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News 2010-11

Grad Student Prelim Exams

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.

Grad Student/Faculty Orientation

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.

Honored Majors

The May 2011 induction ceremony to UWM's Phi Beta Kappa honors society saw three Economics majors honored with membership. Congratulations to Elizabeth M. Crawford, Ashley Ann Hughes, and Jason J. Ross!

High Research Ranking in International Finance

A recent article in the economics journal, Economics Bulletin, by Paulo Sousa and Pedro Vieira presented data that ranks the UWM Economics Department at 28 out of the top 100 in the world in the economics subfield of International Finance. Special kudos to UWM Distinguished Professor Mohsen Bahmani who ranked 20th among the top 100 authors in International Finance based on publications from 1996-2005.

New Faces Next Year

We are pleased and excited to announce that we will have four new colleagues join the Economics faculty next year. In Econometrics, Antonio Galvao will be rejoining us from Iowa and will be joined by Chuan Goh most recently from the University of Toronto. In our joint hire with the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences, we are pleased to welcome Laura Grant from UCSB and Itziar Lazkano from the University of Calgary.

Errors in NRC Ranking of UWM Economics

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.

Ever Wondered What to Do with an Economics Degree?

The Department of Economics, the UWM Alumni Association, and the Career Development Center is sponsoring a 'Careers in Economics Panel' for Monday Feb 7, 2011 from 5:30-7pm on the 4th Floor of the Golda Meir Library. We will also be offering advice on resume preparation and reviewing resumes from 4:45-5:30, but you must RSVP for this to Cindy Petrites at 229-4519 or petrites@uwm.edu. For further information see this flyer or email Ms. Petrites or our Director of Undergraduate Studies, Prof. Neumann.

Another Great Year for UWM Economics!

2010 proved to be another excellent year for the UWM Economics Department with strong growth in both our undergraduate and graduate enrollments. Faculty were busy as well with 35 publications in peer reviewed journals and numerous media interviews. We hope to keep the momentum going in 2011!

Job Market Candidates

Check out the Job Market Candidate page for our PhD graduate students who are on the job market.

UWM Open House

The Economics Department welcomes the UWM Open House visitors to the campus and to the Department. We hope that you dropped by the Economics Department booth on Friday or Saturday, Oct 29 or 30 on the second floor of the student union. Be sure to browse our website for more information about the Economics Program at UWM! Click here for the PowerPoint presentation shown at our Open House booth.

Job Openings

The Department has two job openings for faculty members (rank open) as part of joint appointments with the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences. Click here for more information. We also have a posting for an econometrician (rank open). Click here for more information on this job.

Prof. Peoples Goes to Washington

Prof. James Peoples was invited to participate in a roundtable discussion on job creation and economic growth at the White House on Oct 5, 2010. Prof. Peoples talked about the jobs produced because of the transportation infrastructure. For more information, follow this link.

Mentoring Program Signup
There are only a few days left to sign up for the Economics Mentoring Program, which is open to any Economics major not graduating in December. The deadline for this year is Oct 1. You can sign up or request more information from this webpage or by emailing Cindy Petrites or Prof. Rebecca Neumann.

Distinguished Faculty

Congratulations to Moshen Bahmani who recently received the designation of 'UWM Distinguished Professor'. He will join John Heywood as the only two UWM Distinguished Professors from the Economics Department. More details are here.

Grad Student Award Winner

On Friday, Sept 3, the Department was happy to announce that Economics PhD student, Emily Lechtenberg, was awarded the Perlman Prize in Labor Economics for her paper entitled, 'The Private and Public Sector Wage Differential: An Examination of the Education Industry in the US'. Congratulations!

New Faculty

Welcome to new Assistant Professor, Suyong Song, who joined our faculty after finishing his PhD at UC-San Diego. His primary teaching and research interests are in econometrics and applied economics. 

Promoted Faculty

Congratulations to Filip Vesely who was promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure over the summer. 

New Director of Graduate Studies
Long-time Director of Graduate Studies, Prof. Mohsen Bahmani is stepping down and Prof. Scott Adams will be taking over as the new DGS. Thanks to Prof. Bahmani for his many years of hard work in developing the Economics graduate program.

