Successful intervention: Research by Hanming Fang and colleagues abroad has shown that city-wide lockdowns are effective in containing the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Successful intervention: Research by Economic Professor Hanming Fang of the School of Arts and Sciences and Leonard Davis Institute and colleagues abroad has shown that city-wide lockdowns and other restrictions on movement are effective in containing the spread of the novel coronavirus. These restrictions allow stressed medical systems to regroup and deal with new infection cases, they write.
In spring 2020 the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas will host a conference, "The Econometrics of Macroeconomic and Financial Data: A Conference in Honor of Francis X. Diebold,"
The Department of Economics is pleased to announce that, effective January 1, 2020, Dirk Krueger has assumed the role of Editor of the International Economic Review. He succeeds Harold L. Cole who has held the position since July 2011. The Department owes Hal a debt of gratitude for his outstanding service to the Department and the profession at large for leading the IER, and strengthening its position as one of the leading general interest journals of the economics profession.
The Knight Foundation Invests in A New Initiative on the Economics of Digital Services: Providing a Foundation for Evidence-Based Decision Making
The Knight Foundation made a $350,000 investment in a new project at the University of Pennsylvania Law School Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition as part of a $3.5 million initiative to inform the national debate on rules, norms and governance of the internet and digital platforms.
Penn undergraduate Econ students Elizaveta Brover, Justin Guo, Renan Muta, Aman Virdi, and Catherine Wang are participating in the College Fed Challenge and won the regional competition. The team will now move on to the national competition
Professor George J. Mailath, Walter H. Annenberg Professor in the Social Sciences, was just elected to the Council of the Econometric Society, representing the North American region.
Jere Behrman, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Economics, received an award from the National Institutes of Health on the “Foundational cognitive skills in developing countries: early-life nutritional, climatic and policy determinants and impacts on adolescent education, socio-emotional competencies and risky behaviors."
The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds research and education in science and engineering, through grant support. Several Economics Professors received NSF Grants this year,
Economics professors Jere Behrman and Petra Todd were awarded a grant through the SAS initiative "Making a Difference in Diverse Communities."
The Economics Department Welcomes New Faculty: Wayne Gao and Joachim Hubmer.