Economics Department prizes, 2020

The Economics Department is proud to announce academic honors and distinctions awarded to our majors during the 2019-2020 academic year. Wilde Prize In honor of Mr. Frazar B. Wilde, Chairman Emeritus of the Connecticut General Life Insurance Company (died 1985), who throughout his professional career was keenly interested in not only the highest standards of … Read more

Wesleyan Investment Group Takes 1st Place in Adirondack Cup

The student-run Wesleyan Investment Group (WIG) finished first in a six-month-long collegiate investment contest that concluded April 9.  The club is advised by Professor Abigail Hornstein, captained by Alessandro Lorenzoni ’20 and Julian Ross ’21, and includes team members Henry Carter ’22, Matt Chase ’21, Liam Downey ’22, Nicholas Keating ’22, Wei Li ’21, Andrew … Read more

ECON’s newest members of Phi Beta Kappa

The Economics Department is proud to acknowledge our majors who have been elected into Wesleyan University’s Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Spring 2020.   Congratulations!   Luke Francis Forsthoefel Jake Yi Jie Kwang Lance Forrest Lepelstat Zheng Mao Joshua Kwok Hei Ng Saki Ohashi Jesse Sage Sandler Samantha Nicole Smith Kaitlyn Elise Thomas-Franz Morgan Lindsey … Read more

Melanie Khamis mentors at CeMENT workshop

Melanie Khamis served as a senior mentor at the CeMENT Mentoring Workshop for Faculty in Non-Doctoral Programs January 5-6, 2020, San Diego, CA The CeMENT mentoring workshops are funded by the American Economic Association to help female junior economists overcome the tenure hurdle.  At the mentoring workshops, participants are arranged into small groups based on their … Read more

Rick Garcia ´60, President of The National Academy of Bolivian Economic Sciences

Economics alumnus Rick Garcia ´60, Current President of The National Academy of Bolivian Economic Sciences (Academia Nacional de Ciencias Económicas, ABCE) On September 5th, 2019, at the National Academy of Science in La Paz, Rick Garcia received congratulations from the International Community of National Academies, Universities, and High Learning Organizations of South America and Spain, … Read more

Izumi attends conference in Vienna and wins “Rookie of the Year” award

Ryuichiro Izumi attended the Vienna Macro Café Conference on October 10-12 organized by the Vienna Institute for Advanced Studies, the Vienna Graduate School of Economics, and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.  He presented his paper Opacity: Insurance and Fragility, and was chosen for the “Rookie of the year” award!  Here is a photo … Read more

2018-19 Lebergott-Lovell prize announcement

The Wesleyan Economics department is pleased to announce the winner of the 2018-19 Lebergott-Lovell prize. The department awards this prize for the best paper written for a course in the academic year that uses empirical techniques to analyze an economic problem and is named in honor of the late Stanley Lebergott and Michael Lovell, who … Read more

Prof. Brunet’s dissertation featured in Journal of Economic History

A summary Gillian Brunet’s dissertation, “Understanding the effects of fiscal policy: measurement, mechanisms, and lessons from history,” was published in the Journal of Economic History in June.  A link is here. The dissertation was completed at the University of California, Berkeley and won the Economic History Association’s 2018 Allan Nevins Prize Competition.