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“The Voltage Effect” with Professor John A. List

Author: Birgit Deymann

John A. List, The Kenneth C. Griffin Distinguished Service Professor in Economics at the University of Chicago presented on his book, The Voltage Effect. Please see his lecture here. Prof. List’s lecture was part of our Combs Distinguished Lecture Series which regularly brings to campus leading academics and practitioners in the field of economics to interact with our students and faculty.…

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An unpredictable career, full of purpose: How Notre Dame helped economics alumna Mary Agnes Laguatan find her place in the world through languages, service, and a global mindset

Author: Sophia Lauber

A love of language led Mary Agnes “M.A.” Laguatan ’85 to Notre Dame. Four years later, that interest had blossomed into a curiosity about the rest of the world — and a calling to live out her values in the service of others. Now an executive with the global office of Ronald McDonald House Charities, Laguatan’s time at Notre Dame allowed her to discover her place and purpose in the world, one defined by helping others and offering dignity to those in need at home and abroad.

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Economics Department Welcomes New Faculty Members

Author: Marie Revak

Three new members of the regular faculty and one visiting professor have joined the Department of Economics at the University of Notre Dame for the 2021-22 academic year. These new hires contribute to the department’s research strengths in applied microeconomics. They will also be offering exciting new courses for the department’s expanding undergraduate major.…

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Moment to See, Courage to Act Lightning Talks

Author: Marie Revak

As part of the Moment to See, Courage to Act Provost initiative, in April and May 2021, Notre Dame Economics Department faculty were invited to share their research, scholarship, or creative work with Provost Miranda and others (over Zoom) by giving a 3-minute “lightning talk.”

The lightning talk sessions featured multiple faculty each giving their own 3-minute presentation. Presenters were asked to highlight, in broad terms, three main points:…

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Seven economics undergraduates land prestigious pre-doctoral research positions, including five with the Federal Reserve

Author: Carrie Gates

Seven seniors in the Department of Economics have secured highly competitive pre-doctoral positions for after graduation — three with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, two at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, and one each at the National Bureau of Economic Research and Northwestern University's Global Poverty Research Lab. “These positions are both prestigious and highly competitive,” said Eric Sims, professor and chair of the department. “In these roles, individuals work as research assistants — and often as coauthors — with leading professional economists on cutting-edge research aimed at solving some of the most pressing issues facing society.” 

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Graduate Alumni Highlight: Eva Van Leemput, Ph.D. 2015, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Author: Marie Revak

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Eva Van Leemput, Ph.D. 2015 

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System 

I graduated from Notre Dame in 2015 and I am currently a principal economist in the International Finance Division at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, where I am part of the Emerging Market Economies (EME) section.…

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Graduate Alumni Highlight: Julio Garin, Ph.D. 2012, Associate Professor at Claremont McKenna College

Author: Thomas Davis

 

Julio Garin, Ph.D. 2012 

Associate Professor
Robert Day School of Economics and Finance at Claremont McKenna College 

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I graduated from Notre Dame in 2012 and I'm currently an associate professor in the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance at Claremont Mckenna College. 

 

 
 
 

Besides the professional opportunities, it is hard to overstate the impact Notre Dame had on my intellectual life. The training I received provided me with tools and skills that allowed me to answer questions as diverse as the environment I faced during my graduate studies. However, it did more than that, it reinforced my curiosity and eagerness for understanding aspects of human behavior that started way before I learned what a budget constraint was.

Those two aspects are quite instrumental for an individual seeking to push the frontier as well as help those inside -- our students--, to get closer to it.

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Graduate Alumni Highlight: Beth Munnich, Ph.D. 2013, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Louisville

Author: Marie Revak

 

 

 

Beth Munnich, Ph.D. 2013

Assistant Professor of Economics
University of Louisville

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At ND, I gained tools to critically and thoughtfully approach research questions, and conduct rigorous empirical studies about social issues.



 

Working directly with Economics faculty was undoubtedly the most formative part of my experience at ND. Their support and mentorship throughout my graduate work and beyond has been invaluable in helping me develop as an economist.

 

 

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Professor Bill Leahy Retires

Author: Marie Revak

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William (Bill) Leahy recently retired from active teaching and research in the Department of Economics at the University of Notre Dame. His retirement became effective July 1, 2020, at which point he assumed the status of emeritus professor of economics.

