2014-15 PhD JOB MARKET CANDIDATES
Award given toThe Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis
The MacArthur Foundation has given a 3-year $225,000 award to The Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis, edited by Glenn Blomquist and William Hoyt. The award is to assist in the growth of the journal and its focus on the use of and need for the practice of benefit-cost analysis in the evaluation of public policies and programs.
Jenny Minier presents at LSU
Jenny Minier presented "Austerity and Exports," at Louisiana State University on November 14th. The paper is co-authored with Josh Ederington (University of Kentucky), Rishav Bista (University of Kentucky, Ph.D. 2012), and Brandon Sheridan (University of Kentucky, Ph.D. 2012).
Ph.D. student recognized for teaching
Anna Maximova (University of Kentucky Ph.D. student) was named Delta Zeta Sorority's Professor of the Month.
Carlos Lamarche's research presented in Kansas, Tennesse, and California
Carlos Lamarches research was presented at the University of Kansas, University of Tennessee, and the California Econometrics Conference hosted by the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He presented joint work with Matthew Harding (Duke University) titled "Penalized Quantile Regression with Semiparametric Correlated Effects: An Application with Heterogeneous Preferences" and "Sparsity-Based Estimation of a Panel Quantile Count Data Model with Applications to Big Data."
Presentations by University of Kentucky Faculty, Alumni, and Ph.D. Students
Several University of Kentucky Faculty, Alumni, and Ph.D. students will present at the Southern Economics Association Meetings. These meetings will be held in Atlanta, GA on November 22nd through the 24th. Also, several alumni and faculty have presented at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) held in Albuquerque, NM on November 6th through the 8th.
For a complete list of these presentations click here.
Aaron Yelowitz presents at University of Cincinnati
Aaron Yelowitz presented his paper, "Health Insurance, Fertility, and the Wantedness of Pregnancies: Evidence from Massachusetts" (co-author Maria Apostolova) on Friday, November 7, in an Economics Department seminar at University of Cincinnati.
Paper published in Journal of Health Economics
Aaron Yelowitz's paper (join with James Marton and Jeffrey Talbert), "A Tale of Two Cities? The Heterogeneous Impact of Medicaid Managed Care" appeared in the July 2014 issue of Journal of Health Economics.
Paper published in Economics Letters
Tim Harris and Aaron Yelowitz's paper "Is There Adverse Selection in the Life Insurance Market? Evidence from a Representative Sample of Purchasers" appeared in the September 2014 issue of Economics Letters.
Aaron Yelowitz speaks to Louisville City Council on Minimum Wage
Aaron Yelowitz discussed the likely impacts of Louisville's proposed citywide minimum wage ordinance in front of the Louisville Metro Government Labor & Economic Development Committee on Oct. 30, 2014. To see the full council meeting click
Economics Society President named Homecoming Queen
The Economics Department congratulates Lee Foster, senior Economics major and the President of the Economics Society, on being crowned the 2014 University of Kentucky Homecoming Queen. Roshan Palli, a mathematical economics and economics major, was also nominated for Homecoming King. Read more about Lee and Roshan here.
Paper to be published in the Southern Economic Journal
The paper by Aaron Yelowitz (and James Marton of Georgia State University), "Health Insurance Generosity and Conditional Coverage: Evidence from Medicaid Managed Care in Kentucky" is forthcoming in the Southern Economic Journal.
Ken Troske presents at Western Kentucky University
Ken Troske presented his paper, "Labor-Market Returns to the GED Using Regression Discontinuity Analysis", (co-authors Christopher Jepsen and Peter Mueser) on Friday October 17th, in an Economics Department seminar at Western Kentucky University.
Jim Ziliak appears on "PBS Newshour Weekend"
Jim Ziliak, Gatton Endowed Chair in Microeconomics and Director of UK's Center for Poverty Research appeared on "PBS Newshour Weekend" where he discussed the new Promise Zone initiative in Kentucky. For more information click here.
Jim Ziliak presents at Federal Reserve
Jim Ziliak presented "Identifying the Elasticity of Taxable Income" (co-author: Sarah Burns (Ph.D. 2012)) at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, DC.
William Hoyt to present in Washington, DC
William Hoyt is presenting "State Tax Differentials, Cross-Border Commuting, and Commuting Times in Multi-State Metropolitan Areas" at the American Tax Policy Institute Conference on "Taxation and Migration: The Young, The Middle-Aged, and the Old," on Friday, October 17th in Washington, DC.
