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Department News

2012

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Gan's Research Receives National Attention   11/14/2012 9:00:00 AM
Professor Li Gan's research on income inequality and unemployment rate in China has been featured in a wide range of reports by leading news media. See the articles in The Economist, CNN, and Wall Street Journal .
Eckel receives 2012 Carolyn Shaw Bell Award   10/30/2012 2:27:32 PM
Dr. Catherine C. Eckel is the recipient of the 2012 Carolyn Shaw Bell Award. This prestigious award was created in January 1998 as part of the 25th Anniversary celebration of the founding of the American Economic Association Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP). Carolyn Shaw Bell, the Katharine Coman Chair Professor Emerita of Wellesley College, was the first Chair of CSWEP. The Carolyn Shaw Bell Award is given annually to an individual who has furthered the status of women in the economics profession, through example, achievements, increasing our understanding of how women can advance in the economics profession, or mentoring others. See the official announcement here.
Economics Society Renews Website   9/24/2012 2:57:13 PM
The Texas A&M Economics Society (TAMES) is a professional student organization for economics majors that helps prepare students for a successful career path in economics and related fields. For more information visit TAMES' renewed web site here.
Tian appointed to the Alfred F. Chalk Professorship in Economics   8/22/2012 1:19:47 PM
Dr. Guoqiang Tian has been appointed to the Alfred F. Chalk Professorship in Economics. The appointment is made based upon a nomination from the Department and a formal review by the College of Liberal Arts Advisory Committee on Endowed Appointments and by Dean Bermúdez. The appointment is for five years. This Professorship recognizes Dr. Tian's stock and flow of distinguished contributions in economic theory, primarily in the areas of mechanism design and general equilibrium.
Eckel appointed to the Sara and John Lindsey Professorship in Liberal Arts   8/22/2012 1:18:15 PM
Dr. Catherine Eckel has been appointed to the Sara and John Lindsey Professorship in Liberal Arts. The appointment is made based upon a nomination from the Department and a formal review by the College of Liberal Arts Advisory Committee on Endowed Appointments and by Dean Bermúdez. The appointment is for five years. This Professorship is awarded to Dr. Eckel on the basis of her distinguished record and continuing flow of scholarship in experimental economics.
Associate Professor receives Ray A. Rothrock '77 Fellowship   7/30/2012 8:48:09 AM
Associate Professor Ke Li Xu has been awarded a Ray A. Rothrock '77 Fellowship. This fellowship program is intended to recognize annually up to three newly-promoted, highly recommended associate professors from the College of Liberal Arts with three-year awards of $5000 per year. The award is intended to encourage and support the completion of exceptionally promising post-promotion projects and continued outstanding teaching. Please click here for more information.
Bethany Krakosky receives second annual Department of Economics Award for Leadership and Academic Excellence.    6/12/2012 1:07:24 PM
The Department of Economics is pleased to announce that Bethany Krakosky, a senior economics major, has been awarded the second annual Department of Economics Award for Leadership and Academic Excellence. Bethany was a star performer in the inaugural class of students in the Economic Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, writing a thesis entitled "An Evaluation Of The Performance Of Moving Average And Trading Volume Technical Indicators In The U.S. Equity Market." She presented this work at Texas A&M University's Student Research Week, at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas's Undergraduate Scholars Program conference, and at the Association of Private Enterprise Education's annual conference in Las Vegas. Bethany also had an article on her research findings accepted for the Fall 2012 issue of "Explorations," Texas A&M University's venue for student research. She intends to submit and article from her thesis for publication in a refereed academic journal later this year and has set a high bar for those that follow her in this program.
Professor receives 2012 CASE H.S. Warwick Award   5/14/2012 12:00:00 AM
Assistant professor Jonathan Meer has been awarded the 2012 CASE H.S. Warwick Award for Outstanding Research in Alumni Relations for Educational Advancement for his paper Brother, can you spare a dime? Peer pressure in charitable solicitation (published in the Journal of Public Economics). Please click here for more info.
Professor's article chosen as 2011 EI Best Article Award   4/16/2012 9:39:46 AM
Professor Li Gan's article titled "A Simple Model of Optimal Hate Crime Legislation," co-authored with Roberton C. Williams III and Thomas Wiseman and published in the July 2011 issue of Economic Inquiry has been chosen by the Economic Inquiry Editorial Board to receive the 2011 EI Best Article Award. Abstract: We present a simple model of the effects of hate crime legislation. We show that even if the direct harm to victims of hate crime is the same as for other crimes, because of other differences in the effects it may still be optimal to exert a different level of law-enforcement effort to deter or prevent hate crime. These differences also have previously unrecognized effects on the optimal level of effort by potential hate crime victims to avoid being victimized, thus affecting the efficiency of government policies that encourage or discourage such effort. In some cases, the optimal level of government effort may be lower for hate crimes than for other crimes. Our analysis suggests a role for policy tools that influence individual avoidance effort directly. We discuss the implications of our results for similar types of crime, including terrorism. To see the complete article please click here.
