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Pedro Sant'Anna's  paper, entitled, "Testing for Uncorrelated Residuals in Dynamic Count Models with an Application to Corporate Bankruptcy," was published in July in the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics. [8/17]


Mattias Polborn's  paper “Party Polarization in Legislatures with Office-Motivated Candidates” was published in the August 2017 issue of the Quarterly Journal of Economics.  The paper is co-authored with James Snyder (Harvard University). [8/17]


Andrew Goodman-Bacon and VUMC Health Policy professor Sayeh Nikpay recently appeared on the News Channel 5 (Nashville) show Morning Line.  They discussed, and took questions from the public on, the attempts by the Trump Administration and Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.  A video is available here . [8/17]


Myrna Wooders has accepted a position as a Visiting Research Professor at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD).  She plans to visit NYUAD twice during the academic year to collaborate with researchers there and to participate in the organization of an APET/NYUAD workshop on public economics. [8/17]


We are pleased to announce that our Chair for the next three years will be Peter Rousseau , with Joel Rodrigue serving as Vice Chair.  Thanks go out to departing Chair and Vice Chair Rick Bond and Bob Driskill , who ably filled in when Kamal Saggi was appointed Dean of Social Sciences last year. [8/17]


Joel Rodrigue was recently awarded tenure by the University.  Professor Rodrigue has been an invaluable addition to the Department, from his research in the fields of international economics, firm dynamics, and applied econometrics, to his genuine regard for students and his shepherding of the Honors Program in Economics during Professor Crucini's recent leave.  We are proud of his accomplishments and very pleased that he has been promoted to Associate Professor.  Professor Rodrigue will also be our Vice Chair for the next three years. [8/17]



The Department is pleased to welcome three new faculty members this Fall:  Associate Professor Yuya Sasaki , and Assistant Professors Michelle Marcus and Matthew Zaragoza-Watkins .  Read more about them HERE .  [8/17]


Myrna Wooders has been elected as a Fellow of the Game Theory Society.  Myrna is already a Fellow of the Econometric Society and the Economic Theory Society. [8/17]


A group of faculty including Kitt Carpenter has been awarded funding for an LGBT Policy Lab by Vanderbilt's Trans-Institutional Partnership (TIPs) Initiative.  The TIPs initiative will bring together more than 140 faculty members with graduate and undergraduate students from all 10 schools and colleges, creating multifaceted teams to approach complex challenges.  Prof. Carpenter's LGBT Policy Lab includes faculty from the Schools of Divinity, Law, and Medicine, as well as Economics. [7/17]


John Weymark gave two lectures as part of the Summer School on Social Choice and and Ethics held at the Warwick Business School, July 4 - 7 2017. [7/17]


John Weymark presented his paper, “Optimal Nonlinear Taxation of Income and Savings” (joint with Craig Brett), to the Working Group on the Economics of Taxation Seminar, Paris Center for Law and Economics, University Panthéon-Assas Paris II, on June 8th.  He also presented his paper, “Dominant Strategy Implementability and Zero Length Cycles" (joint with Paul Edelman), to the Dutch Social Choice Colloquium, Erasmus University Rotterdam, on June 9th, to the Manchester Economic Theory Workshop, Department of Economics, University of Manchester,  on June 13th, and the Society for Economic Design Conference, University of York, on June 15th. [6/17]