UW-Milwaukee Economics News 2011-12
April 18th Big Event
Please join us for an evenining of information and entertainment on April 18th when Dr. Austan Goolsbee will discuss the U.S. economy and global recovery. For details, please click here.
Congratulations to Itziar Lazkano
The Department of Economics sponsors a weekly seminar series in the fall and spring that features the cutting edge research of both our own faculty and leading economists from across the world. The upcoming lecture is featured on the Department home page, while the full list for the semester is found here. The lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, contact our Seminar Series Convener, Professor Bahmani.
Applied Micro 'Brown Bag' Seminar Series
The 'brown-bag' seminar series for micro oriented papers will be held on Wednesdays at 12:30. This seminar series is oriented for work that is in its beginning stages, and so is very informal. Check the main Economics Department webpage for an announcement for the next seminar. Contact Professor Heywood for more information or to sign up to present.
Ron Insana to Speak
The Society for Advanced Economic Study (the undergrad Economics club), the Economics Department, and the UWM Student Association is sponsoring a visit by CNBC and MSNBC journalist, Ron Insana, on Friday, May 4, 2012 at 7pm in the Union Ballroom. His talk is entitled, "The Condition of the Global Economy." There is no charge, but you must RSVP at 414-212-5168. See this flyer for more details.
Prof. Adams an Associate Editor at JEBO
Prof. Scott Adams has recently taken up an appointment as an Associate Editor at the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, one of the leading journals in economics. Congratulations!
Econ Undergrad Careers Event
The Economics Department and the Society for Advanced Economic Study (the undergrad Economics club) are sponsoring a Careers panel featuring UWM Economics Alums on Tuesday, April 24th from 5:30-7:30pm at the Union Fireside Lounge. Please see this flyer for more information or contact our Director of Undergraduate Studies, Prof. Neumann.
Prof. Peoples to Advise the White House
Prof. James Peoples has been invited to participate in a high-level meeting with the Obama Administration in April 2012 to discuss how African Americans have fared during the recent economic downturn and so far in the recovery. Participants will discuss their recommendations regarding employment, housing, income, and entrepreneurship.
UWM Open House
The Economics Department welcomes the UWM Open House visitors to the campus and to the Department. We hope that you drop by the Economics Department booth on Friday or Saturday, Oct 28 or 29 on the second floor of the student union. If you are interested, here is the Powerpoint Presentation that we showed at our booth. Be sure to browse our website for more information about the Economics Program at UWM!
Undergrad Mentoring Kickoff
For undergraduate majors who are participating in our Mentoring Program, the kickoff reception for the 2011-12 year will be this coming Thursday, Oct 20 from 5-7pm at the UWM Alumni House (3230 Kenwood). If you are not in the program, but would like more information follow this link. For details about the reception, please contact our Director of Undergrad Studies, Prof. Neumann, or Cindy Petrites in the Alumni Office.
The Economics Department is advertizing for two positions (rank open) in Health Economics this year. Information about the jobs and the application procedure can be found in the JOE advertizement here. The deadline for applications is Dec 1. Contact Prof. Scott Adams for more details.
Join Economics Professor William Holahan who will be part of a panel of local experts discussing the impact of the economic downturn on the Milwaukee region on Thursday, Nov 10 from 3:30-5pm at the Hefter Center. Please click here for more information.
On Friday, Sept 23, the Economics Department will be sponsoring an Econometrics Mini-Conference with presentations by Shakeeb Khan from Duke University, Jack Porter from UW-Madison, Juan Carlos Escanciano from Indiana University and Andres Aradillas-Lopez from UW-Madison. The conference runs from 9-5 in Bolton Hall B95, and is free and open to the public. Click here for the program of events and contact Prof. Galvao for more information.
Grad Student Congratulations
Congratulations to Econ Grad Student Laurie Miller who won the 2011 Richard Perlman Prize in Labor Economics for her paper, "Perceived Discrimination Against Caregivers". Well done!
The Economics Department hopes that you had a good summer and welcomes you back to UWM. You will note some changes in the Department with a new Chair (Mohsen Bahmani) and three new Assistant Professors: Chuan Goh (Econometrics), Laura Grant (Environmental and Water Resources), and Itzi Lazkano (Economic Growth and Environmental). In addition, Antonio Galvao and Keith Bender were promoted to Associate Professor (with tenure) and Full Professor, respectively.
Fall Class Registration
There is still time to sign up for classes for the fall. If you want a course that overviews economics, check out Econ 100, or if you are interested in the 'Big Picture' or 'Little Picture', try Econ 104 (Macroeconomics) or Econ 103 (Microeconomics). Another course without prerequisites is Econ 248 (Economics of Poverty and Discrimination). If you have already taken 103 and 104, why not try some of our 300 level courses - Money and Banking (325), Environmental Economics (328), International Economic Relations (351) or Economic Development (353)? You can register for these on PAWS.
The August 2011 Preliminary Examinations for Graduate Students will be held on Aug 29 and 31 from 8:30-11:30am. Please click here for the schedule.
There will be an orientation for Graduate Students and Faculty on Friday Sept 9 from 4-6pm. Please contact the Economics Office for more details.
Approximately every 10 years, the National Research Council (NRC) ranks graduate programs in Economics. The last ranking was published in September of 2010. Unfortunately, the data used to rank the UWM Economics Graduate program was incorrect. If one uses the correct information of the average GRE quantitative score of 752 (rather than the reported 579) and the correct percentage of students graduating within 6 years of 90% (rather than the reported 0%), the UWM Economics Department would rank approximately 60th in the country rather than the 110th ranking. Please see this document for more details or contact our Director of Graduate Studies, Prof. Scott Adams, for more information. We are in the process of petitioning the NRC to reconsider our ranking in the light of the correct data.