PhD student, Jun Nie, gets first journal acceptance

Jun Nie, a 5th year PhD student in economics at SMU, had a paper accepted for publication at the European Journal of Political Economy. The paper, coauthored with James Lake, is called “The 2020 US Presidential Election and Trump’s Wars on Trade and Health Insurance”. Jun is interested in international trade, multinational firm structure, growth and structural change. He has exciting projects on the impact of trade on technology diffusion in explaining cross-country income differences as well as the role of multinationals and foreign direct investment on services trade. Take a look at his website for more information: https://sites.google.com/view/smu-jun/home.

Dr. Kim’s research garners attention

Dr. Wookun Kim recently presented his working paper titled “Heterogeneous Local Employment Multipliers: Evidence from Relocations of Public Entities in South Korea”  in the Atlanta Fed’s Early Career Program Workshop. The authors (joint with Changsu Ko and Hwanoong Lee) estimate local employment multipliers following an episode of relocations of public entities in South Korea. They find that an introduction of one public sector employment increases the private sector employment by one unit, with employment growth in the services sector driving this increase in private sector employment. In addition to the effects being highly localized, their results imply that local employment multipliers tend to be higher in areas with predetermined characteristics that allow faster and larger general equilibrium responses to take place after the public sector shock. Here is a link to a summary, along with the other papers at the workshop: https://www.atlantafed.org/blogs/macroblog/2022/10/20/atlanta-feds-early-career-visitor-program-workshop-synopsis.

Dr. Wheaton Receive Grant from the DOJ

Congratulations to Elizabeth Wheaton, Senior Lecturer in Dedman College’s Department of Economics, will serve as PI along with co-PI’s Corey Clark, Assistant Professor in the Guildhall and Computer Science Department and Raanju Sundararajan, Assistant Professor in Statistics Department for the DOJ’s $1.187M grant in support of the SMU Human Trafficking Project. With this funding, the SMU Human Trafficking Project will build a data warehouse to securely collect, enhance, analyze, and disseminate human trafficking data and conduct human-in-the-loop machine learning via human computational gaming, statistical, and economic research that can be used for policymaking.

SMU to host the Fall 2022 Midwest Macroeconomics Meeting

The conference will take place Nov. 11-13 on SMU’s campus. The scientific committee is made up of faculty from SMU’s economics department as well as economists from the Dallas Fed’s research department.We anticipate more than 160 papers presented by authors from universities and policy institutions across the United States and around the world. Click here for the conference website.

Dan Millimet wins SMU Distinguished Professor award

Our department chair has been chosen to receive the 2022 Dedman Family Distinguished Professor Award. The award recognizes his significant research achievements and outstanding service to the university. He joins the past winners in the Economics department, Nathan Balke in 2007 and Santanu Roy in 2014. Congratulations, Dr. Millimet! Continue reading “Dan Millimet wins SMU Distinguished Professor award”

SMU instructors invited to Inclusive Teaching Academy

Beth Wheaton and Mea Ahlberg have been invited to attend and participate in the Notre Dame Inclusive Teaching Academy. This 3-day event will be held at Notre Dame and will feature a small number of instructors from Notre Dame and peer institutions. Continue reading “SMU instructors invited to Inclusive Teaching Academy”

Former SMU PhD student wins best paper prize

Ani Harutyunyan is a former PhD student in the SMU economics department who eventually earned her PhD at KU Leuven in Belgium.  A chapter of her PhD dissertation that she wrote while at SMU has been awarded the Bergson Prize by the Association of Comparative Economic Studies. This prize is given once every 2 years to best paper published during that period in the journal Comparative Economic Studies.

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