The official poverty report the U.S. Census Bureau releases on September 16 is expected to show that the number of Americans defined as poor in 2009 increased by 2 to 3 percentage points—the largest year-to-year increase of the past 50 years. But those figures don’t tell the whole story, says University of Notre Dame economist James Sullivan.
From the late 1980s to the early 2000s, the rate of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) diagnosis soared 500 percent. Today, five to 10 percent of all U.S. children between the ages of six and 18 have been diagnosed with ADHD. But according to a recent study led by University of Notre Dame Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Economics William Evans, 1.1 million children may have been misdiagnosed.
While others might be content to resign their retirement years to blazing Floridian sunsets or skill development on the putting green, Robert Flood is bringing a lifetime of real world experience at the International Monetary Fund to the department's faculty.
With the recent financial crisis and recession much in the news, rarely has a career in economics seemed so relevant. However, the department's vibrancy in 2009 also reflects substantial long-term growth in interest from undergraduates.
Senior Joshua Garrett began his studies at Notre Dame considering a life ahead as an engineer, but two introductory economics courses changed his thinking. Impressed with the caliber of the teaching and his classmates—and engaged by the intricacies of the subject matter—Garrett jumped ship into economics. He has not been disappointed.
A $38,000 per year fellowship at Yale will see 2008 graduate Kevin Baker through to his Ph.D. in economics by 2013. He has already completed what was a challenging first year and gives a great deal of credit for his success to his undergraduate studies.
Between them, William Evans, Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Economics, and Assistant Professors Kasey Buckles and Daniel Hungerman won four multiyear grants from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Russell Sage Foundation for projects initiated from 2006 to 2009.
As it welcomed IMF veteran Robert Flood to the faculty this fall, the Department of Economics and Econometrics also added three assistant professors to its T&R cohort.
In the last few years, Department of Economics and Econometrics faculty have been recognized with several research grant awards from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD, part of the National Institutes of Health) and the Russell Sage Foundation.
Late last year, Associate Professor James Sullivan and the University of Chicago's Bruce Meyer published an article in the American Economic Review related to their ongoing research into ways to measure and improve the well-being of poor families.
This past June, Christopher Waller, Gilbert F. Schaefer Professor of Economics, went on loan to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, beginning a two-year term as a senior vice president and the director of research.
The Lawrence J. Lewis Award is named in honor of Lawrence J. Lewis, a successful businessman and very active community volunteer whose first retirement project was to enroll at Notre Dame and receive his undergraduate degree at age 67 in 1983.The second award is the John Sheehan Award, named in honor of Professor John Sheehan, former chair of the Economics Department. The third award is the Weber Award is named in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore S. Weber, University Benefactors from Fairfield Connecticut.
The Federal Reserve’s half-point interest rate drop to 4.75 percent – a move intended to boost consumer confidence and blunt the economic damage from slumping housing and credit markets – actually was a bid to rescue ailing financial institutions, according to a University of Notre Dame economist.
Renowned economist William Evans from the University of Maryland has accepted an appointment at the University of Notre Dame as the first recipient of a Keough-Hesburgh Professorship, the innovative new program created to attract world-class scholars who demonstrate a commitment to Notre Dame’s Catholic mission.
Weber Award for Highest Academic Average
The Weber Award is named in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore S. Weber, University Benefactors from San Francisco, California. This award is given to the graduating economics major with the highest academic average. The 2008 winner of this award was Nicholas Kuhar.…
Steven Cartwright, a University of Notre Dame junior from Pittsburgh, has been awarded the Richard J. Wood Student Community Commitment Award by Indiana Campus Compact.
Cartwright was honored for his record of service and determination to positively affect the Notre Dame and South Bend communities at the fifth annual Student and Faculty Service Learning Conference held at Purdue University. He was nominated for the Wood Award by Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.…
Five University of Notre Dame students are the recipients of the 2007 Vincent P. Slatt Fellowship awards for undergraduate research in the field of energy systems and processes, according to Joan F. Brennecke, Keating-Crawford Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.
Michael Rossmann, a double major in theology and economics from Iowa City, Iowa, has been named valedictorian of the 2007 University of Notre Dame graduating class and will present the valedictory address during Commencement exercises at 2 p.m. May 20 (Sunday) in the Joyce Center arena.
Rossmann earned a 4.0 grade point average and was a member of the Dean's List each semester. He also is a member of Notre Dame's Arts and Letters Honors Program, International Scholars Program sponsored by the University's Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Theology Honors Program, and Omicron Delta Epsilon Economics Honors Society.…
The Governor's Fellowship provides a unique experience in Indiana state government. The program is highly selective, recruiting talented young men and women from across the state who will serve in various state agencies on a rotating basis over the course of twelve months. Fellows participate in the daily activities of state government, complete special projects, travel to observe how work in the Capitol translates into action throughout the state, and experience firsthand how policy is made.…