Weekly Announcements for Faculty, Staff, and Students

Saturday, April 18, 2015


  • Yin to join staff of Texas A&M

    PhD student Anwen Yin will be moving to Texas in early August to start his new job as a tenure track assistant professor of economics at the A.R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business, Texas A&M International University. Congratulations, Anwen!

    Anwen's PhD advisers are Helle Bunzel and Gray Calhoun.


  • Kreider selected as exemplary mentor

    The Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost has recognized Professor Brent Kreider for demonstrating exemplary mentoring of junior faculty for the 2014-2015 academic year. Brent was nominated by his mentee, Dr. Oleksandr Zhylyevskyy. Congratulations, Brent!

  • Ag bus club places first in competition

    Five members of the ISU Agricultural Business Club travelled to Moline, IL on April 9th to compete in the NACTA Agribusiness Management contest. The team placed first overall in the competition and also claimed four of the top five individual awards.

    In photo (l to r): Geordan Hanson placed 1st, Nate Christenson 2nd, Hailey Meitner, 4th, Meghan Mills 5th and Natalina Sents, 7th.

    Iowa State had seven teams from various departments at the contest. ISU also won the "sweepstakes" award which recognizes the most outstanding all-around performance by a school.

    See full contest results.

  • Tuesday's Energy Policy Seminar: Katherine Hayhoe

    Katherine Hayhoe, Assoc. Professor of Public Administration and Director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, will speak on "Mitigate, Adapt, or Suffer: Connecting Global Change to Local Impacts."
    April 21, 3:40 - 5:00 pm
    Davidson Room, 1306 Elings Hall

  • Wednesday's I.W. Arthur Memorial Lecture: Muhamet Yildiz, MIT

    Muhamet Yildiz, MIT will speak on "Common Belief Foundations of Global Games."
    April 22, 4:10 - 5:30 pm
    368A Heady Hall

    Abstract: Complete information games---i.e., games where there is common certainty of payoffs---often have multiple rationalizable actions. What happens if the common certainty of payoffs assumption is relaxed? Consider a two player game where a player's payoff depends on a payoff parameter. Define a player's "rank belief" as the probability he assigns to his payoff parameter being higher than his opponent's. We show that there is a unique rationalizable action played when there is common certainty of rank beliefs, and we argue this is the driving force behind selection results in the global games literature.

    We consider what happens if players' payoff parameters are derived from common and idiosyncratic terms with fat tailed distributions, and we approach complete information by shrinking the distribution of both terms. There are two cases. If the common component has a thicker tails, then there is common certainty of rank beliefs, and thus uniqueness and equilibrium selection. If the idiosyncratic terms has thicker tails, then there is approximate common certainty of payoffs, and thus multiple rationalizable actions.


  • Friday's Agricultural Economics Workshop/Econ 693 Presentation: Jae-hoon Sung

    Jae-hoon Sung will speak on "Adaptive Behavior of U.S. Farms to Climate and Risk."
    April 24, 3:40 - 5:00 pm
    368A Heady Hall.

Conferences and Calls for Papers

  • Final Call for Papers - 4th Global Business and Finance Research Conference

    Marriott Hotel, Melbourne, Australia
    May 25-27, 2015
    Submission deadline: April 20
    More information available

  • Searle Center’s Sixth Annual Conference on Internet Search and Innovation

    Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, IL
    June 4-5, 2015
    More information available

  • 2015 meeting of the Midwest Econometrics Group

    Hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
    Oct. 9-10, 2015
    Paper submission deadline: July 15th
    More information available

  • 5th International Conference on the Restructuring of the Global Economy

    Rome, Italy
    June 22-23, 2015
    Draft submission deadline: April 30
    More information available

  • International Atlantic Economic Conference

    Boston, Massachusetts
    Oct. 8-11, 2015
    Abstract submission deadline: April 30
    More information available

Job Opportunities

  • Economist, Office of the Minnesota Attorney General

    Economist in the utilities group, which advocates for residential and small business utility consumers in public utility rate cases and other financial matters.
    More information available