Department News and Events

Third I-85 Macro Workshop

The third I-85 Macro workshop, hosted by Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, tool place on October 25, 2019. This workshop was organized to build ties between macroeconomics researchers in the Southeast and to expose graduate students pursuing a PhD in economics to macroeconomics research.


Majors Promotion Night

On Monday, October 21, 2019, the Economics Department held a Major Promotion Night. This event was designed for prospective Economics majors to connect with faculty and learn more about the various academic paths that Economics students can select at Emory, the broad and exciting application of Economics, and the multitude of rewarding and lucrative career paths Economics majors can pursue.

Approximately 100 students attended this event. Presenting faculty included Hashem Dezhbakhsh, Hugo Mialon, Ian McCarthy, Kelli Lanier, Stephen O’Connell, Keith Robinson, and David Jacho-Chavez.


2nd Career Pathways Conversation

On Friday, October 25, 2019, the department cosponsored the Professional Pathways Event with the Office of Alumni Engagement. This was an opportunity for our current students to connect with Economics alumni to learn more about their successful and unique career journeys. About 25 students and several faculty members attended this event, featuring a panel discussion with the following alumni:

  • Hillary DeNigro (89C), Federal Communication Law and Policy Attorney
  • Joseph Miller (86C), Partner at Crowell Moring
  • Christina Hardaway (09C), Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State
  • Lewis Kalmans (91C), Morgan Stanley

A reception was held after the talk where our alumni and current students could further discuss their academic and professional interests.


Kaiji Chen Appointed as a Faculty Advisor to the Emory College of Arts and Sciences Honors Council

KaijiIn August 2019, Associate Professor Kaiji Chen was selected to serve as a Faculty Advisor on the Emory College of Arts and Sciences.

Comprised of Emory faculty, staff, and students, Council members investigate all reports of academic misconduct.

Congratulations to Kaiji Chen for this notable accomplishment!


Krzysztof Karbownik Recently Named IZA Fellow

Chris KarbownikKrzysztof Karbownik, Assistant Professor, was recently named an IZA Institute of Labor Economics Fellow. The IZA selects outstanding young researchers who seek innovative answers to work-related challenges of the future and who aspire to leading positions in labor market research. Their focus is on fostering an understanding of how labor markets work and how labor market policies perform.

Congratulations to Chris Karbownik!


Kaylyn Sanbower Receives a Scholarship to Attend Professional Workshop

Kaylyn SanbowerThird year graduate student, Kaylyn Sanbower, was recently extended a scholarship to attend the 2019 Annual Health Econometrics Workshop in Knoxville, TN this September.

This workshop provides an opportunity to dive into the use of econometric and quantitative methods in the context of health economics and policy research. Kaylyn will join health econometricians from across North America to exchange ideas and explore the latest developments in the field.

Congratulations to Kaylyn Sanbower!


Shomu Banerjee Receives the Mariposa Scholars Faculty Mentor of the Year Award

ShomuShomu Banerjee, Professor of Pedagogy, received the Mariposa Scholars Faculty Mentor of the Year Award at the May 2019 commencement festivities. The award is for exceptional mentoring of Emory University's 70 DACA and undocumented students, who are referred to as Mariposa Scholars ('mariposa' means butterfly in Spanish and the term symbolizes that these students, like butterflies, have migrated thousands of miles across borders). Professor Banerjee was just one of two faculty to receive this award in its inaugural year. The Mariposa Scholars program is run by the Student Success Programs and Services, a division of Campus Life.

Congratulations to Shomu Banerjee!


2019 Economics Banquet, ODE Induction, and Awards

Christopher SimsOn April 15, 2019, nearly 160 faculty, staff, students, and university administrators gathered at the Miller Ward Alumni House for the Economics department's annual banquet. Dr. Christopher Sims (right), Nobel Prize Winner and John J. F. Sherrerd ‘52 University Professor of Economics at Princeton University, gave this year's distinguished lecture, entitled "The Future of Macroeconomics and Econometrics."

In addition, Hashem Dezhbakhsh, 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. Dr. Christopher Curran, Associate Professor of Economics, was also honored on the occasion of his retirement after nearly 50 years in the Economics Department.

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

Sarah MahoneySarah Mahoney (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.

Claudia HurowitzClaudia Hurowitz (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.

Jonathan Kaminsky and Thomas SargentTejas Kashyap (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.

Joseph Medeiros and Thomas SargentFinally, the Economics Department awarded a fairly new prize: the Teaching Assistant Award of Excellence. This award has been established to recognize undergraduate students who have served as exceptional teaching assistants in our Economics classes. This year's award winner is Tiffany Chen (pictured left).

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!2019 ODE Inductees


Krzysztof (Chris) Karbownik Appointed NBER Faculty Research Fellow

Chris KarbownikKrzysztof (Chris) Karbownik, Assistant Professor of Economics, was recently appointed a Faculty Research Fellow of the NBER Program on Children. This program focuses on the economic behavior related to children, child health, and child economic and social well-being. Research conducted in this program include the long-run effects of conditions in early childhood, the impact of expansions to Medicaid and access to medical care, the impacts of stress on mental health, in addition to several other areas of interest.

Congratulations to Chris Karbownik!


New Book on Free Market Competition

Paul Rubin Book CoverPaul Rubin, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Economics, recently published a new book, titled The Capitalism Paradox: How Cooperation Enables Free Market Competition (Bombadier Books, 2019). The book discusses markets, economics, and business, and how the existence of free markets benefits both societies and individuals.

Professor Paul Rubin's main areas of specialization are in law and economics. He has published two other books and an impressive number of journals on these topics. He frequently writes on blogs and for newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal. For a list of Professor Rubin's other publications, visit his webpage.


Hashem Dezhbakhsh Receives Crystal Apple Award

Hashem DezhbakhshHashem Dezhbakhsh, Chair and Goodrich C. White Professor of the Economics Department was awarded the Emory University's 2019 Crystal Apple Award for Excellence in Large Class Education. This award honors faculty that go above and beyond outside of the classroom.

The Award Ceremony was held on February 28, 2019, at the Miller Ward Alumni House.

Congratulations to Hashem Dezhbakhsh!


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