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2018 Faculty News


John Weymark  presented his paper, “Majority Rule and Selfishly Optimal Nonlinear Income Tax Schedules with Discrete Skill Levels” (co-authored with Craig Brett), at the Fourth Taxation Theory Conference held at Washington University at St. Louis on July 13th and 14th.  This conference series was inaugurated at Vanderbilt in 2012. [7/18]



Mario Crucini was one of five invited speakers at the QED Frontiers of Macroeconomics Workshop hosted by the Department of Economics at Queen’s University on Friday, May 11, 2018.  The topic of his lecture was "The International Diffusion of the Automobile from 1913 to 1940," coauthored with Vanderbilt colleague Hyunseung Oh and current and former Vanderbilt Ph.D. students Dong Cheng and Hakan Yilmazkuday . [7/18]


Kevin Huang presented his papers, “Fiscal Stimulus, Forward Monetary Guidance, and the Liquidity Trap” (joint with Nam Vu) at the University of Connecticut (April 4) and the Bank of Japan (June 7), and “Foreign Exchange Reserves as a Tool for Capital Account Management in a Small Open Economy” (joint with S. Davis, I. Fujiwara, and J. Wang) at Osaka University (June 4), the 2018 China Meeting of the Econometric Society (June 15), and the 2018 Shanghai Macroeconomics Workshop (June 18). He also gave a plenary speech at the IAR Policy Forum on China’s Economy on July 8. Four of his papers were recently published or accepted for publication, including “Balanced-Budget Rules and Aggregate Instability: The Role of Endogenous Capital Utilization” at the Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking and “Money Growth Targeting and Indeterminacy in Small Open Economies” at Economic Theory (both joint with Q. Meng and J. Xue), “Sectoral Interactions and Monetary Policy under Costly Price Adjustments” (joint with J. Willis) at the Annals of Economics and Finance, and “Conquering China’s Unbalanced and Inadequate Development: Macroeconomic Outlook, Policy Simulations, and Reform Implementation” (joint with L. Ning and G. Tian) at the Frontiers of Economics in China. [7/18]



New Faculty!  The department is pleased to announce that two new faculty members will be joining us in the Fall of 2018. Assistant Professor  Kathleen McKiernan  specializes in quantitative macroeconomics.  She earned her Ph.D. in 2018 from the University of Minnesota, with a dissertation that studies the welfare implications of the 1981 Chilean social security reform.  She will teach Intermediate Macroeconomics this coming year.

Adugna Olani is a Senior Lecturer who will teach Intermediate Micro and Econometric Methods in the Fall, and Applied Econometrics and Econometric Methods in the Spring.  He earned his Ph.D. in 2017 from Queen's Universitiy. [7/18]


John Weymark  presented papers at two conferences organized by the Aix-Marseille School of Economics.  He delivered “Dominant Strategy Implementability and Zero Length Cycles” (written with Paul Edelman) as a Keynote Lecture at the 17th Journées Louis-André Gérard-Varet Conference on Public Economics held in Aix-en-Provence, June 25th and 26th.  He delivered “Majority Rule and Selfishly Optimal Nonlinear Income Tax Schedules with Discrete Skill Levels” (written with Craig Brett) at the Conference in Honor of Alain Trannoy held in Marseille, June 27th and 28th. [7/18]

Carpenter Collins

VU has joined the Atlanta Research Data Center’s consortium, allowing researchers to access non-public microdata of the Census Bureau. This resource will help advance research on empirical questions in many subfields of economics.  Contact Professors Kitt Carpenter or Bill Collins for more information.”  [7/18]


Kitt Carpenter gave the keynote address for Health Economics on June 21, 2018 in Alghero, Sardinia at the IX Workshop on Institutions, Individual Behavior, and Economic Outcomes.  The topic of his address was “Effects of Legal Access to Same-Sex Marriage on Marriage and Health: Evidence from BRFSS”.  In addition, Prof. Carpenter and his student, newly minted Ph.D. Emily Lawler, recently had a paper, “Direct and Spillover Effects of Middle School Vaccination Requirements,” accepted for publication at American Economic Journal: Economic Policy. [7/18]


John Weymark presented his paper, “Partisan Strength and Legislative Bargaining” (written with Thomas Choate and Alan Wiseman), at the 8th Murat Sertel Workshop on Economic Design, Decision, Institutions, and Organization held at the University of Caen, France on May 22-23, 2018 and at the 14th Meeting of the Society for Social Choice and Welfare held in Seoul, South Korea on June 14-17, 2018. [6/18]


Malcolm Getz retires this year after 45 years on the Vanderbilt faculty.  The department honored him recently at a retirement dinner.  The students, faculty and staff of the Economics Department will miss him greatly, and wish him the best in his retirement. [5/18]


All nine of our Ph.D. students who were on the market this year have landed great jobs!  See the list here .  Congratulations, everyone! 

