Latin America and Caribbean Region of the World Bank is seeking Research Assistants

26 May


Alumna Anqi Chen co-authors brief on “Trends in Social Security Claiming”

21 May

“Trends in Social Security Claiming”

by Alicia H. Munnell and Anqi Chen

The brief’s key findings are:

  • Over the past 25 years, the average retirement age for U.S. workers has been rising, a trend that should align with when people first claim Social Security.
  • But the percentage of all initial claimants who are age 62 shows little change until recently.
  • A better metric to capture claiming behavior over time – when the population is aging – is the percentage of workers turning age 62 who claim at 62.
  • This measure, based on unpublished Social Security data, shows a steep decline in claiming at 62 since the mid-1990s: from 56 percent to 36 percent for men.
  • In short, while more than a third of workers still claim right away, a growing number are waiting until their mid-60s or later.

To download the full brief:

REMINDER: Applications for Econ 191AB (FA15/WI16) Due Friday May 22, 2015

19 May

Students interested in taking Econ 191A-B (FA 15/WI 16) with Professor Starr must submit their proposals to Kelly Escobedo via email to no later than 11:59 p.m. on May 22, 2015.

PLEASE NOTE: The Department will not offer Econ 191A in WI16 and Econ 191B in SP16.

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. If you would like more information on the Senior Essay Seminar, there is a great article in a past issue of Economics in Action where previous students reflect on the benefits they found from taking the courses (click here).

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 — small enough actually to write something worthwhile — and on an area where you’ve already completed the relevant electives. For example, you could write on “The Collapse of the Fixed Exchange Rate Regime: Bretton Woods Fails after Three Decades,” or “The Challenge of the Euro: Can a Common Currency Area Survive?” assuming you’ve taken upper division macro, upper division international trade, and upper division international finance.

The paper can be on an applied empirical topic, a theoretical topic, a policy issue, an historical topic, etc. To view recent paper topics, visit our website . 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 usually includes a sequence of steps (not necessarily in this order):

  • Topic selection
  • Literature Review
  • Consultation with expert faculty
  • Consultation with specialist librarians to identify data and literature
  • Narrowing the topic
  • Locating and managing data (for an empirical project)
  • Research Plan
  • 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 and 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.

May Programs and Events at The Basement: Entrepreneurship, Quick Pitches, eChallenge Business Plans, and more!

19 May

May Programs and Events at The Basement:

TEDx: Secret to Better Work w/Emily Loui
May 20, 1:00-2:00PM at The Basement
Facilitated discussion with Emily Loui around the secret to better work. We invite anyone interested in entrepreneurism and networking with like-minded individuals to join us at The Basement.

Hera Quick Pitch
May 21st, 6:00PM at Hera Hub
Listen to 10 exciting venture pitches from San Diego’s best and brightest ladies in a room full of female angels and women startup supporters. Stay for Dessert Deals where female funders and female founders will efficiently connect for opportunities for funding follow-ups.

Please Register here:

eChallenge Business Plan Competition
May 22nd, 5:00PM at The Basement
The Entrepreneur Challenge at UC San Diego is excited to present the 2015 $100,000 Business Plan Competition.

This year, we will be having finals in two categories; Technology and Bio/Medical Sciences. Semi-finals will be on May 22nd in The Basement, UC San Diego’s newest entrepreneurial center, located at Mandeville Center.

Register here:

Women in Technology and Engineering Panel Discussion
May 27th, 3:00PM – 4:30PM at Career Services Center, Horizon Room
Please join Women in Science & Engineering and Graduate Women in Science & Engineering for a Panel Discussion on Women in Technology and Engineering. The panelists are: Dr. Jane Moores (Assistant Vice Chancellor Technology Transfer), Dr. Tajana Simunic-Rosing (Professor CSC-ECE), and Dr. Marian Stewart-Barlett (Founder and Lead Scientist Emotient Inc.)

For more information please visit here:

Evening with Expert: Babak Forutanpour
May 28th, 6:30PM at The Basement
Topic: From a Napkin Sketch to a Successful Kickstarter

In this presentation, Babak Forutanpour will share his motivation for wanting to create the world’s best ball, and how he took the idea through several rounds of prototyping, to finding a manufacturing partner overseas, to launching a successful Kickstarter, to having Arya Ball picked by NBC Today Show as Hot New Toy for 2014, to landing a deal with Daymond John of ABC’s hit TV show Shark Tank, all in one year. Babak will explain the principles behind the lean start up model, value of patents, importance of guerrilla marketing, and why you don’t have to quit your day job to be an entrepreneur.

Startup Weekend Los Angeles
May 29th through May 31st, 6:30PM in Los Angeles

Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs.  Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations.  Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurials. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education.  Whether you are looking for feedback on a idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

Register here:

The Basement
UCSD Alumni & Community Engagement

TODAY – Undergraduate TA Informational 5/13/15, 4-5 p.m. in ECON 300

13 May

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City Internships’ 2015 global internship program

13 May

City Internships’ global internship program provides an educational, immersive experience and is structured around an eight-week internship placement with a leading company in your chosen field, alongside weekly career seminars, resume workshops, professional networking events, social evenings and weekend excursions.

By taking part in the City Internships global internship program you’re guaranteed to meet inspiring people from across the world, develop a strong professional network and learn skills that will fast-track your career.

Advance your career. Join weekly career seminars, resume workshops and networking events.
Travel the world. Sign up to the global internship program in London, New York or Los Angeles today.
Challenge yourself. Fast-track your career and discover global opportunities.
Define your future. Secure meaningful work experience in the banking, law, creative or technical industries.

Internship placements are available in banking and financial services, law, IT and technology and marketing, advertising and PR.

City Internships runs programs in spring, summer and fall. The summer program is open for applications until Monday 18th May – sign up now!

Visit to learn more. To apply, visit

Information Session: UC/DC Program 5/14/15

11 May

UCDC general-flyer


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