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Bentley University Appoints Professor Dhaval Dave as Gibbons Research Professor of Economics

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Bentley University Appoints Professor Dhaval Dave as Gibbons Research Professor of Economics

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Bentley University Associate Professor of Economics Dhaval Dave was appointed Gibbons Research Professor of Economics. During the three year professorship, Dave will pursue research projects that investigate the intersection of economic and financial factors, individuals' risk-taking through various modes, and outcomes or behaviors related to health and human capital.

"The professorship reflects Dhaval's exceptional record of scholarship, including 18 refereed publications, four papers under review, and an impressive array of new projects at various stages of completion, many of which are supported by outside research grants," says Bentley Provost Michael Page.

Dhaval Dave is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) -- the organization's highest rank. His research focuses on the analysis of public policy and on the economics of health outcomes and behaviors, health insurance, and human capital. His papers have been published in leading peer-reviewed academic journals including Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Urban Economics, Health Economics, and Economic Inquiry, and his research has been featured in the Washington Post, U.S. News and World Report, FOX Network News, AM 770 Radio, and various other media outlets. 

In addition to welcoming Dhaval Dave to the professorship, the university also recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of the two outgoing Gibbons Professors: Jahangir (Jay) Sultan and Roy (Chip) Wiggins, both from the Department of Finance. Sultan's recent work includes articles on the effectiveness of dynamic hedging strategies and the performance of Islamic asset allocation strategies during the recent financial crisis. He also served as a dissertation advisor for two students from the ICFAI University in India and developed and taught a course on Islamic Finance. Wiggins continued his work in the areas of corporate governance and the valuation effects of acquisitions and joint ventures. He also completed pedagogical research and began exploratory work on the gender gap in compensation.

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