Andras Margitay-Becht

Andras Margitay-Becht

Overview

Professional Overview: 

András Margitay-Becht is a faculty member in the Economics Department. Holding master's degrees in finance, stochastic methods and computer science and a doctorate in economics, he focuses on agent-based simulation of economic development and the international financial aiding process. His primary research is on incorporating sociological, anthropological and political effects into economic simulations, while his alternate research examines computer gaming and new media, and their impact on education and corporate management.

Department: 
School of Economics and Business Administration » Economics
SMC Email Address: 
Contact Information: 

Office
Garaventa - 303

Contact:
Email: am17@stmarys-ca.edu

Education

  • PhD International Business Transactions, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, 2008
    Modeling the financial aid of Sub-Saharan Africa in an agent-based environment
  • MA Finance, Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration, 2008
  • MSC Technical Informatics, System Design, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, 2004

Professional Experience

Teaching Experience:

  • Associate Professor, Tenure Track - Saint Mary's College of California School of Economics and Business Administration, Department of Economics
  • Adjunct - Saint Mary's College of California (2008 - 2017)
    School of Economics and Business Administration, Department of Economics

Courses Taught

Recently Taught:

  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Managerial Economics
  • Game Theory

Regularly Taught:

  • Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Managerial Economics

Service

Advising

  • Concentrated Faculty Advisor for BUSAD and ECON programs (2016-)
  • FYAC (2015-)

Committees and working groups:

  • Core Curriculum - Common Good and Community Engagement working group (2017-)
  • Sustainability Committee (2016-)
  • AOL Committee Member (2011 - )

Program Development:

  • DBA program development committee (2017-)
  • EMBA review committee (2016-2017)
  • Masters in the Science of Management program development committe (2016)
  • Digital Literacy minor -- consultant
    (2010 - 2015)

Presentations

Selected Conference Presentations

  • Utilizing Fame-based Entrepreneurship to Foster Economic Growth 21st. EBES Conference, Budapest (January 14, 2017)
  • Forecasting firm life-cycle populations using dynamic modelling: the case of Hungary AIB-CEE, Prague (September 30, 2016)
  • Global Trade and Remittances. International Conference of Future Challenges in Management and Business, Istanbul (July 6, 2015)
  • Culture, Trade, Eurovision. International Conference of Future Challenges in Management and Business, Istanbul (July 6, 2015)
  • Analysis of real markets in a synthetic world. Finance and Economics Conference of the Lupon Center for Business Research, Munich (August 13-15, 2014)
  • The Efficacy of Using Promotional Models to Market Alcohol Products in the United States. With Sara Snitselaar at the West-East Conference in Budapest. (June 22-25, 2014)
  • Aiding Africa, 2014 Cliodynamics conference a the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow (June 9-11, 2014)
  • Dissonance and Inequality, 2013 annual meeting of the Society for Economic Anthropology; Saint Louis (April 11-14, 2013) 
  • Connectivity and Immersive Environments: Education for the 21st Century. 1st
    Global Conference – Connectivity in the 21st Century; Salzburg, Austria (November 4-6, 2012)
  • Remittances and FDI; a comparison. The Human Factor in Economic Development conference Budapest, Hungary (November 29, 2011)
  • Teaching Social Sciences in Virtual Worlds: a Tutorial. International Association for Development of the Information Society: Game and Entertainment Technologies Freiburg,Germany (July 26, 2010)
  • Do-it-yourself learning: Case studies of gaming as education in virtual worlds. with Dana R. Herrera. Videogame cultures and the future of interactive entertainment conference Mansfield College, Oxford, UK, (July 10, 2009)
  • Cyber-diasporas: the effects of migration to virtual worlds. with Dana R. Herrera
    The Second global conference: Diasporas Mansfield College, Oxford, UK. (July 06, 2009)
  • Virtual Rebirth and Reincarnation: Synthetic Lives. with Dana R. Herrera. Hierarchy and Power in the History of Civilizations conference (June 23, 2009)
  • Society, groups and economy: the effects of traditional social norms and structures on a western development path. Hierarchy and Power in the History of Civilizations conference, Moscow (June 23, 2009)
  • Fun is Learning: A case study of Gaming as Education in Virtual Worlds. Margitay-Becht, Andras and Herrera, Dana R. Learning in Higher Education symposium (June 01, 2008)

