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Dr. Rutilio Martinez, Professor

Dr. Rutilio Martinez

"If you are self-disciplined and are able to do rigorous work on your own, you can expect good results from your online education."

Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. in Economics – Vanderbilt University, 1992
  • M.S. in Economics – Colorado State University, 1980
  • B.A. in Business – Universidad Iberoamericana, 1976

Career Highlights:

  • Taught for six years (1986-1992) at the Universidad de las Americas, Puebla (Mexico). At that time, this university had a very demanding program in economics (three of six faculty members were from Ivy League universities). In 1988 I was named professor of the year. During this six year period, some of the students who I advised went to obtain their graduate degrees from UCLA, Stanford and El Colegio de Mexico.
  • Taught a class—The Economies and Business Cultures of Latin America: Challenges and Opportunities—nine times at Furtwangen University in Germany and six times at the VSE in the Czech Republic
  • Published about 15 papers.

In which online program do you teach?

MBA – General

Which class do you teach online?

Remedial Statistics

What do you want students to learn in these courses? What is the expected learning outcome?

  • Understand basic probability theory
  • Understand the basic mechanics of simple and multiple regression
  • Acquire a limited, but well founded, knowledge of the statistical theory needed to interpret regression results
  • Become familiar with sources of economic data like OECD, Economic Report of the President, Census Bureau, and the different branches of the Federal Reserve Bank

What types of projects can online students expect in your course?

They can expect to work on formulation of forecasts using simple and multiple regressions. For these forecasts, real and realistic data will be used.

What advice would you give to those considering this online program?

If you are self-disciplined and are able to do rigorous work on your own, you can expect good results from your online education.

Why did you start teaching?

The freedom that this profession offers.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know about you.

My performance as a student varied a lot, from high-school to the Ph.D. program. In a few occasions, my performance—mostly as result of non-academic related issues—was really bad, while in some occasions my performance was very good.

I like to travel and be exposed to other cultures and to different levels of economic development.

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