Faculty and Grad Student Orientation
Both Economics faculty and grad students are invited to join our beginning of the year orientation and reception on Friday Sept 3 from 4-6pm in Union 345. Please contact Prof. Bahmani for more information.

Fall Classes

Registration for Fall 2010 classes is continuing. From introductory undergraduate to PhD level classes - there's a course in Economics that is just right for YOU! Please check out the schedules for the Fall and contact one of our advisors if you have any questions.

News 2009-10

Workshop
The UWM Economics Department is happy to announce a three day workshop entitled the 'Macroeconomics of Corruption' to be given by Professor Keith Blackburn of the University of Manchester on August 2, 3, and 5 from 10am-1pm in Curtin Hall 203. This workshop is open to all. Please contact Prof. Niloy Bose for further information.

August 2010 Preliminary Exams Schedule
The following PhD preliminary examinations will be held in Bolton 868C from 8:30-11:30am. Contact Prof. Bahmani for more details.

August 25, 2010 August 26, 2010 August 27, 2010

Macro Theory
Ind. Organization

Econometrics
Labor Economics

Micro Theory

Monetary Economics

Welcome!
We want to extend a warm welcome to our new Office Manager, Carol Kaminski. Please drop by the Economics Main office to say 'Hello'!

Retirement Congratulations!
Long-time Economics Department Manager, Rosemary Brunetto, will be retiring on June 30, 2010. We thank her for her years of service to UWM and to the Department and wish her a very happy retirement!

PhD Alum Nominated to be Ambassador to Iceland
Dr. Luis Arreaga (UWM Economics PhD 1981) has been nominated by President Obama to become Ambassador to the Republic of Iceland. Click here for the White House press release. CONGRATULATIONS!

Summer and Fall Classes
Registration for Summer and Fall 2010 classes will be starting soon. From introductory undergraduate to PhD level classes - there's a course in Economics that is just right for YOU! Please check out the schedules for the Summer and Fall and contact one of our advisors if you have any questions.

Attention Undergraduate Majors and Intended Majors
On Wednesday, April 14, the Economics Department, the UWM Alumni Association, and the UWM Career Development Office is sponsoring 'Careers in Economics Panel and Networking Reception' from 5-7 in the Alumni Fireside Lounge in the Student Center. Several UWM Economics Department Alums will be talking about career paths in Economics and will be taking questions from the audience, all moderated by our Director of Undergraduate Studies, Prof. Neumann. Please contact Cindy Petrites in the UWM Alumni Association for more information.

There's still time to register for Spring Classes!!
The spring schedule is filling up quickly, but there is still room in many economics classes, ranging from introductory classes in microeconomics (Econ 103) or macroeconomics (Econ 104) to the Economics of Poverty and Discrimination (Econ 248 - also a UWM diversity class) to upper level classes. Sign up for one today!

Attention Grad Students!
Have you ever wanted to learn the word processing program, LATEX? It is a powerful word processing program particularly suited for graphics and equations. An introductory workshop will be held on LATEX on January 29th from 1-4pm by UWM Economics Grad Student, Anton Parlow. Please email him with an RSVP or with any questions.

2009=A GREAT Year for UWM Economics

This past year was another great year for the Economics Program at UWM. Research productivity remained high with over 41 articles and book chapters published by faculty (including publications in key journals such as Economic Inquiry, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Econometrics, and Southern Economic Journal). The faculty have also provided expert commentary on the economy in over 25 media interviews. The undergraduate and graduate programs have also seen a substantial increase in student numbers. We look forward to building on this success in 2010!

Graduate Student Preliminary Exams
The Winter 2010 Preliminary examinations in Industrial Organization, Econometrics, and Labor Economics will be held on January 21-22 from 8:30-11:30am. Contact Director of Graduate Studies Mohsen Bahmani for more details.

Graduate Student Presentations
The Department congratulates graduate student Amr Hosny whose paper, "Assessing Trade Potential between Countries of the Greater Arab Free Trade Area," was selected as a featured graduate student paper to be presented at the Southern Economic Association Annual Meeting Nov 21-23 in San Antonio. Other UWM graduate students presenting at the meetings are Miao Chi, Murat Mercan, and Jia Xu.

