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  • Welcome to the Department of Economics 

    Members of our faculty are known nationally and internationally for their applied microeconomic research on issues of public policy relevance.

    We have a high-quality undergraduate program within which we have two alternative tracks, BA and BS. We also offer a combined BS+MA degree in which students can earn an MA with one additional year of study. In each track, we provide a strong foundations in micro- and macroeconomics through our introductory and intermediate courses, which is followed by more specialized courses or electives.

    The Graduate Program (PhD and Masters) reflects the Department's strengths in Labor Economics, Public Economics, International Economics (International Trade and Economic Development), Urban Economics, and Econometrics. A distinguishing feature of our Ph.D. program is that we have a tradition of providing guidance and support that helps students learn how to shape their work in ways that facilitate publication in peer-reviewed journals. As a result, many of our students publish papers from their dissertations in select journals.

    Some of the recent joint work in the department by faculty and graduate students includes: Flores-Lagunes, Alfonso, Hugo B. Jales, Judith Liu, and Norbert L. Wilson. 2018. "The Differential Incidence and Severity of Food Insecurity by Racial, Ethnic, and Immigrant Groups over the Great Recession in the United States."AEA Papers and Proceedings, 108 : 379-83. Merima Ali, Odd-Helge Fjeldstad, Boqian Jiang, and Abdulaziz Shifa, “Colonial Legacy, State-building and the Salience of Ethnicityin Sub-Saharan Africa,” Economic Journal, February 2018.

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    Recent Highlights

    We are pleased to welcome to the Faculty, Maria Zhu (Ph.D. Duke University, 2019), Andrew Jonelis (Ph.D. University of Kentucky, 2019) and Michael Lorenzo (Ph.D. University of Connecticut, 2018).

    Congratulations to:

    Economics PhD candidate, Jun Cai, won a best paper award in June 2019 for his presentation at the Early Career Research Day of the 16th European Workshop on Efficiency and Productivity Analysis in London, England. Coauthored with Professors Horrace and Lee, the title of his talk was "Nonparametric three-way conditional heteroskedastic frontiers." Two years earlier, Economics PhD alumnus, Hyunseok Jung, won the same prize.

    Badi Baltagi has received the Kuwait Prize for 2018 in recognition of his distinguished scientific contributions and intellectual achievements. This prize was established in 1979 by KFAS and recognizes outstanding accomplishments and contributions of Arab scholars and researchers around the world in various disciplines including economics. Professor Baltagi is one of just 120 distinguished individuals to have been awarded the prize since it was established in 1979.

    Hugo Jales received an Award of Excellence from his contribution to Emerald Publishing.  ' Identification and Estimation Using a Density Discontinuity Approach' published in Advances in Econometrics 38 has been selected by the editorial team as an Outstanding Author Contribution in the 2018 Emerald Literati Awards. His chapter was chosen as a winner as it is one of the most exceptional pieces of work the team has seen throughout 2017.

    John Yinger,Trustee Professor, Economics and Public Administration and International Affairs, has been selected as APPAM's 2017 Steven D. Gold Award recipient. The award recognizes a person who has made a significant contribution to public financial management in the field of intergovernmental relations and state and local finance and is given annually by the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM).

    Check out some of the recent joint work in the department by faculty and graduate students

    Flores-Lagunes, Alfonso, Hugo B. Jales, Judith Liu, and Norbert L. Wilson. 2018. "The Differential Incidence and Severity of Food Insecurity by Racial, Ethnic, and Immigrant Groups over the Great Recession in the United States."AEA Papers and Proceedings, 108 : 379-83.

    Merima Ali, Odd-Helge Fjeldstad, Boqian Jiang, and Abdulaziz Shifa, “Colonial Legacy, State-building and the Salience of Ethnicityin Sub-Saharan Africa,” Economic Journal, February 2018.

  • Economics News

  • Lovely comments on US-China tech war in Axios article

    The torrent of anti-Chinese rhetoric by the Trump administration recently has been countered by much softer actions, as the administration attempts to "thread the needle" of looking tough heading into the election while having the Chinese continue to purchase U.S. goods, says Professor Mary Lovely. "The tech issue is the big one … for the long term, but for the election it’s not at all clear to me that the tech issue is the big one," she says. Read more in the Axios article, "The tech war between the U.S. and China escalates."

     

    Engelhardt cited in TRD article on COVID's impact on housing costs

    Professor Gary Engelhardt notes that a new federal stimulus package would be essential to help prevent more households, particularly renters, from running into difficulties paying their housing costs. "Particularly for renters, the combination of those who missed a payment — or were offered and did not take it — is substantive enough to suggest real risk to their ability to make upcoming payments," says Engelhardt. He was quoted in the Real Deal article, "Landlords lost about $9B in rental payments last quarter: report."

     

    Study by Ali, Shifa on colonial power, corruption in Africa published

    "European colonization and the corruption of local elites: The case of chiefs in Africa," co-authored by Merima Ali and Abdulaziz Shifa, both assistant professors of economics, was published in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization. Using microdata from nationally representative surveys in anglophone and francophone countries in Africa, Ali and Shifa found that corruption among anglophone chiefs is significantly higher than that of francophone chiefs. They also found that anglophone chiefs command a significantly lower level of public trust.