January 3, 2017
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Economics Department Newsletter
Interested in an Econ Tutorial? 
There are a few spaces open to undergraduates in the following courses (Note: these courses do not automatically show up in PeopleSoft, but there is a pull down menu that should reveal CDE (5XX) courses. 
-- Econ 534T, Long Term Fiscal Challenges. This tutorial will address the conceptual and theoretical issues that confront policy makers when they face policy challenges that are likely to emerge only over the medium- to long-term and that have important budgetary implications. It will explore the strategies and approaches that a number of countries have attempted to develop to bring the long-term into their current policy and budgetary planning processes. Students will be exposed to different long-term challenges that have important budgetary implications, including aging populations, health care, climate change, energy and infrastructure, and water. The course will consider the specific policy challenges that arise for each and the ways in which different countries are addressing them. Please contact Professor Heller ( for more information and for the permission of the instructor. 
-- Econ 532T, Inclusive Growth: The Role of Social Safety Nets.  Designing and implementing effective national strategies to promote inclusive economic growth can require difficult policy reforms, sometimes with adverse short-term impacts for vulnerable groups within society. Social safety nets provide a pro-poor policy instrument that can balance trade and labor market reform, fiscal adjustments (such as reduced general subsidies) and other economic policies aimed at enabling better market performance. In addition, social safety nets help the poor to cope with shocks to their livelihoods, promoting resilience, human capital development and sometimes high-return risk-taking. This tutorial will offer students the opportunity to explore the role of social safety nets in promoting inclusive economic growth, drawing on case studies from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. The first part of the tutorial will define social safety nets within the broader context of social protection, examining the diversity of instruments and their linkages to economic growth. The second part will delve more deeply into the design and implementation of effective interventions, assessing program choice, affordability, targeting, incentives and other issues. The third part will analyze the role of social safety nets in supporting economic growth strategies, drawing on international lessons of experience. Please contact Professor Samson ( for more information and for the permission of the instructor. 
Research Assistant for Professor Watson:
Professor Tara Watson is seeking a RA to work on immigration project in January.  Attention to detail and basic Excel skills required.  Must be able to work at least 10 hrs/week.  Send transcript and paragraph about your interest/qualifications to

Summer Internship 2017
The Office of Economic Policy, U.S. Treasury Dept.
Washington, D.C.
Students interested in Economics, Finance and/or Public Policy are encouraged to apply for this unpaid internship.  "As interns at the Office of Economic Policy, students will have the opportunity to work alongside economists at the Department of Treasury on relevant policy research, in addition to attending Congressional Hearings and think tank lectures throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area."  Application deadline:  March 3, 2017

Post-Graduation Opportunities:
Junior Healthcare Research Programmer
Mathematica Policy Research
Ann Arbor, MI
MPR is currently recruiting for this entry level position with targeted spring/summer starting dates. More information is also available on their job portal.
Undergraduate Publishing Opportunities:
Journal of Politics & Society
Columbia University
"The Journal features undergraduate work on political and social issues [and is] distributed nationally among academics on EBSCO, Google Scholar, and the Library of Congress."  They are seeking submissions of "outstanding student research papers from seminars, upper-level electives, independent study and thesis programs."   More information can be found on their website.  Submission deadline:  January 8, 2017

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