How DACA Helps Curb Teen Pregnancy

The Atlantic Originally Posted: April 5, 2018 Research shows the program, which protects undocumented young immigrants from deportation, encourages them to stay in school and delay parenthood. Daca, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is the Obama-era policy that allows 1.3 million undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children to stay and work here legally. Those who meet the criteria are protected from deportation for a period of two years, which can be renewed.The Trump administration plunged this program into a state of uncertainty last September. First, it announced the end of daca, saying the program wouldn’t be accepting new applicants and that everyone would be kicked out of the program starting March 5 of this year. However, a series of temporary court rulings earlier this year blocked the [...]

By | 2018-04-06T03:07:44+00:00 April 6th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Faculty News|Comments Off on How DACA Helps Curb Teen Pregnancy

Former Big iDeas winner launches website for student entrepreneurs

Daily Campus Originally Posted: March 29, 2018 Alan Marull graduated from SMU in Dec. 2016 with a BA in Economics. SMU alumnus and Big iDeas winner created a website that connects student entrepreneurs with other local students to build businesses and teams. Alan Marull graduated from SMU in 2016, but he started his first business when he was a sophomore. Marull won the 2013 SMU Big iDeas Business Plan Competition with his idea for a fast food delivery service, which he ran for two years. Now he works in digital marketing and about a month ago launched a website, Findxyz.xyz. “This website is a resource to find business partners but hopefully it can grow to be a place where student entrepreneurs can go in and [...]

By | 2018-04-03T07:55:41+00:00 April 3rd, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Economics|Comments Off on Former Big iDeas winner launches website for student entrepreneurs

Study: DACA Increased Educational Attainment

Inside Higher Ed Originally Posted: Feb. 13, 2018 A new working paper released by the National Bureau of Economic Research argues that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program had a “significant impact” on the educational and life decisions of undocumented immigrant youth, resulting in a 45 percent decrease in teen birth rates, a 15 percent increase in high school graduation rates and a 20 percent increase in college enrollment rates. The researchers found differential effects by gender, with most of the gains in college enrollment concentrated among women. For men alone, the effect of DACA on college enrollment was not statistically significant. DACA, which was established by former president Obama in 2012, gave certain undocumented immigrant students who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children temporary protection [...]

By | 2018-02-20T08:57:00+00:00 February 20th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Faculty News|Comments Off on Study: DACA Increased Educational Attainment

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

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

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

Cities, Suburbs, and the New America event features high profile speakers

SMU Video Originally Posted: November 15, 2017 SMU-Cox Folsom Institute for Real Estate, the SMU Economics Center, and the Center for Opportunity Urbanism presented a lively discussion on Cities, Suburbs, and the New America, and Minorities, Immigrants, and Millennials in America’s Favorite Geography. The event featured presentations from former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros, author Joel Kotkin, and MIT Professor Alan Berger. WATCH https://youtu.be/F8Jdp0zfjes  

By | 2017-12-06T10:49:26+00:00 December 27th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Faculty News|Comments Off on Cities, Suburbs, and the New America event features high profile speakers
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