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The latest edition (9/2013) of our newsletter is now available.

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Susanne Schennach was awarded the Frisch Medal of the Econometric Society for the article, "Estimating the Technology of Cognitive and Noncognitive Skill Formation", with Flavio Cunha and James Heckman. Professor Schennach was elected as a Fellow of the Econometric Society.

A CNBC article on secular stagnation includes comments Gauti Eggertsson and mention of his paper co-authored with Neil Mehrotra "A Model of Secular Stagnation."

Tyler Benster ’13, Applied Math-Economics alumnus, is featured in a Brown Alumni Magazine article about his 3D printing company.

Glenn Loury discusses Thomas Piketty's new book, "Capital in the 21st Century" with Larry Kotlikoff (Boston University) and Rajiv Sethi (Barnard College) on his video blog, The Glenn Show.

Economics alumnus Steven Rattner ’74 discusses technology and productivity in The New York Times.

Glenn Loury is featured as the cover story in The Region, the quarterly publication of The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis on his work on inequality, the legacy of historical race discrimination, and the limits of "equal opportunity".

Oded Galor and colleague Quamrul Ashraf (Williams College) are fetured in the Science Channel’s Through the Wormhole hosted by Morgan Freeman, drawing from their research published in the American Economic Review, “The ‘Out of Africa’ Hypothesis, Human Genetic Diversity, and Comparative Economic Development.”

Justine Hastings has been appointed to serve a three-year term on the newly formed Rhode Island Council of Economic Advisors.

Anna Aizer and Janet Currie (Princeton University) published a review of economics research from the last four years to get a picture of how maternal disadvantage affects the health of newborns in a special issue of Science dedicated to inequality research.

Glenn Loury was a member of the National Research Council’s Committee on Causes and Consequences of High Rates of Incarceration.  The committee has now issued a 444 page report “The Growth of Incarceration in the United States” which was highlighted in a lead editorial in The New York Times.

David Glancy is the winner of the S4 graduate student paper prize.  He will present his paper at the S4 reception and colloquium on Friday, 5/16​/14.

Gauti Eggertsson shares 'secular stagnation' theory on

Glenn Loury debates the merits of an increase in the minimum wage with Timothy Noah (MSNBC, The Great Divergence).

Economics alumni Charlie Enright and Mark Towill use their business and economics degrees at the helm of Team Alvimedica’s 65-foot ocean racing yacht when it launches next month to compete against the world’s best -- and best-funded -- sailors.

Glenn Loury's work takes a new, international, direction.

Emilio Depetris Chauvin has been chosen as the winner of the first annual Professor Borts Prize. A committee of three faculty members chose Emilio based upon his dissertation research in the areas of economic growth, conflict, and political economy.

On February 19, 2014, Emeritus Professor George Borts received the David L. Laffere Distinguished Service Award of the Western Coal Traffic League in recognition of his nearly forty years of outstanding assistance in helping to lower the cost of electric power throughout the Western United States. 

Andrew Foster talks with  RT News correspondent, Ameera David, about the causes of a falling birth rate and its economic impact on the US.

Pedro Dal Bó taught ECON 1110, Intermediate Microeconomics, in a new “flipped” format in the Fall, where students attended lectures on Mondays and Fridays, went over questions in problem-solving sessions on Wednesdays and watched explanatory videos recorded by Dal Bó throughout the week.

Glenn Loury accompanies the Brown Jazz Band on a trip to Cuba. He will be providing academic enrichment about the transformation of the Cuban economy.

Economics alumna Janet Yellen ’67 won Senate approval to become the new head of the Federal Reserve.

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter (Columbia University) discuss the recent controversy over Santa Claus's race.

Former economics graduate student, Roland Pongou, will receive a Polanyi Prize for research into the unfaithful.

Glenn Loury talks with Roland Fryer (Harvard) about his research on educational reform.

Ken Chay discusses impact of the Affordable Care Act on the University.

Glenn Loury talks to Princeton psychologist, Eldar Shafir, about his new book on behavioral economics, "Scarcity: Why Having So Little Means So Much".