 Daughety Reinganum

During the month of April, Andrew Daughety and Jennifer Reinganum were invited Senior Research Fellows in the Center for Law and Economic Studies, Columbia Law School. [5/18]

lawler Emily Lawler, who will be completing her Ph.D. in Economics this summer, was recently awarded the ASHEcon Student Paper Award.  The award will be conferred by the American Society of Health Economists  at their 7th annual meeting, to be held June 10-13, 2018, at Emory University.  Emily's winning paper is entitled, "Effectiveness of Vaccination Recommendations versus Mandates: Evidence from the Hepatitis A Vaccine." [4/18]
conferences April is conference month!  Three conferences , run by Department faculty, will take place on campus this month:  the Vanderbilt Market Design Conference will be held April 7-8 ( John Weymark );  the Fourth Annual Conference on Network Science and Economics will take place April 13-15 ( Myrna Wooders );  and the Conference in Identification in Economics  will take place April 20-21 ( Tong Li ). [4/18]

John Weymark presented his paper, “Dominant Strategy Strategy Implementability and Zero Length Cycles” (joint with Paul Edelman) at the NBER/CEME Decentralization Conference at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, March 16 -18, 2018.  On March 23rd, he took part in an all-day roundtable discussion of Measuring Social Welfare: An Introduction by Matthew Adler at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke University. [3/18]

Daughety Reinganum

Andrew Daughety and Jennifer Reinganum recently presented papers at the Buchmann Faculty of Law and at the Coller Management School, both at Tel Aviv University.  They also presented a paper at the Department of Economics of the University of Haifa. [3/18]


Kevin Huang presented his paper, “Fiscal Stimulus, Forward Monetary Guidance, and the Liquidity Trap” (joint with Nam Vu) at Tsinghua University on March 8 and at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences on March 9. He recently also gave two presentations at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. [3/18]


Federico Gutierrez' paper entitled "Difference-in-Differences when the Treatment Status is Observed in Only One Period" (with Irene Botosaru) has just been published at the Journal of Applied Econometrics. [2/18]


Ben Bernanke, former chair of the Federal Reserve, will give the third Steine Lecture of 17-18.  "A Conversation with Ben Bernanke" will take place Wednesday, March 14 from 4:10-5:30 PM in Wilson Hall 103.  A reception will follow the discussion.  NOTE:  THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT! [2/18]

jambu and mal

Jambu Palaaniappan met with Malcolm Getz on his visit to campus. He talked with students at the Career Center about careers in the technology industry.  Jambu graduated from Vanderbilt in 2008, and spent the last six years with Uber, leading the expansion of Uber in Africa and the Middle East from two cities to 26 countries.  More recently, he led the development of Uber’s food delivery service in Europe.  He has been based in Dubai and London.  He is on hiatus now and will join a different company in Europe later this spring. As an undergraduate, Jambu took our urban economics course, had a summer internship with Walmart in Bentonville, and took ideas about the market for paratransit to his several roles at Uber. [2/18]


Peter Rousseau was quoted in a recent New York Times piece on the issue of gender bias in the field of Economics. [1/18]


Kevin Huang recently gave an invited talk on modeling China’s macroeconomy at the China Ministry of Finance (December 18, 2017).  In December he was a panelist for the Roundtable on China’s Growth Slowdown (Beijing) and he gave the keynote address at the Winter Camp on New Structural Economics in Beijing University.  Also in December, he gave a plenary speech at the IAR Policy Forum on China’s Unbalanced Economy (Shanghai). [1/18]


Kamal Saggi, Dean of Social Sciences and Frances and John Downing Family Chair (Economics), has been named Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Science.  He will serve in both positions while a search is conducted for a permanent dean. [1/18]

Daughety Reinganum

Andrew Daughety and Jennifer Reinganum recently presented their paper entitled “Evidence Suppression by Prosecutors:  Violations of the Brady Rule” at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Workshop on Law and Economics. [1/18]


Malcolm Getz has released a report of Nashville's new mass transit plan.  According to Getz, the plan is flawed and will fail to accomplish the goals stated for it.  Getz' report was discussed in the Nashville Business Journal. [1/18]

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