Congratulations to Hao Guo, a 5th year Phd student, who has won this year's Mullineaux award. The Mullineaux award is given annually to the outstanding PhD student in the Gatton College. A formal presentation of the award will be made at the December faculty meeting.  Hao's dissertation is "Three Essays on the Heterogeneous Effects of Trade".  His co-chairs are Jenny Minier and Josh Ederington.

The Department of Economics with Chris Bollinger, President-elect of the Kentucky Economics Association (KEA) and program organizer, hosted the Kentucky Economic Association annual meetings .  Over 120 economists from all over the state attended and participated in the event, which consisted of 15 concurrent sessions.  The KEA honored Eugenia Toma with the “Kentucky Distinguished Economists for 2016.”   Her presentation, “Education in Kentucky: Progress and Challenges” highlighted both her research, and how a researchers at the University of Kentucky are working on important challenges to t

Steven Lugauer presented his paper "Fertility is a Leading Economic Indicator" on October 10th at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Carlos Lamarche presented “A Panel Quantile Approach to Attrition Bias in Big Data: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment” at the 2016 Midwest Econometrics Group Meeting at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign on October 21st. The paper is co-authored with M. Harding (University of California Irvine).

Aaron Yelowitz’s work on scheduling regulations was mentioned in  U.S. News and World Report on October 13, 2016.

Aaron Yelowitz presented his work on Paid Sick Leave and Absenteeism (with Tom Ahn) at Hunter College on October 26, 2016.

Aaron Yelowitz appeared on WKYT on October 20, 2016 to discuss the Kentucky Supreme Court decision overturning minimum wage ordinances in Louisville and Lexington.

Aaron Yelowitz’s study “Impacts of the Affordable Care Act on Health Insurance Coverage in Medicaid Expansion and Non-Expansion States” (with Charles Courtemanche, James Marton, Benjamin Ukert and Daniela Zapata) has been accepted at Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.

Aaron Yelowitz appeared on KET’s Kentucky Tonight for the topic “Forecasting the U.S. Economy”. Bill Goodman was the host, and others participating in the discussion were Brian Strow (Western Kentucky U.), Chris Phillips (Somerset C.C.), and Malcolm Robinson (Thomas More College). Topics included current labor market conditions, trade agreements, health care, and subsidies for college.

The UK Center for Poverty Research, directed by Jim Ziliak, received a 5-year grant for $443,202 to partner with the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin to study poverty in the United States.