Mathematica Policy Research is Recruiting College Graduates!

26 May

Mathematica Policy Research is recruiting college graduates at all levels who are highly motivated to help improve public well-beingthrough the highest quality research. We seek graduates who are interested in contributing to work ranging from quantitative data analysis to focus group management for qualitative studies to project management and budget analysis.

For more than four decades, Mathematica has been dedicated to conducting objective, rigorous, evidence-based research to help improve the lives of our nation’s—and our world’s—most vulnerable citizens. Our staff include national leaders recognized for their contributions to shaping policy in:
Health; Education; Early Childhood; Family Support; Nutrition; Labor; Disability; International Development; Data Analytics

INTERESTED? Contact our Human Resources department or visit our website at  for information on becoming part of the team.

The Council of Economic Advisers is Recruiting for Staff Economist, Research economist, and Research Assistant

26 May

The Council of Economic Advisers is recruiting for all “junior economist” positions, including: Staff Economists, Research Economists, and Research Assistants for the upcoming academic year and interns for the upcoming semester.

Full position descriptions are here:

Full-time Research Assistant at Penn

26 May

The Behavioral Ethics Lab (BeLab), led by Dr. Cristina Bicchieri, is seeking to hire a highly skilled and motivated individual to work as a full-time research assistant beginning in the summer of 2017. Dr. Bicchieri is an expert in social norms and conducts research at the intersection of philosophy, economics, and psychology. Our group includes behavioral economists, psychologists, network analysts, game theorists, applied mathematicians, and philosophers. This is an excellent position for those who are seeking to be exposed to a vibrant research environment, for example in preparation of a graduate degree or a research career in the private sector. The research specialist would help out with many elements of our lab’s research activity. Responsibilities include (but are not limited to) programming lab and online economics experiments and surveys, collecting, cleaning, and analyzing data, as well as writing up results.
Please apply before May 31, 2017. The position would start in the summer of 2017, and review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Highly motivated and qualified applicants should submit a CV/resume and a cover letter that outlines research interests, skills, and experience. Be ready to supply at least 2 letters of recommendation upon request.
-B.S. or B.A. in social or cognitive sciences with a strong quantitative background (minor or higher in economics preferred) and 0 year to 1 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
-Experience programming (i.e., zTree, Python, etc).
-Proficiency in statistical methods and software (e.g., R, STATA, etc).
-Excellent writing skills.
-Flexible and independent thinking, self-organization, and the ability to self-motivate.
-Strong interpersonal skills.

-The link to the application can be found at

ECON 191A-B Information Session & Application Information – May 17th

17 May

ECON 191A-B Information Session & Application Information

Students interested in taking Econ 191A-B (FA 17/WI 18) with Professor Cullen must submit their proposals to Kelly Escobedo (in Sequoyah 245) or via email to no later than 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 28, 2017.

The Senior Essay Seminar (Econ 191A-191B) is for those of you with superior records in the Department of Economics who would like to build on your training through the pursuit of a research topic in the field of your choice. This research is likely to be the most engaging, stimulating, and memorable part of your undergraduate training. Completion of these two courses is part of the requirement for majors wishing to graduate with the phrase “with highest distinction” on their diplomas.

We will be holding an Information Session to discuss what to expect in the course and what we look for in the proposal, on Wednesday, May 17th at 4:00-4:45pm in Sequoyah Hall 147.

Students must take both Econ 191A and Econ 191B with the same professor to receive credit. These classes are typically taken by students in their senior year as a certain amount of knowledge is required to be successful in a research project.

Enrollment in this class is limited, to assure participating students close contact with the faculty supervisor. The first step in applying for the class is to propose a research topic. The topic should be focused, so that it is possible to tackle and to write something worthwhile. Working on an applied empirical topic is encouraged, since this will give you valuable hands-on experience managing data and conducting empirical analysis. The typical completed paper will run 7500 – 10,000 words. You can review some of the most successful papers written in previous years in SH 245.

