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Ekmekci, Song join the BC economics faculty

The department filled two positions during the spring hiring season, both of which increase our strength in important fields. Associate Prof. Mehmet Ekmekci joins us from the University of Pittsburgh, adding to our substantial game theory/mechanism design group. He also served on the faculty of Northwestern University and visited Yale University after receiving the Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2006. He holds an undergraduate degree from Bogaziçi University in Istanbul. His interests include game theory, information aggregation, bargaining and search, and takeovers. He has published repeatedly in Journal of Economic Theory, Review of Economic Studies and American Economic Review (see story below).

Assistant Prof. Dongho Song joins us from the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned the Ph.D. He holds undergraduate and master's degrees from Seoul National University in South Korea. His interests lie in risk management and modeling in economics and finance. His work with dissertation advisor Frank Schorfheide appears in two NBER papers and a festschrift for the late Halbert White.

Chalak leaves BC

Assistant Prof. Karim Chalak, a member of the BC economics faculty since 2007, has left the University and taken a position at the department of economics, University of Virginia.

10 Jul 2014
 

BC Economists publish in flagship journals

The latest issue of the profession's flagship journal, American Economic Review, highlights the work of a newly hired member of the BC Economics faculty, Assoc. Prof. Mehmet Ekmekci, and his coauthor Alp E. Atakan. "Auctions, Actions, and the Failure of Information Aggregation" evaluates auction mechanisms and the degree to which prices freely set in markets "accurately summarize the vast array of information held by market participants."

Assistant Prof. Ryan Chahrour, whose article "Public Communication and Information Acquisition" appears in the latest issue of one of the AEA's highly respected field journals, American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics. His work models the "tradeoff, perceived by central banks and other public actors, between providing the public with useful information and the risk of overwhelming it with excessive communication."

09 Jul 2014
 

Twelve Ph.D.'s awarded in University commencement

The 138th commencement exercises of Boston College were held on 19 May 2014. Twelve economics students received the Ph.D. since the last commencement. They are listed with their thesis topics and advisors. Samson Alva, "Essays on matching theory and networks" (Utku Ünver); Rucha Bhate, "Essays in macroeconomics of emerging markets" (Fabio Ghironi, Christopher F Baum and Peter Ireland); Anna Blank, "Two essays on the long-term consequences of the EITC program" (Peter Gottschalk and Andrew Beauchamp); Kyle Buika, "Essays in applied microeconomics" (Julie H. Mortimer); Brent Bundick, "Monetary policy and the Great Recession" (Susanto Basu); Stacey Chan, "Unintended policy effects and youth crime" (Andrew Beauchamp); Mikhail Dmitriev, "Essays in international macroeconomics" (Susanto Basu and Fabio Ghironi); Lucrezio Figurelli, "Essays on pricing and consumer demand in the retail sector" (Julie H. Mortimer); Devlin Hanson, "Two essays on the interaction between marriage and policy" (Mathis Wagner); Chungliang Jiang, "Three essays in finance economics" (Zhijie Xiao); Federico Mantovanelli, "Essays in development economics" (Scott Fulford and Mathis Wagner); and John O'Trakoun, "Essays on conflict, corruption and international trade policies" (Fabio Ghironi).

Eleven students were awarded the M.A. degree at the commencement exercises: Zulma Barrail Halley, Smita Das, Nicholas Diebel, Mehmet Onur Ezer, Deeksha Kale, John Lindner, Tristan Nighswander, Jacob Penglase, Ethan Struby, Shunichi Yoneyama and Riccardo Zago.

Our congratulations to all!

19 May 2014
 

BC EC 2013 and all prior issues available

The October, 2013 edition of BC EC, the department's annual newsletter, is now available in PDF format, as are all prior issues of BC EC back to Vol. 1, Issue 1 of 1978.

12 November 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
   

Professor Bill Neenan, SJ, 1929-2014

We sadly note the passing of our esteemed colleague Rev. William B. Neenan, SJ, on 25 June at the age of 85. Bill Neenan was a Professor of Economics and the inaugural holder of the first endowed chair at Boston College, the Gasson Professorship, in 1979. He then was appointed Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, holding that position for eight years, before being named the University's Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculties. Bill served in that key position from 1987-1998, a time of marked growth and change at Boston College. Since that time, he served as Vice President and Special Assistant to the President, playing a key role in academic planning and University development. Bill served Boston College for 35 years, and was a beloved figure on campus.

Bill Neenan was a scholar of public finance, receiving the A.B. and M.A. in economics from St. Louis University and the doctorate in economics from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. He served on the U-M faculty from 1967-1979. He was ordained in the Society of Jesus in 1961. Boston College presented Bill with a honorary degree in 2008. The first endowed chair in the Department of Economics, the William B. Neenan, SJ Millennium Chair in Economics, was established by Margaret and Thomas Vanderslice in 2004, citing Bill as "the soul of the University." The Neenan Chair is held by Prof. James E. Anderson.

Bill Neenan exemplified the University's motto, Ever to Excel. All of us on the Heights mourn his passing.

29 June 2014
 

An addition to the company of scholars

The latest addition to the department's roster of Ph.D.s is Chen-Yu Pan, a native of China, who defended his dissertation on 6 June. He wrote "Essays on Public Economics and Political Economy," advised by Prof. Hideo Konishi. He has accepted a tenure-track position as assistant professor at Wuhan University. Our congratulations to Dr. Pan.

14 June 2014

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

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 Economics

The 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.

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