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Special Guest Lecture: Darrick Hamilton, The New School for Social Research

Darrick HamiltonOn Monday, February 19, 2018, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm, Darrick Hamilton, Associate Professor of Economics and Urban Policy at the New School for Social Research, gave a seminar entitled "The (Economist's) Burden: Why Studying Hard and Working Hard Ain't Enough for Black Americans."

In his lecture, Hamilton explored how the potential physical and psychological costs of stigma and, ironically, exerting individual agency, which in the context of racist or stigmatized environment, limits the role of education and income as protective factors for blacks relative to whites.

This event was cosponsored by the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference, the Economics Department, and the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library.


Special Guest Lecture: Devin Fergus, University of Missouri

2017-Devin-FergusDevin Fergus, Arvarh E. Strickland Distinguished Professor of History and Black Studies at the University of Missouri, delivered a seminar, entitled "The Modern Origins of Today's Racial Wealth Gap and What the Trump White House Plans to Do About It," on Monday, November 27, 2017.

For every dollar of net worth a white person holds, an African American today only has 6 cents. This gap is nearest its widest margin since government began recording this statistic almost thirty years ago. What accounts for the decreasing chances to achieve upward mobility in contemporary America? Do these reasons explain why African Americans in particular have experienced sharp increases in economic inequality over the last generation? How has higher education — long thought the nation's great social leveler — exacerbated the racial wealth gap? This talk identifies the reasons such as the extraction of wealth through student loans and auto insurance for the recent rise of economic inequality and the impact of this gap on African Americans and other vulnerable populations such as women, Latinos, the working poor, the elderly, and increasingly the middle class. Fergus considered the ways in which the Trump White House threatens a return to the failed policies of earlier administrations from higher education to housing — policies that proved disastrous for the nation as a whole and African Americans in particular.

To read more about Professor Devin Fergus, click here.

This event was cosponsored by the Department of Economics, the James Wheldon Institute for the Study of Race and Difference, Rose Library, and Woodruff Library.


Special Guest Lecture: William de Baets, Consul General of Belgium

William de BaetsThe Consul General of Belgium, William de Baets, delivered a seminar, entitled "The Future of the European Union," on Thursday, November 9, 2017.

The discussion focused on Belgium as the epicenter of the European Union; specifically, its individual and international status in the contect of foreign affairs and contemporary issues. Considering the developments in the V4 (the Visegrad Four: the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia), the crisis in Spain, Brexit, the refugee crisis, and an increasingly unstable Middle East and North Africa, what is the future of the European Union?

To read more about Consul General de Baets, click here.

This event was cosponsored by the Department of Middle East and Asian Studies (MESAS) and the Department of Economics.


2017 Georgia Health Economics Research Day

Georgia State University, with assistance from Emory’s Department of Economics and Institute for Quantitative Theory and Methods (QuanTM), hosted the 2017 Georgia Health Economics Research Day on October 20, 2017. The purpose of the conference was to promote active discussion and exchange of current research in health economics and health policy, with a focus on researchers in the Atlanta area and surrounding academic communities.

Over 50 people attended to hear several presenters speak on recent health economic developments, including the effects of paid maternity leave on maternal health, mechanisms to reduce the effects of adverse selection in health insurance, and evidence of collusion among health insurers in Medicare Advantage, amongst others.

We were especially honored this year to welcome Professor David Grabowski, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School, as our keynote speaker. Other participants included faculty from Georgia State University, Emory University, the University of Georgia, Clemson University, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Cancer Society. We are also grateful to QuanTM and Georgia State University for generously funding this year's event.


Juan Rubio-Ramirez Appointed Charles Howard Candler Professor of Economics

JuanProfessor Juan Rubio-Ramirez was recently appointed a Charles Howard Candler Professor of Economics. The Charles Howard Candler professorships honor senior scholars who have shown outstanding teaching ability and productive scholarship in one or more fields of learning, and who have further distinguished themselves through long and substantial service to the university and in furthering the cause of higher education.

Charles Howard Candler, an 1898 Emory College alumnus, served as chair of Emory's Board of Trustees for nearly 30 years. He helped bring the university through the Great Depression and World War II.

Congratulations to Juan Rubio-Ramirez!


2017 Economics Banquet

Dean Ajay NairOn April 13, 2017, more than 100 faculty, staff, students, and university administrators gathered at the Michael C. Carlos Museum for the Economics department's annual banquet. Ajay Nair, Senior Vice President and Dean of Campus Life at Emory University, gave this year's distinguished lecture, entitled "Leading in Turbulent Times." Through personal stories from his youth and experiences from his professional life, Dean Nair (right) discussed the qualifications necessary for effective leadership. Among other points, he emphasized that a multicultural mindset, which typically urges tolerance toward people of different cultures, is not sufficient. He argued for a deeper and more nuanced approach for leaders to understand and interact with people of different backgrounds. His comments were addressed especially to the students in attendance but also to faculty and other guests as well.

