2015-16 Economics Department Newsletter #12
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January 4, 2016
Two Workshops on Using Census Data
Thursday January 7, 2016

Registration is required (seating is limited):

10:30am-12:00pm;  Room 328, Sawyer Library
Making Sense of the American Community Survey
The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing survey that generates estimates on social, economic, housing, and demographic topics. Data users can access these estimates down to neighborhood level (tract and block group) using American FactFinder. This presentation will cover background information about the ACS, an explanation of the ACS datasets and topics, and a demonstration of accessing data using American FactFinder.
1:30pm-3:00pm;  Room 328, Sawyer Library   
Get to Know the Ferrett: Data Access and Cross Tabulation Using DataFerrett
Attend this training to learn how to access American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS), and customize tables using DataFerrett. Participants will also learn how to cross-tabulate and modify variables to fulfill specific requirements of a project. Using DataFerrett, you can develop an unlimited array of customized spreadsheets that are as versatile and complex as your needs demand.
[Preference to students, faculty, staff and librarians from Williams and neighboring institutions; Members of other organizations welcomed as space permits.  Questions: or]
Interested in an Econ Tutorial?
There are a few spaces open both to undergraduates and CDE students in the following courses:
Econ 534T, 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 Professor Heller for more information and for the permission of the instructor.]

Econ 535T, International Financial Institutions
This tutorial will explore the role of official international financial institutions in the global economic and financial system, their relations with members, proposals for how they might be reformed, and issues that they face. The focus will be principally on the International Monetary Fund, and to a lesser extent the World Bank, the Bank for International Settlements and Financial Stability Board. Topics and readings will focus on such issues as: the roles and governance reform of the IMF and World Bank; lessons from their performance in international crises; initiatives of the Fund and Bank; the global adjustment process; financial system stability; governance reform; lending programs; the management of international reserves; and provision of advice to members. 
[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 Professor Truman for more information and for the permission of the instructor.]
Internships and Employment Opportunities:

Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Summer Analyst Internship

The Summer Analyst Internship program within the Research and Statistics Group allows undergraduates to work with economists -- whose specialties include banking and payment systems, capital markets, international economics, macroeconomics, and microeconomics -- on long-term, academically orientated research projects as well as current public policy work.  The summer analyst program also establishes a strong pool of candidates for recruitment into the
full-time Research Analyst position upon graduation.  For more information, please review their full-time Research Analyst brochure, from which the Summer Analyst position is largely modeled.  Applications are being accepted until January 15 on their employment portal.


LAKES REU Internship Program
The Linking Applied Knowledge in Environmental Sustainability program is an ongoing summer research internship with the NSF-sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates site at University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Wisconsin.  The LAKES REU focuses on water quality and phosphorus mitigation in an interdisciplinary manner over an 8 week program (June 12-August 6), with projects in economics, sociology, geography, anthropology, microbiology, mathematical modeling, and geology.  Students will be provided with room and board and a generous stipend during their participation in the LAKES program. 
This program prioritizes under-represented students, pairing them with mentors in individual projects that collectively will contribute to a more complete understanding of the dynamic interactions of our political economy, our social networks, and our ecosystems.  The review of submitted applications for the 2016 summer program will begin February 15.  Complete program information can be found on their website or Facebook page.  Additional information can also be found on their flyer.

San Francisco Federal Reserve
Research Associate

The San Francisco Fed is seeking recent and upcoming graduates to join their economic research department this June or July. For more information, please refer to their
announcement and job posting


IPUMS Minnesota Population Center
various positions

The MPC is currently recruiting technically-minded candidates at different professional levels (BA/BS, MA/MS, PhD) to join their growing team of researchers and technical staff.  Researchers are involved in all stages of data and metadata production, including the web dissemination system and outreach.  To view openings, please refer to their


Mathematica Policy Research

Program Associate

MPR is recruiting recent graduates for an immediate opening within the Data Analytics department of their Princeton, NJ office.  More information can be found

Data Analytics Associate
MPR is also recruiting for Data Analytics Associates in their Princeton, NJ; Washington, DC; Cambridge, MA; Ann Arbor, MI; Oakland, CA; and Chicago, IL offices.  More information can be found
Call for Undergraduate Papers:

Penn Journal of Economics
The Editorial Staff of the
PJE, a new semi-annual peer-reviewed publication, is requesting undergraduate research for inclusion in their upcoming spring issue.  Any paper topics related to economics are welcome, in addition to mathematics, finance, statistics, game theory, economic history, and other social sciences. If the paper’s topic is not strictly economic, please provide a few sentences explaining why it may nevertheless be relevant to their readership.  Detailed submission guidelines are available here.


Penn Undergraduate Law Journal
PULJ, an undergraduate research publication funded by the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, is soliciting submissions from undergraduates for its sixth issue.  Papers do not need to be on American law; they can be on the laws or legal system of any country.  For more details and guidelines, please view their announcement.


Comparative Advantage
Stanford's undergraduate economics journal, to be published in late spring 2016, is currently looking for submissions of research papers, opinion papers, etc., on all fields related to economics, including public policy, finance, economic sociology, and business.

Papers should be less than 25 pages long -- not including bibliography and extra data tables --, use APA citation and include an abstract. Please
email submissions;  the first round due date is January 15, 2016, and the second round due date is May 10.  Submissions to the first round may be accepted, rejected, or pushed to the second round, and submitting to the first round is recommended.  Past journals can be viewed on their website.
Graduate Programs:

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is currently accepting applications for graduate student programs for the 2016-2017 academic year:
The MA Fellowship
The Frédéric Bastiat Fellowship
The PhD Fellowship
The Adam Smith Fellowship

The Economics and Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University
For more information on this M.A. program, please refer to their website and announcement.
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