F. Sjuib
Professor, received his Ph.D. in Economics from Kansas State University. His research interests include time series econometrics, regional economics, open macroeconomics and exchange rate policies. Professor Sjuib's recent academic publications have appeared in Journal of Business and Economics Research, International Research Journal of Finance and Economics and the Empirical Economics Letter. He is a member of American Economic Association, Eastern Economic Association and the National Association of Business Economics.
Beverly A. Soriano
Assistant Professor, earned a B.S. in Business Education from Bryant University, Masters in Business Education from Boston University, Masters in Accountancy from Bentley University and passed the Certified Public Accountant's Examination. Her research interest is in the use of technology as a tool in the decision making process. Professor Soriano has published several articles in accounting. She is a member of the American Accounting Association, National Business Teachers Association and the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants.