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First annual Innovative Policy Conference held June 15

August 24, 2017

More than 250 federal and state policy makers, community organizers and scholars from across the country attended the first annual Innovative Policy Conference co-organized by Justine Hastings of the Economics Department, Watson Institute and Rhode Island Innovative Policy Lab and by the office of the Governor of Rhode Island. The conference focused on the importance of research-driven policy, state-university partnership, and the importance of fact-based policy for all sides of the political spectrum.

Two hundred undergraduate, eleven Ph.D. degrees to be awarded at Brown’s 249th Commencement, May 28

May 23, 2017

Economics remains a popular area of study at the undergraduate level. About two hundred undergraduate degrees will be awarded this year in Economics, Applied Math - Economics, Computer Science - Economics, and Mathematics - Economics. That is, more than one-in-eight of overall degree earners will have completed one of these concentrations, more than half of them in the Economics concentration itself. Dozens of other students are graduating with concentrations in Business Entrepreneurship and Organizations (BEO), International Relations, and other programs in which economics courses feature prominently. At the graduate level, eleven students will be awarded the Ph.D. in Economics, including students about to begin teaching careers at Vanderbilt, UC Davis, and other universities, and at the World Bank and other organizations and firms. We salute all of our graduates and wish them success in "discharging the offices of life with usefulness and reputation" (to quote Brown's mission statement).

Guido Imbens, 1991 Brown Ph.D. recipient, is 2016 – 17 Horace Mann Medal winner

May 23, 2017

Brown University bestows the Horace Mann Medal each year to a Brown Graduate School alumnus or alumna who has made important contributions in his or her field. Imbens earned his Ph.D. in Economics at Brown in 1991 and went on to teach at Harvard, UCLA, and UC Berkeley before moving to Stanford University, where he currently teaches at the Graduate School of Business. He is recognized for research on methods for drawing causal inferences in observational studies which have raised the quality of research in economics, statistics, and biomedical sciences, influencing how clinical trials are analyzed, among other applications. The award will be bestowed at the graduate school doctoral ceremony on May 28. More...

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