Aspiring to a career in regional economics, regional innovation, rural innovation, innovation policy, and spatio-temporal econometric models and utilize my interpersonal skills for further institutional growth and professional development.
Seeking to understand regional disparities in innovation and economic growth and their interrelationship and identify policy issues related to perceived lack of innovations in rural regions.
Ph.D. Candidate, Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Michigan State University, Dept. of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics (AFRE), 2013-present.
Dissertation Title: “Rural-Urban Gap in Innovation Creation and Economic Growth in the United States”
Dissertation Committee: Satish Joshi (chair), John Mann, Scott Loveridge, Mark Skidmore
M.S., Applied Economics, University of Idaho, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology (AERS), 2011-2013.
Thesis title: “Statewide impact of potato virus Y on Idaho economy”
Thesis Committee: Christopher McIntosh (chair), Philip Watson, Levan Elbakidze, Philip Nolte
M.B.S., Business Studies, Tribhuvan University, Shanker Dev Campus, Nepal, 2005-2007.
Thesis title: “Credit management of commercial banks in the light of financial reform program in Nepal (with special reference to Nepal Bank Ltd. and Rastriya Banijya Bank)”
Thesis Committee: Dhruba Subedi (chair), Kamal Das Manandhar
B. Sc., Computer Science, Tribhuvan University, Patan Multiple Campus, Nepal, 2002-2005.
PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE
Graduate Research Assistant, Dept. of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics (AFRE), Michigan State University, Fall 2013-present
• Retrieved, compiled, and analyzed data for a meta-analysis of water demand in the United States based on findings from peer-reviewed articles published during 2000-2013
• Collected data for a study of sustainability of micro hydro projects in Nepal
• Collected, compiled, and analyzed county-level secondary data to study rural-urban innovation and economic growth in the United States using count panel model and cross sectional simultaneous equation modeling.
• Analyzed firm-level survey data collected by USDA from National Survey of Business Competitiveness to study firm innovation using count models.
Graduate Research Assistant, Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology (AERS), University of Idaho, Spring 2012-Summer 2013
Compiled secondary data and analyzed economic impact of potato virus Y in Idaho using Social Accounting Matrix framework based on IMPLAN 2011.
Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology (AERS), University of Idaho, Fall 2011
Served as an assistant to Dr. Christopher McIntosh in teaching and grading of Agricultural Economics II (undergraduate course).
Trainee Officer, Nepal SBI Bank Ltd., Nepal, 11/2010-07/2011
• Supervised operation activities and prepared operation reports
• Evaluated client loan proposals, developed official proposals for approval, and prepared reports of the branch lending activities.
• Participated and organized deposit marketing activities and corporate social responsibility activities
News Translator, News Media Pvt. Ltd., Nepal, 07/2010-11/2010
Translated from English to Nepali and vice versa the news related to finance, commerce, economics, and national and international current political affairs.
Program Officer, Development Centre, Nepal, 11/2009-07/2010
Developed project proposals, prepared project financial reports, and organized project implementations.
Junior Assistant, Citizens Bank International Ltd., Nepal, 07/2008-11/2009
Trained and worked as a teller, customer service representative, and remittance officer
Public Relations Officer, Info Impact Pvt. Ltd., Nepal, 08/2005-02/2008
• Managed business-to-business and business-to-customer relationship
• Developed advertisement and marketing communication materials
School Teacher, Modern Graded English School, Nepal, 09/2004-07/2005
Taught Science and Mathematics courses for 7th and 8th grades
Grader, Mathematical Applications in Economics (graduate level course), AFRE, Fall 2014
Designed and graded homework, taught occasionally during normal schedules and regularly during weekly review sessions, and weekly office hours.
Intern, Alternative Energy Promotion Center, Nepal, Summer 2015
• Reviewed more than 500 Detailed Feasibility Study Reports of micro-hydro projects in Nepal, and helped to create electronic database of the reports.
• Visited a dozen of non-functional projects to assist a study on feasibility of their restoration.