Graduate student receives award in Student Research Week.   4/4/2012 4:14:27 PM
Fourth year Ph.D. student Priyanka Sharma placed first (tied) out of sixteen competitors in the Oral presentation category in the Social Science, Business, and Public Policy group at Student Research Week. She presented her research paper "Is more information always better? A case in credit markets" in which she argues that rating agencies should only make use of a borrower's repayment history when issuing a credit rating. Ms. Sharma received a $300 award for her performance.
Economics Undergraduate Selected to Attend Colloquium on "Property Rights, Markets and Freedom"   4/2/2012 9:48:35 AM
Alex Hlavinka, a fourth year in the Department of Economics, was selected to attend a week-long symposium in Bozeman, MT that is hosted by the Property and Environment Research Center. The colloquium will explore how property rights and markets can be used to improve environmental quality.
Energy Researchers receive 3 year education grant   4/2/2012 9:48:31 AM
Associate Professor Steve Puller is part of an interdisciplinary group that recently received a $180,000 Tier One Program (TOP) interdisciplinary education grant from the University. Puller's collaborators from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering are Le Xie and Robert Balog. The education program, entitled Interdisciplinary Experience in Electricity: A "Grass-roots" Approach, will: (1) offer newly-developed courses that incorporate cross-disciplinary insights to students; (2) enhance interaction between student organizations (in particular, the TAMU Energy Club and the Economics Society) and energy industry leaders in order to improve the professional development of the students; and (3) lead a capstone project that synthesizes engineering and social science-based models to develop new energy technology platforms via the "smart grid".
Students in Economics Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (EUROP) present their research   4/2/2012 9:45:42 AM
Four economics students in the Economics Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (EUROP) participated in Texas A&M's Student Research Week: Gregory Cohen, Sophia Deen, Bethany Krakosky, and Josiah Stevenson. Sophia Deen also presented her work on the effect of daylight savings time on motor vehicle accidents at the Dallas Federal Reserve's Economic Scholars Program, and Beth Krakosky presented her paper on the performance of technical stock trading strategies at both the Dallas Fed and the Association of Private Enterprise Education's annual conference in Las Vegas.
Zapata Awarded Gilman Scholarship to Study in China   3/2/2012 4:40:18 PM
Junior undergraduate Economics major, Marco Zapata, was a recent recipient of the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for the spring 2012 semester studies abroad. The Gilman Scholarship was founded by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000 with support from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs. The Gilman Scholarship provides more than 2,300 awards annually in amounts up to $5,000. Zapata is currently studying in Chengdu, China at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE) as part of an Economics Departmental reciprocal exchange. Zapata reports that while abroad he "will take Mandarin and economics courses, so that one day, I can have a job in which I conduct U.S.-China trade interactions. Knowing how to deal with the largest country in the world will become an indispensable task because they offer a great place for growth." For more information on the SWUFE Reciprocal Exchange see here or contact an academic advisor. For more information on the Gilman Scholarship, visit the organization's website or contact the Gilman study abroad advisor, Orié Varner, in the Study Abroad Programs Office at (979) 845-0544.
Professor's research gets national attention   2/29/2012 10:15:01 AM
Assistant professor Jonathan Meer's work on financial aid and alumni giving, coauthored with Harvey Rosen of Princeton University, was discussed in the New York Times's Economix blog and Inside Higher Ed. For complete articles see here and for more information click here.
Experimental Research Lab receives $150,000, 2 year HASS ERC Grant   2/13/2012 9:11:22 PM
The Economic Research Laboratory (ERL) has received a $150,000 two-year grant from The Humanities and Social Science Enhancement of Research Capacity (HASS ERC) Internal Grants Program. The funding for the grant comes from the Division of Research and Graduate Studies and includes matching funding from the College of Liberal Arts. The grant proposal was written by Assistant Professor Alex Brown and Professor John Van Huyck. The key funding element in the grant is establishing a pool of funds for subject payments. These funds will be used in a series of pilot studies that will form the basis for larger grants that will sustain the ERL for years to come. The grant funds will support not only faculty research, but also graduate student and undergraduate student research. These research activities will serve to elevate the national stature of the program in behavioral and experimental economics in the TAMU Economics Department.