|2/15/2013||Rebecca Stein Will Engage Online Economics Students in the 'Active Sport' of Learning||She will be teaching "Principles of Microeconomics" through Coursera this spring to over 8,000 students.|
|2/5/2013||Penn Receives $25 Million Gift to Create Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics||The gift from alumnus Ronald Perelman will be used to provide a new home for the departments of Economics and Political Science.|
The extraordinarily generous gift will provide a new home for both the Department of Economics and Political Science. The Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics will be located in the West Philadelphia Trust Building at 36th and Walnut streets.
Ronald O. Perelman, pictured right, is an alumnus of Penn, a member of Penn's Board of Trustees, and a frequent donor to the University.
For full details, see Penn News.
|2/1/2013||Presidential Term Professor Enrique Mendoza Examines the Fiscal Cliff and its Future Significance||An online audio presentation|
|1/11/2013||Nobelist Thomas Sargent to Speak at Social Science & Policy Forum on Jan. 28th||Economics Nobel Laureate Thomas Sargent will be speaking here at Penn on January 28, 2013.|
Economics Nobel Laureate Thomas Sargent will be presenting "Continental Drift: The Forces Underlying the Euro Crisis" at Penn's Social Science & Policy Forum on January 28, 2013 at 4:30 pm in College Hall 200 (Class of 1954 Lecture Hall).
The Department of Economics is a sponsor of the event.
|12/7/2012||Graduate Dissertation Fellowship Announced||A fellowship has been established in memory of Robert Summers.|
A graduate dissertation fellowship has been established in the memory of Robert Summers, a distinguished member of the faculty for over 30 years, to be awarded annually to the most deserving student in the Economics Department working on a Ph.D. dissertation in the fields of empirical macroeconomics or international economics.
For more information about Professor Summers, see In Memoriam.
|11/21/2012||Congratulations to Antonio Merlo||Professor Merlo has been elected a Fellow of the Econometric Society.|
Professor Antonio Merlo has been elected a Fellow of the Econometric Society.
The Econometric Society is an international society for the advancement of economic theory in its relation to statistics and mathematics. Among its activities, the Society is responsible for the publication of the journals Econometrica, Quantitative Economics, and Theoretical Economics, the publication of a research Monograph series, and the organization of scientific meetings in six regions of the world.
|9/26/2012||Awards at New Student Reception||Four students were honored for their first year work during this year's New Student Reception.|
Four second-year graduate students were honored for their first-year work during this year's New Student Reception on September 26, 2012.
Chunzan Wu won the Lawrence Robbins Prize, awarded to the student judged to be the best in the first year class.
Juan Hernandez received the Certificate of Distinction for the Best Performance in Microeconomics in the first year. Kristin Shaw received the Certificate of Distinction for the Best Performance in Macroeconomics in the first year. Yu (Laura) Liu received the Certificate of Distinction for the Best Performance in Econometrics in the first year.
The reception was hosted by the Graduate Economics Society.
Second-year graduate students (from left to right) Chunzan Wu, Juan Hernandez, Kristin Shaw, and Yu (Laura) Liu.
|9/22/2012||Structural Estimation of Behavioral Models Conference||On September 21 and 22 a two-day conference was held to honor Department Chair Ken Wolpin.|
Held to honor Department Chair Ken Wolpin's 65th birthday, the two-day conference "Structural Estimation of Behavioral Models: A Conference in Honor of Kenneth I. Wolpin" brought together forty-four former students and close colleagues from outside Penn who presented their research. An audience of about 100, including many faculty members and current graduate students, were on hand.
Research papers related to the conference will be considered for publication in the IER.
|8/30/2012||Professors Dirk Krueger and Jesus Fernandez-Villaverde Discuss the State of the European Economy||An online audio presentation in SAS Frontiers|
OMNIA is an online publication highlighting research and scholarship in the School of Arts and Sciences at Penn.
|7/9/2012||Recent Honors for Professor Jere R. Behrman||He has received a Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Chile and is the recipient of a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grant. In addition, he has been appointed to National Academies of Science Committee on Population.|
Jere R. Behrman, W.R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Economics and Sociology and Research Associate of the Population Studies Center, has been awarded a Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Chile at a special ceremony at the University of Chile in Santiago, Chile.
At the ceremony he also gave an invited lecture on “From Macro Econometric Analysis to Early Childhood Development” pertaining to his four decades of research on the Chilean economy.
He has also been awarded a Bill and Linda Gates Foundation Grant for a two-year multi-country multi-institutional interdisciplinary study on “Early child growth and development in four countries: Young Lives.”
The study is investigating the determinants of and the impacts of child growth recovery and child growth faltering after one year of age on child schooling success and cognitive and non-cognitive skill attainment in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam.
In addition, Professor Behrman has been appointed to the National Research Council (NRC) National Academies of Science (NAS) Committee on Population (CPOP) for three years.
