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News Archive - Page 19

  • Call for Nominations: First IZA@DC Young Scholar Program

    Organizers: Steffen Kunn (IZA), Francis Vella (Georgetown University, GCER, and IZA)
    Place: Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA
    Date: October 22 - October 26, 2012

    The GU Economics Department and GCER join with IZA to host the inaugural IZA@DC Young Scholar Program. Its the main objective is to expose young scholars to the world's leading labor economists through a week of presentations and to give them the opportunity to collaborate on research projects with IZA Research Fellows in the DC area.

    For more details and for procedures to apply see IZA Call for Nominations.

  • GCER Fellow's Inequality Research Featured at Becker-Friedman Conference.

    Prof. Axel Anderson
    The inaugural conference on at the Becker-Friedman Institute on Measuring and Interpreting Inequality featured a plenary address by Lones Smith (U. Wisconsin), on his joint work with GCER Fellow Axel Anderson entitled "Matching with Evolving Human Capital". The paper revisits Nobelist Gary Becker's classic 1973 paper "A Theory of Marriage", adding in an important unexplored feature -- namely, that individuals are changed by their peers. When post docs take low wage temporary positions or parents pay for expensive private schooling to keep their children away from bad influences, they make a clear sacrifice of current for future welfare. Anderson and Smith's paper develops the general theory of such matching, and shows how one model simultaneously explains a myriad of time series and cross-sectional wage and matching patterns in the economy.

  • GCER Announces Intensive Econometrics Training Courses.

    As part of GCER' s mission to contribute to the quality of economic research and training in the Washington DC area we are delighted to announce a new initiative in econometric training.In collaboration with the Center for Continuing and Professional Education, GCER will offer an Econometrics intensive seminar program, with an option of earning a non-credit professional Certificate in Econometrics. Program participants may elect to take individual intensive seminars, or to take three seminars in order to earn the Certificate in Econometrics. Taught by internationally renowned economists, Georgetown's econometrics seminars are designed to be of practical and immediate use to individuals across the private and public sectors who seek tools to solve complex problems and inform both policy and practice. Each seminar includes applied experience in estimation, interpretation and evaluation of economic relationships. For more information see: Econometrics Training.

  • GU Econ Department and IZA sign collaborative agreement.

    On January 24, 2012, the Economics Department and Graduate School at Georgetown University reached a collaborative agreement with IZA,   the internationally renowned research institute focusing on labor market issues.

    The agreement was finalized on the GU campus and signed by Department and Villani Chair Frank Vella,   IZA Director Klaus F. Zimmermann,   and Graduate Dean Gerald Mara   (all pictured at left).

    The memorandum extends the existing collaborative efforts between the Econ Department and IZA and initiates a number of new programs that include formal exchanges of faculty and graduate students and jointly sponsored workshops and conferences. These initiatives will largely work through GCER in coordination with IZA.

  • Science Magazine highlights findings of Habyarimana and Jack

    Professors Habyarimana and Jack
    A recently published study by GCER Fellows James Habyarimana and William Jack on traffic fatalities in Kenya was picked up by the editors of Science Magazine. The Editor's Choice section of the January issue discusses a field experiment by Habyarimana and Jack that was shown to significantly decrease accidents involving public buses --- a serious problem on Kenyan roadways.