Comings and Goings
The Economics Department is happy to announce that
Silke Forbes will
be joining the Department this Fall as a new Associate Professor
with research interests in industrial economics, organizational
relationships, innovation and market structure. She has previously
taught at both UC San Diego and at Case Western Reserve University.
Professor Forbes received her Ph.D. from MIT after earlier
completing her MA from the University of Mannheim Her work has
appeared in the American Economic Journal – Microeconomics, the
Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, the American
Economic Review, the Rand Journal and the B.E.
Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, among others. She won
the Mather Spotlight Prize for Women's Scholarship from Case Western
in 2013, and received a grant from the NSF for her project
"Strategic Response to Public Disclosure Programs: Evidence from the
U.S. Airline Industry." We welcome Professor Forbes to the Economics
Department as well as to the greater Tufts University community.
The Economics Department also says Farewell to Professor Muthoni
Ngatia, who resigned from the Department to pursue her work at the
World Bank. Professor Ngatia's research is based on rigorous field
experiments and addresses such important topics as HIV testing,
early education choices in developing economies, the demand for
social insurance, and evaluating the impact of government
intervention in a host of social outcomes critical to development
success. The World Bank is an excellent venue for pursuing this
research and we all wish Professor Ngatia the best as she continues
her work there.
Congratulations to Yannis Ioannides
At its plenary session earlier this month, the Academy of Athens elected Yannis Ioannides,
the Max and Herta Neubauer Professor of Economics, to the honored position of corresponding
member of Greek scholars active outside Greece. In awarding this honor - the highest the
Academy gives to Greek scholars beyond the Greek borders - the Academy explicitly
recognized Professor Ioannides' "wealth of research and writing in both macroeconomics and
microeconomics." This includes four books and over 70 articles in peer-reviewed professional
journals. The Academy also noted that throughout his university career, Professor Ioannides has
continually contributed to policy debates concerning the Greek economy in both professional
papers as well as the periodical and daily press of Greece, and has been an especially active
participant in these matters since the outbreak of the economic crisis. On behalf of everyone
in the Tufts Economics Department, Congratulations to Yanni for this great honor, as well as
for the recognition that it gives to his highly-valued professional and public service.
Class of 2017
Congratulations to the Economics graduates of 2017! You have our best wishes for
your future as well as our request that you keep in touch and let us know what you're doing!
And special thanks to Debra Knox, Linda Casey, and Marcus Weir for putting together such a
super Commencement Weekend. Their excellent efforts made both the Saturday Reception and Sunday's
actual Graduation Ceremony incredibly successful. Of course, they also arranged for our excellent
weather as well. Many, many thanks to all three.
New program: Ph.D. in Economics and Public Policy
The Economics Department announces the initiation of a new
Ph.D. in Economics and Public Policy.
The program will be administered jointly by the Economics Department and the Fletcher School,
and will include two years of classwork before commencement of independent research leading towards
the completion of a thesis. We are now accepting applications to the program for the inaugural
class that will enter the program next Fall. Students already enrolled in
master's programs in either the Economics Department or the Fletcher
School may apply for entry with advanced standing. Further details
may be found on our
website or Tufts'
Graduate School website.
Daniel Ounjian Field
The newest, super-modern athletic field at Tufts has been named for former long-time
Economics Chair and even longer-time member of the Tufts faculty, Dan Ounjian, who died in 1994.
The new field, located beyond Huskins Field and next to Bello Field in the area across
College Avenue from Cousins Gymnasium, features an Astroturf surface, the fast-playing,
non-directional surface which is the gold standard for field hockey and is also equipped
with a watering system which will improve the speed of play, the roll of the ball,
and player safety. Deepest thanks to Dough Rachlin, Economics '85, who spearheaded the
fundraising effort and the many alums he encouraged to honor Professor Ounjian in this way.
Department is happy to announce that Federico Espósito, of Yale, will be joining
the Department in September, 2016. Federico specializes in the study of
international trade and finance. He will teach at both the undergraduate and
graduate levels. We are very happy to welcome Professor Espósito to Tufts
more about Professor Espósito.
The Economics Department is also happy to announce that
both David Dapice and
George Norman have been granted Emeriti status by the Trustees of Tufts College,
following unanimous votes by the Economics senior faculty. Both announced their
retirement last year with George finishing his Tufts career in December, 2015
and David finishing this past May. Both gave many years of service
throughout their distinguished careers in policy-making and economic
scholarship. Both were also thoroughly devoted to teaching and the welfare
of their students. We congratulate both David and George on their Emeriti
status. Read a brief, whimsical salute to
In an unprecedented double, Professor Jeff Zabel won this year's Economics
Department awards for both undergraduate and graduate teaching.
The undergraduate award is chosen by the Economics Society based on feedback
from undergraduate majors. The graduate award is chosen by a special committee
of graduate students, again with feedback from all doing graduate work in
economics. Each award is presented at an end-of-year luncheon and the
presentations made clear how deeply all students appreciated the commitment and
skill that Professor Zabel brings to all his teaching and mentoring. The
Economics faculty is happy to congratulate Professor Zabel for this first (but
perhaps not the last) teaching double of his career.