Event Studies

Wed, 07/08/2015 - 12:42pm
I was recently chatting with some alumni who shocked me by saying they regularly hit the Lawrence Econ blog for…  Well, I forgot to ask why they came to the blog, but presumably for posts like this. Today’s question: how can we quantitatively assess the impact of a big event? The answer, sometimes, is to … Continue reading Event Studies

Data Science for Humans

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 11:20am
The last Economics Colloquium of the year, at 4:30 on Wednesday, May 27th, Steitz 102: Data Science for Humans Shilad W. Sen Macalester College,Associate Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science Data scientists mine massive datasets to help software understand our tastes, needs, and routines. Want to become a data scientist? Many new data science degrees incorporate … Continue reading Data Science for Humans

Econ Colloquium — Big Data Monday at 4:30

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 9:46am
UPDATE:  Schafer tapped to lead Large Synoptic Survey Telescope(LSST) Informatics and Statistics Science Collaboration.   Big Science + Big Data = Big Opportunities: An Overview of Statistics in Astronomy Chad Schafer Department of Statistics Carnegie Mellon University Progress in disciplines such as astronomy is increasingly being made through large-scale, multi-institution projects, often referred to as “Big Science.” It … Continue reading Econ Colloquium — Big Data Monday at 4:30

Ice Cream Social, Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:33pm
Economics majors are welcome to an Ice Cream Social Friday at 4:30 in Briggs 217 (and probably the surrounding area).  Typically, the faculty member chosen for the Convocation Award has lunch with a few students after the Convo, but I actually have class in this slot and I decided that I wanted to include more … Continue reading Ice Cream Social, Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Thursday Convo

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:30pm
I am the Convocation speaker Thursday at 11:10.   It is Honors Convocation, meaning a number of your fellow students will be recognized.

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?”

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