Department Highlights: 2013-2014
Commencement Message from the Chair
Once again, the Economics Department commencement was one of the
largest individual discipline ceremonies at this year's
graduation event. Over 160 undergraduates and 20 graduate
students received their degrees on a beautiful Sunday afternoon
with hundreds of family members and friends cheering them on.
The annual pre-commencement reception for students and their
relatives held at Braker Hall the day before was also a great
success. Both of these events were organized and directed by our
fantastic staff—Debra Knox, Linda Casey, and Caroline
Kalgeropoulos. I know faculty and students join me in thanking
our staff for their dedicated and efficient service in these
efforts and, indeed, for their superb work over the entire
academic year! They are the best and we are very grateful. Way
to Go Team!
Professor Garman wins Inaugural Graduate Economics
The Economics graduate students recently presented the first-ever
graduate economics teaching award to Professor David Garman.
Professor Garman (who has previously won the undergraduate Economics
Professor of the Year Award) was recognized by all the first- and
second-year graduate students for the clarity of his presentation in
the very challenging graduate econometrics and statistics classes
and for the concern he consistently showed for students' learning.
This year marks the first time the award has been presented. The
graduate students, along with faculty and staff, join in
congratulating Professor Garman on this achievement, and look
forward to future winners of this award meeting the high standards
of teaching excellence that he has set. Congratulations Professor
Hires in the Economics Department
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 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.
Professor Downes wins Economics Professor of the Year Award
The Economics Society recently presented the 2014 Professor of the Year award to
Tom Downes. This award is bestowed to an Economics
Department faculty member by the Economics Society annually. The students, along with faculty
and staff, join in congratulating Professor Downes for his exceptional teaching and dedication
to his students. Congratulations Professor Downes!
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
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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