A number of current and prospective graduates of the Boston College Economics Ph.D. program are participating in the job market this winter. A list of those participating, with full details on their fields, research and advisors' contact information is now available.
A set of Frequently Asked Questions for Economics advisors and advisees is now available. If you have a question, please consult the FAQ!
Anukriti, Grubb, Regan join the BC economics facultyLast year's faculty recruitment season was exceedingly successful, with the department filling three positions in an attempt to reduce the pressure on undergraduate enrollments and strengthen the graduate program.
Assistant Prof. S Anukriti joins us from Columbia University, where she received the Ph.D. this year after earning the MA at Delhi School of Economics and the BA at St Stephen's College, University of Delhi. Her interests are in economic development. She has been appointed a Research Affiliate of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany. Anukriti looks forward to teaching courses in economic development and the economics of gender this fall.
Assistant Prof. Michael Grubb joins us from the Sloan School at MIT, where he has served as an assistant professor of applied economics since receiving the Ph.D. in Business Administration from Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2007. He earned the M.Phil. at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, and the BA in management and technology from the University of Pennsylvania. His fields of interest include behavioral industrial organization and applied microeconomic theory. He published "Selling to Overconfident Consumers" in the American Economic Review, 2009, as well as articles in Journal of Economics and Management Strategy and International Journal of Industrial Organization.
We have also strengthened the ranks of our adjunct faculty with the addition of Adjunct Associate Professor Tracy L. Regan. She received the Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 2003, serving on the faculty at University of Miami and University of Arizona. Her research interests lie in labor economics, health and pharmaceutical economics, and industrial organization. Regan has an article forthcoming in Journal of Human Resources, with recent publications in Economic Inquiry, Journal of Population Economics and the International Journal of Industrial Organization. She looks forward to teaching one of the large sections of Principles of Economics and an elective in the economics of wage determination.
26 Jul 2013
BC EC 2013 and all prior issues available
Fabio Ghironi departs
Assoc. Prof. Fabio Ghironi has resigned to take a position as Professor of Economics at the University of Washington. He joined the department in 2001 after receiving the Ph.D. from University of California-Berkeley in 1999. His work in macroeconomics and international finance is well known. In the past several years, he organized the very successful International Economic Policy and Political Economy (IEPPE) seminar, an undergraduate course that brought many distinguished speakers to campus. Ghironi also played a sizable role in dissertation advisement for many recent Ph.D.s. We wish him well in his new position.
Quinn named Interim ProvostProf. Joseph Quinn, who served eight years as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, was tapped to fill the position of University Provost and Dean of Faculties following Dr. Cutberto Garza's resignation from that position. He expresses his hopes that the nationwide search for a permanent successor will be swift.
26 July 2013
Undergraduate Program FAQ available
A set of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Department's undergraduate offerings is now available. If you are a major, minor, CSOM concentrator or interested in becoming one, please consult the FAQ!5 Sep 2010
Recent publications highlighted
An up-to-date list of the recent published articles of department faculty that appear in RePEc services such as IDEAS and EconPapers is now available, courtesy of the IDEAS RePEc service. To appear on this list, faculty must be registered with RePEc, the journal must be included in RePEc listings (as almost all journals of note are) and the author must 'claim' their article in the RePEc Author Service.08 Mar 2010
Giving to EconomicsThe Chair's Discretionary Fund supports vitally important activities such as student awards, purchases of textbooks for needy students, guest lectures, receptions, student travel to professional meetings, student and faculty mini-grants, conferences, and other events that maintain our thriving Economics Department and community. Should you want to discuss making a special gift to the department, please be in touch with the Office of the Director of Development of A&S, David Cave, Ph.D., at 617-552-9179.
Economics major at 25-year high
The Office of Student Services has released Enrollment Highlights for the fall, 2013 semester which show that there are 1,018 undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences economics major and the Carroll School of Management economics concentration. This is the largest major and concentration, and the largest ever recorded, representing over 11% of all BC undergraduates, and a 25-year high for the Economics Department's enrollment. This total does not include those students in the A&S economics minor, nor those International Studies majors who follow the Economics track. The next largest majors/concentrations are Finance in the CSOM (862), Communication (844), Biology (795) and Political Science (656). Many A&S undergraduates graduate with two completed majors.
Student Services also announced that 266 students graduated in 2013 with an A&S economics major, compared to 133 in 2007. This represented 17.5%, or over 1/6, of the 1,517 A&S graduates in the August 2012-May 2013 period. There were an additional 38 students graduating with the CSOM concentration in economics.
The Department of Economics has increased the number of full-time faculty by several positions in the past three years, with a current roster of 36. Additional full-time faculty over the next two years to strengthen the undergraduate and graduate curricula. The number of majors and concentrators has grown far faster than faculty numbers, which would be over 50 if the faculty-student ratio prevalent in the early 2000s was maintained.19 Sep 2013
Seminar on Economic Policy in Berlin and Istanbul offered this summer
Anukriti wins ESEM award
Assistant Professor S Anukriti has received one of two inaugural awards from the European Meetings of the Econometric Society, the profession's most prestigious international society. These awards, for the the two best papers in applied economics--broadly taken to include applied theory, empirical economics, experimental economics, and computational economics) are given to young researchers, within ten years of their PhD. Prof. Anukriti's paper "The Fertility-Sex Ratio Trade--off: Unintended Consequences of Financial Incentives" was highly rated by the Program Committee for the Society's European Meetings, held in Gothenburg, Sweden on 26-30 August. Prof. Anukriti joined the department faculty this summer after receiving the PhD from Columbia University.
Our congratulations to Prof. Anukriti!11 August 2013
Ünver wins prestigious award
Professor Utku Ünver has been granted a Special Award in Science by the Turkish Scientific and Technological Research Council (TÜBITAK). The award was created to honor Turkish scientists who have significantly contributed to science by their work abroad. Ünver was the sole recipient of the award in the Social Sciences category, cited for his work on economic design, matching models and kidney exchange schemes, many of which have involved collaboration with Prof. Tayfun Sönmez and recent Nobel Prize recipient Alvin Roth. Prof. Ünver joined the BC faculty in 2008 and was promoted to Professor in 2011.
Our congratulations to Prof. Ünver!28 July 2013
Two additions to the company of scholars
The latest additions to the department's roster of Ph.D.s are Devlin Hanson, a native of USA, and Anna Blank, a native of Russia, who defended their dissertations on 1 October. Dr. Hanson wrote "Two Essays on the Interaction between Marriage and Policy," advised by Prof. Mathis Wagner. She is currently employed at the Urban Institute in Washington DC. Dr. Blank wrote "Two Essays on the Long-term Consequences of the EITC Program," advised by Profs. Peter Gottschalk and Andrew Beauchamp. She is currently employed by The Analysis Group.
Our congratulations to Dr. Hanson and Dr. Blank.2 October 2013