Summer Newsletter 2019
Letter from the Chair
I hope you are all having a productive and enjoyable summer. I’m looking forward to the new academic year and to welcoming our new faculty member, Molly Schnell, as well as our new class of graduate students. The past year has been a good one for the department.
New Faculty Member
Molly Schnell received her Ph.D. from Princeton University and works on health care and industrial organization. Much of her research focuses on understanding the causes and consequences of provider behavior. Schnell will teach Public Finance in the Winter Quarter.
Q&A with Professor Matthias Doepke Regarding His New Book, Love, Money, and Parenting: How Economics Explains the Way We Raise Our Kids.
"Unlike other parenting books, our does not take the perspective that parents are doing it wrong, and that we know how to do it right. Our view is that, by and large, parents are doing right by their children, but also that their choices are shaped in large part by the environment they live in."
We wish all of our graduate students success as they continue their teaching and research pursuits at fine institutions and firms throughout the world.
The department welcomed over 300 students and their guests to our Annual Graduation Lunch and Awards Ceremony. Department Chair Lawrence Christiano and Professors Mark Witte and Lori Beaman awarded our distinguished students the Frederick S. Deibler Awards for Excellence in Economics, the Robert Eisner Award for Undergraduate Research, the Frederick S. Deibler Awards for Distinguished Honors Thesis, and Departmental Honors.
Undergraduate Student Spotlight
The Northwestern Economics Tournament (NET) hosted its third annual tournament on Saturday, April 6 at the Kellogg Global Hub. The event, sponsored by the Department of Economics, hosted 16 high school teams from the Chicagoland area, Minnesota, and Ohio to participate in a day filled with quiz bowls and lectures from our distinguished faculty and Ph.D. students. New Trier High School in Winnetka, IL placed first in both the Power Round and Quiz Bowl. Congratulations to the winning team and all the teams that participated!
Associate Professor Lori Beaman ’99 moderated a spirited discussion with panelists Susan Bies Ph.D. ’72, Sonya Brown ’94, Amelia Chen ’10, and Michelle Story-Stewart ’92 on Friday, April 19 at the Kellogg Global Hub. The event, sponsored by the Department of Economics and the Waldron Student-Alumni Connections Program, aimed to challenge undergraduate students to think about the different paths an economics degree can lead to and how to use challenges and failures to build resilience.
Susan Bies Lecture
Thomas Piketty, Paris School of Economics and School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, delivered the Susan Bies Lecture on April 18. His lecture title was "Rising Inequality and Globalization."
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Mortensen Nobel Prize
The Department of Economics was honored to receive and display the Nobel Prize medal, donated by the Mortensen family, at a dedication held in February where family, friends, colleagues and former students of the late Dale T. Mortensen attended.
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