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Alumnus Barkema guest at Wedneday's Econ Club

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Alan Barkema, former senior vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, is scheduled as a special visitor at the next Econ Club meeting on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 7:00 PM, Carver 0150.

Barkema has held a distinguished career, not only with the Fed, but also as a faculty member at Oklahoma State University. He is an alumnus of the Department of Economics at Iowa State.

Monday's Department Seminar: Sylvain Chassang, Princeton University

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"Making Collusion Hard: Asymmetric Information as a Counter-Corruption Measure," with Sylvain Chassang, Princeton University, Monday, April 7, 4:10 PM-5:30 PM, 368A Heady Hall.

Sylvain Chassang is a professor in the Department of Economics and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs. His research focuses on microeconomic theory and game theory. In addition to a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he also has an M.A. in math from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, France.

Students present at annual Midwest Economics Association Meeting

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Nicole Caviris, Janet Horsager, Peter Orazem, Kevin Duncan, Deepak Premkumar, Mainul Hoque (l to r), and TJ Rakitan (not pictured) participated in the Midwest Economics Association meeting in Evanston, Illinois, March 21-23.

Weekly media contacts for the Department of Economics

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Joe Lally spoke with Dee George, Successful Farming, regarding the broader benefits of rye silage in feedlot management.

Friday's Department Seminar: Matthew Spitzer, Northwestern University School of Law

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"On Experimentation and Real Options in Financial Regulation," with Matthew Spitzer, Northwestern University School of Law, Fri, Apr 4, 2014 3:40 pm - 5:00 pm, 368A Heady Hall.

Matthew Spitzer is the director of the Searle Center on Law, Regulation and Economic Growth at Northwestern University School of Law and also Howard and Elizabeth Chapman Professor of Law. Prior to joining Northwestern he held professorships at the University of Texas, University of Southern California, and California Institute of Technology. From 2000 to 2006 Spitzer was the Dean of Law at USC. His fields of study have been telecommunications regulation, administrative law, experimental law and economics, judicial politics, and, more recently, patent law. He has published more than 40 articles and three books in these fields, and continues to work in all of them. In spite of being one of a handful of law professors who can describe reasonably clearly the ideas behind Pulse Code Modulation that enable digitization of music on CDs (and MP3s), Spitzer has over 1,200 vinyl albums and still plays them on a turntable.

New officers represent Econ Club for 2014

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Econ Club recently elected officers for 2014. They include (l to r) Zach Dietrich, Treasurer; Melvin Mesinde, Secretary; Quinn Muller, Vice President; Ellen Ries, President; and Anthony Sax, Webmaster.

The club is focusing on bringing in relevant speakers in economics, and will also attend the annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting in May, held in Omaha, Nebraska.

Winter 2014 CARD Agricultural Policy Review now online

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Get the latest in ag policy from CARD, with articles on topics such as ethanol and EPA strategy, retail meat and crop demand, futures and forward contracts, protectionism and food safety standards, and questions and answers from "Ask an Ag Economist." Read at: http://www.card.iastate.edu/ag_policy_review/

Bruner shares public policy approaches with Econ Club

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Charles Bruner (center), Executive Director of the Child and Family Policy Center in Des Moines, met with members of Econ Club on March 13. Bruner, who has written widely on public policy approaches to developing more comprehensive, community-based responses to child, family and neighborhood needs, spoke with students about the ways that the study of economics supports this kind of work.

Econ department's Phi Beta Kappa honorees announced

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Five Department of Economics undergrads were distinguished as Phi Beta Kappa nominees for 2014. They include Jassim Yehya Al-Marzouqi,Shreya Bhardwaj, Janet Elizabeth Horsager,Trevor Holtz Mannella, and Bronson D. Recker.

Of the nearly 600 students who qualified by virtue of GPA, only 26 juniors and 71 seniors were invited to join based on the breadth and challenge of their academic programs.

Wednesday's Department Seminar: Ronel Elul, Philadelphia Fed

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"Does Junior Inherit? Refinancing and the Blocking Power of Second Mortgages," Ronel Elul, Philadelphia Fed, Wednesday, March 26, 4:10 pm - 5:30 pm, 368A Heady Hall.

Ronel Elul is a senior economic advisor and economist in the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. He is also currently an adjunct associate professor of finance at the Wharton School, has been an assistant professor of economics at Brown University, and served as a visiting faculty member in Finance at the Wharton School, New York University's Stern School and Tel-Aviv University, and as a consultant in fixed-income research at Kidder-Peabody & Co. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from Yale University, a diploma in statistics from Cambridge University and a B.A. in applied mathematics from Berkeley. His research interests are in microeconomic theory and financial markets, particularly consumer credit, mortgage markets, and general equilibrium theory.

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