UWM Open House
Welcome to all of you who are visiting UWM for our Open House and welcome to the Department of Economics website. We hope that you find helpful information at this website and our special Open House website. Please be sure to contact us if you have any questions.

UWM Economist in the News
Prof. Scott Adams, who was on leave last year while serving on the Council of Economic Advisors, was the subject of a recent article in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel about his experiences in Washington, DC during the change from the Pres. Bush to Pres. Obama administration and the tumultuous economic times over the past year. Prof. Adams was also a recipient of a 2009-10 UWM Foundation/Graduate School Research Award. This award recognizes outstanding research achievements by members of the UWM faculty in their respective fields of endeavor."

Attention Graduate Students
If you plan to take the field comprehensive exams in January 2010, you must register with the Economics office by no later than Nov 13, 2009. Contact Prof. Bahmani for more information.

Graduate Student Awards
The Department would like to congratulate the winners of two annual prizes given by the Department to outstanding graduate students. First, Swati Kumari is the winner of the 2009 J. Walter Elliott Award in Macroeconomics. Second, Miao Chi is the winner of the 2009 Richard Perlman Outstanding Paper Prize in Labor Economics. Congratulations to you both!

Important Undergraduate Announcement
We are happy to announce that Prof. Rebecca Neumann has accepted the position to be our first Director of Undergraduate Studies. Prof. Neumann will chair the Undergraduate Committee for the Department and be a resource person for undergraduate students (note, however, that we will still have the same team of advisors to answer questions about how to sign up as a major or minor). Congratulations!

Economist Dean Baker to Give Talk
The Economics Department is cosponsoring a talk by Dr. Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research on Wed, Sept 23 at 7pm in the Ballroom West of the Student Union. The title of the talk is, "The Crash of the Housing Bubble & Beyond: A Tale of Ignorance and Greed." Click here for more information.

Undergraduate Mentoring Program
In its third year, the highly successful Economics/Alumni Office Mentoring Program is getting ready to kick off for the academic year. However, there is still time to sign up for this year. Contact Cindy Petrites of the UWM Alumni Office for details by Friday, Sept 11.

New website
The UWM Economics Department website has recently had a facelift, and we hope that you like it. Please let us know any comments that you have on the new webpage.

New faculty
The UWM Economics Department is pleased to welcome Dr. Antonio Galvao as a new Assistant Professor in the department. Dr. Galvao recently earned his PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His research and teaching interests involve econometrics and statistics. WELCOME!

Other Faculty News
We are also happy to welcome back several faculty who were on leave last year - Prof. Scott Adams, Prof. Scott Drewianka, Prof. Rebecca Neumann, and Prof. Vivian Lei. Also congratulations to Prof. Matt McGinty who was given tenure and promoted to Associate Professor over the summer.

TA and GTA Orientation
There will be an orientation for TAs and GTAs on Friday, August 28 at 2pm in Lubar N110. Please contact Prof. Bahmani for more details.

Department Academic Year Kickoff
The Department invites all Economics faculty and graduate students to gather on Friday Sept 4 from 4-6pm in Union 280.

August 2009 Preliminary Exams Schedule
The following PhD preliminary examinations will be held in Bolton 868C from 8:30-11:30am. Contact Prof. Bahmani for more details.

August 26, 2009

August 27, 2009

Macro Theory
Monetary Economics

Micro Theory
Econometrics
Labor Economics


News 2008-9

Seminar Series
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.

And further kudos!
The UWM Economics Department was a feature story on UWM's main webpage recently. The article highlighted some of the outstanding accomplishments of the Department over the past several years. You can check this out by clicking here.

PhD Micro and Macro Theory Prelims
The Preliminary examinations in Micro and Macro Theory for PhD students will be held on June 1 and 2, 2009 (respectively) from 8:30-11:30am. Please contact Prof. Bahmani for more information or questions.

Another Measure of UWM Econ Research Productivity
RePEc
and Ideas (two online bibliographic databases of Economics papers) recently ranked the UWM Economics Department in the top 5% of all Economics Departments and institutions in the world in the field of International Finance. Furthermore, UWM Professor Mohsen Bahmani ranked in the top 5% of publishers in the field.

