2015-16 Economics Department Newsletter #23
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Economics Department Newsletter

May 2, 2016
Upcoming Events:
Political Economy Presentations
Tuesday, May 3 and Wednesday, May 4
4:00pm - 6:00pm;  Griffin 3

Political Economy senior capstone presentations kick off this week!  Come hear analysis of and proposed solutions to current public policy problems.  Each session consists of a 50-minute presentation followed by an hour of lively questioning, with a break for snacks.  This week's presentations are:

Tuesday, May 3: "Problems and Solutions for Taxation of U.S. and Foreign Multinational Corporations"
     Tyler Conroy, Ryan Hamilton, Ivan Marrero, John Okemah
Wednesday, May 4: "Improving New York State Teacher Supply and Educational Outcomes for Disadvantaged Students"
     David Carter, James O'Grady, Nolan Raimo, Anne Rehfuss
Meet the Alum:
Dean Weesner, Class of 2011

"I'm working as a data scientist at Uber, and before that spent several years as a quantitative analyst at Google. More specifically, I analyze the large amount of data that's produced as users interact with Uber/Google and try to extract insights that can help refine our products; this involves defining metrics, A/B testing, and storytelling with data. Economics has been a great background for this, especially empirical economics, since it taught me how to think in a rigorous, quantitative way about how to model human decisions."
Meet the Thesis Writer:
Rebecca Lewis

"My thesis project looks at reforms at the New York Police Department that started in the 1990s. I use changes in the number of misdemeanor arrests to look at the effect of the reforms on both crime rates and complaints of police misconduct. I find that there is little evidence that the reforms decreased crime, but substantial evidence that they increased complaints of misconduct.  Next year I will be working as a research assistant at the Chicago Fed where my work will focus on financial markets."
Call for Undergraduate Research Papers:

Penn Journal of Economics
"PJE would like to invite all undergraduates with a substantial senior thesis or independent research paper related to economics to submit their work.  The PJE...has published two issues on topics ranging from machine learning methods that predict recessions to how college rankings affect student enrollment decisions."  Submission guidelines and previous issues are available on their website.  Deadline: May 22

Columbia University's Journal of Politics & Society
The Journal is currently accepting student papers for publication in their Spring 2017 issue.  It is "an academic journal of the social sciences and history, distributed nationally among academics on EBSCO, Google Scholar, and the Library of Congress. In its 28th year of publication, the Journal features exclusively undergraduate work on political and social issues. [They] are seeking outstanding student research papers from seminars, upper-level electives, independent study and thesis programs.  Papers are typically between 20 and 50 pages, although all submissions will be considered."  For more information, please refer to their flyer and website.  Deadline: August 26
Employment Opportunities:

Research Associate
Harvard Business School

More information about this full-time position working with a faculty member in the General Management Unit can be found here.


Research Assistant / Behavioural Lab Assistant
London Business School

LBS is searching to fill this full-time position with a candidate possessing experience conducting psychological or behavioral research and a minimum of a BA or BS. Members of the Organizational Behavior and Marketing subject areas at LBS conduct experimental research with a basis in social psychology.  For more information, please go to their job portal and search for “Behavioural Lab Assistant.” To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter addressing the essential job requirements along with details of your eligibility to work in the UK.
Deadline:  May 15
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