Research at the RBJ Center

Research in the Spotlight...

  • In Progress (2014)

    North Texas Food Bank Funds SMU Hunger Study

    In a partnership with The Hunger Center of North Texas, SMU researchers are helping to analyze how the lack of social networks and/or social isolation contribute to the problem of hunger in North Texas. Read more...

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    June 30, 2014

    Researching Economic Policies Addressing Tobacco-Related Morbidity

    This year the Richard B. Johnson Center for Economic Studies and Tec de Monterrey are collaborating on two research projects concerning tobacco smoking policies in Mexico. Learn more...

Recent Past Research

January 31, 2014


Excellence in Data Mining at SMU: Two 2013 National Prize Winning Teams

This last fall SMU fielded two national prize winning data mining teams: One team finished with a silver medal in the 2013 SAS Data Mining Shootout Competition; the second team finished in the top five in the nation in the 2013 Capital One Data Modeling Competition. Learn more...

July 16, 2013


Mosquito indexing system identifies best time to act against potential West Nile Virus outbreaks

Researchers at the Richard B. Johnson Center have identified important precursors of West Nile Virus outbreaks that allow for early and effective intervention. Read more...

May 30, 2013


IBM SMART Project with the Exterran Corporation

SMU graduate students Levi Bagwell and William Ruez, in conjunction with IBM and the Exterran Corporation, develop evaluation programs to analyze work order histories and efficient labor force deployment. Learn more...

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In The News...

July 14, 2014

Dallas News

Jim Landers: Data-driven predictions for better, less expensive health care

At Washington University in St. Louis, the medical school has a predictive tool for patients newly diagnosed with cancer. They can see what the potential outcomes are for different treatment options based on an enormous worldwide cancer registry. What they get is a prediction of their own survival chances. Read more...

The Richard B. Johnson Center sponsors SAS certification programs for economics graduate students. Click here for more information.

Upcoming Seminars

(Upcoming economics talks open to the general public. Unless otherwise noted, all seminars will be held from 2:00-3:30 in Umphrey Lee, Rm 303)

Seminar schedule to start again in the spring. Check back for seminar dates/times.

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Recent Commentary


Thomas B. Fomby, Ph.D.

Big Data and Patient Care: Health Care Economics The economics of health care is changing as Big Data methodologies are contributing to innovation, increased efficiency and cost-effectiveness within the health-care sector.

Li Gan, Ph.D.

Income Inequality and Economic Transition in China. PowerPoint slides from a presentation given to the DFW Association for Business Economics in the Meadows Museum at SMU.