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2016 Faculty News


Myrna Wooders became co-PI on two grants this year.  The first, from NIH, is entitled "GetPreCise: The Center for Genetic Privacy and Identity in Community Settings," and is through the Medical School (with Ellen Clayton of Pediatrics and Bradley Malin of Biomedical Information).  The second, through Vanderbilt TIPS, is entitled "Towards a Trans-Disciplinary Program on Data Science Policy," with Professors Clayton and Malin, as well as Eugene Vorobeychik of Engineering.

Professor Wooders recently presented her paper, "Matching Soulmates" (co-authored with Greg Leo, Jian Lu, and Martin Van Der Linden ), at several conferences and workshops (SAET 2016, Rio de Janeiro; PET 16, Rio de Janiero; the Latin American Meetings of the Econometric Society (LAMES); and "Advances in Mechanism Design, NYU Abu Dhabi. In September, Professor Wooders presented her paper, "Own Experience Bias, Prejudice, and Discrimination: Effects of Learning About Oneself on Evaluating Others" (with Edward Cartwright), at NYU Abu Dhabi.  She also presented "The Subgame Perfect Core" at the Summer Workshop in Economic Theory Paris I, as well as at LAMES. [12/16]


On Dec. 18, 2016Kevin Huang delivered the keynote address at the Shanghai World Financial Center 2016 Summit on "China Under Uncertainty: Reform, Development, and Governance."  In addition, Prof. Huang's paper, "Balanced-Budget Income Taxes and Aggregate Stability in a Small Open Economy," was recently accepted for publication at the Journal of International Economics.  This paper was co-authored with Qinaglai Meng (Oregon State University) and Jianpo Xue (Renmin University of China). [12/16]


John Weymark presented his paper, "The Structure of Dominant Strategy Incentive Compatible Mechanisms," at the Workshop on Mechanism Design held at Singapore Management University on Dec. 14-15, 2016.  The paper was co-authored with Paul Edelman, who holds appointments with Vanderbilt's Department of Mathematics and Law School. [12/16]


Andrew Goodman-Bacon was interviewed recently for an article in the Washington Post on the effects  of Medicaid on America's poor.  The piece references Goodman-Bacon's recent NBER working paper (mentinoed below), The Long-Run Effects of Childhood Insurance Coverage: Medicaid Implementation, Adult Health, and Labor Market Outcomes." [12/16]

Daughety Reinganum

Andrew Daughety and Jennifer Reinganum recently presented their paper, "Information Suppression by Teams and Violations of the Brady Rule," at the Warren Schwartz Memorial Conference, Georgetown University Law Center, and at the Law and Economics Theory VI Confernce, NYU Law School. [12/16]


William Collins has been named the winner for the Social Sciences of the 2016 Jeffrey Nordhaus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. The Nordhaus Award was established in 1982 by a gift from Katherine Stumb Nordhaus and George Nordhaus in memory of their son, Jeffrey, and it recognizes the very best of Vanderbilt's educators [12/16].


Andrew Goodman-Bacon has been selected for a Provost's Research Studio award. The goal of this award is to support the professional development of assistant and associate professors, providing funding for scholars from outside the university to visit campus to discuss the faculty member's work and to provide mentoring. [12/16]


Andrew Goodman-Bacon's  working paper, entitled "The Long-Run Effects of Childhood Insurance Coverage: Medicaid Implementation, Adult Health, and Labor Market Outcomes," is now available on the National Bureau of Economic Research's page. [12/16]


Wisarut Suwanprasert presented his paper, entitled "The Role of the Most Favored Nation Principle of the GATT/WTO in the New Trade Model," at the Fall 2016 Midwest International Trade Conference at Purdue University (December 2-4). [12/16]


John Weymark 's article, "Measurement Scales and Welfarist Social Choice" (co-authored with Michael Morreau), has been published in the December 2016 special issue of the Journal of Mathematical Psychology, in honor of the late R. Duncan Luce. [11/16]


Check out this interesting profile by the University on new professor Mattias Polborn . [10/16]


John Weymark presented his paper, “Optimal Nonlinear Taxation of Income and Savings without Commitment” (co-authored with Craig Brett), at the Collegio Carlo Alberto in Turin on October 4th.

Professor Weymark also gave a mini-course on “Redistributive Nonlinear Income Taxation” at the Department of Economics of the University of Verona on October 5th, 6th, and 7th.  His lectures are based on joint research with Craig Brett.

