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Changing of the guard. Today Dr. Shulman turned the page on his ten years as department chair. He has served us well.

Economics at Colorado State University

Today Dr. Shulman turned the page on his ten years as department chair. He has served us well.

“Some or even most of you have heard by now that I will finish as department chair when I complete my second term on June 30. Alex Bernasek will replace me. I am grateful to Alex and confident that she will prove to be a good leader for the department. Anita will replace her as Coordinator of Graduate Studies. On top of all that, Jenifer will retire in September. Next semester a new team will take the helm, marking a pivotal change for the department.

Our graduate program has prospered over the past ten years. The faculty has worked consistently to improve its academic content & structure. We have put more resources into the program, creating graduate student scholarships, offering online & classroom teaching opportunities & supporting conference travel. Funded research opportunities have significantly grown. We have not only survived, we have thrived as one of the few genuinely heterodox departments in the country. We offer our students a unique mix of intellectual perspectives & applied skills. Our job placement record is impressive & many of our students have gone on to successful careers. I am proud of what all of us have accomplished together.

As for my plans, I look forward to contributing to our teaching programs in some new ways, including playing a more active role in the principles system. I also hope to focus more on my role as the research director of the Center for the Study of Academic Labor. Come see me if you are interested in academic labor markets & the economics of higher education. Whatever your research interests, I would be glad to serve on dissertation committees, & to help you in whatever ways that I can.”

Best wishes,
Steven

 

 

COIN: Finding tech workers still an issue

COIN: Finding tech workers still an issue, as is rising housing costs

Certification schools, outreach to women, millennials boost qualified tech workforce

When the Colorado Innovation Network published its first talent report in 2012, it noted a startling decline in students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math. That’s still a concern, but COIN took a different approach with its new report Tuesday. Within the top-jobs category of careers with higher wages and growth, 55 percent are STEM-related. “What has changed from four years ago is how we look at that talent and recognize how it moves forward,” said Anna Ewing, executive director of COIN, a privately funded organization launched by Gov. John Hickenlooper in 2011. “The influx of millennials is a very impactful trend on the talent landscape. People want to come here and work from a lifestyle perspective. But that puts more pressure on housing and transportation.” COIN, which opened its two-day summit Tuesday, is less a fixer of problems than an identifier of issues. The report cites many things for the community to consider, she said. “It’s going to necessitate that employers get more creative in how they keep employees engaged,” Ewing said. “With generational differences in the workforce and cultural changes, workers want flexibility. They want technology tools and to customize their own career path.” The disconnect between traditional college degrees and employers has spurred “badging certification” programs, such as Denver’s Galvanize, which trains students to become software developers with an entrepreneurial edge that tech companies are seeking.

COIN researchers interviewed Chris Onan, co-founder of Galvanize, which has graduated 200 students. Of its data-science grads, 93 percent found a job within six months and averaged a $115,000 starting salary. Full-stack grads started at $73,000, and 98 percent found jobs within six months. The company has made efforts to reach women, veterans and minorities. It expects 500 students to go through its program this year, but that’s not enough to meet demand, said Mark Saldaña, Galvanize’s marketing manager. “Galvanize is going to have to scale (up) to meet employer demand for talent and student demand for technical skills in the coming years,” he said. “We’re partnering with organizations like IBM and (President Barack) Obama’s TechHire initiative to fill the skills gap.”

Stephan Weiler, a Colorado State University economics professor, worked on earlier COIN reports but not this year’s. He said women will be taking on more roles because more women are going to college.

BUSINESS   By Tamara Chuang, The Denver Post, Posted: 08/25/2015

See complete article here:  COIN article

A Career in Economics

A career in Economics…it’s much more than you think.

Best College Majors, Kiplinger, September 16, 2015.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/best-college-majors-career-2015-180137101.html#

 

 

Courtesy of American Economic Association.

NIST Economics Team

NIST Economics Team doc – Drs. Sammy Zahran, Harvey Cutler, Martin Shields and Daniele Tavani

The Center of Excellence for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning at Colorado State University, funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will accelerate the development of system-level models and databases that will provide the technology for enhancing community resilience in a research and development program involving three major thrusts. In addition to faculty at CSU, the team members include noted experts in resilience from the University of Oklahoma, Oregon State University, Rice University, Texas A&M University, the University of Illinois, the University of Washington, the University of South Alabama, and two minority serving institutions, California Polytechnic University, Pomona and Texas A&M-Kingsville. The decision framework created in the Center will provide a unique set of science-based measurement tools, supported by fully integrated databases and risk-informed decision methods, to optimize the design and management of individual facilities and interdependent community infrastructure systems so as to achieve resilience goals while managing life-cycle costs, thus making it possible to establish, for the first time, a business case for achieving community resilience.

Welcome Prof. Anders Fremstad

The Economics Department welcomes our newest faculty member – Dr. Anders Fremstad.

Anders

Anders is a new assistant professor of economics at CSU.  His interest in economics was first sparked by debates on issues like living wages and free trade.  After earning his B.S. in International Political Economy at Georgetown University, he spent a year volunteering at UPAVIM, a women’s cooperative in Guatemala City.  Prof. Fremstad received his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst.   He is broadly interested in economic inequality and environmental sustainability.  His current research focuses on the economic and environmental impacts of online platforms associated with the sharing economy.  This fall Prof. Fremstad will be teaching Recent Economic Thought (Econ 474).

Major Decisions: What Graduates Earn Over Their Lifetimes

Hamilton

 

There is ongoing debate in policy circles, the media, and around kitchen tables about the value of a college degree. Given the investments of time and money involved, some skeptics—and likely some students and their families—are asking if the returns to college are really worth the costs. Do college graduates tend to earn more than non-college graduates? The answer is yes. It is well-documented that on average college graduates earn more than those with less education, and our analysis presented here confirms this.  What is less understood is how earnings vary across college majors.

Brookings Institution’s Hamilton Project from their report  – “Major Decisions: What Graduates Earn Over Their Lifetimes.”

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The complete article can be found here:

http://hamiltonproject.org/papers/major_decisions_what_graduates_earn_over_their_lifetimes/