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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Klaus Desmet on Vox: Facebook and gender gap in preferences

Klaus Desmet’s research has been featured recently in both a VoxEU column and a VoxTalk podcast! The basic question Klaus and his co-authors investigate is whether women and men more similar in their preferences in more gender-equal societies. Continue reading “Klaus Desmet on Vox: Facebook and gender gap in preferences”

Dan Millimet blog post on

Anyone who has sat in more than a few departmental seminars and presentations in the Economics department at SMU knows that Dan Millimet’s favorite subject matter is how measurement error affects the ability of empirical researchers to infer causal relationships from data. So, it’s no surprise that he has a new blog post on this issue for

PhD student Shuo Qi wins Cobb Fellowship

Shuo Qi received the 2021 Cobb Fellowship after the Economics Department faculty voted that her third year research paper was the strongest among her fellow classmates. The fellowship provides funding for the 4th year of the PhD program and removes any teaching assistant or research assistant responsibilities so the recipient can focus as much as possible on their dissertation progress. Continue reading “PhD student Shuo Qi wins Cobb Fellowship”

AEA podcast on Klaus Desmet’s climate change research

How might migration help in the world’s response to climate change? Listen to this episode of the AEA podcast series to hear Klaus Desmet explain how his research shows that migration is likely to play a key role in mitigating the economic damage of global warming and rising sea levels.

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Woo Kim’s research in Vox

Woo Kim, a first-year Assistant Professor, has written a piece in VoxChina about his research into the Korean government’s baby bonus program. In the early 2000s, the Korean government began giving cash payments to parents of newborn babies that depended on where a family lived, when they had their baby and how many children they already had. Continue reading “Woo Kim’s research in Vox”