UKCPR receives $1 million extension
The University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research (UKCPR) directed by Jim Ziliak received a $1 million extension from the Economic Research Service in USDA on its cooperative agreement on research and grants on the SNAP program, health, and food insecurity. The grant runs until September 30, 2017.
Paper to be Published in the Journal of International Money and Finance
Ana Maria Herrera's paper (joint with Latika Lagalo and Tatsuma Wada), "Asymmetries in the Response of Economic Activity to Oil Price Increases and Decreases?" has been accepted for publication at the Journal of International Money and Finance.
Glenn Blomquist edits Preference Measurement in Health
Glenn Blomquist and Kristian Bolin (University of Gothenburg) edited the book Preference Measurement in Health. This is volume 24 in Advances in Health Economics and Health Services series. For more information click here.
Jim Ziliak Co-authors Report on Children's Food Insecurity
Jim Ziliak and Craig Gundersen (University of Illinois) author a policy report titled "Childhood Food Insecurity in the U.S.: Trends, Causes and Policy Options." In the report, they highlight new research and outline potential policies to address food insecurity that plagues millions of U.S. children despite increases in federal food-assistance programs. To read more about this report click here.
Tony Creane Presents in Italy
Tony Creane presented "Exporting to bypass Weak Institutions", at the European Association for Research in Industrial Economics 41st Annual Conference, August 29th 31st in Milan, Italy.
John Garen visits National Taiwan Normal University
John Garen was a Visiting Scholar at National Taiwan Normal University where he presented "Successful Economies and Successful Businesses."
John Garen to participate in Mont Pelerin Society meeting
John Garen will participate in the General Meeting of the Mont Pelerin Society from August 31st to September 5th in Hong Kong.
William Hoyt to speak at "See Tomorrrow" series at UK
William Hoyt will participate in a panel on "UK's Partnership with the Commonwealth" in the "See Tomorrow" Speaker's series on Tuesday, September 9th, 9:30am, in the UK Athletics Auditorium in the William T. Young Library.
Daniel Duncan speaks at Murray State University
Third-year graduate student Daniel Duncan, a graduate of Murray State University, has been asked to be the keynote speaker at the Murray State University McNair Scholars Annual Banquet on Wednesday, April 16th.
2013-2014 Ph.D. Placements
The faculty and staff of the Department of Economics congratulate our 2013-2014 Ph.D. placements:
Maria Apostolova has accepted the position of Assistant Professor at Mary Washington University (Fredericksburg, VA).
Derrick Jenniges has accepted a position at the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) in Washington, DC.
Preston Brashers has accepted a position at PwC in San Francisco.
Congratulations to Gail Hoyt
Gail Hoyt was named one of the 2014 Beta Gamma Sigma Outstanding Teachers. Gail was one of two faculty in the Gatton College recognized by Beta Gamma Sigma, the business honor society.
The Association of Private Enterprise (April 13 - 15) Las Vegas, Nevada
- John Garen is presenting his paper with Steven Gordon (Ph.D. student) and J. R. Clark (UT- Chattanooga) "Attitudes toward Government: Evidence on Causes and Consequences"
- Steven Gordon (Ph.D. student) is presenting "The Crowd-Out Effect of Affirmative Action: Evidence from Texas"
- Carlos Lopes (Ph.D. Alum 2010, Midway College) is presenting Population Heterogeneity and Government Intervention in the Developing World"
- James Saunoris (Ph.D. Alum 2012, Eastern Michigan University) is presenting "Fiscal Decentralization and the Shadow Economy: Evidence from U.S. States"
- John Garen is chairing the session "Government Policy and Evidence of its Effects"
Ken Troske delivers Chellgren Lecture "How Sweatshops Helped Transform the World"
The University of Kentucky Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence will host a lecture by Ken Troske, Sturgill Endowed Professor of Economics, as its final lecture in the Chellgren Seminar Series this semester. "How Sweatshops Helped Transform the World" will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in the William T. Young Library UK Athletics Auditorium.
To read more click here.
Students receive Gaines Fellowships
Congratulations to Economics majors Jonathan Elliot (Economics/Mathematics), Jordan Keeton (Economics/Finance), and Trevor McNary (Economics/International Studies) who were recently chosen to receive Gaines Fellowships for 2014-15 and 2015-16. They are three of the twelve Gaines Fellows selected.
Chris Bollinger speaks at the University of Louisville
Chris Bollinger will present "The Role of CPS non-response on the Level and Trend in Poverty," at the University of Louisville.
