2015-16 Economics Department Newsletter #19
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Economics Department Newsletter

April 5, 2016
Upcoming Seminars and Events:
Economics Department Seminar
Wednesday, April 6
4:00pm;  Griffin 6
(Im)patience by Proxy: Making Intertemporal Decisions for Others by Sarah Jacobson, Associate Professor of Economics


CDE Global Poverty Conference:  "Tackling Global Poverty"
Thursday, April 7 - Friday, April 8

Thursday, April 7
4:00pm - 5:30pm;  Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center

"Tackling Global Poverty:  Evaluation Technologies" Have policy innovations coordinated by the Millennium Development Goals succeeded in tackling the problem of global poverty?

Thursday, April 7
Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center
Keynote Address:  Angus Deaton, Nobel Laureate  Why is it so hard to measure global poverty, and why can’t we end it by "finding out what works”?

Friday, April 8
Griffin 3
9:00am - 10:30am:  "Tackling Global Poverty: Innovative Approaches" 
11:00am - 12:30pm:  "Tackling Global Poverty: Evidence-building Technologies"
2:00pm - 4:00pm:  "Tackling Global Poverty: Building Better Evidence for the Future"


Econ Snacks
Every Thursday
9:00pm - 11:00pm;  Schapiro 141
presented by the Economics Student Advisory Committee (ESAC)


Sustainability Data Hack
Saturday, April 9
12:00pm - 3:00pm;  Class of 1966 Environmental Center, Living room
(Please click the above link for more details.)


How'd You Get There?  Politics, Elections and Presidential Campaigns
Lunch and Conversation with Williams Alumni

Sunday, April 10

12:30pm;  lunch in Dodd House Dining Room
1:30pm;  panel discussion in Dodd Housing Living Room

Meet the following alumni:  Josh Miller-Lewis '14, Acting Communications Director, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT);  and Betsy Wright Hawkings '86, Program Director, Governance Initiative, The Democracy Fund;  Former Chief of Staff, U.S. Congressman Christopher Shea (R-CT)
Limited seating is available.  If you want to attend lunch, please sign up on the Route 2 system by 2:00pm on Friday, April 8.  (If you have problems signing up, please contact Dawn Dellea.);  presented by the Career Center
Reminder - Fall 2016 Econ Teaching Assistants:

If you are interested in being a TA for the Economics Department in Fall 2016, please apply here by Friday, April 15 at noon (12:00pm).  To access the application, please log in using your short form email address (e.g.,  Late applications will not be accepted. 

We will need TAs in ECON 110, 120, 251, 252, 255, 233, 364, 472, 501, 502, 503, 504 and POEC 253.  There may also be TA positions open in other economics classes.
External Internships and Employment Opportunities:

Political Affairs Intern
The Borgen Project 
The Borgen Project, a national campaign bringing political attention to global poverty, is currently accepting applications for this telecommuting internship.  Details can be found here


Summer Internship
OECD (Climate Finance and Investment)

"The OECD's Climate Finance and Investment team currently welcomes intern applications for a summer 2016 internship, ideally starting in May for a period of at least 3 months.  An ideal candidate would have strong general quantitative skills, experience in secondary data collection as well as advanced Excel or Stata knowledge. Advanced drafting skills would be an asset. The intern would contribute to a currently ongoing econometric analysis of green investments. The main task would be to support the quantitative analysis by composing new variables and enhancing an existing database. This work would feed into OECD reports to be published later this year.  The post will be based at the OECD’s Headquarters in Paris. If you are interested, please send your CV and 2 writing samples" by April 8, 2016 via email.

Research Assistant
Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School

This organization in Boston is looking for current seniors to join a health policy and outcomes research group.  "Research Assistants will work directly with faculty at two Research Centers: the Orthopedic and Arthritis Center for Outcomes Research (OrACORe) and the newly founded Policy Innovation eValuations in Orthopedic Treatments (PIVOT) Center.  Competitive candidates should have a superior academic record, a foundation in mathematics and statistics, as well as an interest in health policy. Prior research experience and programming knowledge are a strong plus."  More information is available here.


Legendary Entertainment

The Applied Analytics team at Legendary is seeking a full-time researcher for their Boston location.  Details can be found here.


Data Analytics Associate
Mathematica Policy Research

MPR has openings for spring 2015, fall 2015 and spring 2016 graduates in their Princeton, NJ; Washington, DC; Cambridge, MA; Ann Arbor, MI; Oakland, CA; and Chicago, IL locations.  More information can be found in their job posting.
Summer Programs:

Boston Summer Teaching Fellowship Program
Generation Teach

Generation Teach, an organization that "provides undergraduates with summer teaching experiences to inspire them to become urban teachers," is looking for current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors for their fellowship program.  The program includes "two weeks of intensive training and four weeks of teaching small groups of Boston middle-school students. Teaching Fellows receive daily coaching and support, as well as a $1,800 taxable scholarship for the 6-week program."  For more information, please refer to their flyer and website.  Application deadline:  Friday, April 8.


SCRiM Summer Scholars
sponsored by the National Science Foundation through the Network for Sustainable Climate Risk Management

This competitive 9-week summer research experience is hosted on Penn State's University Park campus and "offers students the chance to participate in cutting-edge, transdisciplinary research at the intersection of climate science, economics, risk analysis, ethics, and decisionmaking.  Housing, travel support, and a stipend of $4500 is provided."  For more information, please refer to their flyer and website.  Application deadline:  Sunday, April 10.
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