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Former Fisher Center Fellow wins Veblen Prize

Zdravka Todorova, the Fisher Center Predoctoral Fellow in 2004-05, has been named a winner of the Veblen Prize, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Thorsten Veblen.

Through her research, Todorova has explored gender assumptions behind theories of public finance and money, as well as their consequences for policy formulation. Another area of expertise is the interrelation between household finances and activities such as unpaid labor, paid labor and consumption.

While at the Colleges, she taught two courses: The Political Economy of Globalization, which focused on contemporary topics in the context of gender and economic theory; and Gender Dimensions of Finance and Budgets, which illustrated how gender affects micro- and macro-economic issues.

Holding a bachelor's degree in agribusiness economics from Bulgaria's Plovdiv University, a master's in economics and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, she is now an Assistant Professor of Economics at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

Todorova's unpublished doctoral thesis, “Reconsidering Households in Economic Theory,” and Olivier Brette's article, “Expanding the Dialogue Between Institutional Economics and Contemporary Evolutionary Economics,” published June 2006 in the Journal of Economic Issues were honored in Category 1.

The prizes of £2,000 (about $4,100) each will be awarded at the conference of the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy, Nov. 1-4 in Porto, Portugal. Veblen (1857-1929) was a Norwegian-American sociologist and economist and a founder of the institutional economics movement. He is best known for his book, “The Theory of the Leisure Class,” published in 1899.

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