I enjoy working with students on their research projects because it feels like I am passing on the wisdom that I received from those who helped mentor me over the years.
Christopher Magee knows firsthand that finding a mentor can really benefit a student for a lifetime. "In graduate school, I had a great experience co-authoring a paper with Robert Baldwin, a professor at Wisconsin. Bob was a great mentor for me as I was learning to do empirical research," he says.
The paper they wrote on the influence campaign contributions from corporations and unions have over Congressional voting behavior won an award in the journal Public Choice. Subsequently, Magee has written a number of papers on how money affects election outcomes and choices made by politicians. "Working on that original project had an important influence on my future research," he says.
Since joining the Bucknell economics department in 2001, Magee has investigated an array of topics including regional trade agreements, the impact of third-party candidates on election outcomes, how professorial opinion influences students, national trade agreements and political and military cooperation between trading partners, and politics and medical malpractice laws.
His work requires him to rigorously analyze empirical data, and in his classes, particularly econometrics, his objective is for students to learn how to gather and analyze data to apply to their own questions. The mentee has become the mentor.
Magee has co-authored a published paper with a student, mentored two Presidential Fellows and worked with a research assistant on a summer research program sponsored by the Bucknell Institute for Public Policy. Says Magee, "I enjoy working with students on their research projects because it feels like I am passing on the wisdom that I received from those who helped mentor me over the years."
Posted October 2012