Year in Review
2008 was another GREAT year for the UWM Economics Department! We had one of our best years in terms of research productivity with 45 peer reviewed publications and book chapters. We were also active as a resource for the media to help understand the turmoil in the 2008 economy with 28 interviews. The department continued to be recognized as a top research department in an article in the April 2008 issue of the Southern Economic Journal. Further kudos to the faculty occurred when Professor John Heywood was recognized for his research and teaching by being awarded both a UWM Distinguished Professorship and the UWM Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award. On the teaching side, our number of majors continue upward and the incoming class of graduate students is the largest in the department's history. Clearly, UWM Economics is a great place to be! Look through this website or contact us for more information.

'All Things Water' Economics Talk
Economics Department Chair, William Holahan will be the first speaker in the new UWM School of Freshwater Sciences lunchtime speaker series on Wed March 11 from 12-1pm in Union 280. His topic (appropriately enough!) is 'The Economics of Water'. Click here for the announcement flyer. More information can be requested from Sally Smaida at the School of Freshwater Sciences.

UWM Open House
The Economics Department hosted a table at the recent UWM Open House. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Networking Event for Undergraduates
The Career Development Center is offering a workshop on effective networking techniques, open to any Economic undergraduate major. This event will be held on Wed, Nov 18, from 5pm-7:30pm in the Wisconsin Room of the Student Union. Click here for more information. To attend you must preregister by Nov 13 by following this link.

PhD Preliminary Exams
The January 2009 Preliminary Exams for PhD students will be on January 23, 2009 from 8:30-11:30am in Bolton 868C. Exams will be given in Industrial Organization, Monetary Economics, Labor Economics, Development Economics, and International Economics. Contact Prof. Bahmani for more details.

Excellent in Teaching!
We are also happy to announce that UWM Distinguished Professor John Heywood has been given the UWM Alumni Association Award for Teaching Excellence. More details will be forthcoming. He joins Department Chair, William Holahan, and Emeritus Professors Leon Schur and the late Melvin Lurie as Economics Department faculty to win the award.

"What do I do with my Undergraduate Economics Degree?"
This is a question we often get from our undergraduate majors. The answer is - "Almost anything!" The Economics degree is an extremely flexible one, where employers value the analytical skills of our graduates. We have compiled a list of jobs in which our graduates are employed and a guide to what economics classes are useful in certain careers. Contact an undergraduate advisor for more information.

Attention PhD Students
If you are in your final year of your degree and will be entering the job market this fall, you are invited to a workshop on Friday, Sept 26 from 10am-11am in the Economics Department Conference room (868). We will review the procedures for going on the market and tips for putting yourself in the best position to apply for jobs. Contact Prof. Bahmani for more information.

Distinguished faculty!
We are happy to announce that Professor John Heywood has been granted a UWM Distinguished Professorship. In the University's history, only 35 faculty have been given this honor, which recognizes the significant impact of a faculty member's research on his or her field of study. Professor Heywood is the first economist to receive this award at UWM.

Retirement News:
After 38 years of service to the UWM Department of Economics as researcher, teacher, mentor, advisor, and Department Chair, we bid Professor Yoshio Niho farewell and a Happy Retirement. In order to celebrate Prof. Niho's career, the Department has established the Yoshio Niho Excellence Fund to help the research of junior faculty. Please contribute today!

August 2008 Preliminary Exams
The Ph.D. preliminary exam schedule for August 2008 is below. All exams are from 8:30-11:30am in Bolton 868C. Please contact the office for more details.

August 27, 2008

August 28, 2008

August 29, 2008

Macro Theory

Math. Econ
Monetary Econ
Industrial Org.

Micro Theory
Development

Faculty and Grad Students Mark Your Calendars!
The Fall 2008 Faculty and Graduate Student Orientation will be held on Friday Sept 5 in Union Room 345 from 4-6pm. Contact Prof. Bahmani or the office for further information. See you there!!

Department Research Nationally Recognized!
In an April 2008 article in the Southern Economic Journal, the UWM Economics faculty ranked highly among 129 PhD granting institutions in several subfields of economics. In particular, the fields of labor economics (ranked 35th in the nation), industrial organization (47th), economic development (51st), urban economics (51st) and international economics (53rd) all ranked highly in terms of research productivity among our faculty.