Presentation at Midwest Economic Meeting
Sandeep Rangaraju (Ph.D. Student) recently presented his paper with Ana Maria Herrera "The Quantitative Effects of Tax Foresight: Not All States are Equal" at the Midwest Economic Meeting in Evanston, Illinois (Northwestern University).
Paper to be published in SEJ
Ken Stanford (Ph.D. 2010) and Frank Scott's paper "What Are SEC Football Tickets Worth? Evidence from Secondary Market Transactions," will appear in the July 2014 issue of the SEJ.
National Conference on Undergraduate Research
Congratulations and good luck to Julia Dyer (B&E Economics), Alex Wolfe (B&E Economics and Finance), and Elena Shulgina (A&S Economics), all of whom will be presenting at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research being held at UK on April 3rd-5th. Julia will be presenting her research on "Economic Development through Women's Education" (Jenny Minier, faculty supervisor); Alex is presenting his research on "Is all Growth Created Equal? An Evaluation of the Effects of Economic Composition on Income Inequality in Deve
loping Countries?" (Chris Bollinger, Faculty Supervisor); and Elena is presenting her research on "The Unreached Consensus: The Effects of Corruption on Economic Growth in Advanced, Transitional and Least Developed Economies" (Horace Bartilow (Political Science) Faculty Supervisor).
Joint Conference at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
The 2nd Annual Joint Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank - UK Department of Economics workshop is February 28th-March 1st at the Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank in Cleveland, OH. The focus of the workshop is on income distribution. Chris Bollinger is a co-organizer of the conference. Jim Ziliak will be presenting "Trouble in the Tails? Earnings Nonresponse and Response Bias across the Distribution Using Matched Household and Administrative Data." To read more about the workshop click here.
The Department welcomes 2 new faculty members
The Department of Economics is pleased to announce that Felipe Benguria will be joining the faculty for the 2014-15 academic year as an assistant professor. Felipe is finishing his Ph.D. at the University of Virginia. A native of Chile, he has a BS in Engineering and a MA in Economics from Pontificia Universidad Catolica (Chile). His research and teaching interests are in international trade with interests in international macroeconomics and industrial organization as well. We look forward to his arrival later this summer.
Lala Ma will be joining the faculty as an assistant professor for the 2014-15 academic year. Lala will be finishing her Ph.D. this spring from Duke University. Prior to her work at Duke, Lala received a BA and MA in Economics from Tufts as well as a BA in Mathematics. Lalas research and teaching interests focus on environmental and applied economics and her dissertation is "Topics in Hedonic Valuation". We are pleased to have Lala joining us for the next academic year.
Chris Bollinger speaks at UK Annual Economic Outlook Conference
Chris Bollinger, Director of the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER), provided a forecast for employment and GDP for both Kentucky and U.S. at the 25th Annual Economic Outlook Conference held Tuesday, February 11th at the Lexington Center. The conference attracted over 300 to hear comments from Chris as well as Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson, Vice President of the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank David Altig, and Don Mullineaux, Professor of Finance, comment on the economy. Chris's comments about prospects for the Kentucky economy have been reported in the media throughout the state. Hear more about his comments in an article from the Lexington Herald Leader at Kentucky.com.
Editorial Position for Gail Hoyt
Gail Hoyt has been appointed an Associate Editor of the Journal on Economic Education.
John Garen discusses minimum wage
John Garen was a guest on The Leland Conway Show (630 WLAP AM) on February 7th for a discussion of minimum wage laws and was interviewed for WTVQ-TV on January 31st to discuss minimum wages.
Jim Ziliak cited in The Economist
Jim Ziliak was cited in a recent article in The Economist (February 8th) to discuss the farm bill and its implications on SNAP (food stamps). Read the article here.
Volodymyr Vakhitov (Ph.D. 2008) offers an economic analysis of the Ukraine Crisis
Volodymyr Vakhitov, a 2008 Ph.D. from the Department and Assistant Professor and Senior Economist at the Kiev School of Economics, was recently interviewed by the Institute of Contemporary World (College de France) about the crisis in the Ukraine. To read the interview click here. For more about Volodymyr click here.
Alison Davis quoted in the New York Times
Alison Davis, associate extension professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics with a joint appointment in Economics and director of the Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky was quoted in another New York Times story Monday, Jan. 27. The story compared President Obama's recent "Promise Zone" initiative to the old enterprise zone programs of previous presidential administrations. Davis commented on the potential of attracting large businesses with tax breaks and helping local residents start their own new businesses. The idea is to build a diversified economy based on the talents of the local people as they are now, Davis said.
