Northwestern State University Assistant Professor of Geography Dr. Perry Wisinger recently lectured at the Pole Universitaire Leonard de Vinci in Paris, France, as part of the institution’s annual International Week.


Northwestern State University Assistant Professor of Geography Dr. Perry Wisinger recently lectured at the Pole Universitaire Leonard de Vinci in Paris, France, as part of the institution’s annual International Week.

Faculty from throughout the University of Louisiana System joined colleagues from the British Columbian Institute of Technology (BCIT) in Vancouver, Canada, Reutlingen University in Germany, Niels Brock College in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki, Finland, in delivering lectures. Travel expenses were paid by Pole Universitaire.

Wisinger’s presentation was: “Using the impact of chemical hazards on nearby housing values to measure both market pricing efficiency in the United States real estate market and the impact of the 9/11 terrorists attack.”

            His presentation demonstrated how Wisinger used economic indices to measure public fear and the increase in fear resulting from 9/11. It reviewed how major U.S. environmental legislation relates to the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act, identified sources of information on potentially serious chemical hazardous sites in the U.S., showed how to measure the impact of various chemical hazardous sites on housing values before and after 9/11 and reviewed some of the difficulties in applying modern spatial econometric methodologies.

“The overarching object of this presentation was to stimulate a dialogue about the need to balance risk between the public's right to know about nearby danger and providing potential terrorists useful information for attacking the public,” said Wisinger.

           A member of Northwestern’s faculty since 2008, Wisinger has taught classes in geography, emergency management, and accounting. He obtained his Ph.D. in Land Use Planning Management and Design from Texas Tech University, his Master of Business Administration from Louisiana Tech University, and his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.