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We are very happy to announce that two new faculty members are joining our department in the Fall of 2014.
joins us as a new Ph.D. from Berkeley. He works on development issues with special
emphasis on agriculture, including such topics as the response of agriculture to climate
change, the diffusion of technologies such as flood-tolerant rice, and the impact of
land reform on migration into and out of agricultural activities. Kyle’s work has natural
ties to research at both the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy and the Friedman School
of Nutrition, and we are very happy that faculty from both schools participated actively
in this recruitment effort. Kyle will complete his Ph.D. from the University of
California at Berkeley in June, 2014.
joins us as a new Associate Professor from William &
Mary, where she has been teaching for the past six years.
Melissa has published many papers, investigating the often
closely related issues of labor market behavior and health
care. Her papers have appeared in the American Economic
Review; the Journal of Health Economics; the Journal
of Public Economics; the Journal of Human Resources;
and the Journal of Urban Economics, among other
outlets. Melissa earned her Ph.D. at the University of
Maryland in June, 2008. She also has a Master of Public
Policy degree from Georgetown University.
We are also very pleased to welcome back former Department Chair,
Lynne Pepall who served as Dean of
the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, from
2007 through 2013, and who is spending this year as a visiting
economist at the Antitrust Division of the Justice Department.
Professor Pepall is a co-author of one of the best-selling
undergraduate texts in industrial organization (along with
Professors George Norman and Dan Richards), and is currently engaged
in research on patent policy, consumer privacy, and the economic
analysis of MOOCs.
Faculty returning from leave in 2014-15 include Professors
Ed Kutsoati (Spring),
and Jeff Zabel.
New Finance Minor!
On March 12, the Arts & Sciences Faculty voted in favor of a proposal from the
Economics Department to create a new, interdisciplinary Minor in Finance. The new
minor includes core courses in Economics, Mathematics, and Philosophy as well as
several electives related to the study of financial economics and financial markets.
The advisor for the minor is Professor of the Practice,
Chris Manos. Read the
description here. We
are very excited to offer this curriculum to Tufts students.
Professor Gilbert Metcalf elected to AERE Board of Directors
E. Metcalf, professor of economics, was elected to the Board
of Directors of the
Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE).
Founded in 1979, AERE is the international professional
association for economists working on the environment and
natural resources. In addition to publishing the top
field journals in environmental and resource economics, AERE
sponsors sessions at the annual meetings of the major economics
meetings and co-sponsors the quadrennial World Congress of
Environmental and Resource Economics.
Congratulations to Tufts econ grad Eugene Fama on his Nobel Prize!
Tufts alum and econ major, Eugene Fama, was one of three economists to
share this year's Nobel Prize in Economics. Professor Fama was a pioneer
in empirical studies of finance and his work is fundamental to the efficient
markets hypothesis as well as to precise modern models of asset prices.
We are happy to say that it started all here at Tufts economics where Fama
was an undergraduate major and 1960 alumnus. His work and its origins
from his years at Tufts are described more fully on the
section of the main university web page. However, as Professor Fama's
intellectual home, the faculty, staff, and the students of the Tufts
Economics Department wish to offer our own warmest congratulations to
Professor and fellow Jumbo, Eugene Fama for this well-deserved award!
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