Finally, Professor Weymark presented his paper, “Conundrums for Nonconsequentialists,” at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy Conference on Social Choice and Its Philosophical Applications held at Venice International University, October 10th to 14th. [10/16]

Daughety Reinganum

Andrew Daughety and Jennifer Reinganum were invited commentators on the papers presented at the Political Economy of the American Judiciary Conference, hosted by Northwestern  University's Pritzker Law School and the Kellogg Graduate School's Ford Motor Company Center for Global Citizenship. [10/16]


John Weymark's article, "Voting Over Selfishly Optimal Nonlinear Income Tax Schedules With a Minimum-Utility Constraint," will be published in the December 2016 issue of the Journal of Mathematical Economics .  The article is co-authored with Craig Brett. [10/16]


Mattias Polborn's  paper, "Learning and Coordination in the Presidential Primary System," was recently published in the Review of Economic Studies.  The paper is co-authored with George Deltas (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and Helios Herrera (University of Warwick). [9/16]


Pedro Sant'Anna has been awarded the prestigious Zellner Thesis Award from the Business and Economics Section of the American Statistical Association.  The award is named for Arnold Zellner, past Chair of the Business and Economics Section, past President of the American Statistical Association, and founding editor of the Journal of Business and Economics Statistics (JBES). The award is for the best Ph.D. thesis dealing with an applied problem in business and economic statistics. It is intended to recognize outstanding work by promising young researchers in the field.

Professor Sant'Anna's winning thesis was entitled "Essays on Duration and Count Data Models."  He was the subject of our Faculty Spotlight last year. [9/16]


The Department of Economics is very proud to announce that Malcolm Getz has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the University's Thomas Jefferson Award. It is awarded to a faculty member who has shown "distinguished service to Vanderbilt through extraordinary contributions as a member of the faculty in the councils and government of the University." Anyone who knows Professor Getz knows that he exemplifies the definition of the word "service." He has worked tirelessly for Vanderbilt since his arrival here in 1973, and has served as our Director of Undergraduate Studies for many years. Congratulations, Professor Getz! [9/16]


Wisarut Suwanprasert presented his paper, "Optimal Trade Policy, Equilibrium Unemployment, and Labor Market Inefficiency," at the 18th annual European Trade Study Group conference, hosted by Aalto University School of Business and the VATT Institute for Economic Research, in Helsinki, September 8-10, 2016. [9/16]


Federico Gutierrez' paper, "Infant Health During the 1980s Peruvian Crisis and Long-Term Economic Outcomes," has been accepted for publication by the World Development journal. [9/16]


On Sept. 17, Mario Crucini gave the invited presentation, "The Terms of Trade: From the Mundane to the Metaphysical," at the Stern School of Business (NYU) on the occasion of a memorial conference in honor of Prof. Crucini's friend and co-author, David K. Backus.

On Sept. 8, Prof. Crucini gave an invited keynote speech, "Understanding Real Exchange Rates Using Micro-Data: New Approaches to Enduring Puzzles," at Seoul National University during the inaugural conference of the International Economics and Finance Society, Korea Chapter.

Prof. Crucini and Joel Rodrigue were recently awarded a Vanderbilt University SEC travel grant to travel to Auburn University to collaborate with Chris Vickers and Nicholas Ziebarth on research aimed at understanding the role of tariff escalation in the propagation of the worldwide Great Depression of the 1930s. [9/16]


This year's McGee Public Policy Lecture will feature Professor Robert Gibbons of MIT, speaking on the topic, "Organizational Culture and Performance:  A View from Economics."  The lecture will take place on Tuesday, October 18 from 4-5:30 PM in Buttrick 102, with a reception following. [9/16]


Vanderbilt will host the 27th Annual Health Economics Conference at the Owen Graduate School of Management on October 13-14, 2016. [9/16]


 The Vanderbilt Mechanism Design Conference was hosted by the Department of Economics on September 17-18, 2016. [9/16]



Kevin Huang  has had a number of accomplishments lately.  He was an invited commentator at the First IMG-FED Research Workshop on China's Economy (April 28-29, 2016), an invited apeaker at the Shanghai Macro Workshop (June 25-27, 2016), and the keynote speaker at the IAR Policy Forum on China's Economy (July 9, 2016).  He also published a lead article, "China’s Macroeconomic Outlook and Risk Assessment: Counterfactual Analysis, Policy Simulation, and Long-Term Governance," in the journal Frontiers of Economics in China (June 2016). [8/16]


