Do Human Capital Decisions Respond to the Returns to Education? Evidence from DACA

The National Bureau of Economic Research Originally Posted: Feb. 15, 2018 Highlights: How did DACA impact the educational performances of those who enrolled in it? Significantly, says SMU economics coauthor Elira Kuka. -High school graduation rates increased by 15% -Teenage births declined by 45% -College attendance increased by 25% among women READ MORE

By | 2018-02-16T11:07:12+00:00 February 16th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Faculty News|Comments Off on Do Human Capital Decisions Respond to the Returns to Education? Evidence from DACA

Sign Up to Judge at Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Calling all SMU Science faculty, staff and graduate students!  Do you remember competing in Science Fair when you were at school?  Now is your chance to sign up to judge at the 2018 Beal Bank Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair, Saturday February 24, 2018 at Fair Park in Dallas.  SMU is organizing this event for middle and high school students in Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman, and Rockwall counties.  The eligibility requirements for judging are a Bachelor’s degree or beyond in the category you judge. Family members, teachers and mentors of participating students are not eligible to judge. Sign up to judge at www.drsef.org.  Questions? Email DRSEFJudge@smu.edu.

Event: Today! Feb 14, Major and Minor Fair 10am-3pm

Brief Exposure To Charismatic Career Women Inspires Young Women To Choose Male-Dominated Field

University Network Originally Posted: Feb. 8, 2018 Top female college students were more likely to consider majoring in economics when exposed briefly to inspiring and charismatic women in the field, according to an easy and inexpensive study led by Danila Serra, assistant professor of economics at the Southern Methodist University (SMU). The study was funded by the Undergraduate Women in Economics Challenge, which was created by Harvard University economics professor Claudia Goldin to address the the gender gap in economics majors. Currently, the national average is just one female student for every three male students, with SMU falling below at one female student for every four male students. The study was conducted by Serra and Catherine Porter, associate professor of economics at Heriot-Watt University in [...]

By | 2018-02-08T08:01:47+00:00 February 8th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Faculty News|Comments Off on Brief Exposure To Charismatic Career Women Inspires Young Women To Choose Male-Dominated Field

The new tax law makes Dallas even stronger

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: February 2, 2018 The rich will get richer, thanks to the new tax law, and Texas will become an even better destination. For many years, Texas has been attracting corporations and residents from high-tax states, in part because there’s no state income tax and the cost-of-living remains relatively affordable. The new tax law will make Texas even more attractive, especially compared with California and New York. Those states, along with Chicago, provide plenty of migrants to Dallas already. Most of the individual and family savings from tax reform are going to high earners. In Texas, three-quarters of the upside will be claimed by taxpayers earning over $106,000, according to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, a "nonprofit, nonpartisan" research firm [...]

By | 2018-02-06T09:01:17+00:00 February 6th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Faculty News|Comments Off on The new tax law makes Dallas even stronger

SMU Dedman College alum looks to bring winds of change to Carolina Hurricanes

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: January 27, 2018 Dallas billionaire Tom Dundon, who may just be the busiest man in sports business, has "a way I like to see things done." That applied when he became the biggest investor in "a small family fun center" with a driving range called Topgolf. Dundon helped turn today's Topgolf into a millennial magnet with an estimated 13 million guest visits across 40 venues in 2017. And it applied with his first job after graduating with an economics degree from Southern Methodist University. With a buddy, he launched a Fort Worth burger joint, but he knew "almost instantly once it opened that that was a bad idea." The two business extremes help illustrate the modus operandi of the new majority owner [...]

By | 2018-02-01T09:46:20+00:00 February 1st, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Economics|Comments Off on SMU Dedman College alum looks to bring winds of change to Carolina Hurricanes

Please Respond with Your 2017 Published Books for Dedman College/DCII Book Fest

The 3rd annual Dedman College/DCII Book Fest, a celebration of all the books published by SMU faculty members in 2017, will be held on May 8. An invitation with an RSVP will be sent at a later date. If you are an author of a book published in 2017, please send the title and the publisher to efielding@smu.edu. Link for more information: https://www.smu.edu/Dedman/DCII/Programs/Godbey

A Message from Dean DiPiero

Join Dedman's “I ❤️ SMU” Challenge with a gift of any size today. Your donation will fuel important initiatives this spring and help SMU reach its goal of 1,000 alumni donors by February 13. The SMU Fund for Dedman College is important because it provides a strong foundation for discovery, research and achievement. Please watch the video below to learn about our priorities, and how your gifts make a real impact. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xw--9_cNJk0&feature=youtu.be Your gift to Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences enables us to continue important research and provide scholarships and fellowships to students. In essence, your support helps Dedman College shape world changers every day. Please make your gift to Dedman today.  

Female students exposed briefly to charismatic career women are inspired to pursue male-dominated field

SMU Research Originally Posted: January 22, 2018 Easy, inexpensive experiment briefly sent inspiring female role models into intro to econ classes and sharply increased college female interest in the male-dominated, well-paying field of economics. A low-budget field experiment to tackle the lack of women in the male-dominated field of economics has been surprisingly effective, says the study’s author, an economist at Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Top female college students were inspired to pursue a major in economics when exposed very briefly to charismatic, successful women in the field, according to SMU economist Danila Serra. The results suggest that exposing young women to an inspiring female role model succeeds due to the mix of both information and pure inspiration, Serra said. “The specific women who came and [...]

By | 2018-01-24T07:26:00+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Faculty News|Comments Off on Female students exposed briefly to charismatic career women are inspired to pursue male-dominated field

Hilltop Excellence Awards – Nominations Now Open!

Each Spring, members of the SMU community are invited to nominate students (as well as faculty and staff for the "M" Award - see below) deserving of recognition for the awards noted below. The award recipients are announced at the Hilltop Excellence Awards, held annually on the third Monday of April, and coinciding with the Honors Day Convocation. WHEN: January 18 – February 19, 2018 TIME: 8:30 am – 7:00 am WHERE: https://connect.smu.edu/submitter/form/start/145850 DETAILS: Nominate a deserving student, staff or faculty member for a Hilltop Excellence Award! Deadline is 7:00 am, February 19th. MORE INFO: Lydia Dale, ldale@smu.edu WEBSITE: https://www.smu.edu/StudentAffairs/StudentLife/Awards SPONSORED BY: Student Activities

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