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The goal of the Department of Economics is to build a learning community that supports the intellectual development and professional aspirations of both students and faculty. Our undergraduate and graduate programs offer courses that cover an unusually wide range of economic thought, including neo-classical economics, Keynesian economics, institutional economics, Marxian economics and feminist economics.
We want our students to become critical thinkers who understand the debates about economic methodology and policy as well as the techniques of economic analysis.

Our faculty members have active research agendas and substantial scholarly records; nonetheless, our students are our first priority. We constantly strive to improve our teaching programs, and our faculty have won many teaching and advising awards. Our PhD program provides many opportunities for students to interact with faculty and to work with them on research projects. We have had an excellent track record in job placements for our graduate students. The department chair is always glad to meet prospective and current students, and to answer their questions – stop by any time!

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October 19

Congratulations to PhD student Ashish Sedai on the publication of his paper, "Flickering Lifelines: Electrification and Household Welfare in India"!!!!!!! Amazing work Ashish! Abstract: This study moves beyond counting electrified households as the policy consensus on electrification and examines the effect of reliability of electricity on household's welfare in India. We analyse two household surveys covering the period from 2005 to 2018, and examine the effect of additional hours of electricity using panel fixed effects instrumental variables regressions. We focus on the intensive margins of deficiency, i.e. how additional hours of electricity in a day affects household's consumption expenditure, income, amenities, assets, borrowing and the status of poverty among others. Results show significant effects of an additional hour of electricity overall, especially among the poor households in rural India. The findings are robust to alternative ways of measuring household income, the use of alternative datasets to measure the effects on reliable electrification, as well as other robustness checks. The study recommends progressive pricing with targeted subsidies for the electrified households to increase household welfare while reducing the financial losses of the State Electricity Boards.

sciencedirect.com This study moves beyond counting electrified households as the policy consensus on electrification and examines the effect of reliability of electrici…

October 16

The Fall 2020 Brown Bag seminars continues Monday, October 19th, at 12pm MST. Ph.D. graduate student Ashish Sedai will be presenting his paper, “Opportunity Costs of Unpaid Care: Evidence from Panel Time Diaries.” Abstract: We examine the effects of unpaid caregiving on time allocated to labor supply, home production, leisure, and personal care. After controlling for time-invariant heterogeneity using panel time diaries, we find that older caregivers reduced time allocated to each domain fairly evenly overall. However, women showed a stronger tendency to reduce personal care and labor supply while men showed stronger declines in time de-voted to home production. Gendered differences are more pronounced with intensive and non-spousal care. Results highlight time-cost differentials that could be driving observed gender gaps in health and labor market outcomes among unpaid caregivers. The study also underscores the serious endogeneity concerns between caregiving and broader time allocation patterns. https://zoom.us/j/94556038513 Meeting ID: 945 5603 8513