Summer 2022 Newsletter
Letter from the chair
With the summer upon us, the corridors quiet, and our faculty and students scattered across the globe, we can take a few moments to reflect on the past year in the Department of Economics.
Welcome New Faculty
The department is thrilled to introduce the newest members of our faculty. This year's hiring season produced talented individuals who will undoubtedly go on to enrich and broaden the field of economics and our department.
Faculty Summer Reading List
From a Hugo Award winning sci-fi trilogy envisioning the development of human society on Mars to a book debunking pervasive myths about immigration, our faculty have some thought-provoking titles for the summer.
Q&A with Molly Schnell
Molly Schnell is an Assistant Professor of Economics and a fellow at the Institute for Policy Research. Her work centers on health care and industrial organization, focusing on understanding the causes and consequences of provider behavior, specifically in regards to the opioid crisis. Molly's recent work on the economic impact of school shootings has been featured on the Probable Causation podcast and in The Conversation.
Since 1975, the Congressional Budget Office has produced independent analyses of budgetary and economic issues to support the Congressional budget process. Each year, the agency’s economists and budget analysts produce dozens of reports and hundreds of cost estimates for proposed legislation. Josh Varcie '19 has been working with CBO as an Assistant Analyst since 2021. In this Q&A, Josh reflects on his time at Northwestern and how his Economics degree prepared him for his current role.
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Congratulations to the class of 2022! This year, we were able to will celebrate with a small, in-person ceremony with remarks from Mark Witte, Joe Ferrie, and James Hornsten.
Our student groups have been productive this year planning events and initiatives for their fellow economics students including interviews with alumnae, senior-junior coffee chats with first and second-year students, and a virtual economics quiz bowl.
We wish all of our graduate students success as they continue their teaching and research pursuits at fine institutions and firms throughout the world.
Our department is looking forward to welcoming our incoming class to the Ph.D. program in the fall!