Dr. Dennis Jansen is a Professor of Economics and Director of the Private Enterprise Research Center at Texas A&M University and is currently the Mary Julia and George R. Jordan Jr. Professor of Public Policy in Economics. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his undergraduate degree in economics and mathematics from St. Louis University. His research focuses on macroeconomics, financial economics, forecasting, and the economics of education. He has received grants from the National Science Foundation and has worked for the Texas Education Agency to study the Texas school finance formula, and to evaluate both the Texas Educator Excellence Grant program and the Texas District Award for Teacher Excellence program. Professor Jansen was a Fulbright Scholar in 2008, lecturing and conducting research in Ireland. At Texas A&M University Dr. Jansen has served as Department Head, Director of Graduate Programs, and Director of Undergraduate Programs. He has also held research or teaching positions at the National University of Ireland-Galway, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Indiana University-Bloomington, North Carolina State University, Korea University, Southwest University of Finance and Economics (China), Erasmus University Rotterdam, Catholic University Leuven, and Maastricht University.