In addition, Paul Rubin, Chair of the Economics Department, shared the latest department developments and news, including the hiring of new faculty and the successful recruitment efforts for the PhD program.

During the event, we also announced our annual student award winners and inducted the newest members of the Economics honor society, Omicron Delta Epsilon.

Tong XuTong Xu (pictured left), sixth year PhD student, won both the Graduate Student Teaching Award of Excellence and the Graduate Student Research Award of Excellence, marking the first year in which the same student won both awards.

Nanyu ChenNanyu Chen (pictured right) won the Jack and Lewis Greenhut Prize. The criteria for the Greenhut Prize are as follows: the quality of honors papers and other research, the oral defense of honors papers, participation in programs of professional associations, grades, and other indications of excellence in class.

Shaina ShaperaShaina Shapera (pictured left) won the George Benston and Richard F. Muth Prize for Excellence in Economics. The Muth/Benston Prize is awarded to a student who exemplifies intellectual curiosity, passion, and skills in economic analysis. The prize is awarded to a student who, by their class work and extended interests, has shown that he/she shares and has successfully emulated intellectual passion for all things economic.

Tori HerrenTori Elizabeth Herren (pictured right) won the Tate Whitman Prize. This prize is given to the graduating senior who best illustrates the Whitman characteristics of character, cogent analysis of complex issues, extraordinary personal integrity, and wise leadership.

Congratulations also to the newest inductees to Omicron Delta Epsilon (pictured below), the Economics honor society. ODE is dedicated to promoting excellence in economics by recognizing outstanding achievements and by encouraging professional exchange among students, and faculty!2017 ODE Inductees


Essie Maasoumi Honored with Special Issue of Econometric Reviews

Essie's Special Issue

EssieA large group of distinguished colleagues honored Professor Essie Maasoumi by contributing their own articles to a special issue devoted to Essie's work in the field of econometrics.

As mentioned in the introduction to the special issue, "This Special Issue of Econometric Reviews (ER) is a tribute to Esfandiar Maasoumi for his longstanding contributions to the econometrics profession as an outstanding researcher, a revered teacher and supervisor, and a journal editor of three decades, all of which manifests his extraordinary devotion to the discipline of econometrics and to its growing community of students and scholars."

This issue iwas published in Econometric Reviews.

Congratulations to Essie Maasoumi!


Ian McCarthy Appointed Faculty Research Fellow in the Health Economics Program of the NBER

Ian McCarthyProfessor Ian McCarthy, Assistant Professor of Economics, was recently appointed Faculty Research Fellow in the Health Economics program of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

The NBER is a private, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to conducting economic research and to disseminating research findings among academics, public policy makers and business professionals. The NBER's Health Economics Program, directed by Michael Grossman, emphasizes studies on the economics of substance use, the economics of obesity, economic models of the determinants of health, and the determinants of the cost of medical care.

Congratulations to Ian McCarthy!


Sam Cherribi's New Book "Fridays of Rage" Garnering Media Attention

Fridays of RageEven before its February 2017 release date, Sam Cherribi's new book, Fridays of Rage: Al Jazeera, the Arab Spring, and Political Islam (Oxford University Press, 2017) is drawing significant media attention. Fridays of Rage explains Al Jazeera's rise to a well-respected media outlet with a reputation for pluralism and inclusiveness. However, the book also examines the potentially dark implications of Al Jazeera's use of media as a potential tool or weapon to sway public opinion. 

Sam Cherribi is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies (MESAS) and in the Department of Sociology. He is also a core faculty member in African Studies and Development Studies; adjunct faculty in the Department of Middle East and South Asian Studies; adjunct faculty in the Department of Economics; Fellow of the Lillian Carter Center for International Nursing; as well as the Founding Director of the Emory Development Initiative, which offers internships and courses for students interested in development and sponsors field trips and student projects in low income countries. Professor Cherribi routinely teaches a seminar course on the Politics and Economics of the Middle East and North Africa for the Department of Economics.


Toa Zha Appointed a Schwarzman College Inaugural Distinguished Professor

Tao ZhaProfessor Tao Zha, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Economics and Executive Director of the Center for Quantitative Economic Research (CQER) at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, was recently appointed an inaugural distinguished professor of economics at the Schwarzman College.

The Schwarzman College program is an international scholarship program designed to "educate the next generation of global leaders." The College opened in mid-2016 and is located at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. The program is intended to help future leaders across the world better understand China and to provide the knowledge and collaborative relationships necessary to foster cooperation between nations. This world-renowned program is often compared to the Rhodes Scholars Program and has well-known advisors, among whom are Michele Obama, Tony Blair, Colin Powell, Condoleeza Rice, and Henry Kissinger.

Professor Zha's spring course will be the largest at the College with sixty Schwarzman scholars registered for the class.