2015-16 Economics Department Newsletter #21
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Economics Department Newsletter

April 19, 2016
Upcoming Events:

Come hear about the research done by this year's Econ thesis writers!  There will be a poster session on Wednesday, May 11, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.  Posters will be set up in the first-floor hallway of Schapiro. You can wander amongst the posters, ask questions about the thesis process and the findings of our current thesis students, and then wander into Schapiro 129 for some light food. 
Econ Preregistration Advising:

Please refer to the following schedule or listing on the Registrar's site to determine faculty availability for preregistration advising next week, Monday, April 25 - Thursday, April 28.  More information can also be found on the Office of the Registrar's main preregistration page.
Meet the Alum:
Fumi Tosu, Class of 2001

"After working in the economic consulting field for 6+ years, I decided to switch paths and pursue a career in international development.  I now work for the UN World Food Programme (WFP).  After spending the past two years in Tanzania, my family and I are now off to Myanmar for our next assignment.  My Economics studies at Williams gave me a solid foundation in analytical thinking that has helped me throughout my meandering career path."
Meet the Thesis Writer:
Mary Gong

"In my thesis, I use a theoretical model to examine the effects of financial innovations (things that go on in Wall Street) on the financial sector. I find that certain types of financial innovation increase overall leverage and asset prices, and decrease interest rates. Additionally, these types of innovation also amplify volatility and have important implications for firm funding capacity.   Next year, I will be pursuing a Ph.D. in economics."
Employment Opportunities:

Lab Manager
Center for Behavioral and Decision Research at Carnegie Mellon

"CBDR is an interdisciplinary research center at Carnegie Mellon University that brings together scholars from behavioral economics, organizational behavior, marketing, psychology, public policy, and computer science. The current directors of CBDR are Professor Taya Cohen (Tepper School of Business), Professor George Loewenstein (Department of Social & Decision Sciences), and Professor Alessandro Acquisti (Heinz College of Public Policy). CBDR provides researchers with a unique mixture of resources including specialized lab spaces, an active participant pool, computers and equipment."  Details and application are here.  Deadline:  May 1, 2016
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