Dao Selected for Economics Research Fellowship
Anh Tung (Andy) Dao
April 28, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Anh Tung (Andy) Dao '15, of Hanoi, Vietnam, an economics and mathematics
double major, will conduct a research project this summer titled "Trade Openness as
a means of Economic Growth - An Empirical Study of Emerging Economies" with faculty
sponsor Ilaria Ossella-Durbal, associate professor of economics.
Dao's opportunity is possible thanks to Mark Israel, Class of 1991, who established
the Mark A. Israel '91 Endowed Summer Research Fund in Economics as a testament to
how important his undergraduate research experience was when he was a student.
“One of the very best parts of my Wesleyan experience was the chance to get my first
taste of real, topical economic research, working in close collaboration with multiple
members of the economics faculty, including Mike Seeborg, Bob Leekley and Margaret
Chapman,” Israel said. “Through this gift, I’m giving one student per year a chance
to realize a similar experience, which just seems like the right way to pay something
back for all that those experiences did for me.”
Following graduation, Israel began a business career at State Farm, earned a doctorate
at Stanford University and taught at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management
before restarting his business career.
Currently, Israel lives with his wife Melissa Best ’94 and their children in Washington
D.C., where he is executive vice president with Compass Lexecon, one of the world’s
leading economic consulting firms.
For additional information regarding the Fellowship, contact the Department of Economics
(309) 556-3171 or the Advancement Office at (309) 556-3710.
Contact: Hannah Dhue, ’15, (309) 556-3181, firstname.lastname@example.org