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Thursday's Recruiting Seminar: Otavio Bartalotti, Tulane University

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"Theory and Practice of Inference in Regression Discontinuity: A Fixed-Bandwidth Asymptotics Approach," with Otavio Bartalotti, Tulane University, Thursday, December 12, 3:40 PM-5 PM, 368A Heady Hall.

Otavio Bartalotti is an assistant professor of economics at Tulane University. The focus of his work is on economic theory, applied econometrics, labor economics and education economics. He received both his MS and PhD in economics from Michigan State University.

CARD offers new ag policy publication

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The Agricultural Policy Review, a new publication from the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD), offers practical information and resources for individuals interested in energy, nutrition, food security, international trade, and the environment, as they relate to agricultural policy. Read and sign up for the tri-yearly publication, available both electronically and in PDF at: http://www.card.iastate.edu/ag_policy_review/display.aspx?id=5

Monday's Macroeconomic Workshop/Econ 693 Presentation: Xiying Liu, Iowa State University

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"Fertility, Social Mobility, and Long Run Inequality," with Xiying Liu, Iowa State University,  Monday, Dec 16, 2013 3:40 pm - 5:00 pm, 360 Heady Hall.

Thursday's Human Resources Workshop: Nicole Caviris, Iowa State University

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"Measuring the relative contributions of college attainment, changing majors, and narrowing wage differences within majors to narrowing gender wage gaps 1966-2011," with Nicole Caviris, Iowa State University, Thursday Dec 12, 2013 3:40 pm - 5:00 pm, 360 Heady Hall.

Weekly media contacts for the Department of Economics

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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.

 

Thursday's Human Resources Workshop: Mainul Hoque, Iowa State University

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"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.

Weekly media contacts for the Department of Economics

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"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 .

New department feature: Ask an Economist

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The department is extending a new feature to the university community and the public called "Ask an Economist."

This public service of the Department of Economics is designed to extend basic economics related answers to questions posed by the public. Answers will come from faculty, graduate students and alumni of the department with specific expertise related to each question. Questions that are answered will be at the discretion of faculty, and answers will be posted on the homepage for public viewing.

Post a question at: http://www.econ.iastate.edu/node/add/ask-an-economist

Contact Kristin Senty for more information at: ksenty@iastate.edu.

Edwards and Hart honored by American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers

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Iowa State University Emeritus Professor William Edwards was recently honored for his service to agriculture by the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA).

The Carl F. Hertz Distinguished Service in Agriculture Award was presented to him at the 84rd annual ASFMRA meeting in Reno, Nevada. The national award recognizes outstanding individual service to agriculture, other than directly in the farm management and rural appraisal professions.

Weekly media contacts for the Department of Economics

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Mike Duffy spoke with Grain Journal, and Nikkei.com, a Japanese news service, regarding land values. He also spoke with AP, regarding beginning farmers.

Ron Prescott spoke with WHO radio, regarding holiday sales.

Dave Swenson spoke with Jason Noble, DMR, regarding Iowa Workforce Development's use of a non-standard statistic to count gross job gains. He was a guest on IPR’s River to River, providing an Iowa perspective on the new movie "Inequality for All." Swenson also spoke with Tom Beaumont, AP, regarding the likely economic impact of proposed RFS rules for Iowa.

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