News 2007-2008

Seminar Series
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.

A New, Informal Seminar Series
Started last year, a new '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.

Economics Professor to Join CEA:
Professor Scott Adams will be on leave in the 2008-9 academic year to join the Council of Economic Advisors who advise the U.S. President in economic matters. He will be part of a team of ten senior economists. Congratulations!

And Graduate Student Kudos too! Economics PhD student Mike Coon was recently recognized by the UWM Student Accessibility Center in its 10th Annual 'Above and Beyond' Awards Ceremony on May 9 to make his Introductory Microcenomics course more accessible. Well Done!

And even more good news! In an April 2008 article in the Southern Economic Journal, the UWM Economics faculty ranked highly among 129 PhD granting institutions in several subfields of economics. In particular, the fields of labor economics (ranked 35th in the nation), industrial organization (47th), economic development (51st), urban economics (51st) and international economics (53rd) all ranked highly in terms of research productivity among our faculty.

Alumnus Congratulations!
Denis Drechsler (MA 2004) recently published his MA thesis as a book entitled, "Unemployment and Labor Market Rigidities" (VDM Verlag: Saarbrucken, 2007). Mr. Drechsler is a policy analyst for the OECD Development Centre in Paris France. Well done! For a list of our other MA and PhD graduates click here.

And Faculty congratulations too!
Several Economics faculty have been recipients of honors recently. 1) Professor Scott Drewianka has been elected as one of the Vice-Presidents of the Midwest Economic Association for a one year term starting in March, 2008. 2) UWM Economics Chair, Professor William Holahan was recently identified as one of the top 50 Economists for Teaching-Focused Research Productivity in the January 2008 issue of the Southern Economic Journal. And last but not least, 3) Niloy Bose has been recently promoted to Full Professor. Congratulations all!

Winter 2008 Preliminary Exams
The Ph.D. preliminary exam schedule for Winter 2008 is below. All exams are from 8:30-11:30am in Bolton 868C. Please contact the office for more details.

January 16, 2008

January 17, 2008

January 18, 2008

Micro Theory
Ind. Org.

Math. Econ

Development
Labor Econ.
Macro Theory


Spring 2008 Enrollment
Enrolling for Spring 2008 classes has started, so this is a great time to sign up for an introductory microeconomics (Econ 103) or macroeconomics (Econ 104) course. Or if you have already had one of our introductory courses, why not sign up for one of our field courses like Money and Banking (Econ 325), Economic Development (Econ 353), or Economics of Employment and Labor Relations (Econ 415). Click here for a full listing of Spring Economics classes, and click here for general information about classes, majoring and minoring in Economics and the economic returns to majoring in Economics. Contact one of our Undergraduate Advisors for more information.

Calling Economics Alumni and Current Students
The UWM Department of Alumni Relations has started a new mentoring program to pair Economics alums with current students. The goal of the program is to provide career-related advice and resources and networking to current students. Click here or contact Andrea Simpson in Alumni Relations or Prof. Holahan for further information.

Faculty News
As you walk around the halls of the 8th floor of Bolton Hall, you might notice that it is somewhat more crowded than last year! We are happy to welcome new faculty member Professor Kundan Kishor who specializes in macro-economics. We also welcome back several faculty who were on leave last year: Professors Keith Bender, Vivian Lei, Hamid Mohtadi, Antu Murshid, Yoshio Niho, and Filip Vesely. Finally we want to congratulate Professors Scott Drewianka, Vivian Lei, and Rebecca Neumann who were promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure.

Fall 2007 Preliminary Exams
The Ph.D. preliminary exam schedule for Fall 2007 is below. All exams are from 8:30-11:30am in Bolton 868C. Please contact the office for more details.

August 27, 2007

August 28, 2007

August 29, 2007

August 30, 2007

Micro Theory

Math. Econ
Monetary Econ

Industrial Org.
Development
Labor Econ.

Macro Theory

Mark Your Calendars!
The fall 2007 Faculty and Graduate Student Orientation will be held on Friday Sept 14 in Union Room 345 from 4-6pm. Contact Prof. Bahmani or the office for further information. See you there!!

