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The Department of Economics congratulates its 2020 graduate, Patrick Collard (B.S. Quantitative Economics and Econometrics), on his selection to receive two prestigious fellowships: the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Both fellowships are merit-based and awarded to individuals in the early stages of their graduate education who demonstrate the potential to produce high-level research in their field. Both fellowships are highly competitive and Patrick’s selection is a testament to his abilities and work ethic.

While at USF Patrick also earned a B.A. in Mathematics (2020), received an Outstanding Scholar Award, and graduated summa cum laude. In his senior year, Patrick took graduate level courses and was a student leader of a research project in the Department of Economics. In the summer prior to his senior year, Patrick served as a research intern at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago where he worked with Bhashkar Mazumder, among others, in the Bank's microeconomics section.  Upon completion of his internship, Patrick continued working with Dr. Mazumder on a project linking birth outcomes to violence in Mexico.  Following his graduation, Patrick received a prestigious two-year research pre-doctoral fellowship working with prominent health economist Amy Finkelstein at MIT. He is currently completing this pre-doc appointment.

The Soros and NSF fellowships will provide substantial financial assistance to Patrick’s pursuit of a Ph.D. in Economics at the University of California, Berkeley beginning in fall 2022.  At Berkely, Patrick plans to focus his research on the sources of poverty and the economic policies that can successfully serve to reduce it both in the US and overseas.

The Department of Economics wishes Patrick all the best as he moves into the next step in his academic journey.

Recent Community Presentations and Media Appearances

Community Presentations

Presentation/Proposal to Create a Downtown Special Services District in St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership, September 2020. Chris Jones

Research Study:  Drew Park Community Redevelopment Area, Economic and Market Analysis.  City of Tampa Economic Urban Development Department, June 2020. Chris Jones

Presentation:  Impacts of COVID-19 on the U.S. Economy and Real Estate Sector.  Urban Land Institute, Urban Development and Mixed-Use Council – Florida UDMUC Meeting, June 2020. Chris Jones

Research Study:  Downtown Tampa Special Services District, Assessment Methodology Analysis and Update.  Tampa Downtown Partnership, May 2020. Chris Jones

Presentation:  2020 U.S. and Florida Economic Forecast.  Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants – Valuation, Forensic Accounting & Litigation Services Conference. Ft. Lauderdale, FL, January 2020. Chris Jones

Presentation: The Economy Now: What’s going on? Sarasota Unitarian Universalist Church Forum, January 2020. Michael Snipes 

 

Media Appearances

Media Intervie: Battling Vacation Inflation, WFLA (Tampa Bay), May 2022, Chris Jones

Media Interview:  Price of Paradise: Historic Inflation Hamstrings Hungry Families, Food Pantries, WFTS (Tampa Bay), May 2022, Michael Snipes

Media Interview: Best Car Insurance in Florida, Wallet Hub, April 2022, Michael Snipes

Media Interview: What's the Hold up? A look into Airline Travel Delays, Spectrum Bay News 9, April 2022, Michael Snipes

Media Interview: Tampa Bay sees Higher Inflation than National Increase, Spectrum Bay News 9, April 2022, Michael Snipes

Media Interview: Inflation in Tampa Bay area hits 10.2%, Outpacing National Rate, WFTS (Tampa Bay), April 2022, Michael Snipes

Media Interview: What Impact will Russian-Ukrainian War have on Florida Real Estate? Sarasota Herald Tribune, March 2022, Chris Jones

Media Interview: Why are Florida Gas Prices so High? WFTS (Tampa Bay), March 2022, Michael Snipes

Media Interview: The Rising Price of Gas. Spectrum Bay News 9, March 2022, Michael Snipes

Media Interview: Inflation Higher than National Average across Tampa Bay, Crushing Businesses and Customers. WTVT (Tampa Bay), March 2022, Michael Snipes

Media Interview: Gas Prices Climbing as Russia's Ukraine Invasion Continues. WFTS (Tampa Bay), March 2022, Michael Snipes

Media Interview: Florida Gas Prices may go up as Russian Conflict wth Ukraine Plays Out. WTVT (Tampa Bay), February 2022, Michael Snipes

Media Interview: The "Great Resignation" is helping to Propel Higher Prices. The Enquirer-Gazette, February 2022, Michael Snipes

Media Interview: Rise in Inflation Impacting Wage Increases. Spectrum Bay News 9, February 2022, Chris Jones

Media Interview: High Prices, Empty Shelves make for Miserable Shopping across the US. Idaho State Journal, February 2022, Michael Snipes

Media Interview: Experts Speculate when Prices may drop in Tampa as Sky-High Inflation Continues. WFTS (Tampa Bay), February 2022, Michael Snipes

Media Interview: Hardest hit Hospitality Sector sees Strongest Job Growth in January. WFTS (Tampa Bay), February 2022, Chris Jones

Media Interview: The Rising Cost of LIving: People along the Suncoast are Concerned. WWSB (Sarasota), February 2022, Michael Snipes

Media Interview: High Prices and Empty Shelves make for Miserable Shopping Trips across the U.S. Watertown Daily Times, January 2022, Michael Snipes

