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Ariell Zimran  has been awarded a Research Scholar Grant by Vanderbilt for his project, "Like an Ink Blot on Paper: Testing the Diffusion Hypothesis of Mass Migration, Italy 1875-1920."  [6/19]


Yuya Sasaki, along with Ph.D. candidate Harold Chiang , has published an article entitled, "Causal Inference by Quantile Regression Kink Designs" in the June issue of the Journal of Econometrics. [6/19]


Michelle Marcus recently presented her work at two conferences. On May 17th, she presented her paper, "Aerobic Capacity and Pollution at Schools," at the Midwest Health Economics Conference (MHEC) in Ann Arbor, MI. On May 30th, she presented "Testing the Water: Drinking Water Quality, Public Notification, and School Outcomes," at the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE) conference in Lake Tahoe, NV. [6/1]


Ariell Zimran has been named a W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellow and the William C. Bark National Fellow at the Hoover Institute, Stanford University, for the 2019-20 academic year. [6/19]


Mario Crucini gave a Commodore Lecture to Vanderbilt Alumni in Knoxville in April entitled, "Brexit:  In the Context of Broader Historical Tariff Disputes." [5/19]


Pedro Sant'Anna has had a paper published in The Journal of Econometrics.  Entitled "Specification Tests for the Propensity Score," the piece will appear in the June 2019 issue. [5/19]


Lesley J. Turner will join the Economics faculty in Spring 2020. Read about her HERE .  [5/19]


It is with sadness that we announce that Professor Emeritus Fred M. Westfield has passed away at the age of 92. Fred came to Vanderbilt as Professor of Economics in 1965, after serving on the faculty at Northwestern as Assistant and Associate Professor of Economics following his degree from MIT in 1957. Born in Essen, Germany, Fred was a local who went to high school in Nashville and then to Vanderbilt for his undergraduate studies. He made many contributions over his long career to the field of industrial economics. Those of us who remember Fred as a colleague prior to his retirement in 1998 will immediately point to his jovial nature and enthusiasm for life that seemed to permeate his every move. He had remained active in the department as an emeritus professor all the way to the present, and was a frequent visitor to our endowed lectures.  He will be missed.  We extend our condolences to his family. A more complete biography, by Professor Emeritus John Siegfried, is here . [4/19]


William Collins and Greg Niemesh (Ph.D. 2012, now at Miami University) won the 2018 IPUMS Research Award for their paper, "Unions and the Great Compression of Wage Inequality in the US at Mid-Century: Evidence from Local Labor Markets” (published in The Economic History Review). [4/19]


A conference in honor of John Weymark , who is retiring in 2020, will take place April 13-14, 2019 on the Vanderbilt campus.  More here.  [3/19]



Kitt Carpenter recently gave the keynote address for the 11th Annual Germany Society of Health Economists Conference at the University of Augsburg in Augsburg, Germany.  His talk was entitled, “Effects of Access to Legal Same Sex Marriage on Marriage and Health”. [3/19]


Beach Hu Packham Quincy  

We are pleased to welcome 4 new faculty members to the department!  Brian Beach, Malin Hu, Analisa Packham, and Sarah Quincy will join us in Fall 2019.  Read more about them HERE. [3/19]


We are sad to announce that C. Elton Hinshaw, Professor of Economics, Emeritus, has passed away.  The University did a remembrance here , and Prof. Emeritus John Siegfried wrote a lovely one here . [3/19]


Janet Yellen, former Chair of the Federal Reserve, is the Spring 2019 Steine Lecturer.  She will participate in a conversation with Peter Rousseau about her time as Fed chair and other issues of economic interest to the University community on April 4, 2019. Please note: Tickets will be required for this event.  More information HERE . [1/10]


John Vrooman was quoted recently in a Bloomberg article about Clemson freshman football player Trevor Lawrence. [1/19]


The annual meeting of the American Economic Association took place Jan. 4-6, 2019 in Atlanta, GA. Key sessions included an interview with present and past Federal Reserve chairs Jay Powell, Janet Yellen, and Ben Bernanke (which was covered by CNN) and a discussion of how the economics profession can solve its gender problem. The AEA is headquartered on the Vanderbilt campus where Economics Department chair Peter Rousseau (center) has served as its Secretary and Treasurer  for seven years. Both past President Olivier Blanchard (left) and current President Ben Bernanke (right) have delivered public lectures at Vanderbilt sponsored by the economics department in the past two years, and President-elect Janet Yellen is scheduled for a public lecture on April 4, 2019. [1/19]


Together with Craig Brett (Mount Allison University), John Weymark has published "Reducing the Dimensionality of a Selfishly Optimal Nonlinear Income Tax Problem" in the October 2018 issue of the Economic Theory Bulletin and "Optimal Nonlinear Taxation of Income and Savings without Commitment" in the February 2019 issue of the Journal of Public Economic Theory. Together with Thomas Choate (BA '14, now a graduate student at Stanford) and Alan E. Wiseman (VU Political Science Department), he has published "Partisan Strength and Legislative Bargaining" in the January 2019 issue of the Journal of Theoretical Politics. [1/19]


