Dean Karlan, professor of economics at Yale University and founder and president of Innovations for Poverty Action, will speak at the Kincaid Auditorium in the University of Kentucky's new Gatton College of Business and Economics building on Friday, April 1. His presentation, "Pragmatic Optimism in the Fight Against Poverty," is scheduled for 3 to 4 p.m. and is expected to include a question and answer session.

The Center for Business and Economic Research, directed by Chris Bollinger, recently released a study on the economic impact of Keenland Race Track (Lexington, KY) that has received extensive media attention including articles in the Lexington Herald Leader and the Louisville Courrier Journal on April 23, 2015.  A link to the study is here.

Jim Ziliak and 2013 PhD alum Sarah Burns had their paper "Identifying the Elasticity of Taxable Income" accepted for publication in The Economic Journal.

Rob Hartley, a 3rd year PhD student, was accepted to participate in the 3rd Summer School on Socioeconomic Inequality - Chicago 2015. The program focuses on new methods of inequality research to address interdisciplinary insights of human behavior through economic models. This research forum is hosted by the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group led by Nobel Laureate James J. Heckman, Steven N. Durlauf, and Robert H. Dugger.

Congratulations to Economics majors Ross Hildabrand, Rick Guha, and Zach Storms who presented their research projects at the Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars. Ross presented a poster on his research on "Fayette County Property Values" (Mentor: William Hoyt) and Rick presented a poster on his research on "Brand Recognition on Equity Performance" (Mentor: Chrs Bollinger). Zach gave an oral presentation on "A State-level Analysis of Incarceration and Unemployment in the United Staes" (Mentor: Chris Bollinger).

Thomas Ahn, assistant professor in the Department of Economics in the Gatton College of Business and Economics was interviewed by National Public Radio this morning about the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also called No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

BB&T has provided $2.5 million in support for the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics, establishing the new BB&T Program for the Study of Capitalism, and funding a significant study area in the new, state-of-the-art Gatton College building scheduled to open in fall 2016.