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Army Officer Earns Economics Ph.D. in Record Time

Author: Carrie Gates

Carl Wojtaszek

Two years and nine months. That’s how long it took Army Maj. Carl Wojtaszek to complete his Ph.D. in Notre Dame’s Department of Economics—a little more than half the typical time. An assistant professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point since 2008, Wojtaszek received a prestigious, yet finite, award from the Army—full funding to pursue his advanced degree, but a three-year time limit to complete it.

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Video: Economist Ruediger Bachmann on the Causality of Uncertainty

Author: Todd Boruff

Ruediger Bachmann

“Does uncertainty drive the business cycle or vice versa: does the business cycle actually cause uncertainty?” said Ruediger Bachmann, associate professor of economics at Notre Dame. Bachmann specializes in the macroeconomics of heterogenous agents. He serves as an associate editor for the Economic Journal and as a member of the executive committee of the German Economic Association. He has done extensive work on economic uncertainty and helped establish its counter-cyclical connection to the business cycle, Bachmann says, as a “new business cycle fact.”

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Video: Economist Ruediger Bachmann on the Causality of Uncertainty

Author: Todd Boruff

Ruediger Bachmann

“Does uncertainty drive the business cycle or vice versa: does the business cycle actually cause uncertainty?” said Ruediger Bachmann, associate professor of economics at Notre Dame. Bachmann specializes in the macroeconomics of heterogenous agents. He serves as an associate editor for the Economic Journal and as a member of the executive committee of the German Economic Association. He has done extensive work on economic uncertainty and helped establish its counter-cyclical connection to the business cycle, Bachmann says, as a “new business cycle fact.”

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Notre Dame Awarded Grant from U.S. Department of Labor to Evaluate Approaches in Reducing Child Labor

Author: Meg McDermott

Eva Dziadula

The Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD) was recently awarded an $883,000 grant from the United States Department of Labor to implement an impact evaluation, determining the most effective approaches in reducing child labor. Eva Dziadula, assistant professional specialist in Notre Dame’s Department of Economics will be working closely with NDIGD throughout the evaluation.

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Senior Alex Genord Builds on Experiences Abroad

Author: Jonathan Warren

Alexandra Genord

An internship at the Vatican. A year abroad at the University of Oxford. A senior thesis on extremist recruiting in the U.S. and the Islamic state. Senior political science and economics major Alex Genord said that each of these academic feats has been made possible by her participation in the University of Notre Dame’s Glynn Family Honors Program.

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Senior Alex Genord Builds on Experiences Abroad

Author: Jonathan Warren

Alexandra Genord

An internship at the Vatican. A year abroad at the University of Oxford. A senior thesis on extremist recruiting in the U.S. and the Islamic state. Senior political science and economics major Alex Genord said that each of these academic feats has been made possible by her participation in the University of Notre Dame’s Glynn Family Honors Program.

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Letter From the Chair

Author: William Evans

This letter usually conveys the current state of the department, which is changing rapidly. In the past three years we have opened a new major (international economics), a new minor (business economics), a new concentration (financial economics); we have opened our first research center (the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities); and we are now the most popular major in the University, with approximately 600 majors. Next year alone, we will add at least four new assistant professors and a new senior professional faculty member. And we aren't stopping there.

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Letter From the Chair

Author: William Evans

This letter usually conveys the current state of the department, which is changing rapidly. In the past three years we have opened a new major (international economics), a new minor (business economics), a new concentration (financial economics); we have opened our first research center (the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities); and we are now the most popular major in the University, with approximately 600 majors. Next year alone, we will add at least four new assistant professors and a new senior professional faculty member. And we aren't stopping there.

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Notre Dame Awarded Grant from U.S. Department of Labor to Evaluate Approaches in Reducing Child Labor

Author: Meg McDermott

Eva Dziadula

The Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD) was recently awarded an $883,000 grant from the United States Department of Labor to implement an impact evaluation, determining the most effective approaches in reducing child labor. Eva Dziadula, assistant professional specialist in Notre Dame’s Department of Economics will be working closely with NDIGD throughout the evaluation.

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New Economics Faculty Bring Diverse Expertise

Author: Mike Danahey

Ruediger Bachmann

The University of Notre Dame’s Department of Economics has deepened its expertise in the areas of business cycles, healthcare, cultural assimilation, and the financial services sector with the recent hires of Ruediger Bachmann, Christopher Cronin, Felix Feng, and Eva Dziadula.

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New Economics Faculty Bring Diverse Expertise

Author: Mike Danahey

Ruediger Bachmann

The University of Notre Dame’s Department of Economics has deepened its expertise in the areas of business cycles, healthcare, cultural assimilation, and the financial services sector with the recent hires of Ruediger Bachmann, Christopher Cronin, Felix Feng, and Eva Dziadula.

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Q&A with Economist Beth Munnich

Author: Arts and Letters

Beth Munnich

Beth Munnich received her Ph.D. in economics from Notre Dame in 2013. Now an assistant professor at the University of Louisville, Munnich’s research focuses on health economics and economics of the family. This winter, she shared her thoughts on her experience at Notre Dame.

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Q&A with Economist Beth Munnich

Author: Arts and Letters

Beth Munnich

Beth Munnich received her Ph.D. in economics from Notre Dame in 2013. Now an assistant professor at the University of Louisville, Munnich’s research focuses on health economics and economics of the family. This winter, she shared her thoughts on her experience at Notre Dame.

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Economist Eric Sims Seeks Answers to Cyclical Unknowns

Author: Aaron Smith

Eric Sims

Ask 10 macroeconomists why we have recessions and you’re likely to get 10 different answers. This lack of consensus might seem frustrating, but for Eric Sims, Michael P. Grace II Associate Professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Economics, it’s also exciting.

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Economist Eric Sims Seeks Answers to Cyclical Unknowns

Author: Aaron Smith

Eric Sims

Ask 10 macroeconomists why we have recessions and you’re likely to get 10 different answers. This lack of consensus might seem frustrating, but for Eric Sims, Michael P. Grace II Associate Professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Economics, it’s also exciting.

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Study Abroad Program Leads to Overseas Career for Economics Alumnus

Author: Libby Feil

Chris Renner ’84

When first asked if he would work on the Olympics, Chris Renner ’84 jumped at the chance. The opportunity allowed Renner, who majored in French and economics in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, to combine his love of sports with his international business experience. Now based in Paris, Renner is CEO of Helios Partners, a worldwide sports marketing consulting agency.

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Study Abroad Program Leads to Overseas Career for Economics Alumnus

Author: Libby Feil

Chris Renner ’84

When first asked if he would work on the Olympics, Chris Renner ’84 jumped at the chance. The opportunity allowed Renner, who majored in French and economics in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, to combine his love of sports with his international business experience. Now based in Paris, Renner is CEO of Helios Partners, a worldwide sports marketing consulting agency.

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