GMOs, Blood, Sperm, Human Milk…. not necessarily in that order

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 3:52pm
Here are two upcoming talks that are certainly of interest: What you need to know about GMOs Tuesday, April 7 in Warch Campus Cinema.  7 p.m. Explore the benefits and drawbacks of GMOs in a panel discussion led by Professors Beth De Stasio and Dave Hall. They will cover the facts and myths of GMOs … Continue reading GMOs, Blood, Sperm, Human Milk…. not necessarily in that order

Money Ball and Medicine

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 11:13am
In 2003, Michael Lewis published Moneyball, the story of how a team with a relative small payroll (the Oakland Athletics) was able to be competitive by understanding how a general manager (Billy Beane) should spend money to generate the most wins.  Many major league baseball teams now apply some of the strategies that Beane adopted … Continue reading Money Ball and Medicine

Climate Change References

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 2:57pm
Selected References: BP Statistical Review of World Energy (2014) Initiative on Global Markets www.igmchicago.org Jeffrey A. Frankel & Andrew K. Rose “Is Trade Good or Bad for the Environment? Sorting Out the Causality,” The Review of Economics and Statistics 87(1):85-91. (2005) Michael Greenstone and Adam Looney. “Paying Too Much for Energy? The True Costs of Our Energy Choices.” Daedalus141.2 … Continue reading Climate Change References

The Evolution of Land Reform in Latin America, Thursday at 4:30pm, Steitz 102

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 4:30pm
Despite recent improvements, Latin America remains the most unequal region in the world.  Historically, one of the most important determinants of income and opportunity is access to land.  In this seminar Dylan Fitz will discuss the justifications for land reform and the implementation challenges that reforms face. The discussion will draw on his evaluations of recent … Continue reading The Evolution of Land Reform in Latin America, Thursday at 4:30pm, Steitz 102

New Look Econ Blog

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 11:43am
New look blog, new look department. Front (l-r):  Hillary Caruthers, Marty Finkler. Back: Adam Galambos, David Gerard, Jonathan Lhost. This was taken before Professor Finkler’s Povolny Lecture, ““China Ranks Number One. Or Does It? Should We Care?”

Wisconsin vs. Minnesota – The Battle for Sustainable Economic Growth

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 5:53pm
In the years after World War II, Wisconsin leveraged its manufacturing base to keep its income per capita above that of its Minnesota rival.  Since the 1960s, however, the pattern has reversed.  Consequently, Minnesota now ranks among the states with income well above the US average while Wisconsin has fallen below this benchmark.  In a … Continue reading Wisconsin vs. Minnesota – The Battle for Sustainable Economic Growth

Updated Schedule for 2015-16

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 10:58am
The most recent iteration of the 2015-16 schedule is below and you can also find a slightly less updated one in Banner.   The red bolded entries represent updates.  Click here for non-garbled version. Fall 2015 Draft ECON 100 ● INTRODUCTORY MICROECONOMICS (Q) ● 1:50-03:00 MWF ● Jonathan Lhost ECON 208 ● SUSTAINABLE CHINA: ENVIR/ECON (G) ● … Continue reading Updated Schedule for 2015-16

Right to Work

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 1:05am
Governor Walker signed “right to work” (RTW) legislation earlier this week, which it is fair to say has led to mixed reactions among the electorate.   A Wall Street Journal piece touts the “right to work advantage,” whereas Slate.com teaser says “It has never been more painful and humiliating to be a Wisconsin Democrat.”  Owie. (Curiously, the … Continue reading Right to Work

American Household Income Has Been Stagnant Since the 1970s or Has It?

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 3:20pm
As you might guess, it all depends upon what one chooses to observe.  A new article by Robert Shapiro pulls the pieces apart to show that median household income has not moved much since the 1970s; however, it varies greatly by age group and presidential regime. For example, 25 – 29 year olds in 1975, … Continue reading American Household Income Has Been Stagnant Since the 1970s or Has It?

Be Like Mike?

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 1:56pm
Michael Greenstone, that is. One of our esteemed alums forwarded me the link to the eponymous “Which famous economist are you most similar to?” website, and yours truly — though I probably shouldn’t be telling you this — has landed atop Professor Greenstone, the University of Chicago energy economist and President Obama’s former Chief Economist for … Continue reading Be Like Mike?

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