CPOP conducts scientific assessments of major population-related issues and provides a forum for the discussion and analysis of important public policy issues related to population.
Jere R. Behrman
|5/23/2012||Congratulations to Graduate Student Suryun Rhee||Suryun Rhee was one of the ten winners of this year's Penn Prize for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching.|
We extend our congratulations to Suryun Rhee who was awarded the Penn Prize for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching this year.
Last year she was a TA for Economics 10 and Economics 242, and her research interests lie in quantitative macroeconomics, labor economics and industrial organization.
|4/27/2012||Economics Day - April 20, 2012||A photographic gallery of the presenters and prize winners from Economics Day - April 20, 2012|
Economics Day is our annual celebration to recognize outstanding teaching and research achievements by undergraduate and graduate students and exemplary teaching by economics faculty.
(Note: Professors Xu Cheng and Hanming Fang, who each won the Irving B. Kravis Prize for Distinction in Undergraduate Teaching, were unable to attend the ceremony.)
Department Chair Antonio Merlo introduces the program.
Rebecca Stein accepts the Irving B. Kravis Prize for Distinction in Undergraduate Teaching.
Undergraduate Chair, Professor Frank Schorfheide, introduces the undergraduate section of the program.
Benjamin McGuire is this year's winner of the Kanta Marwah Undergraduate Research Award.
Kathy Qian won the Lawrence R. Klein Prize for Outstanding Research by an Undergraduate.
Matthew Klein was co-winner of the Simon Kuznets Fellowship Award in Economics.
Jonathan Roth was also co-winner of the Simon Kuznets Fellowship Award in Economics.
Andrew Judson received the Bernard Shanbaum Prize for Excellence in Economics.
This year's recipient of the Edwin Mansfield Teaching Prize was graduate student Zenan Wu.
Professor Dirk Krueger, Director of Graduate Studies, begins the graduate portion of the program.
Chamna Yoon accepts the Maloof Family Dissertation Fellowship in Economics.
Joel Popkin was on hand to present the Joel Popkin Graduate Student Teaching Prize in Economics.
Salome Baslandze thanks Joel Popkin and the department for the award.
This year's winner of the Sidney Weintraub Memorial Fellowship is Francesc Dilme.
Eleanor Harvill was co-winner of the Paul Taubman Memorial Prize for Empirical Economics Research.
Co-winner of the Paul Taubman Memorial Prize for Empirical Economic Research, Gil Shapira, expresses his thanks.
Nils Mattis Gornemann expresses his thanks as co-winner of the Hiram C. Haney Fellowship Award in Economics.
Luigi Bocola, the other co-winner of the Hiram C. Haney Fellowship Award in Economics, thanks the assembly.
Francis Carey presents the William Polk Carey Prize for the Outstanding Economics Dissertation in honor of his late brother.
Nirav Mehta, one of the co-winners of this year's Carey Prize, expresses his thanks while Francis Carey III looks on.
Edward Herbst, the other co-winner of this year's Carey Prize, happily accepts his award.
|4/23/2012||Professor Francis X. Diebold to Lead Committee Studying Stress Tests of U.S. Banks||Professor Diebold will lead the Federal Reserve's newly-formed Model Validation Council to provide advice on the assessment of stress test on U.S. banks.|
The Federal Reserve has announced the creation of the Model Validation Council to provide "expert and independent advice on its processes to rigorously assess the models used in stress tests of banking institutions."
The council will be led by Professor Francis X. Diebold.
For more information, read the press release from the Federal Reserve.
|4/19/2012||Emeritus Economics Professor Robert Summers Dies at 89||Economics Professor Robert Summers, who taught here at Penn from 1960 to 1991, died on April 17.|
Retired Economics Professor Robert Summers, who taught here at the University of Pennsylvania from 1960 to 1991, passed away on April 17.
In 1998 he was named an American Economics Association Distinguished Fellow for his path-breaking work on the measurement of consistent economic aggregates and prices across nations and over time. This project, produced in collaboration with fellow economists and faculty members Alan Heston and the late Irving Kravis, developed real product comparisons and estimated purchasing-power parities for an expanding number of countries.
For more information, see In Memoriam.
|4/18/2012||Professor George Mailath inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences||George Mailath, the W. H. Annenberg Professor of Social Sciences and Professor of Economics, is among 220 new members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences elected this year.|
One of the nation's most prestigious honor societies, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has announced the election of 220 new members to its ranks. Economics Professor George Mailath is one of them.
See also this list of the new members organized by discipline.
|3/30/2012||Audio Interview with Professor Jere Behrman||Professor Jere Behrman is featured in the March 2012 issue of SAS Frontiers.|
An audio interview with Professor Jere Behrman is featured in SAS Frontiers, an online monthly magazine about the research and creative accomplishments of faculty and students in the School of Arts and Sciences here at the University of Pennsylvania.
