The UK Center for Poverty Research (UKCPR) received a $300,000 grant from the Economic Research Service in USDA to sponsor and conduct longitudinal research on food insecurity in the United States using data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, the longest continuously running longitudinal survey in the world. The Director of the UKCPR, James Ziliak, is the Principal Investigator on the grant.

Economics 5th year Graduate Student Robert Hartley won a prestigious Dissertation Year Fellowship from the Graduate School of the University of Kentucky.  Rob's dissertation is on "Welfare Reform and the Intergenerational Transmission of Dependence" and co-chaired by Professors James Ziliak and Carlos Lamarche.

Professor Lala Ma presented "Estimating Heterogeneous Preferences to Avoid Flood Risk and Implications for Disaster Exposure (co-authored with Laura Bakkensen)" at the workshop New Directions in the Analysis of Environmental Justice at Duke University on August 24th.

Carlos Lamarche visited the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE) in China from June 13 to June 24 and the University of La Plata (UNLP) in Argentina from August 8 to August 12, 2016. He gave lectures on "Recent Advances in Quantile Regression, and High Dimensional Models and Big Data."  Carlos Lamarche presented “Sparsity-Based Estimation of a Panel Quantile Count Data Model with Applications to Big Data” (co-authored with M. Harding) at the 2016 China Econometrics Society Meeting on June 26, 2016 in Chengdu, China.

Professor Lala Ma's paper "The value of brownfield remediation" (with Kevin Haninger and Christopher Timmins) is forthcoming at the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. 

David Agrawal presented "Commodity Taxation with Honesty, Avoidance and Evasion: Evidence from the United States" (joint with Mohammed Mardan)  at the International Institute of Public Finance Congress (Lake Tahoe, NV, August 10th) and his paper "Relocation of the Rich: Migration in Response to Tax Rate Changes from Spanish Reforms" (joint with Dirk Foremny) at ETH Zurich (July 19th) , the University of Siegen (June 29th) and the Center for European Economic Research (ZEW) (June 20th).  


David Agrawal's paper "Taxes in an e-Commerce Generation" (joint with William Fox)  is accepted for publication in International Tax and Public Finance.


Professor Olga Malkova, a 2nd year faculty member had a busy summer presenting her work in both Europse and the US. Presentations in Germany of her paper "The Effect of Pension Tax Reductions on Labor Supply," include the Center for European Economic Research (ZEW), Seminar in Labor and Welfare Economics (Mannheim, May 31st), the International Institute for Public Finance Doctoral School (Mannheim June 16th) and the Institute for Study of Labor (IZA) Junior/Senior Symposium (Bonn, July 12th) as well as in the United States at the IIPF Annual Congress (Lake Tahoe, NV, August 11th).

Professor Steven Lugauer's paper (with Horag Choi and Nelson C. Mark) "Precautionary Saving of Chinese and U.S. Households is forthcoming in the Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking.

University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Outreach Kenneth R. Troske has been appointed to serve as a member of the newly established Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, part of the executive branch of the federal government.