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HWS Professor Leads Economics Program in Vietnam

Jo Beth Mertens to teach policymakers and professionals about available options to boost the Asian economy

(September 10, 2003) GENEVA, N.Y.— Over the past decade, Jo Beth Mertens, assistant professor of economics at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, has served as a financial consultant to several countries. This semester, Mertens takes her expertise to Vietnam, where she is working as a lead teacher at the Fulbright Economic Teaching Program. She is instructing 70 students, from 33 Vietnamese provinces, in microeconomics and analytical methods. She will also hold seminars for local government officials on tax policy issues.

The Fulbright Economic Teaching Program is specially designed to help Vietnamese policymakers and professionals develop and evaluate a broad range of options that relate to their country’s current economic situation. The program is highly competitive, with only one out every five applicants accepted.

Students in the program study macroeconomics, emphasizing growth and stabilization in an open economy. They also study the old market model that was used in managing growth in Asia from 1967 to 1997. For her part, Mertens hopes to provide tools for analysis and historical background by teaching courses in microeconomics and analytical methods.

Mertens holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas, a master’s degree from Duke University and a Ph.D. from Emory University. She is the author of several publications and professional papers. She has acted as a consultant for the Ministry of Finance and Tax Administration in Georgetown, Guyana, and also has worked with the fiscal Affairs Department of the International Monetary Fund in Pristina, Kosovo, and the World Bank.

For more information on the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program visit http://www.fetp.edu.vn/home.htm.

More information on Mertens can be found at http://www.hws.edu/news/experts/displayexpert.asp?expertid=45.