2015-16 Economics Department Newsletter #6
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Economics Department Newsletter

October 26, 2015
Tuesday, October 27
Sawyer Library, Mabie Room

Discussion:  Blood from a stone: The neverending Greek financial crisis

Tuesday, October 27
Griffin #6

Economics Department Seminar:  "Mental Accounting and Mobile Banking: Can labeling an MPESA account increase savings?" by Erick Gong, Assistant Professor of Economics at Middlebury College

Thursday, October 29
CDE Classroom

CDE Seminar:  "Governance and Economic Development: Working with the Grain" by Brian Levy, Senior Adjunct Professor, International Development Program at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and Academic Director, Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice at University of Cape Town
Interested in an Econ Tutorial?
There are two that are open to both undergraduates and CDE students in which you might be interested.

Econ 390/536
Financial Crises: Causes and Cures
Financial crises have been with us for as long as banking has existed. Why are crises such a regular fixture of societies, and what can be done to prevent them, or at least reduce their cost? Topics examined include bubbles and swindles, especially when these spillover to the broader macroeconomy; the role of information in banking in normal times and in bank runs; boom-bust cycles in asset markets; international contagion; crisis resolution techniques; and the extensive history of attempts to improve regulation so as to reduce the frequency and cost of crises. Crises in developing and developed economies from the South Sea Bubble to the Euro Crisis will be examined, and the role of political economy factors in their run-up and resolution will be featured.
Econ 534
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.

[Note: this course does not automatically show up in PeopleSoft, but there is a pull down menu that should reveal CDE (5XX) courses. Please contact the Registrar if you cannot see this option.]
Econ Teaching Assistants for Spring 2016;  Applications Due by Friday:

Final Reminder -- Applications are due by Friday, October 30 at noon (12:00pm);  late applications not accepted.
If you are interested in being a TA for the Economics department in Spring 2016, please apply using the following link.  [Note: to access the application you should log in using your short form email address (e.g.,] 

TAs will be needed in ECON 110, 120, 213, 220, 251, 252, 255, 361/524, 366/516, 385, 386/518, 389/514, 472, 475 and possibly other economics classes.

Post-Graduation Opportunities:

Mathematica Policy Research
MPR is recruiting for the following positions:
Research Assistant/Programmer
Analytic Developer Associate
Graduate School Programs:

Stanford Graduate School of Business PhD Program
The GSB PhD Program is a full-time research intensive doctoral program designed to develop outstanding scholars in seven distinct fields of studyAll admitted students receive funding for a full fellowship that includes a living stipend, tuition, and opportunities to work as a research or course assistant. The Fall 2016 admission application (deadline: December 1, 2015) is now available.

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