Media Interview: Relief from Tampa Bay's High Rent Prices on the Way, USF Economist Believes. WFLA (Tampa Bay), January 2022, Chris Jones

Media Interview: More Americans Seek Higher-Paying Jobs, Retire Early during Pandemic. WFTS (Tampa Bay), January 2022, Michael Snipes

Media Interview: Omicron's Workforce Strain. Spectrum Bay News 9, January 2022, Michael Snipes

Media Interview: Bradenton-Sarasota Ranks as a Top 10 US Growth Area in the Past Year, U-Haul says. Bradenton Herald, January 2022, Michael Snipes

Media Interview: Christmas Shipping Rush. WFTS (Tampa Bay), December 2021, Chris Jones

Media Interview: Report: Shoppers slowed Retail Spending in November. WFTS (Tampa Bay), December 2021, Michael Snipes

Media Interview: Why Tampa Bay Inflation is Worst in the Nation. WFLA 970, December 2021, Michael Snipes

Media Interview: Tampa Bay Inflation Jumps 8%, a Leader in the Nation. Tampa Bay Times, December 2021. Michael Snipes

Media Interview: Price of Paradise: Tampa Bay Inflation Rates tops Nation's Largest Metro Areas. WFTS (Tampa Bay), December 2021. Michael Snipes

Media Interview: Tampa Bay's GDP fell by $2.4 Billion in 2020: Report. Tampa Bay Times, December 2021. Michael Snipes

Media Interview: Price of Paradise: Inflation Weighing on Lower-Income Workers. WFTS (Tampa Bay), December 2021. Michael Snipes

Media Interview: Why is there a Shortage of Everything?. Sarasota Herald-Tribune, October 2021. Chris Jones

Media Interview: The Impact of US Debt Default. WFTS (Tampa Bay), October 2021. Michael Snipes

Media Interview: Dollar Tree's Price Increase will hurt those who have Struggled most during Pandemic, Experts say. WFTS (Tampa Bay), October 2021. Michael Snipes

Media Interview: Florida's Minimum Wage Increases to $10 on Thursday. WFTS (Tampa Bay), September 2021. Chris Jones

Media Interview: The Cost of Having Kids. WFLA (Tampa Bay), September 2021. Chris Jones

Media Interview: Rents in Bradenton Area Rank among the Nation’s Least-Affordable, According to Study. Bradenton Herald, September 2021. Michael Snipes

Media Interview: Expiring Federal Unemployment Benefits might impact those on the SuncoastWWSB (Sarasota), September 2021. Michael Snipes

Media Interview: Who's Hiring: Finance, Pharmaceutical Companies offer Varied Job Opportunities. 83 Degrees, August 2021. Michael Snipes

Media Interview: Grocers Look for an Edge as Competition gets even Tighter. Business Observer, July 2021. Chris Jones

Meida Interview: Restaurants, Retail Face Worker Shortage as Employees Leave for Better-Paying Remote Work. WFTS (Tampa Bay), June 2021. Chris Jones

Media Interview:  Why Florda is Ending the Extra $300 Federal Unemployment Benefits Early.  WFTS (Tampa Bay), June 2021. Michael Snipes

Media Interview:  Tampa International Airport Impacted by American Airlines Cancelling Flights Amid Labor Shortage and Surge in Travel. WFLA (Tampa Bay), June 2021. Chris Jones

Media Interview: Florida Unemployment: Did DEO Call Center Cut Make Long Delays even Longer? WFLA (Tampa Bay), June 2021. Chris Jones

Media Interview: Experts Predict "Obscene" Homebuying Market to Fizzle as Many Become Priced Out. WTVT (Tampa Bay), June 2021. Chris Jones

Media Interview: Home Sales Boom Helps Drive Growth in Bradenton Places for You to Self-store Your Stuff. Bradenton Herald, June 2021. Michael Snipes

Media Interview: State Petroleum Leaders Confirm that there's Plenty of Fuel, No Need to Panic. WWSB (Sarasota), May 2021. Michael Snipes

Media Interview: State Monitoring Gas Price Gauging. WFTS (Tampa Bay), May 2021. Chris Jones

Media Interview: Longer waits/higher prices for everyday items frustrating consumers and retailers. WFTS (Tampa Bay), May 2021. Chris Jones

Media Interview: New Jobs Reports. WFTX (Ft. Myers), May 2021. Michael Snipes

Media Interview: Cost of Living not Factored into Unemployment Benefits since 1988 in Florida. WFTS (Tampa Bay), April 2021. Michael Snipes

Media Interview: Job Offer Incentives. WFLA (Tampa Bay), April 2021.  Michael Snipes

Media Interview: Staffing Shortages Amid the PandemicWWSB (Sarasota), April 2021. Michael Snipes

Media Interview: Analysts and Experts Forecast Future of Home Prices. WFTS (Tampa Bay), April 2021. Chris Jones

Media Interview: Women have Lowest Workforce Participation Rate since 1987. WTVT (Tampa Bay), March 2021. Rebecca Harris

Media Interview: Got My Stimulus Check. But what if I don’t really need $600? Tampa Bay Times, January 2021. Chris Jones

