Risa Kumazawa is the Associate Dean for Academic Systems and Accreditation as well as Associate Professor of Economics in the Palumbo Donahue School of Business. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in Econometrics and Labor Economics. She has previously served as Department Chair of Economics and Finance at Duquesne, a Principal Investigator of an Office of Naval Research grant and a confidential data researcher with the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Her research has been published in a number of scholarly journals including Applied Economics and Manchester School.
Dr. Kumazawa currently serves as President of the Economic Club of Pittsburgh. She is a member of the American Economic Association and the Eastern Economic Association. Her recent speaking engagements have included the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, KPMG Banking Symposium, NACD Three Rivers, Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association (PVCA), Turnaround Management Association (TMA), Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP) and Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA). She has made media appearances for KDKA-TV, WPXI-TV, WTAE-TV, PCNC, KDKA-Radio, 90.5 WESA, WMBA Beaver County Radio, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Tribune Review, the Beaver County Times, and the U.S. News and World Report.
EducationPh.D., Economics, University of Texas at Austin M.S., Economics, Illinois State University B.A., Economics with Research Honors, Illinois Wesleyan University
Articles in Journals
Kumazawa, R. & Gomis Porqueras, P. (2012). An Empirical Analysis of Patent Flows and R&D Flows around the World. Applied Economics, 44 (36), 4755-4763.
Kumazawa, R. & Callaghan, M. S. (2012). The Effect of the Kyoto Protocol On Carbon Dioxide Emissions. Journal of Economics and Finance, 36 (1), 201-210.
Kumazawa, R. & Query, J. T. (2011). Examining the Impact of Issuing Driver's Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants and Other Socioeconomic Factors on the Percentage of Uninsured Motorists. Journal of Insurance Regulation, 30, 261-286.
Kumazawa, R. (2010). Promotion Speed and Its Effect on Attrition of Navy Enlisted Personnel: Addressing Heterogeneity in High School Credentials. Applied Economics, 42 (20), 2563-2576.
Kumazawa, R., Query, J. T., & Yanochik, M. A. (2010). A Real-Options Approach to Post-Hurricane Loss Valuation of Damaged Property: Rebuild or Repair? Asia Pacific Journal of Risk and Insurance, 5 (1), Article 4.
Kumazawa, R. & Yanochik, M. A. (2009). Interest Rate Manipulation, Environmental Damage and Loss Valuation. Journal of Business Valuation and Economic Loss Analysis, 4 (2), Article 8.
Kumazawa, R., Park, J. & Query, J. (2008). Service Quality in Homeowners Insurance. Pravartak Journal of Insurance and Risk Management, (3), 3.
Kumazawa, R. & Payne, J. E. (2006). Capital Mobility and Feldstein-Horioka Puzzle: Re-Examination of LDCs. Manchester School, 74 (5), 610-616.
Kumazawa, R. & Payne, J. E. (2005). Additional Panel Data Evidence on the Savings-Investment Relationship and Foreign Aid in LDCs. Frontiers in Finance and Economics, 2 (2), 58-65.
Kumazawa, R & Payne, J. E. (2005). Capital Mobility, Foreign Aid, and Openness: Panel Data Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of Economics and Finance, 29 (1), 123-127.
Kumazawa, R. & Seeborg, M. C. (1996). Teen Mothers and Their Educational Attainment: Some Evidence from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. Journal of Economics, 22 (1), 95-104.
Articles in Proceedings
Kumazawa, R. & Thomassian, J. (2011). Student Feedback towards Media Based Instruction: Improving Student Retention in Introductory Electronics & Network Analysis Courses. 2011 American Association of Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference & Exposition.
Kumazawa, R., Thomassian, J., & Kinnicutt, P. (2007). A Study of Freshmen's Outlook to Media Based Tutorials of MATLAB/ JAVA in Computing for Engineers. 2007 American Association of Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference and Exposition.
Kumazawa, R. (2013). The Effects of Heterogeneous Marital Prospects on Welfare Dependence: A Comparison of AFDC to TANF. Eastern Economic Association, New York, New York.
Kumazawa, R., Ho, C., & Query, J. T. (2013). Determinants of Lobbying Activity in the Life and Health Insurance Industry. Asia-Pacific Risk and Insurance Association, New York, New York.