News 2006-2007

Seminar Series
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.

Congratulations!
On May 9, UWM celebrates the length of service of faculty and staff. Four faculty of the Economics Department will be recognized for there service at the ceremony: Professors Kamil Tahmiscioglu (10 years), Swarnjit Arora (35 years), William Holahan (35 years) and Markos Mamalakis (40 years!). Well done!

State of the Economy in Milwaukee Summit.
Professor of Economics and Dean of the College of Letters and Science Richard Meadows will be a speaker at the "Henry Maier State of Milwaukee Summit" to be held on May 10 from 3-7pm at the Hefter Conference Center. Contact the UWM Urban Studies Program at 229-4751 for further informatiom.

Take Economics = Earn More!!
Several recent reports show that an economics undergraduate degree is a good career move. An April 2007 study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers reports that starting salaries for those with an undergraduate economics degree is $53,449, higher than finance and business administration starting salaries and nearly any non-engineering degree. Another study by Dan Black, Seth Sanders and Lowell Taylor (in the journal, Economic Inquiry, in July 2003) does a rigorous statistical study to show that economics majors outperform nearly every other degree in terms of salary. They also show that those with undergraduate economics degrees who go on and do graduate work earn higher salaries, even if the graduate work is not an economics degree. If this information interests you, please contact us and we will be happy to tell you more!!

Announcing a new seminar series
The Department's labor economics faculty are sponsoring an new, informal workshop series at lunchtimes on selected Wednesdays this semester in the Economics Department Seminar room (in the main office) for those interested in labor economics or other applied microeconomics topics. The series is informal (bring your lunch!) and all faculty, undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to attend and to present a paper! Please contact Prof. Heywood for more information or to sign up to present.

Graduate Students
The January 2007 Preliminary Exam schedule has been set. Please follow this link for the schedule. Contact Prof. Bahmani with any questions.

Link for Undergraduate Economics Students
The American Economics Association has launched a website resource for undergraduate economics students. It details the economics profession, outlines current economic issues, and discusses career paths and graduate work in economics. Be sure to check it out.

International Thanksgiving Potluck
All Departmental faculty and graduate students are invited to our annual International Thanksgiving Potluck lunch, held this year on Thursday November 16. Please see the signup sheet in the main office. Questions about the event should be directed to Rosemary. We will also be announcing the winner of the Richard Perlman Prize in Labor Economics at the event. The 2006 Prize will be awarded to MA graduate Julia Reilich.

Graduate students
If you intend to take the January 2007 Preliminary examinations, please contact the Rosemary in the Economics office by December 1. The exams are scheduled for January 17, 18, and 19. Contact Prof. Bahmani for further details.

Open House
The UWM Open House is on Friday and Saturday, Oct 27 and 28. Please visit the Department of Economics table to speak with faculty and graduate students about why you should major in Economics (and it is not just all about the money - although that is good too!). If you can't visit us in person, please check out our Open House website or contact the Economics Department.

Graduate Teaching Assistants Orientation
There will be an orientation for graduate teaching assistants on August 30 at 2pm in Business N110. Please contact Graduate Studies director, Prof. Bahmani, for more information.

Fall Preliminary Exams
The Ph.D. preliminary exam schedule is below. All exams are from 8:30-11:30am in Bolton 868C. Please contact the office for more details.

August 28, 2006

August 29, 2006

August 30, 2006

August 31, 2006

Macro Theory

Monetary Econ.

Math. Econ.

Micro Theory

Industrial Org.

International

Labor

Development


Congratulations!!
UWM Economics major, Dain Johnson, has won the 2006 Undergraduate Paper Competition from the Midwestern Economics Association for a paper entitled, "How Does Wal-Mart Affect Local Labor Markets? Evidence from Retail Subsectors" done under the supervision of Prof. Scott Drewianka. This is a prestigious award since the competition was strong with many outstanding entries from top undergraduate institutions including Davidson, Grinnell, and UW-Madison. Dain graduated with his bachelor's degree in the spring, but will be pursuing a MA in Economics from UWM starting in the fall. Current undergraduates who might be interested in submitting a paper to this competition are encouraged to contact a member of the faculty.