Department News and Events

Economics Department Hosts Reception at 2018 ASHEcon Conference

We are very fortunate that this year's ASHEcon conference, the preeminent gathering for Health Economists, is taking place at Emory University from June 10-13, 2018. The Emory Economics Department is hosting a reception at the conference on Monday, June 11, from 7:00-9:00 pm, at the Miller-Ward Alumni House. We welcome attendees of the ASHEcon conference to join us at this event. To RSVP, please e-mail Stephanie White at

The American Society of Health Economists (ASHEcon), the entity that sponsors the conference, is dedicated to promoting excellence in health economics research in the United States. Health economics has emerged as a distinct and successful field in economics — a large community of researchers bringing theoretical and empirical insights based on the discipline of economics to policy-relevant issues in healthcare costs, outcomes, health behavior, and healthcare delivery. The theme of this year's conference is Economics and Public Health.

Economics Department Cosponsors International Society for Justice Research Conference

The 17th biennial conference of the International Society for Justice Research (ISJR) will be held July 25-28, 2018 at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. ISJR brings together a network of diverse scholars, representing a range of disciplines and countries, who worked on justice-related issues.

The theme, Interrogating Injustice, will highlight issues related to race and to the distribution of health care resources. Researchers from an array of disciplines whose work touches upon social justice concerns from both basic and applied perspectives are encouraged to submit their work for presentation. In addition to program sessions, a training workshop for graduate students will be held on July 25.

The conference is hosted by Emory University, in conjunction with Georgia State University and University of Georgia. For more information about this conference, click here.

Tao Zha Named Co-editor of Quantitative Economics

Tao Zha

Tao Zha was named a Co-editor of the scholarly journal Quantitative Economics.

Quantitative Economics is an open-access scholarly journal devoted to theoretical and computational work in economics with an empirical orientation. The journal, published by the Econometric Society, covers a variety of applied fields, including labor economics, industrial organization, development and growth economics, macroeconomics, international economics, public finance, and social economics.

Congratulations to Tao Zha!

Essie Maasoumi Named Founding Fellow of IAAE


The Board of the International Association for Applied Econometrics (IAAE) recently named Essie Maasoumi as a Founding Fellow. 

The IAAE is a charity that was created to advance the education of the public in the subject of applied and theoretical econometrics and its applications to a variety of fields in economics, in particular, but not exclusively, by advancing and supporting research in the field, and disseminating the results of such useful research to the public. The Fellowship position is reserved for economists who have made significant contributions in Econometrics, broadly defined.

Congratulations to Essie Maasoumi!

Faculty Participate in Tax Teach-in Panel

Tax Teach-inOn January 13, 2018, Professor Caroline Fohlin and Assistant Professor Ian McCarthy appeared at a "teach-in" on the newly passed national tax plan. The panel was hosted by Congressman Hank Johnson (appearing in middle of photo). Along with other experts on tax policy and labor issues, the panelists helped explain to local constituents the expected impact of the new tax plan on the local community. More than 80 constituents attended the meeting held at C. Fitchett Municipal Complex Main Auditorium in Lilburn, Georgia.

Ian McCarthy Awarded Research Grant

Ian McCarthyAssistant Professor Ian McCarthy and his co-author, Sean Huang, were recently awarded a grant from the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation to examine the role of leveraged buyouts on hospital quality and costs. The study aims to quantify how the underlying funding mechanisms for hospital acquisitions ultimately impact the cost and quality of healthcare received. Findings will inform regulatory policy on the financing of future hospital acquisitions.

The NIHCM Foundation aims to transform health care through evidence and collaboration. To accomplish this goal, the Foundation supports innovative investigator-initiated research with high potential to inform improvements to the U.S. health care system.

Congratulations to Ian McCarthy!

David Jacho-Chavez Appointed Co-Chair of the Scientific Commission of the 2018 LACEA Conference

David Jacho-ChavezDavid Jacho-Chavez, Associate Professor of Economics, was recently appointed by the Econometric Society as the Co-Chair of its Scientific Commission of the 23rd Annual Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association - Latin American Meetings of the Econometric Society, which will take place in Guayaquil, Ecuador, November 8-10, 2018. For more information about this conference, click here.

The Econometric Society is an international society for the advancement of economic theory in its relation to statistics and mathematics. The Society was founded in 1930 and publishes three scholarly journals: Econometrica, Quantitative Economics, and Theortical Economics.

Congratulations to David Jacho-Chavez!

Tao Zha Named Fellow of the Econometric Society

Tao ZhaTao Zha, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Economics for the Economics Department and Research Center Executive Director, Center for Quantitative Economic Research (CQER), Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, was recently named 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. The Society was founded in 1930 and publishes three scholarly journals: Econometrica, Quantitative Economics, and Theoretical Economics.

Congratulations to Tao Zha!

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.

To learn more about this event, click here.

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