Media Interview: How Florida’s Minimum Wage Increase could impact Low-Wage Workers and Businesses. WFTS (Tampa Bay), January 2021. Chris Jones

Media Interview: 21 predictions for 2021 from Tampa Bay’s business and community leaders. Tampa Bay Times, January 2021. Xin Jin

Media Interview: Low Income Workers Celebrate Florida’s Minimum Wage Hike.  WFTS (Tampa Bay), November 2020. Chris Jones

Media Interview: Coronavirus Pandemic Clouds Future for Tampa Bay’s Downtowns. Tampa Bay Times, October 2020. Chris Jones, Brad Kamp

Media Interview: Amendment 5 and Florida. WWSB (Sarasota), October 2020. Michael Snipes

Media Interview: Amendment 2 and the Suncoast. WWSB (Sarasota), October 2020.  Michael Snipes

Media Interview: Amendment 2 and Florida. WFLA (Tampa Bay), October 2020. Michael Snipes

Media Interview: As airlines hit Turbulence, Tampa Airport pins hopes on Coronavirus Testing.  Tampa Bay Times, October 2020. Brad Kamp

Media Interview: As Major Airline, Theme Park Layoffs Loom, New Unemployment Claims Fall. Tampa Bay Times, October 2020. Brad Kamp

Media Interview: New Unemployment Claims Fall to Lowest Level of Coronavirus Pandemic. Tampa Bay Times, September 2020. Chris Jones

Media interview: The Economic Impacts of President Trump’s Proposed Payroll Tax Holiday.  WTVT (Tampa Bay), September 2020.  Michael Loewy

Media Interview: New Jobless Claims Stuck at 1 Million; More Hotel, Airport Losses hit Tampa Bay. Tampa Bay Times, August 2020. Xin Jin

Media Interview: Hillsborough County Tax Revenues Expected to Fall Short Next Year.  Spectrum Bay News 9, August 2020. Chris Jones

Media Interview: Back to School Preparedness. WWSB (Sarasota), August 2020. Michael Snipes

Media Interview: CARES Package 3.0: What Effect Will It Have? WWSB (Sarasota), July 2020. Michael Snipes

Media Interview: Economic Impacts of Second COVID-19 Shutdown on Southwest Florida Economy. WINK (Ft. Myers), July 2020. Chris Jones

Media Interview: Budget Cuts and COVID-19. WUSF Florida Matters Program, July 2020. Chris Jones

Media Interview: Price of Gold Increases past Previous Record, Nearing $2,000 per Ounce. WTVT (Tampa Bay), July 2020. Chris Jones

Media Interview: Causes and Consequences of the Recent Rapid Increase in the Prices of Gold and Silver. WTVT (Tampa Bay), July 2020. Michael Loewy

Media Interview: State Jobless Ranks Swell. Tampa Bay Times, July 2020. Chris Jones

Media Interview: In a Week, Florida’s New Unemployment Claims Nearly Double. Tampa Bay Times, July 2020. Chris Jones

Media Interview: The Suncoast Could See A Faster Recovery than Other Parts of Florida. WWSB (Sarasota), June 2020.  Michael Snipes

Media Interview: As Stimulus Checks Hit Bank Accounts, Everyone Wants a Piece of the Action. Tampa Bay Times, May 2020. Chris Jones

Media Interview: Economist says it will be a Slow Recovery for Businesses. WTSP (Tampa Bay), May 2020. Brad Kamp

Media Interview: Is surging unemployment just the first domino to threaten Florida’s economy? Tampa Bay Times, May 2020. Brad Kamp

Media Interview: Gig Workers have changed Florida’s Workforce. The Coronavirus Response is starting to reflect that. Tampa Bay Times, April 2020. Brad Kamp

Media Interview: Got Tickets?  What to do Now with Events Canceled, Postponed. Spectrum Bay News 9, April 2020. Chris Jones

Media Interview: Third wave brings another 6.6 million coronavirus jobless claims in the U.S. Tampa Bay Times, April 2020. Xin Jin

Media Interview: Will the Stimulus Checks Be Enough? WWSB (Sarasota), April 2020. Michael Snipes

Media Interview: Opening of the Economy: How will It Work? WFLA (Tampa Bay), April 2020. Michael Snipes

Media Interview: Scary Unemployment Forecast for Bradenton-Sarasota could be right on Target Experts say.  Bradenton Herald, April 2020. Michael Snipes

Media Interview: Government Stimulus Checks. WWSB (Sarasota), April 2020. Michael Snipes

Media Interview: Sarasota’s Demographics Are Changing. Here’s Why That Matters.  Sarasota Magazine, April 2020. Michael Snipes

Media Interview: Possible Effects of the Coronavirus on the Economy. WWSB (Sarasota), March 2020. Michael Snipes

Media Interview:  Economic Impacts of “Public Charge” Laws. WWSB (Sarasota), February 2020. Michael Snipes

Media Interview: Tampa Bay gas prices increase as conflict with Iran escalates. WFLA (Tampa Bay), January 2020. Michael Snipes

Media interview: Ask the Experts – Car Insurance in Florida. wallethub.com, January 2020. Michael Snipes