Hannah Michelle Russell

Email: Russell.hannahmichelle@gmail.com

Hannah Michelle RussellHannah Michelle Russell (Dr.) graduated with a Ph.D. in Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications from Texas A&M University. She has a passion for teaching and researching on women’s status around the globe and how gender equity affects international development. Currently, she is working on a federally funded grant with the USDA as well as an institutionally funded grant with Texas A&M University, both focused on building curriculum for undergraduate and graduate students across multiple disciplines, with a focus on raising awareness and teaching practical implementations to advance development work and enhance women’s status globally. Dr. Russell hopes to effect heart changes of men and women on the value of individual human beings, increase humility and motivate compassion toward others.

Papers Published in World Economics:

Relationship of Economic Freedom to Economic Performance, Gender Equality, and Social Progress

This study examines the relationship of economic freedom, as measured by the Economic Freedom Index, to economic performance (GDP), gender equality, and social progress. Prior research suggests that business activity is more robust in societies that are more economically free with lower government involvement. Modern business firms must do more than just make a financial profit; firms must also be good corporate citizens and demonstrate corporate social responsibility, such as by advancing gender equality and general social progress. Business managers play key roles in their firms’ advancing corporate social responsibility. Findings of this study indicate that higher levels of economic freedom are significantly positively related to the social factors of gender equality and social progress, important issues to socially responsible business firms.

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