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Research Grants

2010 Research Grant Recipients

Multi-Year Awards

"The Firestone Tire and Rubber Company and Liberia's Civil Conflict 1989-2003."

My current research revolves around the history of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in Liberia. The Company first invested in Liberia in 1926 and has been operating a rubber plantation almost continually since. Of special interest is the impact of Firestone both on the civil conflict in Liberia and in creating post-conflict business norms. During the conflict, Firestone implicitly cooperated with first rebel-then President, Charles Taylor, a fact which has been discussed by Liberia’s recently released “Truth and Reconciliation Report” and its section on economic crimes. Post-conflict, Firestone has been balancing its own interests with those of the newly elected government of President Johnson Sirleaf and international NGOs to create norms for “post-conflict corporate social responsibility.”

Suzanne McCoskey, Assistant Professor - Women's Leadership Program, Department of Economics.
Suzanne McCoskeyDr. McCoskey joined the faculty at the The George Washington University in the Fall of 2007. From August 1997-May 2005 she was a member of the Economics Department faculty at the US Naval Academy, first as Assistant and then Associate Professor. In 2000, she went to the University of Pretoria as a Fulbright Scholar and taught in their PhD and Master's programs in econometrics. She also served as an International Economist (Instructor) at the Foreign Service Institute (US State Department) from May 2005 to May 2007. Dr. McCoskey is an Oberlin graduate and spent two years, 1990-1992, teaching English at Yunnan University in the People's Republic of China. Her current research interest is foreign investment and conflict in Liberia.

"What Drives the Rising Uptake of Non-Hydro Renewable Electricity Generation by Investor-Owned Electric Utilities in the US?"

This project asks what drives the rising uptake of non-hydro renewable electricity generation by U.S. investor-owned electric utilities (IOUs). Historically, IOUs generated their electricity mostly from traditional sources such as coal and nuclear. Renewable electricity, if any, typically came from hydro sources, one of the cheapest electricity generation options. Since 2000, however, IOUs have significantly increased investments in non-hydro renewables. From 2000 to 2007, for example, IOUs collectively increased their wind capacity by 2,680% and their solar capacity by 140%. During the same period, independent power producers (IPPs), currently primary producers of non-hydro renewable electricity, increased their renewable capacity substantially less. IPPs increased their wind capacity by 529% and solar capacity by 20%. This project aims to understand the disproportionately large increase in non-hydro renewable capacity by IOUs.

Eun-Hee KimEun-Hee Kim, Assistant Professor of Strategic Management and Public Policy.
Eun-Hee Kim’s research interests include corporate governance, green strategy, energy and sustainability, and business and government. Her co-authored paper titled “Strategic Environmental Disclosure: Evidence from the DOE‟s Voluntary Greenhouse Gas Registry” is forthcoming in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, and has been featured on Another co-authored work titled “The Carbon Disclosure Project” is forthcoming in the book titled Handbook of Innovations in Transnational Governance edited by Thomas Hale and David Held. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Strategic Management and Public Policy at the George Washington University School of Business. She obtained a PhD degree from the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan in 2009.

"Rules of Engagement: NGO-MNE Partnership Governance and International Expansion."

Rafel Lucea, Assistant Professor of International Business.

"Ethics and Regulation of Securities Markets."
I describe how legal changes that took place in the regulation of securities markets during the 1990s led to a culture of poor ethical decision making by accountants, auditors, bankers and lawyers that contributed to major recent financial scandals.  I suggest legal changes to reverse the decline in ethical behavior in the financial sector.

Mark KlockMark Klock, Professor of Finance.
A B.A. in Political Science, The Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D. in Economics, Boston College; J.D., University of Maryland. I have been on the faculty of GWSB since 1987. I have also taught at Boston College, University of Baltimore, and Penn State. I have authored more than 40 journal articles in economics, law and finance. In addition to my faculty appointment at GWSB, I serve on the executive board of the Center for Law, Economics, and Finance at the GW School of Law.