Joel Rodrigue's paper, "Does Importing Intermediates Increase the Demand for Skilled Workers? Plant-Level Evidence," was recently accepted for publication at the Journal of International Economics. This paper is co-authored with Hiro Kasahara (University of British Columbia) and Yawen Liang (Xiamen University). [8/16]


Tong Li  gave the keynote talk at the Workshop on Econometric Methods and Applications, held at the University of Sao Paulo on July 11, 2016.  The paper he presented, "Quantile Treatment Effects in Difference in Differences Models with Panel Data," was co-authored by Brantly Callaway, who recently earned his Ph.D. through our department. [7/16]


Tong Li presented his paper (co-authored with Li Zhao, one of our former Ph.D. students), "A Partial Identification Subnetwork Approach to Discrete Games in Large Networks: An Application to Quantifying Peer Effects," at the seminars at University College London on June 22, 2016. He presented the same paper at the Sao Paulo School of Economics on July 13, and at the Conference on Recent Advances in Econometrics, held in Toulouse, France, on June 28-29, 2016. [7/16]


Eun Jeong Heo, John Weymarkand Ph.D. candidate Martin Van Der Linden all presented papers at the Society for Social Choice and Welfare Conference, held at Lund University, June 28-July 2, 2016.  Heo presented "Kidney Exchange with Immunosuppressants," Van Der Linden presented "Bounded Rationality and the Choice of Jury Selection Procedures," and Weymark presented "Voting Over Selfishly Optimal Income Tax Schedules with a Minimum-Utility Constraint."  The previous week, Weymark presented the same paper to research seminars at the University of Hamburg and the University of Kiel. [7/16]


John Weymark was an invited speaker on May 23, 2016, in the Optimum Taxation session of the Bridging Gaps: CORE@50 Conference, held in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.  This conference marked the 50th anniversary of the Center for Operations  Research and Econometrics of the Universite catholique de Louvain. [6/16]


Mario Crucini presented the paper "Globalization Boom and Bust: A Study of US Automobile Exports from 1913 to 1940," coauthored with Dong Cheng,  Hyunseung Oh and Hakan Yilmazkuday, at the International Comparison of Prices conference at the MIT Sloan School of Management, on May 28, 2016. [6//16]


John Weymark has contributed a chapter entitled "Social Welfare Functions" to The Oxford Handbook of Well-Being and Public Policy.  In addition Prof. Weymark has co-edited (with Samir Okasha, University of Bristol) a Symposium on Rational Choice and Philosophy.  This symposium is based on a 2014 conference held at Vanderbilt and will be published in the July 2016 issue of Economics and Philosophy. [6/16]


Bill Collins gave the keynote address at the joint Oxford-Warwick-LSE workshop in economic history.  His talk was entitled, "Up from Slavery? African American Intergenerational
Economic Mobility since 1880."[5/16]



John Weymark gave a lecture on May 10, 2016 entitled "A Geometric Approach to Dominant Strategy Implementation" as part of the Hausdorff School: Economics and Tropical Geometry held at the Hausdorff Center for Mathematics, University of Bonn, Germany. [5/16]


Our public lectures for 2016-17 have been announced.  The Steine Lecture speakers will be Naryana Kocherlakota of the University of Rochester (November 14, 2016), and Olivier Blanchard (left), of the Peterson Institute and formerly of the IMF (Spring 2017; date yet to be determined).
The McGee Lecture will be given on October 18, 2018, by Robert Gibbons of MIT. [5/16]