Click here to read more.
Gail Hoyt recognized for teaching
Gail Mitchell Hoyt, professor of economics and director of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics, recently was honored with the prestigious Kenneth G. Elzinga Distinguished Teaching Award by the Southern Economic Association (SEA) at the organization's annual conference in Tampa, Fla. The Elzinga Award annually recognizes one or more faculty members for outstanding contributions to economics education. Click here to read more.
Jim Ziliak quoted in the New York Times
University of Kentucky Gatton Endowed Chair in Microeconomics James Ziliak, who also is director of UK's Center for Poverty Research, was featured in a Sunday (Jan. 5) New York Times' article examining the war on poverty in the U.S., 50 years after President Lyndon B. Johnson made the declaration in his 1964 State of the Union address. Click here to read more.
Editorial Positions for Glenn Blomquist and William Hoyt
Glenn Blomquist and William Hoyt are the new editors of the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis. "The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis founded the JBCA in 2010 with support from the MacArthur Foundation. The purpose is to further the development of the theory, practice, and teaching of benefit-cost analysis. Bill and I look forward to the challenge of facilitating advances in all three areas and building on the accomplishments of the first years of the journal. The prospect is exciting."
Carlos Lamarche recognized for Contributions to Econometrics Literature
Congratulations to Carlos Lamarche whose chapter "Quantile Regression Estimation of Panel Duration Models with Censored Data" published in Advances in Econometrics has been chosen as an Outstanding Author Contribution Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2013.
Jim Ziliak Lectures in China
Jim Ziliak will be visiting Southwest University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE) in Chengdu China from May 25 through June 9th. Dr. Ziliak will be presenting five public lectures in labor and poverty economics and engaging in collaborative research planning with scholars at SWUFE. Dr. Ziliak is hosted by Dr. Wenbin Zhang and Dr. Longjin Chen, alumni of the Economics Department of the University of Kentucky.
Jim Ziliak on National Public Radio's Morning Edition
University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research Director James Ziliak appeared on National Public Radio's (NPR) Morning Edition Wednesday May 22nd to discuss cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program, more commonly referred to as food stamps. The cuts are proposed in the House and Senate versions of the Farm Bill. Ziliak, the Gatton Chair in Microeconomics within UK's Gatton College of Business and Economics, was interviewed by Pam Fessler of NPR.
Frank Scott Recognized for his MBA Teaching
Congratulations to Frank Scott for once again winning the Outstanding Teacher in the Accelerated One-Year Program. The recognition is particularly gratifying as the award is chosen by the students in the program. Frank teaches MBA 603: Markets-Structures and Dynamics and MBA 605: Organizational Structures and Strategies each fall in the program. Frank was honored at the MBA Graduation Reception on May 9th at the Boone Center.
Welcome to David Agrawal, SEC Visiting Scholar
We are delighted to have David Agrawal, Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Georgia visiting the Department from May 13th through June 6th as a SEC Visiting Scholar. Professor Agrawal received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan (2012). His research interests are in state and local public finance, fiscal competition and federalism, and geo-spatial economics. His research has been recognized by a number of awards including the Young Economist Award and The Peggy and Richard Musgrave Prize from the International Institute of Public Finance. His visit is being hosted by Professors William Hoyt and David Wildasin.
Congratulations to Gail Hoyt!
Gail recently was announced as the recipient of the 2013 Interfraternity Distinguished Professor Award. Students commented on their experience in the classroom and also the service learning opportunities in the Global Scholars section of ECO201. As part of their service learning, this semester 55 students went into the local middle school system and taught lessons to 260 6th and 7th graders on the global economy and financial literacy through Junior Achievement. This service component is consistent with the service mission of the university and has been an enriching experience for our students consistent with the QEP regarding student presentation and communication skills. Again, congratulations to Gail and thanks for your efforts at not only educating current students at UK but some of our future ones as well.
John Garen recently (Monday, April 29th) appeared on the Kentucky Education Television (KET) Network's "Bill Goodman Show" to discuss the federal budget. To hear the discussion [click here].
Congratulations to Jeannie D. Graves
Jeannie is Administrative Support for the Department of Economics & CBER. Jeannie was recognized on Wednesday, April 17th as one of two College staff members to receive the Judith Milburn Haywood Staff Award in recognition of her outstanding work in the Department of Economics. "Jeannie's contributions to the Department are many and valued. She handles a myriad of tasks including administration of the Department's Graduate program, assisting with workshops and event coordination for the Department, assisting our Director of Undergraduate Studies, communications and providing administrative support for CBER," says Department Chair William Hoyt. "Jeannie is a person who is a pleasure to work with. She gets things done, and yet always has time to help a student who sometimes just needs a kind word. Jeannie goes above and beyond every single day," Chris Bollinger said, former DGS and Director of CBER.
