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Ph.D. Candidate wins research competition

Andres Vargas awarded first prize for outstanding research project

Tue, Dec 13, 2005

UT Economics graduate student Andres Vargas presented the first chapter of his dissertation, "The effect of social security on wages: The Colombian Experience" for which he was awarded the first prize for outstanding research project at the poster session of The Second Conference on Aging in the Americas (SCAIA): Key Issues in Hispanic Health and Health Care Policy Research held on September 22, 2005 at The LBJ School of Public Affairs.

The 11th Annual Texas Econometrics Camp

February 25-26, 2006

Fri, Dec 9, 2005

The 11th Annual Texas Econometrics Camp will be held February 25-26, 2006 at Waterwood National Resort

One Waterwood Parkway

Huntsville, Texas 77320


122nd Fall Commencement

Ceremonies and Celebrations • Friday, December 9 - Sunday, December 11, 2005

Thu, Dec 8, 2005

Honor student receives Rapoport-King Thesis Scholarship for Senior Thesis

Jahiz Barlas is a junior majoring in Pure/Statistical Mathematics and Economics Honors.

Mon, Nov 7, 2005

Jahiz, a native Pakistani, was valedictorian of his high school in Karachi.
At UT, he has done research on dollarization under Professor Valerie Bencivenga for the Junior Fellows program and is currently writing his senior honors thesis under Professor Russell Cooper to analyze efficiency of the general equilibrium of a monetary coalition structure.

Honor student receives Edmond Thorton Miller Endowed Presidential Scholarship

Mariesa Herrmann, a senior majoring in Plan II and Economics Honors

Wed, Oct 26, 2005

Mariesa graduated from high school in Bryan, Texas second in her class.
After arriving at UT, she joined the UT Debate Team where she won numerous
awards during her three-year membership. Currently, she works as a Research
Assistant for the Professor Russell Cooper, Department Chairman, and as a
Supplemental Instructor for Professor Daniel Hamermesh's Introduction to
Microeconomics class.

Two graduate students are awarded the Leonardo Pina Research Paper Award

Garth Heutel and Jennifer Steele

Wed, Oct 19, 2005

We are happy to announce that the co-winners of the inaugural Leonardo Pina Ph.D. Student Research Paper Award are Garth Heutel and Jennifer Steele. In addition to the warm glow that they receive from this recognition, Garth and Jennifer will share a $500 fellowship award.

An Economics Lesson

Don Fullerton's reaction to the peak oil scenario is one of generalized skepticism

Thu, Sep 1, 2005

By: Avrel Seale

Don Fullerton has taught in the UT economics department for 11 years and offers a purely theoretical analysis. His reaction to the peak oil scenario is one of generalized skepticism. While admitting that the peak oil crowd may know something he does not, he is skeptical that it knows something that the stock market does not.

Spring 2006 Courses offerings in Economics.

Current and Past course descriptions for the Economics department may be found online.

Thu, Sep 1, 2005

Search by department, semester and year.

Time Crunch or Yuppie Kvetch?

A professor in the Department of Economics finds the more money people have, the more pressed for time they'll be as they try to find ways to spend it all

Mon, Jun 6, 2005

Dan Hamermesh, Ph.D., has a message for Americans who feel there's not enough time in the day for everything they need to do: quit complaining.

"If somebody complains, I say, look it's not a problem - the problem is you have too much money," said Hamermesh, a professor in the Department of Economics.

Some may find that opinion a bit harsh, perhaps, but Hamermesh has co-authored a study that backs up his claim. He and graduate assistant Jungmin Lee analyzed survey data from the United States, Australia, Canada, Germany and South Korea, and concluded that the more money people have, the more pressed for time they'll be as they try to find ways to spend it all.

Liberal arts student builds a stronger future for Nigeria

Busola Ogunsola is working on a much larger scale in Lagos

Tue, May 24, 2005

When Busola Ogunsola makes home improvements, don't expect to see new paint colors and fluffy pillows. She's working on a much larger scale in Lagos, Nigeria, where she has helped with immunization research and plans to work in economic development.

At age 18, Ogunsola was hired by the federal government of her native Nigeria to work on the National Program on Immunization. She was part of a team traveling door-to-door conducting in-person interviews with mothers. The goal was to determine the immunization history of children under the age of 2 to control infant mortality.

