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Economist Richard Jensen’s Research Finds Diverse Applications

Author: Ted Fox

Several years ago, Notre Dame biologist David Lodge approached Department of Economics Chair Richard Jensen about the possibility of one day working together in an area of particular interest to Lodge: invasive species. The pair ultimately obtained a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and are now serving as co-principal investigators, along with Lindsay Chadderton of The Nature Conservancy, on a project titled “Forecasting Spread and Bioeconomic Impacts of Aquatic Invasive Species from Multiple Pathways to Improve Management and Policy in the Great Lakes.”

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Letter From the Chair

Author: Richard Jensen

The past year was another eventful one, as the new era of economics at Notre Dame continues to unfold.

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Economist Daniel Hungerman Tests Assumptions About Faith

Author: Kevin Clarke

By many different measures, people who take religion seriously are different from the rest of society, says University of Notre Dame economist Daniel Hungerman. And different in a good way. “In fact, religiosity is the best predictor of any number of positive social outcomes,” he says. “Religious people are generally healthier, they give more to charities, they are much more likely to be involved in civic life, and they are much less likely to suffer from depression or mental illness.”

 

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Economics Research to Improve Sanitation in Africa Gets $1 Million Boost

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

Molly Lipscomb, assistant professor of economics at the University of Notre Dame, and Laura Schechter and Jean-François Houde, economists at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, hope to increase the accessibility of sanitation technology in poor neighborhoods in Dakar, Senegal. Their two-year research project is supported by a more than $1 million grant to Innovations for Poverty Action from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Geographic Information System "GIS" Day

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The University of Notre Dame’s Center for Research Computing (CRC) is hosting a half-day GIS Day Modeling Symposium on Friday, December 2nd from 11:30-5:30 p.m. at the Eck Visitors Center located near the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore. Details are available under Upcoming Events at: http://crc.nd.edu/

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Joseph Kaboski Joins Notre Dame Economics Faculty

Author: Sara Burnett

Joseph P. Kaboski brings a rare combination of skills and interests to the economics department: the ability to move between macroeconomics and microeconomics—and  experience using both areas of study to answer some of today’s most pressing questions about growth and development.

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Faculty Research Plays Role in Public Policy Debates

Author: Kate Cohorst

In recent years, research by the faculty of Notre Dame’s Department of Economics has captured attention beyond the world of higher education, sparking public policy discussions on issues from health care and education to social justice. That’s just as it should be, says Richard Jensen, professor and chair of the department. “I have long stated that our objective is to hire economists whose research has an impact not only on the economics discipline but also on important public policy debates,” Jensen says, pointing to several recent examples.

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Professor William Leahy Inspires Generations of Students

Author: Joanna Basile

Success in life often starts with a great mentor. And Professor William Leahy has been that mentor for hundreds of Notre Dame students over the last several decades, building a reputation as an exemplary instructor whose commitment to students inside and outside the classroom has an enduring influence on their lives.

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James Sullivan Wins Joyce Teaching Award

Author: Gene Stowe

Associate Professor of Economics James X. Sullivan has been named a recipient of the 2010 Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

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Professors Appointed NBER Fellows

Author: Aaron Smith

This year, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) appointed Assistant Professors Eric Sims and Abigail Wozniak as research fellows, a validation of their ongoing work in the field—and testament to the growing influence of Notre Dame’s Department of Economics.

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Economist Abigail Wozniak Researches Recession's Impact on Earnings

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Research from University of Notre Dame labor economist Abigail Wozniak shows that individuals who begin their careers during economic downturns earn lower wages than similar workers who begin careers at other times, and that negative impact lasts five to 10 years after starting work.

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Economist James Sullivan Says Official Poverty Numbers Misleading

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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.

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ADHD Misdiagnosed, Economist William Evans Finds

Author: Julie Hail Flory

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.

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