“Throughout these experiences, I have always kept in mind that I am representing FSU, and my ideas are a direct result of my education in the Economics Department of FSU.”
Krista Jabs originally came to Florida State University to major in violin performance. Little did she know that several years later she would win not one, but two awards from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics for her work on the productivity of capital in the U.S. for manufacturing sectors. “I ended up going to FSU Panama for a semester, which turned into a 2 year stint…I found economics…the rest is history.” Krista will complete her Ph.D. in Economics this coming year.
Krista is the recipient of an FSU Dissertation grant and the Brim Dissertation Fellowship through the Economics Department for her experimental research with auctions followed by a resale market. She credits much of her academic success to her experience as an FSU undergraduate.
“As an undergraduate student, I would say that the biggest impact on my future direction took place when I attended FSU Panama. First off, it redirected my field of study from music to economics. Secondly, it was my first exposure to foreign cultures.”
Krista further explored her newfound passion for international experiences when she taught economics in Lithuania and the Czech Republic. “Throughout these experiences, I have always kept in mind that I am representing FSU, and my ideas are a direct result of my education in the Economics Department of FSU. The indirect impact that I have had on the FSU community occurs primary through the exposure of different groups to the quality of an FSU education.”
Krista’s basic career in economics, in particular, the experimental side of it, was cemented by her work with her advisors, Tim Salmon, David Cooper, and Mark Isaac. “Krista started strong in the Economics PhD program,” notes her nominating professor, Dr, Mark Isaac. “Her career took an unusual turn when she took a leave to work overseas [but] when she returned, she didn’t miss a beat.”
Honors since her return to FSU include a fellowship awarded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to attend an intensive PhD research seminar in Entrepreneurship last summer. Krista also presented work at the 2008 meetings of the Economic Science Association in Pasadena, CA. She is also affiliated with the xs/fs experimental economics group at FSU.
When asked about the direct impact she has had on the FSU community, Krista notes her role as an undergraduate instructor for which she was awarded the Charles E. Rockwood Graduate Student Teaching Award by the FSU Department of Economics.
Upon graduation from the Ph.D. program this spring, Krista hopes to obtain a teaching and research position as a faculty of another university. She also plans “to remain a life-long loyal Seminole athletics fan!”