2014-15 Economics Department Newsletter, Vol. 21
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Economics Department Newsletter

March 11, 2015
In This Edition:
  • Seminars and Events
  • Thesis Program Information Session
  • Kershaw Summer Internship Applications Due
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Graduate Programs
Seminars and Events:

Thursday, March 12;  4:00pm, Griffin 6
Economics Class of 1960 Scholars Seminar:  Externalities in appropriation: Responses to probabilistic losses by James Walker, Indiana University

From the abstract:  "We examine behavior in one-shot appropriation games with deterministic and probabilistic degradation externalities, where the marginal net benefit from appropriation endogenously depends on individuals’ expectations of group appropriation. The experimental design involves a menu of games where the magnitude of a loss parameter associated with probabilistic degradation varies across games. On average, as the loss parameter increases we observe a significant reduction in group appropriation. There is, however, considerable heterogeneity in behavior. First, subjects who are more pessimistic (optimistic) about group appropriation significantly increase (decrease) appropriation as the loss parameter increases. Second, relative to subjects with more optimistic expectations regarding group appropriation, the appropriation of subjects who are more pessimistic is more closely tied to changes in expected marginal benefits."


Friday, March 13;  12:15pm-1:15pm, CDE Building
CDE Development Dialogue:  “Informal Cross-Border Trade and Smuggling in Africa” by
Stephen Golub, Swarthmore College

[Note: for Development Dialogues only, reservations are required due to limited seating.  If you are interested in attending, please email Karima Barrow at and she will let you know if there is space available.]
Thesis Program Information Session:

Friday, March 13;  12:15pm-1:00pm, Schapiro 309

Professor Watson will hold an informational session for juniors considering the Honors program.
Kershaw Summer Internship Applications Due:

Reminder to all juniors [and sophomores who have taken Econ 251 and 252]:  The deadline to apply for a Kershaw Summer Internship in Public Policy for Economics majors is Monday, March 16.
Employment Opportunities:

Quantitative Data Analyst - NuFit Media
A start-up in Cambridge, MA is seeking to fill this entry level position with a 2015 graduate in Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, Economics, or Physics.  For more information, please refer to their


Research Analyst - GRA, Incorporated
A consulting firm that specializes in aviation industry economics is looking to fill this entry level position with an upcoming graduate.  More details are available in their
Graduate Programs:

Master of Arts in Economics - Columbia University
Beginning in Fall 2015, Columbia University will be offering a new Master of Arts program in Economics.  For more details and deadline information, please refer to their
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