Michelle Marcus presented her paper, "Testing the Water: Drinking Water Quality, Public Notification, and School Outcomes," at the AEA/ASSA annual meetings in Atlanta on Janeuary 4, 2019. [1/19]


Joel Rodrigue is the 2018 recipient of the Jeffrey Nordhaus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate TeachingThe award recognizes Arts and Science faculty who have excelled in teaching undergraduates. Nominations are reviewed and ranked by student members of Phi Beta Kappa, after which the dean selects a winner. Each winner receives a cash award and an engraved Mississippi Julep pewter cup.  Congratulations, Professor Rodrigue! [12/18]


Michelle Marcus presented her paper, "Testing the Water:  Drinking Water Quality, Public Notification, and School Outcomes," at Miami University (Ohio) recently.  She also spoke with members of Miami's Women in Economics organization. Later in the month, she presented the same paper at the University of Kansas and the Southern Economic Association Meetings in Washington, DC. [11/26]


John Weymark presented a keynote address at the Conference on Integrating Philosophical and Economic Perspectives on Well-Being, held at Ohio State University on November 2, 2018. [11/18]


The Fall Steine Lecture in Economics will take place Tuesday, Dec. 5 with Susan Athey of Stanford as speaker.  Details here!


Andrew Goodman-Bacon has been awarded a Dean's Faculty Fellowship for 2019-20.  He will hold the title for two years, and will receive research funding during that time to facilitate work on ongoing projects. [10/18]


Kitt Carpenter has been named Director of Public Policy Studies.  [10/18]


Greg Leo presented his paper, "Complainer's Dilemma" at an invited talk at the University of Delaware on October 12. [10/18]


Yuya Sasaki has received the Econometric Theory Multa Scripsit Award from Cambridge University Press. The Multa Scripsit Award was established by the journal, Econometric Theory to acknowledge the contributions of authors who have moved the subject forward by virtue of their sustained publishing efforts over a period of years. An announcement of the award will be made in an early issue of Econometric Theory in 2019 and on the  Econometric Theory website of Cambridge University Press (Cambridge Core). [10/18]

Sant'Anna   Pedro Sant'Anna, who is currently visiting at Yale, has been busy.  In early September, he presented his paper, “Program Evaluation with Right-Censored Data,” at the 2018 CEME conference on Inference on Nonstandard Problems at Duke.  Later in September, he presented “Difference-in-Differences With Multiple Time Periods and an Application on the Minimum Wage and Employment" (joint with Brantly Callaway, who earned his PhD from Vanderbilt and is now at Temple) at Syracuse University.  And on October 3. he presented the same paper at Yale. [10/18] 
Olani   Adugna Olani presented his paper, "Capital Flows, Capital Controls and Business Cycles," at the Midwest International Trade Conference, held at Vanderbilt, on October, 6. [10/18]
Saggi K   A collection of papers by Kamal Saggi on the economics of the multilateral trading system will be published in November by World Scientific Studies in International Economics (vol. 69). [10/18]
Polborn   Mattias Polborn was featured by Vanderbilt for a new mathematical model of political competitiveness he developed with Stefan Krasa, professor of economics at the University of Illinois.   Their paper, Political Competition in Legislative Elections, appears in the American Political Science Review. [10/18]

Hyunseung Oh's paper, "Time to Build and the Real-Options Channel of Residential Investment" (joint with Chamna Yoon of Baruch College), has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Financial Economics. [10/18]


Vanderbilt is hosting the Midwest International Trade and Economic Theory meetings on campus October 5-7, 2018.  Contact Eric Bond for more information. [10/18]

Bond Crucini Rodrigue  

Eric Bond, Mario Crucini, Tristan Potter (BA '10) and Joel Rodrigue have published a VOXEU article placing recent tariff policies in historical perspective. [10/18]


John Weymark  presented his paper, “Dominant Strategy Implementation and Zero Length Cycles” (written with Paul Edelman), at the Arne Ryde Conference on Frontiers of Market Design held at Lund University on September 22nd and 23rd. [10/18]


Jeremy Atack was awarded the first-ever “Engerman-Goldin Prize”  by the Economic History Association at its recent annual meetings in Montreal, Canada for his geographic information systems databases detailing the evolution of railroads, canals, and navigable rivers in the United States. The award recognizes “creating, compiling, and sharing data and information with scholars.” These data are available to all on his Vanderbilt faculty web site and from the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan. [9/18]


Mattias Polborn's paper, entitled "Political Competition in Legislative Elections," is forthcoming in the American Political Science Review. [8/18]

Daughety Reinganum  

Andrew Daughety’s and Jennifer Reinganum’s paper, “Evidence Suppression by Prosecutors:  Violations of the Brady Rule,” has appeared in the Advance Articles for The Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization. [8/18]


Alejandro Molna r presented his paper, "The Marginal Congestion of a Taxi in New York City," at the NBER Summer Institute on July 20, 2018, in a joint session of the Industrial Organization and the IT and Digitization groups. He is scheduled to present the same paper at a "Smart Cities" panel at INFORMS 2018 and at the annual meeting of the Urban Economics Association. The paper is co-authored with Ph.D. candidate Daniel Mangrum. [8/18]