2014-15 Economics Department Newsletter, Vol. 8
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Economics Department Newsletter

October 28, 2014
In This Issue:
  • Seminars and Lectures
  • Honors Program Information Session
  • Reminder - Deadline to apply to be an Economics TA is Friday
  • Employment Opportunities and Fellowships
  • Meet the Professor
Seminars and Lectures:

Wednesday, October 29;  8:00pm, Griffin 3
CDE LectureClimate-Smart Development: Adding up the benefits of actions that help build prosperity, end poverty and combat climate change by Gary Kleiman, Senior Environmental Specialist at The World Bank
Honors Program Information Session:

Considering writing a thesis?  Learn more about the Honors Program in Economics at a brown-bag informational session on Friday, October 31, 12:15-1:00 pm in Schapiro 309.   This session is aimed at current seniors thinking about writing a Spring thesis, but is also open to juniors considering a full-year or one-semester thesis for next year. RSVP to helpful but not required.
Reminder - Deadline to apply to be an Economics TA is Friday, October 31:

If you are interested in being a Teaching Assistant for the Economics Department in Spring 2015, please apply by noon (12pm) on Friday, October 31.  We will not accept late applications.

Please apply by filling out the form located
Employment Opportunities and Fellowships:

Stanford Law School - Research Fellow
Stanford Law School is looking to hire full-time Research Fellows starting in Spring/Summer 2015.  For more information, please refer to the
job posting.


Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation - Post-Bachelor Fellowship
The IHME at the University of Washington offers a Post-Bachelor Fellowship in Global Health that combines a full-time professional position, academic research, and education with progressive on-the-job training and mentoring from a renowned group of professors.  This program provides Post-Bachelor Fellows the option to pursue a fully-funded Master of Public Health at the University of Washington. 
Further information about the program and how to apply can be found in the
job announcement and the IHME Post-Bachelor Fellowship page


Economists Incorporated - Research Associate
Economists Incorporated, an economic consulting firm in Washington, DC and San Francisco, is recruiting senior economics students for full-time, entry-level Research Associate positions.  More information can be found
Meet the Professor:  Jon Bakija

Professor Bakija has taught at Williams since 1999. He teaches classes on public economics, tax policy, and political economy. Over the years he has also worked at the Urban Institute, the Brookings Institution, the Congressional Budget Office, as a technical staff member on the 2005 President’s Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform, and has taught at Cornell Law School.  Professor Bakija is co-author with Joel Slemrod of the book Taxing Ourselves: A Citizen’s Guide to the Debate over Taxes, the 4th edition of which was published by MIT Press in 2008, and he also co-authored the book Retooling Social Security for the 21st Century with Eugene Steuerle in 1994.  His empirical research has investigated the effects of tax policy on economic behavior such as charitable giving, capital gains realizations, and migration across states, as well as the causes of rising income inequality in the U.S. He has a B.A. in government from Wesleyan University, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan. In his spare time, he enjoys ultimate frisbee, exercising, hiking, music, and spending time with his kids Miriam (12) and Jude (8). If you walk by Schapiro 330, you will probably see him working at his treadmill desk.


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