To listen to the interview, go to Social Q's in SAS Frontiers.
Professor Jere Behrman
|3/20/2012||New Economics Major and Minor||The Economics Department is pleased to now offer a Mathematical Economics Major and an Economic Policy Minor. Details about the new major and minor are available in the Undergraduate section of our website.|
The Economics Department is pleased to now offer a Mathematical Economics Major and an Economic Policy Minor.
The Mathematical Economics Major is designed for students who have a strong interest in both mathematics and economics and are potentially considering a graduate degree in economics. See Mathematical Economics Major for details.
The Economic Policy Minor is designed for students with an interest in a variety of economic policy questions who are majoring in related fields. See Economic Policy Minor for details.
|10/25/2011||Former graduate Ignazio Visco, PhD 1981, is Governor of the Bank of Italy||We congratulate our former graduate student, Ignazio Visco, Ph.D. 1981, who has been appointed Governor of the Bank of Italy by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.|
We congratulate our former graduate student, Ignazio Visco, Ph.D. 1981, who has been appointed Governor of the Bank of Italy by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
Ignazio Visco has been Deputy Director General of the Bank of Italy since 2007.
For more information on him, see his profile at the Bank of Italy.
|10/10/2011||Congratulations to Nobelist Thomas J. Sargent||Congratulations to Thomas J. Sargent, who with Christopher A. Sims, was awarded the 2011 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel for their empirical research on cause and effect in the macroeconomy. He was a member of the Penn Economics faculty from 1970-1971. He is a member of the Penn Institute for Economic Research (PIER) Advisory Board and in February 2004 was a Martha & Jonathan Cohen Distinguished Visitor.|
Congratulations to Thomas J. Sargent, who with Christopher A. Sims, was awarded the 2011 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel for their empirical research on cause and effect in the macroeconomy.
He was a member of the Penn Economics faculty from 1970-1971. He is a member of the Penn Institute for Economic Research (PIER) Advisory Board and in February 2004 was a Martha & Jonathan Cohen Distinguished Visitor.
For further information see The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in memory of Alfred Nobel 2011.
Thomas J. Sargent
|10/5/2011||Assistant Professor Openings||The Department of Economics has two or more tenure track Assistant Professor positions available. Interested candidates can see the postings on EconJobMarket.|
The Department of Economics has two or more tenure track Assistant Professor positions available.
Interested candidates can see the postings on EconJobMarket.
|9/23/2011||Devin Reilly wins this year's Lawrence Robbins Prize||Devin Reilly won the Lawrence Robbins Prize which is awarded at the end of each year to the student judged to be the best in the first year class.|
Devin Reilly won the Lawrence Robbins Prize which is awarded at the end of each year to the student judged to be the best in the first year class. He received the prize on September 23, 2011 during the New Student Reception, which was hosted by the Graduate Economics Society.
Devin Reilly, second-year graduate student
|7/1/2011||Former graduate Lars-Hendrik Röller, PhD 1987, is Germany's Chief Economic Adviser||We congratulate our former graduate student, Lars-Hendrik Röller, PhD 1987, who was appointed Director General of the Economic and Financial Policy Division of the German government by Chancellor Angela Merkel.|
We congratulate our former graduate student, Lars-Hendrik Röller, PhD 1987, who was appointed Director General of the Economic and Financial Policy Division of the German government by Chancellor Angela Merkel.
He is currently on leave from his position as President of the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) which he has held since 2006.
|6/10/2011||Professor Behrman Appointed to NIH/NICHD Advisory Council||Professor Jere Behrman was invited by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, and he agreed to serve as...|
Professor Jere Behrman was invited by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, and he agreed to serve as the Economics/Social Science member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD) National Advisory Council for 2011-14.
Professor Jere Behrman
|5/3/2011||Former graduate Alassane D. Ouattara, PhD. 1972, is President of Cote d'Ivoire||We congratulate our former graduate student Alassane D. Ouattara, Ph.D. 1972, who was elected and recently installed as President of Cote d'Ivoire.|
We congratulate our former graduate student Alassane D. Ouattara, Ph.D. 1972, who was elected and recently installed as President of Cote d'Ivoire. His dissertation was "Trade Effects of the Association of African Countries with the Common Market."
Alassane D. Ouattara
|4/21/2011||Three Professors Receive Teaching Awards||Dr. Rebecca Stein is the recipient of the Provost Award for Teaching Excellence by Non-Standing Faculty.|
Dr. Rebecca Stein is the recipient of the Provost Award for Teaching Excellence by Non-Standing Faculty.
The Kravis committe, composed of upper-level economics majors, gave teaching awards to Holger Sieg (tenured faculty award) and to Ufuk Afcigit (tenure-track award).