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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]