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Gebremariam 15-16 COS Diversity Award


Congratulations to Dr. Gebremeskel Gebremariam!
He has been unanimously selected as the recipient of the College of Science Diversity Award for 2015-16 for his dedication to students from all backgrounds and using his own personal experience to inspire them to appreciate what diversity means in a global sense, helping them become 21st century citizens.

Graduation 2016

Commencement 2016
Congratulations to all of our 2016 Graduates!

On Saturday, May 14, 2016, 60 Economics, College of Science and 19 Economics, College of Business Degrees were awarded along with 1 Ph.D. to Dr. Xi Chen, Tyler Flinchum and Scott Confer were named as Outstanding Seniors and Arianna Slate was named Outstanding Junior. Our honored keynote speaker was Kyle Pedrotty, Vice President of Product Management at J.P. Morgan in Boston and a 2003 graduate from our department as well! We wish all of our graduates the best of luck in their furture endeavours!

Xi Chen Defense 2016



Congratulations to Xi Chen!
The Economics department would like to extend our congratulations to Dr. Xi Chen, our newest graduate and alumnus. She graduated on May 14, 2016, having successfully defended her dissertation entitled, “Three Essays on Labor Supply in China”.
In her words, “Both male and female labor market attachement has dramatically declined in China during the last three decades as the country makes its transition from a centrally-planned to a market-oriendted economy. My research seeks to understand this mysterious declining labor force participation rate in China by studying its evolution and determination in three essays: the first essay decomposes the decline of femalte labor force participation into different sources; the second essay studies how the former employment statusof a woman’s mother-in-law affects her current labor market participation decision; and the third essay explores how the inflow of rural migrants affects the labor supply decisions of urban residents in China.”
She will be working for the forecasting team at FedEx in Memphis, TN.

Flora Li funding 2016

Congratulations to Zhuncheng (Flora) Li, a Ph.D. student in our program. She has received research funding from the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention’s Graduate Research on Violence Program for her project “Lying Aversion and Anger: Power of Communication in Conflict Resolution and Violence Prevention.”

Bahel, Ball, Sarangi – Summer Scholars 2016

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 Congratulations to Dr. Eric Bahel (PI), Dr. Sheryl Ball and Dr. Sudipta Sarangi, whose research project on strategic lying and cooperation has received a Summer Scholars Award from the Institute for Society, Culture and Environment. It is well established in economic theory that cooperation often leads to efficient outcomes. However, self-interested agents typically fail to cooperate, which generates inefficient outcomes. This lack of cooperation is illustrated by well-known economic terms such as ‘the tragedy of the commons’. Their project examines a way of increasing cooperation between self-interested agents by combining pre-play communication and the proven notion that some agents are averse to deception or inequality; and they show that the standard result predicating non-cooperation is reversed. The project also includes an experimental component allowing to test the theoretical results. Applications relate to trade negotiations, conflict resolution, resource (mis)use, waste recycling, etc.