The research process includes a sequence of steps (not necessarily in this order):

  • Topic selection
  • Consultation with specialist librarians to identify data and literature
  • Literature review
  • Data acquisition
  • Topic refinement
  • Devising specific research plan in consultation with expert faculty
  • Managing data and conducting analyses
  • First draft
  • Completion

Class meetings will focus on research methods, introduction to library resources, student presentations of work in progress including class discussion. Attendance will be required. Final papers will be reviewed for originality using

Enrollment in the senior essay seminar is limited to students with high GPAs who show promise for conducting original research. If you are interested in these classes, please write a short (500 words is adequate) proposal of a research topic, making sure to explain why it is interesting. Your proposal should represent a real attempt to plan your work, but there will be no penalty if you later decide to depart from it. In the event that the class is oversubscribed, your proposal, your overall record, and possibly an interview with the instructor, will be used to decide who is admitted.  Please include your name and student ID number on the proposal. Admission decisions will be made by Monday, June 5.



15 May

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ECON 191A/B Information Session 5/17/17 Find Out How to Apply for Our SENIOR ESSAY SEMINAR (FA17-WI18)…

9 May

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2017 UCLA Summer Courses

8 May

Summer is approaching and some of you may be returning to the Los Angeles area. With that in mind, Vice Chair Famulari has reviewed the courses offered at UCLA which can be taken for UCSD Economics Credit as listed below (note, you will need to contact UCLA Summer Session for information on enrolling in their courses):

These courses have been approved for Summer 2017 only. Courses taken other terms must be petitioned on a course by course basis.

The Department of Economics reviews ONLINE courses by exception only.  In addition to reviewing course content to determine if the course material is equivalent to the material offered in UC San Diego economics classes, the Department of Economics reviews the methods used to ensure the academic integrity of exams.  The Department does not accept online courses that only use a secure server and password to ensure the academic integrity of exams.

An example of online courses the Department accepts for credit are those with content comparable to our own classes and on-campus, proctored exams.


UCLA Course                                                   UCSD Equivalency

Econ 1 Principles of Economics                          Econ 1

Econ 2 Principles of Economics                          Econ 3

Econ 102 Macroeconomic Theory                    Econ 110A

NOTE: UCLA’s course may use a different text than UCSD’s, we recommend reviewing the first part of the UCSD textbook before taking UCSD’s 110B.)

Econ 103 +   Econ 103L                                        Econ 120B

NOTE: Introduction of Econometrics (Econ103) and Econometrics Laboratory (Econ 103L) must be taken together to receive credit. Also, UCSD’s Econ 120A should be taken before taking the UCLA courses.UCLA’s course may use a different textbook than ours, students will need to review Stock and Watson before taking UCSD’s Econ 120C.)

Econ 106F Finance                                                 Econ 173B

Econ 106G Introduction to Game Theory       Econ 109

Econ 122 International Finance                         Econ 103

Econ M134 Environmental Economics             Econ 131

Econ 160 Money and Banking                             Econ UD Elective

If you choose to take one of the courses listed above over the summer, simply save your syllabus and coursework and bring it with you when you return in the fall. Once your summer grade has posted, send a copy of your official UCLA transcript to UCSD Admissions and wait for the course to post to your academic history. When the course appears on your UCSD record, bring your syllabus and saved coursework to our office and file a formal petition.

Note: The above courses have been approved. All other UCLA Economics 2017 summer courses offered will not be accepted for UCSD Economics credit because they are not a good fit with our curriculum.

Please note that the Department of Economics has a residency requirement for department majors.  To receive a bachelor of arts degree in Economics (EN25), no more than four upper-division courses taken externally from UC San Diego can be counted toward  the major. To receive a bachelor of science degree in Management Science (EN26), no more than six upper-division courses taken externally from UC San Diego can be counted  toward the major. To receive a bachelor of science degree in Joint Mathematics-Economics (EN28), no more than three upper-division courses taken externally from UC San Diego can be  counted toward the major.

If you have any questions, please contact an advisor via the Virtual Advising Center (VAC).