We are excited to share that a new degree will soon be available in the Economics Department. The Bachelor of Science in Economics and Quantitative Methods has received final approval from Indiana’s Commission on Higher Education, and we expect that current IU students will be able to declare it for their major as early as the Spring 2023 semester. Students pursuing this degree will acquire a unique set of skills that combine applied quantitative methods with economic reasoning facilitated by the core economics curriculum. Detailed information on degree requirements and degree maps will be available soon.
The IU Department of Economics is announcing with sadness the passing of Berthold Herrendorf (google.com), an alumnus of our Horstmann Fellowship and MA program, 1989, an accomplished macroeconomist and professor of economics at Arizona State University: https://www.econjobnews.com/macroeconomist-berthold-herrendorf-dies-aged-58. As a tribute to his impact on many PhD students, we are posting a link to the notes of his mini-course “How to Make Academic Presentations” of impressive practical value and intellectual insight.
IU Economics faculty member Volodymyr Lugovskyy, IU Informatics faculty member Patrick Shi, and IU Economics Ph.D. student Austin Knies have been awarded research funding from the IU Social Science Research Commons. This funding will support their research project “Social and Neighborhood Determinants of Healthcare: Medical Appointments No-Show Rates in Urban and Rural Indiana.”
IU Economics faculty member Emerson Melo has been awarded funding from the IU Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) supporting his research relating to The Bloomington Symposia on Contagion. Professor Melo participated in the IAS virtual workshop, where according to their website “… interdisciplinary scholars from the IUB community engaged the epistemological, methodological, and conceptual challenges that attend research (theoretical or applied) on contagion.” He presented his research in the section of the workshop entitled Coordination, Networks, Information Processing, and Public Policy: The Case of COVID-19.
Professor Melo has also been awarded funding by the IU Institute for Advanced Study to participate in the 2022-2023 Recently Tenured Working Group. He is among twelve associate professors selected from a pool of strong candidates. The purpose of the program is to assist recently tenured faculty in assembling a successful multi-year research plan.
Professor of Economics Daniela Puzzello has been awarded funding by the Faculty Research Support Program, a highly competitive program at the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. This funding will support her research project “Central Bank Digital Currency and Financial Inclusion.” In this project, Daniela and her collaborators will use survey methods to examine the main reasons why many individuals do not use or underutilize banking services in the U.S. The findings from this research will help guide the design of CBDC’s features and implementation choices, with special emphasis on designs that can best address the needs of the unbanked and underbanked.
IU Economics 1993 PhD alumnus Krishna Srinivasan has been appointed Director of the Asia and Pacific Department at the International Monetary Fund. He has more than 27 years of experience at IMF. Read the press release here.
PhD alumnus Brian Peterson has been named Vice President for Academic Affairs at LaGrange College. Currently serving as Senior Associate Academic Dean at Central College in Pella, Iowa, Dr. Peterson comes to the post with nearly 30 years of experience in higher education. Read the news release here.
The Department congratulates Kosali Simon, Herman B Wells Endowed Professor at the Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs and Adjunct Professor of Economics on her promotion as Indiana University Distinguished Professor.
We are happy to announce that Dr. Justin Barnette will join our faculty as a Senior Lecturer in the Fall of 2022.