Glenn Loury and former Brown colleague Ross Levine (UC Berkeley Haas School of Business) discuss the recent book by Anat Admati and Martin Hellwig, The Bankers' New Clothes.

Roberto Serrano is a newly elected Fellow of the Econometric Society.

Anna Aizer discusses her research on the  impacts of welfare on health and human capital.

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter (Columbia University) discuss the student protest at Brown University that thwarted a speech by NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly.

Glenn Loury has a two-part conversation with political scientist Steven Teles (Johns Hopkins University) on the current state of economic science.

Glenn Loury discusses "Obamacare" roll-out problems with social policy expert Harold Pollack (University of Chicago).

President Obama nominated economics alumna Janet Yellen ‘67 to succeed Ben Bernanke as chair of the Federal Reserve.

Adjunct Professor David Wyss discusses effects of government shutdown forw Brown and Rhode Island.           

George Borts retires after 63 years in the Economics Department.

Pedro Dal Bo's experiment with a hybrid form of online learning in ECON 1110 is mentioned in two Brown Daily Herald articles.

Brown Daily Herald Opinions article by Economics concentrator, Scott Freitag’14.

Glenn Loury praises the new approach to drug sentencing policy articulated by Attorney General Eric Holder.

President Obama nominated applied math/economics alumna Karen Dynan '85 to be assistant secretary for economic policy at the U.S. Treasury Department.

Sylvia Kuo has been selected to participate in the Sheridan Center’s Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows Program for the 2013-14 academic year.

Glenn Loury presents a paper on “A Theory of Collective Reputations with Endogenous Identity”, at the Santa Fe Institute.  This presentation includes joint work that Loury has undertaken with former Ph.D. student Young-Chul Kim, now of Sangmyung University in Seoul, South Korea.

PhD candidate, Morgan Hardy, received the Hewlett Dissertation Fellowship Award. Ms. Hardy ’s dissertation is “The Determinants, Dynamics, and Details of Female Labor Market Participation in the Developing World”.

Peter Howitt talks about what businesses can do for "technology transfer".

A Review of the Loury-McWhorter Conversations on Bloggingheads about Affirmative Action.

Glenn Loury has been elected President of the Eastern Economics Association. He will give the presidential lecture in New York City at the EEA’s annual meetings.  His topic:  “What’s Left to Say About Affirmative Action?”

25th BREAD Conference on Development Economics is held on April 26-27 at Watson Institute for International Studies. The conference is for registered participants only given space availability.

Glenn Loury will participate in a panel discussion focusing on America's growing prison population and what it means for a democratic society, hosted by Brown University on Monday, April 15, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. in List Art Building, Room 120, 64 College St.

Glenn Loury is one of four internationally-renowned speakers in a one day symposium on race, families and inequality at the University of Queensland’s Institute for Social Science Research.

Glenn Loury joins other invited scholars in a Trans-Pacific dialogue on “Creating a Productive Future: social and economic challenges, policy and goverance” at the National Museum of Australia.

Glenn Loury and Larry Kotlikoff (Boston University) discuss the economist and pundit Paul Krugman on The Glenn Show.

Economics concentrator Matthew Sullivan ’13 has been named to the Capital One Academic All-American Division I Men’s Basketball Team.

Adjunct Professor David Wyss reflects on jobs, experiences before Brown.

The Brown Daily Herald talks with members of the Economics Department about curbing grade inflation.

Applied Mathematics-Economics concentrator Lucas Husted ’13 discussed the Brown Economics degree in an op-ed piece in the Brown Daily Herald.

Announcing recent appointments and reappointments of Brown economics faculty to editorial boards.  Brian Knight was appointed to the editorial board at the American Economic ReviewEric Renault was reappointed to the Board of Associate Editors of EconometricaRoberto Serrano was appointed to the Board of Games and Economic Behavior.

Nathaniel Baum-Snow joins other faculty in support of gun violence research funding.

Glenn Loury discusses his writings on race and affirmative action with Professor of Political Science Corey Brettschneider.

