Economics student’s curiosity helps answer a burning question

Matthew Dodier always knew he wanted to work in international development or public policy. But early in his undergraduate years, his destination-and the path to get there-was unclear.

What was clear-at least to economics professor Ben Hansen-was that Dodier in 2014 displayed an impressive curiosity and work ethic in Hansen’s intermediate microeconomics course.

Hansen, whose work in applied microeconomics focuses on crime, health, and labor, is always searching for standout students to undertake research projects for academic and personal growth. He quickly recognized Dodier’s talent. “Matt was one of those students,” Hansen says, “who was always attentive, interacted, and then would come to office hours and ask me more questions.”

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