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Econ undergrads present research at Capitol

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Deepak Premkumar and Jennifer Horsager, department undergrads majoring in economics, presented their research at the Research in the Capitol, April 1. Undergraduate students from Iowa's three state universities displayed posters and described their research to legislators, reporters, and top university administrators at the annual event at the State Capitol building in Des Moines. (Participants from Iowa State University are pictured left.)

Coordinated by the University Honors Program, all undergraduate students are eligible and encouraged to apply. Twenty research projects are selected each year to represent Iowa State. Submissions are evaluated by topic, relevance to legislative interests, and geographic representation.

Monday's Department Seminar: Jonathan Heathcote, FRB, Minneapolis

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"Optimal Income Taxation: Mirrlees Meets Ramsey," with Jonathan Heathcote, FRB Minneapolis, Monday, April 14, 4:10 PM-5:30 PM, 368A Heady Hall.

Jonathan Heathcote has been a senior economist in the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis since 2008. Between 2006 and 2008, he was an economist in the International Finance Division of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. From 2002 to 2008, he was on the faculty of the Department of Economics at Georgetown University, where he was promoted from assistant to associate professor in 2006. Jonathan has also served as an assistant professor at the Stockholm School of Economics and Duke University, and as a visiting assistant professor at the Stern School of Business, New York University. He has been a visiting lecturer at University College London, and a visiting scholar at both the Minneapolis and Atlanta Federal Reserve Banks.

Weekly media contacts for the Department of Economics

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Peter Orazem spoke with Matthew Patane, The Des Moines Register, regarding the growth of personal income in Iowa between 2012-2013.

Alumnus Athreya visits Econ Club

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Department alumnus Kartik Athreya spent time visiting with members of Econ Club during his recent visit to Iowa State. Athreya, a senior economist with the Richmond Fed, spoke about his research, career, and early influences which brought him to a study of economics. He also presented research on "Labor Market Upheaval, Default Regulations, and Consumer Debt" to the department during his visit.

Farm Credit scholarships awarded to ag bus students

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Agricultural business students Blake Bayliss, Miriam Rinehart, Adelai Swanson, and Adam Sohl (pictured l to r) are each recipients of a $2500 scholarship from Farm Credit Services of America in Perry, Iowa.

The competitive scholarship was open to eight students across both the agricultural and business colleges. Students must be considered an "outstanding" junior or senior  through a faculty recommendation, display academic excellence, and show concrete plans after graduation.

Thursday's Agent-based Computational Economics Workshop/Econ 693 Presentations: Jiaqi Ge, Kate Sinitskaya, Iowa State University

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"Endogenous Rise and Collapse of House Prices: An Agent-based Study of Housing Markets," Jiaqi Ge; and "Macroeconomics as Constructively Rational Games," Kate Sinitskaya, Iowa State University, Thursday, April 10, 3:40 pm - 5:30 pm, 368A Heady Hall.

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.

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