Buckles Steve Buckles has been asked to deliver the "Last Lecture" to the graduating class of 2015.  Each year, the senior class chooses a faculty member to give this final lecture of their Vanderbilt careers--a talk that contains advice and good wishes for the future.  It is quite a testament to Professor Buckles' impact as a teacher to have been selected. [5/16]
Polborn Mattias Polborn, Andrew Goodman-Bacon, and Ariell Zimran are three of seven new faculty who will be joining the Department in Fall 2016.  Learn more about them here . [4/16]
Crucini Mario Crucini has been named by the College of Arts and Science as a 2016 Littlejohn Faculty Fellow. He will advise Littlejohn Summer Research Scholar Marc Chen, a junior in the College of Arts and Science, who is conducting research on urban economics and public transportation systems. [4/16]
Crucini Mario Crucini and J. Scott Davis (who graduated from the Ph.D. program in 2009 and now works for the Dallas Fed), have had their paper, "Distribution Capital and the Short- and Long-Run Import Demand Elasticity," accepted for publication in the Journal of International Economics.[4/16]
Potter Tristan Potter, who graduated from the Honors Program in Economics in 2010, and went on to earn his Ph.D. from Boston College, has accepted a tenure-track appointment in the Economics Department at Drexel University, starting in Fall 2016. [4/16]
 Rousseau Peter Rousseau's article "The Politics of Financial Development: A Review of Calomiris and Haber's Fragile by Design" was published in the March issue of the Journal of Economic Literature.  His piece entitled "The Price of Wine" (with Elroy Dimson and Christophe Spaenjers) also appeared recently in the Journal of Financial Economics. [4/16]
Leo FACULTY SPOTLIGHT:  Greg Leo discusses his research interests, his background, and what he enjoys most about teaching. [4/16]
Shults We in the Economics Department were saddened to learn the news that Justin Shults, who graduated with a major in Economics in 2008 (and who also attended the Owen School) was one of those tragically killed in the terrorist bombings in Brussels. He was a fine young man with a bright future.  Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos has released a statement about the tragedy, and a nice piece was done on Justin and his wife, who also died in the bombing, in the Tennessean. [3/16]
Inoue Atsushi Inoue has had three papers accepted for publication recently.  "Rolling Window Selection for Out-of-Sample Forecasting with Time-Varying Parameters" (with L. Jin and B. Rossi) and "Joint Confidence Sets for Structural Impulse Responses" (with L. Kilian) have been accepted by the Journal of Econometrics. "Heterogeneous Consumers and Fiscal Policy Shocks" (with E. Anderson and B. Rossi) will appear in the Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking. [3/16]
Oh Hyunseung Oh's paper, "What Do Inventories Tell Us About News-Driven Business Cycles?" has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Monetary Economics.[3/16]
Saggi Department Chair Kamal Saggi has been appointed as Dean of Social Sciences, a newly created position.  Professor Saggi will be leaving his position as Department Chair to assume his new responsibilities at the beginning of the 2016-17 academic year.  The new chair is expected to be announced in the near future. [3/16]
Weymark John Weymark presented  his paper, "Voting Over Selfishly Optimal Nonlinear Income Tax Schedules with a Minimum-Utility Constraint," at the Montreal Seminar in Microeconomic Theory held on March 21, 2016 at the University of Montreal's Department of Economics. [3/16]


Peter Savelyev has been elected a Research Affiliate of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).  IZA is now widely recognized as a leading institute for labor market research.  Its success is based on a dynamic local team in Bonn, Germany, as well as the world's largest network of labor economists. [3/16]


Frederico Gutierrez presented his paper, "Difference-in-Differences When the Treatment Status is Observed in Only One Period" at the 2016 Latin American Workshop in Econometrics.  Hosted by the Econometric Society, the conference took place in Montevideo, Uruguay, on March 11-12, 2016. [3/16]


Pedro Sant'Anna also presented a paper at the 2016 Latin American Workshop in Econometrics, hosted by the Econometric Society March 11-12, 2016 in Montevideo, Uruguay.  His paper is entitled, "Treatment Effects with Right-Censored Data." [3/16]


Kamal Saggi recently had three papers accepted for publication. "Understanding Agricultural Price Range Systems as Trade Restraints: Peru–Agricultural Products" (with Mark Wu) is forthcoming in the World Trade Review. "External Trade Diversion, Exclusion Incentives and the Nature of Preferential Trade Agreements" (with Paul Missios and Halis M. Yildiz) is forthcoming in the Journal of International Economics. And finally, "Intellectual Property Protection and the Industrial Composition of Multinational Activity" (with Olena Ivus and Walter Park) is forthcoming in Economic Inquiry. [3/16]


Myrna Wooders  has been invited to be the Chair of the 2016 Latin American Meetings of the Econometric Society. These meetings, held each year in collaboration with the Latin American and Caribbean Economics Association, are the most important meetings of academic economists in Latin America. [3/16]

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Vanderbilt's Economics Department has taken over the #1 spot in a recently updated ranking of Economics Departments in the Southern United States. The article by Franklin Mixon and Kamal Upadhyaya, entitled "Ranking Economics Departments in the US South: An Update," was published in Applied Economics Letters. This story was also covered by myVU, here . [2/16]