Kumazawa, R. (2012). The Effect of Agricultural Practices on Global Methane and Nitrous Oxide Emissions. Eastern Economic Association, Boston, Massachusetts.
Kumazawa, R. (2011). The Effect of Mothers' Propensity to Divorce Multiple Times on the Educational Attainment of Children. Bard College Departmental Seminar, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.
Kumazawa, R. & Tsao, T. (2011, July). Marital Instability, Divorce and Educational Attainment of Children. Western Economic Association, San Diego, California.
Kumazawa, R., Gomis Porqueras, P., & Locay, L. (2011, February). Remittances and Economic Growth in Latin America: The Role of Emigration. Eastern Economic Association Annual Conference, New York, New York.
Kumazawa, R. & Query, J. T. (2010, November). Issuing Drivers' Licenses to Illegal Immigrants and the Effect on the Percentage of Uninsured Motorists. Southern Risk and Insurance Association Annual Conference, Charleston, South Carolina.
Kumazawa, R. (2010, June). The Effect of Increasing the Federal Minimum State Wage when State Minimum Wages Were Already Different. Western Economic Association Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon.
Kumazawa, R., Query, J. T., & Yanochik, M. A. (2009, July). Post-Hurricane Loss Valuation of Damaged Property. Asia-Pacific Risk and insurance Association Annual Conference, Beijing, China.
Kumazawa, R., Query, J. T., & Yanochik, M. A. (2009, January). Environmental Damage and Loss Valuation: Further Evidence from Hurricanes Katrina and Ike. Western Risk and Insurance Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Kumazawa, R. & Yanochik, M. A. & (2008, February). Union Concentration and Inflationary Expectations in the United States. Academy of Economics and Finance Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee.
Kumazawa, R., Thomassian, J., & Kinnicutt, P. (2007, June). A Study of Freshmen Students' Outlook to Media Based Tutorials of MATLAB/JAVA in Computing for Engineers. American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Kumazawa, R. (2007, February). The 'Living Wage' of Large Retail Companies versus the Federal Minimum Wage Law. Academy of Economics and Finance Annual Conference, Jacksonville, Florida.
Kumazawa, R. (2006). Promotion Speed of Navy Enlisted Personnel: Comparison of Traditional High School Graduates to Non-Traditional High School Graduates. Illinois State University Departmental Seminar, Normal, Illinois.
Kumazawa, R. & Payne, J. E. (2006, January). A Survey of Duration Models: An Application using Promotions of Navy Enlisted Personnel. American Economic Association, Boston, Massachusetts.
Kumazawa, R. & Payne, J. E. (2006, January). Capital Mobility and Felstein-Horioka Puzzle: A Re-Examination of LDCs. Georgia Southern University Departmental Seminar, Statesboro, Georgia.
Kumazawa, R. (2005). Promotions of Navy Enlisted Personnel Using Duration Models. Southern Industrial Relations and Human Resource Annual Conference. Savannah, GA.
Kumazawa, R., Park, J., & Query, J. (2005). Panel Data Analysis of Service Quality: Evidence from Homeowners Insurance. Association of Financial Services Annual Conference. Chicago, Illinois.
Kumazawa, R. (2003). The Effects of Heterogeneity of Marital Status on Welfare Participation. Illinois State University Departmental Seminar, Normal, Ill.
Kumazawa, R. & Seeborg, M. (2002). Effect of Marriage, Divorce, Separation and Children on the Relative Standard of Living of Young Men and Women. Western Economic Association Annual Conference, Seattle, WA.
Kumazawa, R. (2002). The Quality and Performance of Recent Navy Enlisted Personnel. Western Economic Association Annual Conference, Seattle, WA.
Kumazawa, R. (2017). Patenting in the Pharmaceutical Industry. In Prabu, S.L. and Suriyaprakash, T.N.K. (Eds.), Intellectual Property. InTech.
Kumazawa, R. (2012). The Effect of Organic Farms on Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Greenhouse Gases (Book 1). In Tech.
Kumazawa, R. (2010). Instructor’s Manual (2nd edition) Accompanying Economics for Managers (2nd edition) by Paul Farnham: Prentice Hall.