PhD candidate Adam Scavette selected as finalist for 2024 WRSA Tiebout Prize

January 19, 2024

Bloustein Ph.D. candidate Adam Scavette was selected as a finalist for the Charles M. Tiebout Prize in Regional Science, which honors the best graduate student paper at the Western Regional Science Association (WRSA) Conference each year.

As part of the honor, he will join other finalists to present his paper, “The economic impact of a casino monopoly: Evidence from Atlantic City,” at the WRSA 63rd Annual Meeting in Monterey, California, February 11-14, 2024.

Adam’s paper studies the impact of Atlantic City’s casino monopoly on its metropolitan economy, finding that commercial casinos had an immediate impact on the area in the first five years through an increase in employment, wages, personal income, and house prices. A final winner will be selected at the meeting.

He is a Regional Economist at the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank. In his research, he attempts to explore the identity of place through both quantitative analysis and narrative. He pursues research projects on local economic issues and labor economics such as broadband infrastructure, the opioid crisis, and the dynamics of manufacturing employment.

He has a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in economics from the University of Edinburgh, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Villanova University. At the Bloustein School, he is pursuing his dissertation on the topic, “Essays in Urban and Regional Economics.”

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