Economics staff participates in RecSports Poker Walk

In celebration of National Employee Health and Fitness Day

Tue, Mar 29, 2005

This recreational walk in celebration of National Employee Health and Fitness Day drew over 1200 UT employees. The mile long walk included stops along the way rewarding the walkers with poker chips.

Glenn Loury, 2005 Economics Commencement Speaker

From Boston University, Department of Economics

Tue, Mar 29, 2005

Dr. Glenn Loury is a renowned economist and the Founding Director of the Institute on Race and Social Division at Boston University. He is also the author of The Anatomy of Racial Inequality.

The Department of Economics Graduation ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2004 at 9:00 a.m. in Gregory Gym.

First year doctoral student awarded a two year scholarship

Under the 2005/2007 Japan-IMF Scholarship Program for Advanced Studies

Tue, Mar 29, 2005

We are very pleased to announce that Kazuki Konno, a first year doctoral student, has been awarded a two year scholarship under the 2005/2007 Japan-IMF Scholarship Program for Advanced Studies. This program was created to train Asian nationals as applied economists for at the IMF, which was established in 1946 and plays an active role in making globalization work for the benefit of all. Only 15 scholarships are awarded each year.

The University of Texas at Austin's graduate programs rank among nation's best

U.S. News and World Report magazine survey

Tue, Mar 29, 2005

The University of Texas at Austin's schools of Business and Law and its colleges of Engineering, Education and Pharmacy each rank among the nation's top 20 graduate programs in this year's U.S. News and World Report magazine survey.

Department of Economics Honors Symposium 2005

April 27th, 2005

Tue, Mar 29, 2005

Bernard and Audre Rapoport Building 1.118. Pizza and Refreshments 5:00 to 5:30.

2005-2006 Career Expo

Translating a Liberal Arts Education into a World of Opportunities

Tue, Mar 29, 2005

Liberal Arts Students Did you know that your liberal arts degree will provide a solid foundation for your career? Let us help you articulate and communicate the true value of your courses and major in the workplace. Our mission statement, "Translating a Liberal Arts Education into a World of Opportunities" sums up our services.

An Old Male Economist's Advice to Young Female Economists

by Daniel S. Hamermesh

Thu, Mar 17, 2005

With thanks to Valerie Bencivenga, Lisa Dickson, Caitlin Myers, Linda Tesar, Saranna Thornton and Jessica Woolpaw Reyes for helpful suggestions.

Much of the advice that junior female economics Ph.D.s should heed is the same as one would offer to male economists: Work 60 hours a week, with the research/teaching mix depending on the teaching load at your school; keep exposing your ideas to seminar audiences at home, at conferences and at national and international meetings; aim your submitted publications high, and do not be discouraged by journal rejections.

The Price of Professional Football

Stephen G. Bronars: Economics professor specializes in the study of labor unions

Tue, Mar 1, 2005

With several NFL games under his belt, former Texas star wide receiver Roy Williams has most football analysts raving about his abilities. They point to his eye-popping catches and numerous touchdowns as evidence that the Detroit Lions made a good deal by landing the talented wide receiver with the seventh pick in this year's draft.

But according to Dr. Stephen G. Bronars, an economics professor at The University of Texas at Austin, thanks to the NFL Players Association and the league's current labor agreement, he knew Roy Williams was going to be a bargain for the Lions from the moment they chose him.

2005-2006 Liberal Arts competitive scholarships: March 1 deadline

Applications are now available

Tue, Mar 1, 2005

Applications are now available for the Liberal Arts competitive scholarships to be awarded for the 2005-2006 academic year. These awards will range in amount from $500.00 to $2500.00. The deadline to apply is March 1st, 2005.

Professor Kenneth Hendricks was recently elected a fellow of the Econometric Society

The James L. and Nancy Powell Centennial Professor

Tue, Feb 22, 2005

The Econometric Society is a very prestigious society of economists with a shared mission "... to promote studies that aim at a unification of the theoretical-quantitative and empirical-quantitative approach to economic problems .." The society was begun in 1930 and there are currently 550 fellows.

Summer program in Milan, Italy

Department sponsored five-week intensive study abroad program

Tue, Jan 25, 2005

CIBER and the Department of Economics are sponsoring a summer program in Milan, Italy. The Summer Study in Milan Program is a five-week intensive study abroad program offered in conjunction with Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, one of Europe’s leading business schools.