RA positions in Stanford and Washington DC for 2017-18 (deadline to apply: March 1)

24 Feb

John Friedman, Nathaniel Hendren, and Raj Chetty are looking to hire several students for their Equality of Opportunity Project pre-doctoral fellows program. These positions will be based either at Stanford or in Washington DC for academic year 2016-17.

They are looking for students to work with them for 1-2 years after they graduate from college (or a Masters program). In addition to working closely with them as research assistants, the pre-doctoral fellows typically co-author papers with other students or faculty. The program thus serves as a good bridge between college and graduate school for students interested in applied microeconomics.

Further details and application instructions are available in the attached document or this website.

They are accepting applications until March 1, 2017.


CRASSH – Conference for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities – March 17, 2017 – Register to Present or Attend!

24 Feb

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Economics Roundtable – March 13, 2017 Kenneth Rogoff Presents “The Case for a Less-Cash Economy”

23 Feb

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More information: http://economics.ucsd.edu/events/economics-roundtable/

Register online: http://www.alumni.ucsd.edu/s/1170/index.aspx?content_id=10176&gid=1&pgid=7400&sid=1170



22 Feb

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Workplace Technologies Research Inc. Internship Program

22 Feb

Exciting Internship Opportunity at Workplace Technologies Research Inc.

WTRI is seeking between 2 to 4 undergraduate interns who would like an opportunity to help propel this company forward while at the same time building up their own resumes with research experience on major client projects and the potential to be a co-author on a research paper in cognitive science of business.  This opportunity would be particularly beneficial to those students who expect to continue their education at the graduate level or who wish to have exposure to actual commercial work with clients.  Preference will be given to cognitive science, economics or business majors.   Quantitative skills or programming experience are a plus.  Experience with Virtual Worlds is a plus.

WTRI is a company started by university academics in order to create a venue for applying cognitive science  and economic modeling to research on decision making and performance to problems in organizations and companies.   The research of WTRI principals had become known in the industry and many clients such as IBM, Siemens, most of the major mining companies and some large pharma companies have taken advantage of their expertise.  We have also published a number of papers in academic journals and books on the topic of the cognitive science of work and business and economic modeling for business simulations.

Compensation is $12-$15 per hour for up to 20 hours a week.  Each intern also receives a certificate showing that the student was selected for a National Science Foundation internship award with the award number and name of the research program.

WTRI is seeking individuals who are mature, inquisitive, reliable, self-directed and find the subjects of cognition, economics and business interesting.   Skills in statistical programs and advanced mathematics or mathematical modeling are a plus.  The company culture is relaxed with a belief in open communications among colleagues so a sense of humor is an advantage.  Interns are treated as key members of the WTRI team, may have opportunities to travel with the research teams and will be taught important research skills and will have the opportunity to interact with clients.

If you have an interest in one of these internship positions contact:

WTRInc.  www.wtri.com

Email a resume to dlehmann@wtri.com and lia@wtri.com  with “WTRI Internship Program” in the subject line.


USDA 2017 Summer Internship Program

21 Feb

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Look for this elective in SPRING 2017! ECON 182 – Topics in the Israeli Economy

15 Feb

Look for this elective in SPRING 2017

ECON 182 – Topics in the Israeli Economy

Professor Adi Shany

Here is what students who are currently enrolled in ECON 182 have to say about it:

  • This class is very informative, as it gives an extensive background about Israel’s economic history. It’s an analytical course, without involving math, which is ideal for students wanting to learn about how real-work events and policies effect the economy of one small country.
  • This class helps to put into context all the economic theories we have learned so far in the other courses. It also shows how the theories playout in real life situations, backed by actual data.
  • Because I don’t know a lot about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this class is extremely helpful. Not only is it extremely relevant to the current events but it is also an interesting natural study of a small real economy.
  • Topics in the Israeli Economy are very relevant and applicable case study of how a small country’s economy works. You will learn about Israel’s relations with its surrounding countries and the effects war and immigration have on the economy via graphs and economic data, not having to worry about calculations and formulas.

Class will be held on TU/TH from 2:00-3:20pm.  Section ID # 906260

Course prerequisite:  ECON 100C (please send VAC message to be cleared to add class)

Class will count as an Advanced Elective for the Economics major, and a Standard Elective for our other two majors.