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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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    ALL SPRING ECONOMICS COURSES ARE AVAILABLE IN ASYNCHRONOUS ONLINE FORMAT. Please note that all Spring economics courses will have asynchronous online material available in addition to other modes of instruction (In person and/or synchronous online). Questions about a specific course? Please email the class professor or Paul Mackanos at pjmackan@syr.edu.

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    Recent Highlights

    Congratulations to Lia Chabot, Lexin Lu, Antonio Ramos Rivera, Jacob Waldron for receiving Thompson-Burkhead undergraduate research awards for their ongoing projects.  

    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

  • Yinger quoted in Daily Beast article on diverse communities

    It's been shown that diverse communities have innumerable benefits for all their residents, yet communities remain segregated. There are long-lasting ramifications from historic and present-day housing discrimination, which is evidenced by a substantial racial homeownership gap. "Our past has a long legacy. The federal government discriminated in the provision of mortgages, in the placement of housing, and we still have that legacy with us," says John Yinger, Trustee Professor of Economics and Public Administration and International Affairs. He was quoted in the Daily Beast article, "Benefits for All: Why Diverse Communities are the Way Forward, For Everyone."

     

    Lovely quoted in Axios piece on how companies handle controversies

    Following Georgia's approval of new voter restrictions last week, a number of voices are calling for a boycott of state businesses. Companies may feel more pressure to speak out about controversies than in the past but it's not always a cut and dry win if they do. "Companies are really in the crosshairs...with the potential of losing access to the consumer market," says Professor Mary Lovely. She was quoted in the Axios article, "Companies face purpose paralysis."

     

    Six Maxwell students receive prestigious Critical Language Scholarship

    The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities. Traditionally, some 550 students spend eight to 10 weeks abroad studying one of 15 languages—Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish or Urdu. The program is fully funded and includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.

     

Department of Economics
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