Weekly Announcements for Faculty, Staff, and Students
Thursday, December 5, 2013
- Thursday's Human Resources Workshop: Mainul Hoque, Iowa State University
"How Life Expectancy at Birth Affects Schooling Investment and Lifetime Earnings: Evidence from Cross-Country Household Surveys," with Mainul Hoque, Iowa State University, Thusday, 5 Dec 2013, 3:40 pm - 5:00 pm, 360 Heady Hall.
Abstract: Life expectancy at birth has improved dramatically over time and across countries during the last century. In the standard Ben-Porath framework, greater life expectancy should increase human capital investment both by extending the period in which an individual devotes full time to training in school and by increasing the fraction of time devoted to training after starting to work. Both types of training should increase lifetime earnings, as would extending the number of productive work years. We investigate the causal relationship between life expectancy at birth and years of schooling by exploiting cross-birth-cohort and cross-country variation from a pool of 200 household surveys from 114 countries. We treat the country-cohort life expectancy at birth as the health endowment which parents use to plan out the investments in their children’s education. Preliminary estimates show that for a gain of 7 years in life expectancy at birth, cohorts spend one additional year in school. Again, lifetime-earnings increases by 1.8% per year of added life expectancy at birth. To put this in perspective, life expectancy at birth in the U.S. rose 28 years from 1880 to 1980 birth cohorts and years of schooling rose by about 6.5 years. Our estimates suggest that rising life expectancy in the U.S. explains 4 out of the 6.5 years of increased schooling.
- Weekly media contacts for the Department of Economics
"Microloans for Rural Entrepreneurs?" by Mark Edelman, ISU Professor of Economics & Community Vitality Center Director and Barry Flinchbaugh, Kansas State University was selected as a Point-Counterpoint Column to be distributed by Agri-Pulse Communications Inc.--a national agriculture and rural policy media resource in November: http://www.agri-pulse.com .
- Weekly media contacts for the Department of Economics
Chad Hart spoke with Ken Anderson, Brownfield Network; Dennis Morrice, KLEM-Le Mars; Dan Skelton, KICD-Spencer; Von Ketelsen, KCIM-Carroll; Stephanie Ross, KTIV-TV-Sioux City; Ed Clark, Farm Journal; and Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register, regarding the general crop outlook for 2014.
He also spoke with Larry Stalcup, Corn and Soybean Digest on basis pricing; and Michael Hirtzer, Reuters, on storage issues and crop pricing.
- Faculty positions – California Polytechnic State University
- Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar
Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service aims to recruit two research-oriented economists for core faculty positions in the School of Foreign Service in Qatar, as part of a major expansion of curricular and research programs. We are seeking entry-level candidates of exceptional promise; we would also be excited to talk with experienced colleagues who might be interested in core faculty positions or in visiting for a year or two. We are writing to ask you to share the following information with your job market candidates and with others who may be interested.
Core faculty positions are full-time positions which carry the job security and commitment to academic freedom associated with tenure-track appointments.
Elements of the research program in economics at SFS-Q include a regular seminar series, a research mentoring program that brings senior scholars chosen by incumbent faculty to Doha for week-long visits, a visiting scholar program that supports more extensive involvement by leading scholars, periodic post-doctoral research workshops led by senior scholars, opportunities to spend time at the Economics Department on our main campus in Washington, DC, and regular research semesters. For additional details regarding programmatic support for economics faculty research at SFS-Qatar please see http://qatar.sfs.georgetown.edu/academics/faculty/economics/416286.html.
The nominal teaching load is 2-2 for core faculty and visiting faculty, However, entry-level core faculty appointments ordinarily include teaching load reductions during the first two years and eligibility for a junior research semester during the third year. Beginning in the fourth year core track faculty may earn continuing course releases based on publication achievements accumulated since the beginning of the initial appointment.
Qatar offers a diverse, safe, and family-friendly environment.
Compensation is very competitive and includes a 25% expatriate bonus and annual 2/9 summer research stipend. The expatriate benefits package includes housing, utilities, local transportation allowance, annual home leave allowance, health insurance, private school tuition for accompanying children, etc. SFS-Q provides generous research support and support for conference travel; core track appointments include substantial start-up research funds. Faculty at SFS-Q are eligible to apply for Qatar National Priorities Research Program grants from the Qatar National Research Fund. QNRF also offers competitive research grants for early-career scholars. For more information see http://www.qnrf.org/.
For more information about SFS-Qatar see: http://qatar.sfs.georgetown.edu/. For an appreciation of our broader development, and to find out more about life and work in Qatar and at SFS-Q, see our dedicated website at http://qatar.sfs.georgetown.edu/grow/. Finally for a glimpse of what it is like to teach and live in Qatar, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1Th-kErY2s&list=TLwLdjFIY6cWI.
Our advertisement in JOE is at this; link: http://www.aeaweb.org/joe/listing.php?JOE_ID=201311_399930; our application portal is here: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/3502.
- Assistant/Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics – University of Georgia
- Assistant Professorships at CCA
One or more Assistant Professorships are being offered to PhD students in Economics, Finance or Statistics nearing the completion of their PhD programs, or to candidates who hold a PhD in Economics, Finance or Statistics awarded preferably not earlier than 2011. Assistant Professors are offered salaries and research funds competitive with those offered by US research universities. English is the working and instructional language at the Collegio.
The positions are for four years starting in September 2014 and renewable for three more years after a mid-term evaluation. They may be transformed into permanent positions following a successful peer review.
Applications and references must be submitted through Econjobmarket.org by December 1, 2013.
The Collegio will interview at the ASSA meetings in Philadelphia (January 3-5, 2013). Selected candidates will be invited after interviews for a job talk at the Collegio.
For questions regarding the application process, please email email@example.com
Papers and Presentations
- Recent presentation by Younjun Kim
"Testing Time Preference Elicitation Methods with Multiple Price List Format," (with Tanya Rosenblat), Southern Economic Association Annual Meetings, November 25, 2013.