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Trang Hoang's job market paper, "The Dynamics of Global Sourcing," has been shortlisted for the 2020 WTO essay award for young economists. This is a very prestigious competition.  Good luck, Trang! [6/20]


Brandyn Churchill  presented a working paper,  "The Effect of E-Verify Laws on Crime,"  at the Eastern Economic Association Annual Meeting in February 2020.  He also presented it as a digital poster during the Population Association of America meeting in April. [5/20]


Matthew Knowles  and Public Policy professor  Carolyn Heinrich  have had a paper, "A Fine Predicament: Conditioning, Compliance, and Consequences in a Labeled Cash Transfer Program," accepted for publication in  World Development.  [2/20]


Harold Chiang  was the winner of Analysis Group's Best Student Poster Award, Canadian Econometric Study Group 2019.  He presented his job market paper,  "Many Average Partial Effects With an Application to Text Regression" both at the above event and also at the Taiwan Economic Research conference, Taipei, in August 2019. [11/19]


Daniel Mangrum  has been awarded a  $15,000 grant from the Washington Center for Equitable Growth  to apply to his research on the impact of education policy in the United States on human capital and labor market outcomes for low-income and first-generation college students. [9/19]


Harold Chiang  has presented his job market paper, entitled "Many Average Partial Effects With an Application to Text Regression," at a number of venues recently, including the  Bristol Econometric Study Group  (Bristol, UK), the  Asian Meeting of the Econometric Society (AMES)  (Xiamen, China), and the  Econometric Institute International Ph.D. Conference  (Erasmus University, Rotterdam). [9/19]


Kristine Koutout  was recently awarded a $7,500 Russell Sage Foundation grant in Behavioral Economics. She will also be presenting her research at the Advances in Field Experiments conference at the University of Chicago in September, the Economics Science Association-North American conference in October, the Southern Economics Association conference in November, and the ASSAs conference in January.  In addition, she has been invited to the Winter Experimental Social Sciences Institute in Abu Dhabi in January. [8/19]

maeder Nicolas Maeder, with Jean-Guillaume Poulain and Julien Reynaud, has a new working paper at the IMF.  It is entitled  "Assessing IMF Lending:  A Model of Sample Selection." 

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In May 2019,  Frank Ciarliero  and  Nicolas Maeder  presented papers at the  i85 Macroeconomics Workshop at Clemson University in Greenville, SC. Ciarliero's paper was “The Market for Business Loans in a DSGE Framework,” while Maeder spoke on the topic, “Macroeconomic Transmission of a Financial Fire Sale: A Story of Aggregate Demand.”



Brandyn Churchill  recently presented his paper, "E=Verify Mandates and Immigrant Health Insurance," at the  Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management's 2019 Regional Student Conference  in Irvine, CA. [6/19]


Daniel Mangrum's  paper, entitled "Personal Finance Education Mandates and Student Loan Repayment," which he delivered at the 2018  Missouri Valley Economic Association  meetings in Memphis, was selected as the Best Graduate Student Paper.  He will be recognized at the MVEA general meetings in October 2019 for this honor. [3/19]



On October 28th, 2018,  Dr. Carolyn Heinrich  of Peabody School of Education and  Matthew Knowles  presented their joint work at the  North East Universities Development Consortium (NEUDC)  Conference 2018 at Cornell University.  The paper is entitled  "A Fine Predicament: Conditioning, Compliance and Consequences in a Labeled Cash Transfer Program." [2/19]



Brandyn Churchill's  paper, "The Effect of Minimum Wages on Low-Skilled Immigrants' Wages, Employment and Poverty," has been accepted by the   Industrial Relations .  [1/19]


Dante Mossi, PhD ’96, was recently elected Executive President of the Central American Bank for Economic Integration.  He took over this role as of December 1, 2018. Prior to that he worked for several years for the World Bank. 


Bernes Karacay's  paper, "A Dynamic Investment Model Under Time-Inconsistency," has been published by the  Bogazici Journal Review of Social, Economic, and Administrative Studies.  [4/17]


Emily Lawler's article, "Effectiveness of Vaccination Recommendations versus Mandates: Evidence from the Hepatitis A Vaccine," was recently published in the  Journal of Health Economics. [2/17]


Martin Van Der Linden's  article, "Fair Social Orderings with Other-Regarding Preferences," co-authored with Benoit Decerf, was published in 2016 in  Social Choice and Welfare.

His piece entitled "Betting and Belief: Prediction Markets and Attribution of Climate Change," with Jonathan Gilligan and John Nay, is forthcoming in the  Winter Simulation Conference Proceedings. [2/17]


Two Economics PhD students have been awarded Graduate Student Summer Language Training Grants from the College of Arts and Science. Kristine Koutout  will attend the Arabic language immersion program at the Qalam Wa Lawh Center in Rabat, Morocco. Trang Hoang  will attend an online course on programming and machine learning on Coursera.  Congratulations to them both! [2/17]


Daniel Mangrum's article, co-authored with  Professor Alejandro Molnar , was presented by Professor Molnar at an Econometric Society session on Topics in Urban Transportation at the ASSA Conference in Chicago on January 8, 2017. The paper is entitled "The Marginal Congestion of a Taxi in New York City." [2/17]



Rosa Ferrer (Ph.D. '09)was one of eight finalists for  the best science of the year prize, awarded by La Vanguardia,  a newspaper in Barcelona, and voted by the readers. [2/17]


Dong Cheng  presented his paper, entitled "Globalization Boom and Bust: An Study of US Automobile Industry from 1913 to 1940," on November 5, 2016 at the  Fall 2016 Midwest Macroeconomics Meeting. The meeting was held by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. This paper is coauthored with Professor  Mario J. Crucini  (Vanderbilt University),  Professor Hyunseung Oh  (Vanderbilt University), and Professor Hakan Yilmazkuday (Florida International University). [11/16]