Economics chair, Roberto Serrano, discusses the increase in economics concentrators with The Brown Daily Herald.

Glenn Loury had two on-line discussions with Louis Putterman about his new book, "The Good, the Bad, and the Economy".

2012 Phd graduate Daeho Kim recently won the Award for Best Dissertation from the Association for Public Policy and Management. Daeho is now an assistant professor at Ohio State University

Christina Paxson, Brown University President and Economics Department faculty member, co-writes an op-ed piece about the long lasting psychological trauma for the victims of Hurricane Sandy and Hurrican Katrina.

William R. Rhodes ’57, University professor-at-large and a former senior vice chairman of Citigroup and Citibank gave a lecture on his new book “Banker to the World: Leadership Lessons from the Front Lines of Global Finance,” at the Watson Institute.  His talk was the first in the International Finance Lecture Series, co-sponsored by the Watson Institute and the Rhodes Center on International Economics and Finance. The next speaker in the series will be Jose Campa, former secretary of state for the economy for the Spanish government. Campa will give a speech titled “The Ongoing Economic Crisis in Europe” at the Economics in the Real World symposium December 7-8, 2012.

The Brown Daily Herald talks with George Borts about the transition of the presidency at Brown.

Glenn Loury and Yaron Brook, president of the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights and a former professor at Santa Clara University debate the proper role of government in reducing economic inequality.  The debate was hosted by the Alexander Hamilton Society.

Fox Business News talks with Adjunct Professor David Wyss about the state of the economic recovery.

The Swedish Academy cites a 2009 paper by Roberto Serrano in its “Information to the Public” document explaining the 2012 Nobel Prize in Economics.

In 2005, Glenn Loury and Roland Fryer (Harvard) published a paper titled "Affirmative Action and Its Mythologies." The Atlantic associate editor Jordan Weissmann uses their paper as a roadmap for considering the costs and benefits of letting schools factor race into their selection criteria.

Nature reports that a paper by Oded Galor and former Brown Ph.D. student Quamrul Ashraf (Williams College), "The Out of Africa Hypothesis, Human Genetic Diversity and Comparative Economic Development" (American Economic Review forthcoming), sparks a war of words with leading geneticists and anthropologists.

The Brown Daily Herald discusses the pledge of economics department alumnus, Jonathan Nelson ’77, to donate half his wealth to a charitable cause.

The Brown Daily Herald talks with Glenn Loury about faculty racial diversity.

Requirements for the Economics concentration have changed for the class of 2016 and beyond.  New requirements include additional calculus and econometrics classes, boosting the concentration’s number of required courses from 10 to 11.

The Brown Daily Herald holds a Q&A faculty profile session with Louis Putterman.

The Brown Daily Herald talks with Oded Galor about his work studying the relationship between genetic diversity and economic output.

Oded Galor and former Brown Ph.D. student Quamrul Ashraf’s (Williams College) recent paper "The Out of Africa Hypothesis, Human Genetic Diversity and Comparative Economic Development" (American Economic Review forthcoming) is featured as an Editor's Choice in Science.

Glenn Loury and Larry Kotlikoff (Boston University) discuss the LIBOR rate-fixing scandal.

Louis Putterman discusses Mitt Romney’s economic proposals.

Glenn Loury with Brink Lindsey (Kauffman Foundation) about Brink’s new book Human Capitalism: How Economic Growth Has Made Us Smarter and More Unequal.

Louis Putterman writes on Senate tax policy.

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter (Columbia University) discuss affirmative action and the racial achievement gap on The Glenn Show on

In a CNNMoney survey, Adjunct Professor David Wyss says Ryan's Medicare plans would transfer the costs to the elderly.           

Research done by John Tyler, Professor of Education and Economics, and his colleage Eric Taylor from Stanford shows that providing teachers formalized feedback makes them better.

Glenn Loury is one of two Brown faculty recently appointed to the National Academy of Sciences' Causes and Consequences of High Rates of Incarceration committee.





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