Economics Department alumnus Jamin Speer (Economics Honors, '07), currently an assistant professor of Economics at the University of Memphis, returned to Vanderbilt to speak on February 26. He presented his paper, "The Gender Gap in College Major: Revisiting the Role of Pre-College Abilities," in the Law and Economics/Applied Microeconomics Seminar Series. [2/16]


In the first of a series of Faculty Spotlights , Pedro Sant'Anna discusses what interests him most about economics, why he enjoys teaching, and where his research is taking him. [2/16]


The deadline for submissions to the 2nd conference in the National Science Foundation-sponsored conference series, funded by a grant to Myrna Wooders, is fast approaching.  The conference will be held at Stanford University.  Details here . [1/16]


Andrew Daughety and Jennifer Reinganum have three articles forthcoming in 2016 so far. "Informal Sanctions on Prosecutors and Defendants and the Disposition of Criminal Cases" will be published in The Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization. "Selecting Among Acquitted Defendants: Procedural Choice vs. Selective Compensation" will appear in the Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics. And The Oxford Handbook of Law and Economics will publish "Settlement and Trial: Selected Analyses of the Bargaining Environment." [1/16]


Kitt Carpenter has been appointed Associate Editor at the Journal of Health Economics for a 3-year term, starting in January 2016, and for a 2-year term, through July 2017, as Chair of the Social Science and Population Studies Committee at the NIH Center for Scientific Review. [1/16]


Alejandro Molnar presented a paper, co-written by himself and Ph.D. candidate (and GPED graduate) Francis Ratsimbazafy, at the American Economics Association meeting in San Francisco on January 5, 2016. The talk was entitled "Substituting Bike Rides for Taxi Trips: Evidence from the Launch of the Citibike Program in New York City," and was presented in the session on Transportation and Public Utilities. [1/16]


Kamal Saggi spoke on the topic "Innovation, Tech Transfer, and IPRs in the Global Economy: Implications for India" at the 1st India Conference on Innovation, Intellectual Property, and Competition. The conference took place at the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, Dec. 7-8, 2015. [1/16]


Kamal Saggi has been elected president of the International Economics and Finance Society. He will be President-Elect for 2016, with his two-year term as President beginning in 2017. [1/16]


John Weymark spoke on the topic of "Measurement Scales and Welfarist Social Choice" at a conference held in honor of economist Bhaskar Dutta's 65th Birthday. The conference was held at the Indian Statistical Institute (New Delhi, India) on December 20, 2015. [1/16]


Eric Bond was a guest speaker at the International Conference on Trade, Financial Integration, and Economic Growth at Kobe University (Japan) on November 22, 2015. He spoke on the topic of "Gradualism, Compensation, and Safeguards." [1/16]


Alvin Roth, of Stanford and Harvard Universities, will give the first of our two Steine Lectures this year. Professor Roth, who shared the 2012 Nobel Prize in Economics, will speak on March 22, 2016 in Wilson Hall 103 at 4:00 pm, with a reception following. His topic will be announced soon. [1/16]


Robert Porter will give the second Steine Lecture of 2016. Professor Porter, of Northwestern University, will speak on "Empirical Analysis and Auction Design" on April 19, 2016 in the Central Library Community Room at 4:00 pm. A reception will follow the lecture. A conference in Professor Porter's honor will be held on April 20, 2016, in the same location.[1/16]


John Haltiwanger will be the speaker for the 2016 McGee Public Policy Lecture. Professor Haltiwanger, from the University of Maryland, will speak on a topic to be announced later. His lecture takes place on March 15, 2016 in Buttrick Hall 103 at 4:00 pm. A reception will follow the lecture. [1/16]


Mario Crucini has been elected as an officer (Americas Chapter) in the Central Bank Research Association. CEBRA’s officers are elected based on their research credentials. The mission of CEBRA is to encourage applied and theoretical research on topics relevant to central banks, financial regulators, international financial institutions, and fiscal authorities, as well as to connect the research staff of these institutions with academia. [12/15]


Andrew Dustan  has been awarded a one year, $37,119 grant from the Spencer Foundation to study the effects of a large-scale scholarship program on high school dropouts in Mexico City. [12/15]

Leo Gregory Leo is one of four new faculty members the Department of Economics is pleased to welcome for the 2015-2016 academic year. [12/15]
Santanna We also welcome Pedro Sant'Anna to the faculty.   [12/15]

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