The 2018 Department of Economics Alumni Newsletter Update is now available online.
Three assistant professors have been promoted to the rank of associate professor.
Ron Deiter, professor, presented two Iowa 4-H Youth Workshop presentations on June 27 and June 28 on the ISU campus entitled “Your Passport to Fun with Economic Pricing Games.”
Wallace Huffman, professor, has a new published journal article:
W.E. Huffman, Y. Jin, and Z. Xu. "The economic impacts of technology and climate change: New evidence from U.S. corn yields." Agricultural Economics 49(July 2018):463-479.
In a June 14th article in 24/7Wall Street.com, writer Samuel Stebins lists the "College Majors With the Lowest Unemployment."
Agricultural Economics (& thus Ag Business) is #1 in terms of lowest unemployment rate among college grads!
#1. Agricultural economics (agricultural business)
CALS STORIES Online monthly e-newsletter recently put out a call to students and alumni for stories of their favorite teachers. Three economics department faculty were recognized:
Martha Smith (’04 ag business, international ag) won the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet in January in Nashville, Tennessee. Her prize included a new Ford truck and her national title earned her a tribute from the General Assembly at the Colorado State Capitol on January 31.
David Swenson, associate scientist, was quoted in a June 27th story "Ethics complaint filed against Mitchell County attorney, Wo
Ag bus senior Geert Boelen, along with Darian Davis, has founded an innovative enterprise called "One Hop Shop," which raises crickets for human food.
Otavio Bartalotti, assistant professor, presented the paper “A Correction for Regression Discontinuity Designs with Group-Specific Mismeasurement of the Running Variable,” at the North American Summer Meeting of the Econometric Society, at UC-Davis June 21-24, 2018.
Wallace Huffman, professor, made two paper presentations:
Leigh Tesfatsion, "Electric Power Markets in Transition: Agent-Based Modeling Tools for Transactive Energy Support," Chapter 13 (pp.
Faculty and P&S,
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David Swenson, associate scientist, talked with Washington Post reporter Todd Frankel for a story about Ames’ lowest-in-the-nation unemployment rate and whether the effects of that low rate are evident.
Alum Nathan Kauffman ('12 PhD econ) has been promoted to vice president of the Kansas City Fed.
Sebastien Pouliot, associate professor, was interviewed by Danny Lawhon, Des Moines Register, about the impact of steel and aluminum tariffs on companies, such as Indian Motorcycles in Spirit Lake.
Alejandro Plastina, assistant professor was quoted in a June 7 ArgiNews news brief:
Rental rates for Iowa farmland increased for the first time since 2013, according to a survey conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
Dermot Hayes, professor, was quoted in a June 11 Forbes article "Evidence That New Tariffs, Not Immigrants, Are Costing Jobs."
Just a reminder that, effective April 26, 2018, Iowa State has replaced Travel & Transport with two new contracted travel agencies—Corporate Travel Partners (CTP) and Key Travel.
The impact for faculty travel is limited. As always, travelers can book their own travel directly with airlines or use their preferred travel agencies so long as they pay using a personal credit card (and not an ISU P-card).