News Archive: 2013

Dec 19, 2013
GU PhD student is awarded Department of Labor grant for U.S. labor market study.

Congratulations to Georgetown Economics PhD student, Alison Weingarden for her recent merit-based grant by the U.S. Department of Labor. The award is the result of a competition initiated by 2013 Employment and Training Administration (ETA) Research Papers Program, and is intended to provide funds for PhD students for research projects related to employment dynamics and job training programs.

Alison’s project will examine data on layoff episodes by U.S. companies in order to investigate the timing and size of mass layoff episodes.

Sep 9, 2013
GU ECON Professor Martin Ravallion will lead Academic group focussed on inequality according to GU News.

A recent article in GU News reports that Georgetown economist Martin Ravallion was elected to lead the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality (ECINEQ). Ravallion will lead the group, which is devoted to human development issues, after serving as its president-elect for two years.

You can see the full GU News article.

May 5, 2013
GU Econ PhD student Claire Brunel receives prestigious Jordan Award

For the second straight year, The Economic Club of Washington presented its prestigious Vernon E. Jordan Jr Fellowship Award to a GU PhD student. This year’s Jordan Fellowship recipient is Claire Brunel for her winning essay, “Green Innovation and Green Imports: Links between Regulation, Innovation and Trade.” Ms Brunel follows last year’s recipient, Mauricio Villamizar, another GU PhD student. As this year’s Jordan Fellow, Ms Brunel will present her research results to The Economic Club of Washington in the Spring of 2014.

Apr 7, 2013
Joint Initiative gui²de launched by GU Econ, GPPI, and GCER.

GPPI Professors Nada Eissa and James Habyarimana and Georgetown Economics Professor Billy Jack recently launched gui²de, the Georgetown University Initiative on Innovation, Development and Evaluation. gui²de assesses the effectiveness of interventions and policies aimed at empowering individuals in developing countries through field-based research. Read more about gui²de here.

Apr 4, 2013
The 12th Annual Carroll Round is set to take place on April 18-21, 2013 at Georgetown University.

The Carroll Round Steering Committee cordially invites you to save the dates for the 12th Annual Carroll Round at Georgetown University. This year, the international economics conference will be April 18-21, 2013 with presentation sessions and speakers on that Friday and Saturday.

A formal RSVP invitation will follow in the coming weeks with details.

For more information on Carroll Round events, please visit the Carroll Round website.

Apr 4, 2013
Fall of 2013, Laurent Bouton to join GCER and GU Econ Faculty.

GCER is pleased to announce that Laurent Bouton will be joining the Economics faculty at Georgetown University. Professor Bouton received his Ph.D. from ECARES, Université libre de Bruxelles (Brussels) in 2009. After leaving graduate school, he joined the faculty of Boston University where he resided as Assistant Professor until now.

Professor Bouton specializes in Political Economy and Microeconomics. His research focuses on the effects of information imperfections under various electoral systems, including runoff elections, plurality, and approval voting. His work has appeared in a number of prestigious journals including The American Economic Review and Econometrica. According to Frank Vella, the Chair of the Economics Department, “Laurent is an outstanding young scholar and he will provide additional strength in research areas where our Department is already very strong. We are all very excited to welcome him to Georgetown.”

Mar 13, 2013
Sixteenth Annual Razin Prize.

The Graduate Committee is pleased to announce that Mauricio Tejada has won the sixteenth annual competition for the Razin Prize, for his paper “Dual Labor Markets and Labor Protection in an Estimated Search and Matching Model.” Congratulations to Mauricio and his thesis advisor Luca Flabbi.

The award ceremony will be held on April 3rd 2013, and will coincide with the annual Razin Lecture in Economic Policy by Ronny Razin (LSE). Further details will follow.

Mar 12, 2013
Professor Ronny Razin to deliver Razin Policy Lecture in April

GCER is pleased to announce GCER is pleased to announce that Ronny Razin, Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics will present the 2013 Razin Policy Lecture at Georgetown University. This year’s Razin Lecture will take place on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 from 4:00 – 6pm at McShain Large Lounge (Kennedy Hall). His talk is entitled “The Debate about Online Debates: What Can We Learn From Economic Theory”

Ronny Razin is an internationally recognized political economist whose work spans a wide range of issues and problems. Some of his best known work concerns the critical question of whether democracies aggregate information properly. In most democratic countries, voters are motivated to use the information they have to determine the winning candidate. In one of his more widely acclaimed studies, Professor Razin suggests a second motivation, one no less important: voters are motivated to use their votes to affect the policy choice of the winning candidate by influencing candidates’ beliefs. Professor Razin’s research shows how and why these two motivations may conflict to produce unsatisfactory electoral results and policy outcomes.

Professor Razin has also published several prominent papers on interest group and party formation, and on political communication. His current work studies the unusual political economics of religion, its role in voting participation, social cooperation, and policy making. This year’s Razin Prize Recipient is Mauricio Tejada for his excellent paper on: “Dual Labor Markets and Labor Protection in an Estimated Search and Matching Model”, under the guidance of Luca Flabbi.

Professor Razin is brother of the late Ofair Razin in whose honor the Lecture is named. The Razin Lecture is to be accompanied by the awarding of the Razin Prize for best research paper by an advanced graduate student. Click here for more on the Razin Prize and Policy Lecture, its background, and history.