New officers represent Econ Club for 2014


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


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:

Bruner shares public policy approaches with Econ Club


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


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


"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.

Thursday's Department Seminar: Kartik Athreya, Richmond Fed


"Labor Market Upheaval, Default Regulations, and Consumer Debt," with Kartik Athreya, Richmond Fed, Thursday, March 27, 3:40 PM-5 PM, 368A Heady Hall.

Kartik Athreya is group vice president for microeconomics and research communications in the research department of the Richmond Fed. Athreya's work has been published in the Journal of Monetary Economics, American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, and other academic journals. He is also an associate editor at the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control. He has taught and advised doctoral students at the University of Virginia. Prior to joining the Richmond Fed in 2000, Athreya worked at Citibank in New York City. While he obtained a PhD in Economics from the University of Iowa in 2000, he happens to be a proud Cyclone, having grown up in Ames, and having graduated in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in Economics from ISU.

Duffy and Edwards honored by the Iowa chapter of AFSMRA


William Edwards and Mike Duffy received the Distinguished Service Award to Iowa Agriculture given by the Iowa Chapter of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers on February 6, 2014 at the chapter’s annual meeting in Ames. The award is given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Iowa agriculture over their professional careers.

Beghin honored for work in international agriculture


Professor John Beghin was recognized for Outstanding Achievement in International Service at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' spring 2014 awards program, held on March 12. The award recognizes Iowa State faculty who have promoted and integrated international perspectives in their research and teaching.

Beghin has provided important insights on international agricultural policy for a quarter century in the areas of international trade in agriculture, economic issues confronting developing countries, and an evaluation of European agriculture. His published work has covered global agriculture with articles focused on Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe, as well as the Americas. Among Beghin's published work to date, he has sole or joint authorship on 55 journal articles, seven edited volumes and 25 book chapters on various aspects of international agricultural trade and policy. His research has garnered numerous awards from the USDA and academic societies, and has established him as one of the leading authorities on international agriculture worldwide.

Weekly media contacts for the Department of Economics


Dave Swenson was interviewed by KCCI TV on price inflation. He was also a guest on the Trent Rice Show/KASI, regarding non-tax revenues for governments and the need or lack thereof two new casinos in Iowa.

Swenson also spoke with Dan Charles, National Public Radio, regarding the rollout of the ag census later this spring, including information on rural economies and data sources.

Bruner visits with Econ Club Thursday


The Thursday, March 13 meeting of Econ Club will feature a visit from Charles Bruner, executive director of the Child and Family Policy Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Bruner has written widely on public policy approaches to developing more comprehensive,  community-based responses to child, family and neighborhood needs. He heads the technical assistance activities of the National Center for Service Integration, and is the director of the State Early Childhood Policy Technical Assistance Network. Bruner was an  Iowa State legislator of 12 years, and received his MA and PhD in political science from Stanford University.

Econ Club meeting, Thursday, March 13, 7 PM, Carver 0150.

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