News & Announcements

Early low-cost investments in infant health causes large educational gains and social services savings, Hastings and coauthors find

May 20, 2019

An NBER working paper released by Brown Professor Justine Hastings and co-authors Eric Chyn and Samantha Gold was covered by Vox Media last week. Using administrative data from Rhode Island, the authors find that spending a few thousand on health investments at birth for Very Low Birth Weight infants substantially increases test scores in grades 3-8, increases college enrollment, and saves tens of thousands in social program expenditures by age 14. Vox’s The Weeds podcast discussion of the results in their May 7 episode can be found here. Read the paper here, and a policy brief here.

New Business Economics Track

May 14, 2019

We are excited to announce the creation of a new Business Economics Track in the Economics Concentration. This new track builds upon recent investments in the department and faculty hiring in this area and is designed to serve significant student interest. Students will learn both theoretical and real-world applications in the areas of business and finance, including investment strategies, financing of new ventures, and pricing of new products. The Business Economics track prepares students for careers in finance, technology, consulting, and management. Beginning in fall 2019, students in semester 7 or earlier (class of 2020 and beyond) will be able to declare this new track. Details on the curriculum are available at this link.

News from the Graduate School

April 24, 2019

Professor Andrew Foster wins award for outstanding faculty advising and mentoring from the graduate school. PhD student Florian Gunsilius wins the Jourkowsky Family Foundation Outstanding Dissertation Award. 

Faculty In The News-Emily Oster

April 19, 2019

Please check out Professor Emily Oster's opinion piece featured in the New York Times titled, "The Data All Guilt-Ridden Parents Need". Emily's new book, Cribsheet, will be published on April 23, 2019. 

Syndicate content Subscribe via RSS feed