 
 
 
 
 

Bill’s retirement came after 54 consecutive years of teaching economics at Notre Dame. A triple Domer who received his BA, MA, and PhD from Notre Dame, Bill joined the faculty of the Department of Economics as an assistant professor in 1966. He was promoted to associate professor in 1969 and full professor in 1975. For many years, he served as the Director of Undergraduate Studies and/or the Director of Undergraduate Advising for economics majors.

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Jeffrey R. Campbell appointed the Frances D. Rasmus and Jerome A. Castellini Professor of Economics at the University of Notre Dame

Author: Marie Revak

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Jeffrey R. Campbell has been appointed the Frances D. Rasmus and Jerome A. Castellini Professor of Economics at the University of Notre Dame. His appointment became effective at the start of the spring semester in 2021, after having served as a visiting professor in the department in the fall semester of 2019. Campbell comes to Notre Dame after a distinguished career at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the University of Chicago, and the University of Rochester. He received his PhD in economics from Northwestern University in 1995.
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For economics alumna Grace Choi, the liberal arts encouraged exploring tangents — which led her to cooking, the Food Network, and her own recipe app

Author: Emily McConville

At Notre Dame, Choi chose to major in economics and enjoyed pursuing courses on statistics and the economics of education for her major, as well as classwork in psychology and theology. Now, after a cookbook, a doctoral degree, and a spot on the Cooking Channel, she’s using emerging technology and her extensive knowledge of the role food plays in people’s lives to reinvent the idea of a recipe.  

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Former Notre Dame economist Christopher Waller confirmed to Federal Reserve Board

Author: Carrie Gates

Christopher Waller, the former Gilbert Schaefer Professor of Economics at the University of Notre Dame, has been confirmed to the Federal Reserve’s seven-member Board of Governors in Washington, D.C. Waller, executive vice president and director of research at the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Thursday with a vote of 48-47. 

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‘I didn't know economics could be used like this’: How LEO research assistants make an impact

Author: Erin Swope

Each summer and school year, a dimly lit computer lab in the basement of Jenkins-Nanovic Hall on Notre Dame’s campus hums with the activity of undergraduate interns working to find solutions to complex, poverty-related issues. As an intern for the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities, Emily Merola ’20 helped collect data for the Catholic Charities Fort Worth's Stay the Course project and Padua program. “It was really great to be close to the actual operations of the provider and know that each data point is a person,” Merola said. “I think everybody knows, but sometimes you need that salient reminder.”

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How the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities is fighting to prevent homelessness

Author: Notre Dame News

The Homeless Prevention Call Center for the City of Chicago, currently run by Catholic Charities of Chicago, has helped thousands of families stay off the streets. Knowing funding for public programs is never guaranteed, it wanted to prove its method was cost effective and impactful. In 2012, it approached Notre Dame’s Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO) for assistance. Could LEO researchers measure the call center’s effectiveness rather than volume?

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Across three continents, research and languages are the keys to Ugandan undergrad’s success in economics and global affairs

Author: Sophia Lauber

Whether he’s studying in Uganda or France, South Africa or South Bend — or speaking English, Luganda, French, or Swahili — Trevor Lwere has one topic at the forefront of his mind. No matter where he is, the economics and global affairs major is driven to investigate what different cultures and perspectives can teach each other about forming the best society. “Every time I move to a different place, I get curious about how different societies imagine how they should be organized and how they approach life,” he said.

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Economics Department Welcomes New Faculty Members

Author: Eric Sims

Three new members of the regular faculty and one visiting professor have joined the Department of Economics at the University of Notre Dame for the 2020-2021 academic year. These additions come on top of several years of impressive growth. The department now boasts 44 members of the regular faculty, up from 34 in the 2015-2016 academic year.…

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International economics major combats poverty through researching and implementing microfinance services

Author: Ashley Lo and Carrie Gates

At Notre Dame, senior Emily Pohl found a passion for social change — and put it into action. An international economics major with a concentration in French, Pohl worked to combat the cycle of poverty by researching and implementing microfinance initiatives. She is graduating with a portfolio of real-world research experiences, a published journal article, and a position at LEK Consulting in Chicago. And it was her Arts and Letters education that empowered her to take action.

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