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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]

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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]

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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]


Oliver Hart, the 2016 Nobel Laureate in Economics, will give the Steine Lecture in Economics on January 29, 2018.  More information on the talk and the speaker is HERE. [12/17]


John Weymark presented his paper, “Partisan Strength and Legislative Bargaining,” at the Millennium Institute for Market Imperfections and Public Policy Workshop on Political Economy and Political Science held in Santiago at the the University of Chile on November 30-December 1, 2017.  This is paper is joint with Thomas Choate (Ph.D. Program in Political Economy, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University) and Alan Wiseman (Department of Poltical Science, Vanderbilt University).  Choate completed an Honors Economics degree at Vanderbilt before going to Stanford for graduate studies. [12/17]


John Weymark presented his paper, “Dominant Strategy Implementation and Zero-Length Cycles” (joint with Paul Edelman), at the CIREQ Montreal Microeconomics Conference held on November 18th and 19th. [11/17]



Kitt Carpenter is Vice President Elect for the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Carolyn Heinrich is now immediate Past President. [11/17] 


Kitt Carpenter recently gave two keynote speeches at conferences.  In September, he spoke at the Second Annual Federal Behavioral Health Economics and Services Research Meeting at SMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) in Rockville, MD.  His topic was "Regression Discontinuity Designs for Behavioral Health Research." In October, he gave the keynote at the Hamburg Center for Health Economics' Risky Behavior Workshop in Hamburg, Germany, speaking on the topic, "Frontiers in Economics Research on Substance Use." [11/17]


Sebastian Tello-Trillo , who earned his Ph.D. from the Department in 2016, was recently awarded the 2018 John Heinz Dissertation Award from the National Academy of Social Insurance. [10/17]


Kathryn Anderson has been awarded the award for 2017 Kentucky Distinguished Economist by the Kentucky Economic Association.  She received the award in a ceremony in Bowling Green on October 20, 2017. [10/17]


Alejandro Molnar presented his paper, "The Marginal Congestion of a Taxi in New York City" in the Industrial Organization seminar at Northwestern University on October 2, 2017. He is scheduled to present the same paper at the Northwestern University Transportation Center (Oct 26) and at the National University of Singapore (November 15). The paper is co-authored with graduate student Daniel Mangrum. [10/17]

Daughety Reinganum

Andrew Daughety and Jennifer Reinganum  recently presented their paper “Evidence Suppression by Prosecutors: Violations of the Brady Rule” at Queen’s University’s Smith School of Business (Daughety) and Northwestern University’s Law School (Reinganum). [10/17]


An article about new assistant professor Matthew Zaragoza-Watkins appeared recently in Vanderbilt's MyVU news zine. [10/17]


John Weymark presented his paper, "Dominant Strategy Implementability and Zero Length Cycle" (co-authored with Paul Edelman), in the Theory Seminar at the Department of Economics, Johns Hopkins University, on October 2, 2017. [10/17]


Andrew Dustan's paper, co-authored with Alain de Janvry and Elisabeth Sadoulet, was published in the Summer 2017 issue of the Journal of Human Resources.  The paper is entitled, "Flourish or Fail? The Risky Reward of Elite High School Admission in Mexico City." [9/17]


Andrew Dustan spent part of the summer in Paraguay.  He co-taught a training event sponsored by Innovations for Poverty Action, an NGO serving public, private, and non-profit sector participants.  His topic was impact evaluation.  He also served as a panalist at a public event co-sponsored by the Ministry of Education and an NGO, Innovations for Poverty Action, speaking on the topic of innovation and evidence for public policy in education. [9/17]


John Siegfried delivered the welcoming keynote address at the annual conference of the European Sports Economics Association in Paderborn, Germany on August 31, 2017.  He described "The Economics of College and University Sports in America" to a largely European audience unfamiliar with commercialized amateur sport. [9/17]


Kevin Huang has been busy lately!  His recent activities include six invited lectures, at the China Meeting of the Econometric Society (June 9, 2017), the HUST International Frontier Quantitative Economics Forum (June 11, 2017), the China Ministry of Finance Roundtable on VAT Reform (June 14, 2017), the Shanghai Macroeconomics Workshop (June 17, 2017), the Shanghai Development Forum (June 21, 2017), and the China Ministry of Finance Policy Forum (June 26, 2017), a plenary speech  at the IAR Policy Forum on China’s Economy (July 5, 2017), and a keynote address at the Shanghai People's Congress and Ministry of Finance Policy Forum (July 7, 2017).  He was also invited to present at multiple universities and policy institutions, had a lead article published in the Frontiers of Economics in China.  [8/17]


Visiting scholar Takumi Naito's  article, entitled "Growth and Welfare Effects of Unilateral Trade Liberalization with Heterogeneous Firms and Asymmetric Countries," is forthcoming in the Journal of International Economics. [8/17]


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]