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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]

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During April and May, Andrew Daughety and Jennifer Reinganum presented their paper “Information Suppression by Teams and Violations of the Brady Rule” at the following: the University of Bonn's Economics Department; the Law and Economics Forum of the University of Mannheim; and the American Law and Economics Association Meeting at Yale University. [5/17]


John Weymark presented his paper, “Dominant Strategy Implementability, Zero Length Cycles, and Affine Maximizers,” at the Canadian Economic Theory Conference held at the Vancouver School of Economics on May 5-7, 2017.  His paper is co-authored with Paul Edelman, who holds appointments with Vanderbilt's Department of Mathematics and Law School. [5/17]


Kathryn Anderson was recently awarded the 2017 Distinguished Faculty Award by the Organization of Black Graduate and Professional Students. [5/17]


Senior Marc Chen's Economics Honors thesis, entitled, “The Relationship Between Public Transit Accessibility and Labor Force Participation in Nashville, TN," was discussed in an article about Marc for MyVU. [5/17]



We're pleased to announce that Yuya Sasaki, of Johns  Hopkins, will be joining us as an associate professor in the Fall.  Two new assistant professors, Michelle Marcus and Matthew Zaragoza-Watkins, will also be joining our ranks.  More information about them here. [5/17]


The Economics Department is co-sponsoring, with CeMMAP at University College London, a conference on Econometrics and Models of Strategic Interactions.   Tong Li , along with Andrew Chesher of UCL, is organizing the conference, which takes place at Vanderbilt on April 21-22, 2017. [4/17]


Greg Leo's article, "Taking Turns," was recently published in the journal Games and Economic Behavior. [4/17]


Myrna Wooders has been awarded a seed grant from the Vanderbilt Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for her proposal entitled "Understanding Unconscious Bias." [4/17]


Kevin Huang recently delivered the keynote speech at the Chinese Economists Society's 2017 North America Conference.  The theme of the conference was “New Normal of the Chinese Economy: Challenges, Opportunities and Policy Implications." [3/17]


Federico Gutierrez'   paper, "Difference-in-Differences when Treatment Status is Observed in Only One Period," which was co-authored with Irene Botosaru of Simon Fraser University, has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Applied Econometrics . [3/17]


Kevin Huang has been appointed to a four-year term as the North American editor for the Pacific Economic Review. [3/17]


John Weymark has published his article, “Voting Over Selfishly Optimal Nonlinear Income Tax Schedules” (co-authored by Craig Brett), in the January 2017 special issue of Games and Economic Behavior in honor of John O. Ledyard.  Ledyard was the Economics Department’s Steine Lecturer in the Spring of 2013. [3/17]



Kitt Carpenter  has been appointed to a three-year term as an Editor at the Journal of Health Economics. [3/17]


Eun Jeong Heo's  paper, "Implementation in Stochastic Dominance Nash Equilibira," was recently published in Social Choice and Welfare. The paper was co-authored with Vikram Manjunath of Texas A&M. [2/17]


John Weymark’s Presidential Address to the Society for Social Choice and Welfare, “Conundrums for Nonconsequentialists,” has been published in the February 2017 issue of Social Choice and Welfare.  Weymark’s article is accompanied by a biographical statement. [2/17]


conference on Econometrics and Models of Strategic Interactionsorganized by Tong Li and Andrew Chesher of UCL, will take place at Vanderbilt April 21-22, 2017. [2/17]


Rosa Ferrer, PhD '09, recently received tenure at Universitat Pompeu Fabra.  She has a forthcoming paper in the Journal of Political Economy (co-authored with Ghazala Azmat), entitled, "Gender Gaps in Performance: Evidence from Young Lawyers." Congratulations! [2/17]


We are proud to be able to announce that  Matthew Gentry , PhD '12, was recently notified that he has earned tenure at the London School of Economics.  Professor Gentry is a microeconomist who specializes in empirical industrial organization and auctions.  His work, with co-author Tong Li, has been published in Econometrica and the Journal of Econometrics.  His most recent piece, "Existence of Monotone Equilibrium in First Price Auctions with Private Risk Aversion and Private Initial Wealth," was published in Games and Economic Behavior.  [2/17]


A new statistical model developed by  Mattias Polborn (with Harvard political scientist Jim Snyder) sheds light on some causes of polarization in American politics. This work is discussed in a recent piece at Vanderbilt. [2/17]


Andrew Goodman-Bacon was interviewed for a piece at Vanderbilt regarding how future Medicaid reforms might look.  His work in this area was also recently cited in the New York Times. Both these pieces cite Goodman-Bacon's "Perspective" article for the New England Journal of Medicine entitled, "Per Capita Caps in Medicaid: Lessons from the Past."  This article was co-authored with Sayeh Nikpay of the School of Medicine. [2/17]


Economics major and Economics Honors Program candidate Marc A. Chen was recently named a Schwarzman Scholar for academic year 2017-18. Open to students from around the world, the program provides full funding for a one-year master’s degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, an crucial base for the country’s scientific and technological research. Scholars study public policy, economics and business, and international studies while immersed in an international community of thinkers, innovators and senior leaders in business, politics and society. [2/17]


Wisarut Suwanprasert presented his paper, entitled "The Role of the Most Favored Nation Principle of the GATT/WTO in the New Trade Model," at the 2018 ASSA meetings in Chicago. [2/17]


Bill Collins has been named as a co-director of the NBER's program on the Development of the American Economy. Professor Collins and Leah Platt Boustan (of UCLA) are taking over from Claudia Goldin, who has run the program for more than 25 years. [1/17]


Peter Rousseau  has been awarded the Inaugural Robert E. Lucas Jr. Prize from the Journal of Political Economy for the article "Extensive and Intensive Investment over the Business Cycle" (co-authored with Boyan Jovanovic of NYU Economics), which appeared in the August 2014 issue of the journal. A link to the announcement is here:

The prestigious prize was awarded at the ASSA Annual Meetings in Chicago on January 6, 2017 in recognition of "the most interesting paper in the area of Dynamic Economics published in the Journal of Political Economy, 2014-2016," and will be awarded bi-annually in honor of Nobel Laureate Robert E. Lucas, Jr. It carries a $3,000 honorarium. The Journal of Political Economy celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, and is consistently ranked among the very top general interest journals in the field of Economics." [1/17]


Mattias Polborn's  paper, co-authored with Jim Snyder (Harvard), and entitled "Party Polarization in Legislatures with Office-Motivated Candidates," has been accepted for publication in the Quarterly Journal of Economics. [1/17]


Myrna Wooders ' paper, co-authored with Nizar Allouch and entitled "On the Nonemptiness of Approximate Cores of Large Games," was recently published, open access, in Economic Theory. [1/17]

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