UKCPR Grant Awards
The University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research is pleased to announce the awarding of 9 grants totaling $1.2 million dollars to provide rigorous research that expands our understanding of hunger among children in the United States. Funding for the Research Program on Childhood Hunger is generously provided by a grant from the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
To learn more about topics and recipients click here.
For an overview of the Research Program on Childhood Hunger please see our April 2013 Briefing Booklet.
Budget Impact Presentation
William Hoyt will present, "The Federal Budget: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask" on April 17th in Louisville, KY. The event is being organized by the University of Kentucky Alumni Association, Greater Louisville Club, and Central Bank. (read more...)
Rand Paul Visit
U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) spoke at the University of Kentucky on Wednesday, March 27. The title of his presentation was "Restoring Economic Freedom". Read more from the Lexington Herald-Leader, the Kentucky Kernel, or watch a video.
Student Government Elections
On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Department of Economics, congratulations to the recently-elected Student Government President, Roshan Palli, and his Vice President, Jake Ingram. Roshan is a sophomore Mathematical Economics and Mathematics major. (read more...)
Fayette County Economic Report
Alison Davis, Agricultural Economics Professor, Director of the Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK), and joint faculty member in the Department of Economics was among the coauthors of a recent report highlighting agriculture's impact on the Fayette County economy. (read more...)
James Ziliak UKCPR Interview
Kentucky Educational Television public affairs reporter Renee Shaw interviews UKCPR Director James Ziliak about his studies on poverty and its causes in a special KET report, "The Price of Poverty in Kentucky". To access the full interview click here.
Gatton Students Triumph at WSJ National Biz Quiz
The Department welcomes 3 new faculty members
- Anthony Creane was born in Recife, Brazil and holds an A.B. in Economics from the College of William & Mary, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Virginia. Before joining the Department of Economics at the University of Kentucky in 2012 he was a Professor of Economics at Michigan State University. ( view profile )
- Ana Maria Herrera holds a B.A. and a M.A. in Economics from the Universidad de los Andes (Bogota, Colombia), and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, San Diego. Before joining the Department of Economics at the University of Kentucky in 2012, she was Associate Professor of Economics at Wayne State University (2008-2012) and an Assistant Professor of Economics at Michigan State Economics (2000-2008). ( view profile )
- Professor Carlos Lamarche holds an M.S. in Statistics and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to assuming his position at the University of Kentucky, Professor Lamarche was Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Oklahoma, where he taught for six years. ( view profile )
Research by Gatton Professors Cited by US Chamber of Commerce (Kenneth Troske)
University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics Dean David Blackwell and Senior Associate Dean and Sturgill Endowed Professor of Economics Kenneth Troske, are co-authors of a major study released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that questions the need for further reforms in the money market fund industry. (read more...)
Report: Medicaid Pharmaceutical Use Varies Widely in State
(Michael Childress, CBER Research Associate)
LEXINGTON, Ky. (October 12, 2012) Newly-published research from the University of Kentucky raises questions about the differences in the amounts of medicine taken by Medicaid recipients across the state. For more, click here. To read the Lexington Herald-Leader article, click here.
Recent Editorial Positions
Congratulations to our recent appointees to co-editorships: Josh Ederington (Canadian Economic Journal), Jenny Minier (Southern Economic Journal), Dave Wildasin (Journal of Public Economics), and James Ziliak (Economic Inquiry).
WUKY's Perspectives Features Discussion of Poverty (James Ziliak)
WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell. The August 10th program featured a discussion of poverty in Appalachia with James Ziliak, director of UK's Center for Poverty Research and editor of the new book "Appalachian Legacy: Economic Opportunity After the War on Poverty." To listen to the podcast interview, from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, click here or to read more click here.
Three Economics students named Chellgren Fellows
The University of Kentucky Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence recently honored its three new endowed professors and sixth class of Chellgren Fellows. (read more)
Remembering Bill Stober
Colleagues, friends, and generations of both undergraduate and graduate students at the Department of Economics at the University of Kentucky mourn the death of William J. Stober. Bill served as department chair for twelve years and fundamentally shaped the department into one focused on the highest quality of scholarship. His legacy as chair lives on today, and will continue into the indefinite future. (read more)
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