JOURNAL SUBMISSION AND RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS
PAPER UNDER REVIEW
Aryal, G.R., Mann, J., Loveridge, S., & Joshi, S. “Drivers of Innovative Advantage in Urban and rural Regions”, with John Mann, Scott Loveridge, and Satish Joshi
Aryal, G.R., Mann, J., Loveridge, S., & Joshi, S. Rural-Urban Divide in County Level Innovation Creation. Presented at the 2017 Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, July 30-August 1, 2017
Aryal, G.R., Mann, J., Loveridge, S., & Joshi, S. “Innovation Creation and Rural-Urban Divide”. Paper presented at the Mid-continent Regional Science Association 48th Annual Conference, Toledo, Ohio, June 7-9, 2017
Aryal, G.R., Mann, J., Loveridge, S., & Joshi, S. “The Rural-urban Divide in Innovation: Evidence from Patent Applications”. Paper presented at the Regional Science Association International (RSAI) 10th Annual Midwest Graduate Student Summit on Applied Economics and Regional Science (AERS), Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, April 21-22, 2017
Aryal, G.R., Mann, J., Loveridge, S., & Joshi, S. “The Rural-urban Divide in Innovation: Evidence from Patent Awards”. Paper presented at the Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics (AFRE) Grad Students Annual Symposium, Michigan State University, East Lansing, March 30-31, 2017.
LEADERSHIP, AFFILIATION, AND VOLUNTEERING
Vice-president, Society of Computer Science Students (SOCS), Tribhuvan University (2004/05)
President, Nepali Students Association (NSA), University of Idaho (2012/13)
Senator, Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology (AERS), to the Council of Graduate Students (COGS), University of Idaho (2012/13)
Vice-president, Nepali Students Association of MSU (NSAMSU), Michigan State University (2013/14)
Mid-Continent Regional Science Association (MCRSA)
Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA)
Gamma Sigma Delta – The Honor Society of Agriculture
Nepali Students Association of MSU (NSAMSU)
Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA)
Flood Victims Relief Campaign, Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA), USA (August 15-28, 2017)
Collected cash donations, clothes, and food packets for the flood victims in Southern Nepal
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Refugee Development Center (RDC), Lansing, Michigan (Fall 2016)
Assisted in weekly two-hour classes that focused on developing refugee students’ reading, writing, and every day interaction skills
Earthquake Victims Relief Campaign, Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS), Nepal (June-July 2015)
Assisted daily for two hours in collection and distribution of relief packets to earthquake victims in Nepal and monitoring of hygienic and sanitation conditions of temporary camps
MSU Student Food Bank, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan (Spring 2013)
Provided 12 hours of service in packing and distribution of food aid to Michigan State University students
Children Behind the Bars, Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC), Nepal (August 18-27, 2005)
In the capacity of the vice-president of SOCS, organized a Kathmandu Valley Wide Inter-College Friendly Tournament on Basketball to raise funds in support to an initiative started by CNN Hero, Ms. Pushpa Basnet, for the education of prisoner’s children
Developing Communication and Conflict Management Skills for Optimal Productivity, Graduate School, Michigan State University. Completed on February 26, 2016. East Lansing, Michigan.
Graduate Student Leadership Summit, Graduate School, Michigan State University, Completed on November 7, 2015.
Fall Leadership Week 2012, Department of Student Involvement, University of Idaho. Completed on October 9, 2012. Moscow, Idaho.
Fall Leadership Week 2011, Department of Student Involvement, University of Idaho. Completed on October 20, 2011. Moscow, Idaho.
Credit Appraisal and Introduction to Basel III, Nepal SBI Bank Ltd. Completed on February 11, 2011. Pokhara, Nepal.
Sensitivity of Mass Communication, News Media (Pvt.) Ltd. Completed on September 18, 2010
Ethics in Banking, Citizens Bank International Ltd. Completed on December 10, 2008. Kathmandu Nepal
Prospects in IT Entrepreneurship, Computer Association of Nepal (CAN). Completed on June 15, 2004.
Computer Programs: Proficient in Stata and SAS. Working knowledge of R, Mathematica, MATLAB, and GAUSS
Languages: Fluent in Nepali (written and spoken) and Hindi (written and spoken)