Conferences Organized

  • The Human Factor in Economic Development Conference. Margitay-Becht, Andras (Organizer)
    (November 29, 2011)

Keynote Presentations

  • Cultural Effects on Remittances. Margitay-Becht, Andras
    Economic & Social Challenges and Problems 2010 conference
    Tirana, Albania, December 10-12.
    (December 10, 2010)
  • Exploring Complexity: Agent-Based Social Simulations.. Margitay-Becht, Andras (talk, speech or lecture)
    ARW Complex Societal Dynamics: Security Challenges and Opportunities conference
    Zagreb, Croatia, December 8-11
    (December 08, 2009)

Publications

  • Margitay-Becht, András 2016. Teaching Economics in World of Warcraft in Emerging Tools and Applications of virtual Reality in Education. Dong Choi (ed.), IGI Global. 
  • Margitay-Becht, András – Herrera, Dana R. 2014. Immersion and Connectivity: How Goal-Oriented Fun Fosters Self-Motivation in Connectivity across Borders, Boundaries and Bodies: International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Edie Lanphar and Phil Fitzsimmons (eds.), Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford.
  • Margitay-Becht, Andras and Herrera, Dana R. 2013. Teaching Social Skills in Virtual Worlds: A primer for extending existing social science education to business management, Immersive Environments, Augmented Realities and Virtual Worlds: Assessing Future Trends in Education, ed. D'Agustino, Steven
  • Margitay-Becht, Andras, Allen, Roy and Bedford, Norm. 2011. A ‘Human Ecology Economics’ Framework for Eastern Europe, International Journal of Social Economics, vol. 38, issue 3
  • Margitay-Becht, Andras. 2010. Exploring Complexity: Agent-Based Social Simulations, NATO Science for Peace and Security Series, vol. Complex Societal Dynamics: Security Challenges and Opportunities
  • Margitay-Becht, Andras, Herrera , Dana R. and Chagas , Jovina. 2009. Cyber-disaporas: The Effects of Migration to Virtual Worlds, Diasporas: Exploring Critical Issues, ed. Vermuri, S. Ram, Oxford: Inter- Disciplinary Press.
  • Margitay-Becht, Andras. 2008. Modeling social groups in an agent-based environment, Nyitottan a világra..., ed. Meyer, Dietmar, Budapest, Műegyetemi kiadó.
  • Margitay-Becht, Andras and Herrera, Dana R. 2008. Fun is Learning: A Case Study of Gaming as Education in Virtual Worlds, Understanding Learning-centred Higher Education, eds. Nygaard, ClausHoltham, Clive, Copenhagen Business School Press.
  • Margitay-Becht, Andras. 2008. A model of dissonance, Transformation in the light of Theory and Globalization, BERG-Verlag, Bamberg
  • Margitay-Becht, Andras and Herrera, Dana R. 2008, Periodica Polytechnica
  • Margitay-Becht, Andras and Herrera, Dana R. 2007. Do-It-Yourself Learning: Case Studies of Gaming as Education in Virtual Worlds, Videogame Cultures and the Future of Interactive Entertainment, ed. Rhia, Daniel , Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press.
  • Margitay-Becht, Andras.. Virtual Colonization

Active Research Projects

  • Impact of the location and infrastructure of nations to the economics of live streaming
  • Impact of immigration on the long-term economic growth of Hungary

Honors, Awards & Grants

Honors: 
  • SEBA Service Award (2017)
  • SEBA Teaching Award (2015)

Scholarship :

  • OKTA Scholarship - Hungarian National Research Programs (2009)
    Awarded $8,000
Grants: 
  • SEBA Individual Research Grant - St. Mary's College (2009)
    Awarded $1,000
  • Faculty Technology Group Grant - St. Mary's College (2009)
    Awarded $2,000

Interests

Scholarly Interests: 
  • Economic Development
    I believe that most interesting questions in social sciences cannot be addressed on a disciplinary basis; and this is especially true to economic development. I work with anthropologists, sociologists, political scientists and other economists from around the world to tackle the issues of economic development, migration, remittances and poverty.
  • Ludology and Gamification
    In the XXIst century virtual and on-line existence becomes more and more mainstream and takes up larger and larger portion of our everyday lives. I not only research the topic but have taught multiple classes in commercial virtual worlds, greatly enhancing the student experience and knowledge retention.
  • Agent-based computational Economics
  • Technology and Pedagogy