My name is Bahram Adrangi and I am a Professor of Economics at the Pamplin School of Business. The path that I took to study economics came through my interest in social issues as such as prevalence of poverty, income distribution, as well as the mechanics of the economic market. Initially, while I was still in high school, I thought I would study engineering once I entered university.
That changed during my undergraduate years as I was able to broaden my horizons and become interested in the role of financial markets in an economy. After completing my undergraduate degree from the University of Tehran in Iran, I entered the M.B.A. program at Western Illinois University. I think the two experiences complemented each other well and gave me a much better understanding of how market economies function. Eventually this led me to pursue my Ph.D. with a research interest at the intersection of the financial, energy and equity markets. The economics of natural resources, although I have been less focused on this area in the last few years, has also been a strong interest.
I am currently a member of Western Economic Association. I have also been a member of the American Economic Association, Western Regional Science Association, and National Decision Sciences Association in the past.
My advice to our students is that If you aren’t passionate about something, don’t worry yet. You can always develop passion for some subject. The world of thinking, exploring and learning is infinite. Just keep at it. I think a valuable lesson that I have learned over the years is that most fields including fields of economics and business are dynamic. It is necessary to be critical in learning. One should question the validity of any information with evidence. For instance, if a proposition isn’t supported with real data (hopefully reliable data), then there is something missing. If you ever have any questions, please come and see me.