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February 02, 2021

Research Days 2021Registration for presenting in this year’s program and participating in networking opportunities has been extended until Feb. 11, 2021, or until all event participant time slots are filled. Registration as an attendee only is also available and will remain open until the event cap is reached.

February 01, 2021

Iowa State faculty will be asked to share their work experience and typical weekly schedule through two surveys they'll receive during the next two months.

In a letter to faculty this week, senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert and Faculty Senate president Carol Faber said the feedback will be used to better serve and promote the development of all faculty, create better understanding among policymakers of faculty work and ultimately enrich the overall faculty experience at Iowa State.

February 01, 2021

Dr. Desire KedagniDesire Kedagni, assistant professor, had his new paper, “Identifying Treatment Effects in the Presence of Confounded Types,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Econometrics.

January 29, 2021

Dr. Alejandro PlastinaAlejandro Plastina, associate professor, presented a webinar titled, "Insights Iowa: Informing the financial picture for Iowa’s primary crops and the decisions made,” Jan. 28, 2021, as part of the 2021 Iowa Farm Bureau Economic Summit Webinar Series.

January 28, 2021

As in the fall, the undergraduate office will not be open for walk-in traffic. The main office (260) will be staffed from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday-Friday starting Jan. 25, 2021. Any short-term closure for lunch hour or a meeting will be posted, along with a time that the office will be reopened.

We have two student assistants helping to staff the department office this spring. They can help assist with small projects such as scanning, copying, data entry, etc. Send your requests to: econ-officehelp@iastate.edu

January 28, 2021

Dr. Wendong ZhangWendong Zhang, assistant professor, was a guest on a Farm4Profit podcast, "Will the US and China Play Nice Together?" Jan. 25.

January 27, 2021

The AEA Committee on Economic Education will sponsor a poster session at the 2022 ASSA Meetings in Boston devoted to active learning strategies across the economics curriculum. Instead of papers, session presenters will prepare large visual poster summaries of their work, which will be mounted in an exhibition room to allow presenters to talk directly with session participants. Although we encourage presenters to include evidence that their strategy enhances learning, we do not require quantifiable evidence.

January 27, 2021

The 2021 Research Days event

Registration for presenting in this year’s program and participating in networking opportunities is currently open and will remain open until Jan. 29, 2021, or until all event participant time slots are filled.  It's a great opportunity to raise awareness of the innovative research happening in your departments, to learn about other projects on campus and to network (through virtual forums this year).

January 27, 2021

We look forward to you joining us for the 2021 Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity Conference. Although we cannot be together in-person we look forward to bringing the same energy and experience to you virtually!

PRECONFERENCE: Wed., March 3, 2021

The preconference is open to Iowa State faculty and staff.

FULL CONFERENCE: Thur. & Fri., March 4-5, 2021

January 26, 2021

Dr. Leigh TesfatsionLeigh Tesfatsion, research professor and professor emerita, has had a new book published.

A New Swing-Contract Design for Wholesale Power Markets
By Leigh Tesfatsion, 20 Chapters, 288pp., Wiley/IEEE Press, c. 2021

January 26, 2021

TO: All Economics Faculty, P&S Staff, Postdocs and Graduate Assistants

This message is a reminder to complete your annual COIC disclosure (for 2021) now.  You should also update the COIC disclosure form throughout the year as necessary.  Please review the instructions below carefully because the reporting process has changed, and there are several additions to the policies of which you should be aware.

January 26, 2021

2021 SRSA Virtual Meeting

Join us for the 60th Annual Meeting of the Southern Regional Science Association delivered via Zoom
April 6 – 9, 2021

January 22, 2021

Dr. Peter OrazemPeter Orazem, university professor, was interviewed for a Jan. 21 WOI-TV story, "Fight for $15 minimum wage continues into Biden administration."

January 21, 2021

COVID by the numbersCOVID-19 data from the fall semester tell a story of the tremendous effort to manage the pandemic on campus. Iowa State University’s public health team and several employee volunteers provided testing, case management and contact tracing to help limit the spread of infection.

January 21, 2021

Face maskFree Iowa State branded face coverings will be distributed to students Jan. 22 and 25 at two central locations: 130A Parks Library and 3630 Memorial Union. They also will be available at college offices throughout the semester -- 102 Catt, 1200 Gerdin, 131 MacKay, 2270 Veterinary Medicine, 1300 Marston, 19 Curtiss, 1137 Pearson and 134 Design.

January 20, 2021

Dr. Mark EdelmanA $500,000 Wells Fargo grant has enabled Iowa Community Capital to increase its capacity to help small businesses, according to board chair Emeritus Professor Mark Edelman.

January 20, 2021

Research scientist David Swenson's recent media contacts:

David SwensonErica Fry, Fortune, about the economic events affecting Iowa in 2020 (trade war, pandemic, and derecho, primarily).

Steve Ravel, Corridor Business Journal (Coralville), about the reliability of business forecasts in light of the pandemic and the pace of economic recovery realized to date.

January 19, 2021

Dr. Hongli FengHongli Feng has joined the economics department as assistant professor, beginning Jan. 1, 2021. She is the Endowed Professor for Excellence in Agricultural Economics and Director of the MSAE program.

January 19, 2021

Dr. Desire KedagniDesire Kedagni, assistant professor, has had his paper, "Does Class Size Matter? How, and at What Cost?,"  (joint with Kala Krishna, Rigissa Megalokonomou and Yingyan Zhao), accepted for publication in European Economic Review.

January 19, 2021

Nieyan ChengNieyan Cheng, PhD student, made a recent Zoom presentaion at the 29th Camphor Economics Circle Seminars. The presentation is titled "The Impact of China's Place-based Environmental Regulations on its Hog Industry and Water Quality: A Synthetic Difference-in-differences Approach."

January 19, 2021

Ayah GleisnerAyah Gleisner has started as the new student worker in the economics department.

The open option freshman was born and raised in Ames and enjoys hiking, traveling, and cooking ("although I’m not very good at it"). Please welcome her when you see her in Heady!

January 15, 2021

Dr. Helen JensenHelen Jensen, professor emerita, was interviewed for a Jan. 15 Oskaloosa News article, "Iowa food pantries weather COVID, face unprecedented storm coming this winter."

January 14, 2021

Dr. Wendong ZhangWendong Zhang, assistant professor, was interviewed for a Jan. 14  Brownfield Ag News story, "Economist predicts US-China trade outlook under new administration."

January 14, 2021

Aryan Prajpati, Godpower, AkpobariThe econ department has hired two new student workers who'll be working with Christopher to help with your IT questions or issues.

January 13, 2021

Please join us for a networking opportunity for the USDA AFRI 2021 Foundational RFA networking event on Friday, Jan. 22 at 11:00 am. Hear lightning talks by researchers from colleges across campus, followed by open discussion. Register for the event here.  A calendar invite will be sent to you prior to the event.

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