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After the Bell: Fashion, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship with Dr. Christie Byun

Tuesday, June 28, 2022
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (EDT)

Wabash "rings-out" a new class to our alumni ranks each year. After the Bell offers opportunities to come back to the Wabash classroom and attend virtual liberal arts sessions with current faculty members. Join us for this live virtual event being offered for Wabash alumni, spouses, partners, parents, and friends.

Fashion is everywhere—in politics, sports, music, religion, and business. People use fashion to express creativity, pursue anonymity, or stick it to the Man. From the cotton grown in fields half a world away to the t-shirts we buy at the local mall, fashion is a multi-billion dollar global industry with designers, entrepreneurs, counterfeiters, and ordinary consumers. The production, consumption, and ultimately the disposal of fashion items has made this industry one of the most important in the world.  

Dr. Christie Byun, Associate Professor of Economics

Dr. Christie Byun's interests include the theory of habit formation and how it influences household consumption choices. She also does research in environmental economics, and is interested in free market environmentalism and how markets can be used to determine efficient allocations of natural resources. Her teaching areas include Principles of Economics, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics, Statistics for the Social Sciences, Environmental Economics, Economics and Public Policy, the Economic Approach with Microsoft Excel, and Senior Seminar. She has also taught a Freshman Tutorial course on the Economics of the Popular Music Industry. Dr. Byun is interested in how the business side of the music industry and music technology can influence the process of creating music and has a book, The Economics of the Popular Music Industry on Palgrave Pivot Press. Her most recent Freshman Tutorial course is called Fashion, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship: How to Dress Like a Gentleman in the 21st Century.

Dr. Byun strongly believes in the power of immersion learning and has led an immersion trip to Iceland for her Environmental Economics class to study renewable energy sources, environmental technology, and environmental conservation. Her previous Environmental Economics immersion class traveled to Alaska where students met with representatives from the oil and natural resource industries, Native groups, and tourism industry groups.

Dr. Byun is committed to collaborative research with students and has sponsored several students’ research presentations at various conferences, including the Midwest Economics Association Annual Meeting, the Indiana Academy of Social Sciences Annual Meeting, and the Wabash College Celebration of Student Research. She has also worked on interdisciplinary research with Dr. Ethan Hollander of the Political Science department on the causes of the Arab Spring uprisings in the Middle East. She is a board member of the Indiana Academy of Social Sciences and a faculty liaison for the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession.