This week’s guest on "Behind the Blue" is Ken Troske. Troske is the associate dean for graduate programs and outreach in the Gatton College of Business and Economics and the Richard W. and Janis H. Furst Endowed Chair of Economics at the University of Kentucky, as well as a research fellow with the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany.

 University of Kentucky faculty member James Ziliak’s research on senior hunger was recently featured in The Washington Post. The article discusses recent trends in food insecurity for people over 60.  

The study report finds that rates of food insecurity have remained persistently high following the Great Recession, and that the economic recovery's effects seem to be the weakest for older Americans. "There was no significant decline in seniors 'facing hunger,'" Ziliak said. "This rate has been stubbornly stuck."

Olga Malkova's paper "Can Maternity Benefits Have Long-Term Effects on Childbearing: Evidence from Soviet Russia" was accepted at the Review of Economics and Statistics.

Andrew Jonelis, an Economics Ph.D. student, recently had a paper on which he was a co-author cited in the Finanical Times.  The paper, on African government debt, was written while Andrew was an intern an the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the summer of 2016.

For centuries, agriculture professionals such as farmers and ranchers have experienced success and failure when attempting to produce a quality crop. More often than not, poor crop production isn’t due to a farmer’s lack of effort or their piece of land, but because of the weather. And although weather technology has evolved over time, the improbability of predicting precise weather conditions has plagued many farmers.

Ana Maria Herrera recently presented "The Effect of Oil Supply Shocks on US GDP. What Have we Learned?" at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and the Society for Economic Measurement meetings in Boston, MA. She has been elected fellow of the International Center for Emerging Markets Research Energy Industry program at RUDN (Moscow).

Lala Ma's paper, "Does Shale Gas Development Impact Infant Health Through Drinking Water?", co-authored with Elaine Hill, was presented at the 2017 NBER Summer Institute on 7/25/17 in Cambridge, MA.

Schnatter Institute Director Dr. Aaron Yelowitz talked to KCBS Radio out of San Francisco on July 27, 2017 about the cost to Chipotle from a worker who came to work with the Norovirus and company sick leave policies.

David Agrawal and William Hoyt's paper, "Commuting and Taxes:  Theory, Empirics, and Welfare Implications," is forthcoming in the Economic Journal.

Darshak Patel's paper  "Evaluating Twitter and its Impact on Student Learning in Principles of Economics Courses," (with Abdullah Albahrani (UK PhD) and Brandon Sherdian (UK PhD)) has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Economic Education. It is scheduled to be published in the Fall 2017 issue of the journal.