Past Events

Coffee Chat Series (in Economic Theory)

(Spring 2016) (Register here) We’re running a series of coffee chats this semester – informal events hosted by a professor, for a small group of students to learn more about their areas of research. The emphasis will be on economic theory. We’ve invited three hosts. All of them are assistant professors, in order to give students a feel for topics that excite the most recent generation of economists.

  • Aislinn Bohren: Her research interests include social learning and contract design. A recent paper begins with the canonical social learning setting – where privately-informed agents can learn by observing each other’s actions – and demonstrates that a seemingly innocuous failure of rationality can allow the public to remain permanently misinformed. Monday, 3/21 from 1:30 to 2:30pm in McNeil 409.
  • Yuichi Yamamoto: His research interests include repeated interactions (which outcomes are achievable; how agents learn). A recent paper studies a class of games where agents face uncertainty about their state in each period, extending the folk theorem and showing that achievable outcomes are robust to initial beliefs, as well as finding that rational agents may experiment to uncover useful information. Monday, 4/4 from 4 to 5pm in McNeil 409.
  • Mallesh Pai: His research interests include mechanism and auction design. A recent paper studies a common form of advertising in online social networks – where users view the purchasing decisions of their connections – and evaluates how manipulating the structure of these networks can increase website revenue at the expense of information quality. Thursday, 4/14 from 3 to 4pm in McNeil 409.

Sponsors: Department of Economics

Graduate School Panel

(3/29/16) (Register here) Considering graduate school in economics? What should you write in your essay? What can you do to prepare yourself for graduate school? What are the career options available after you graduate? We’re hosting an informational panel for undergraduates. Current economics PhD students will discuss their experiences with research, preparation and teaching. Undergraduates will also have the opportunity to field questions to our guests. This will be a great opportunity for students to find out more about graduate school and gain insight from graduate students. Tuesday 3/29 at 7pm, Williams Hall G3.

Co-hosts: Undergraduate Economics Society

Econ 300 Info Session

(3/16/16) (Register here) Together with the Economics department and Prof. Jere Behrman, we’re holding an information session on the honors thesis course for prospective enrollees. The event will take place on Wednesday, March 16th from 7-8pm in SHDH 1201. It will begin a brief overview of the course by the Professor, followed by brief (5 min) research presentations by current students. Afterwards, we will hold a panel of said current students and conclude with a Q&A session. Topics will include how to best prepare for the course, pitfalls to watch out for, and guidance on conducting research as an undergraduate.

Co-hosts: Department of Economics

The Journal Club

(Spring 2015) (Website) The Journal Club was a bi-weekly reading and discussion group for students interested in economics. The name originally stems from similar groups common in the fields of medicine and biology, where graduate students and advisors meet and discuss a particular paper to keep abreast of recent research. Our theme was “Macroeconomics and the Business Cycle”, and the following discussions took place:

Anyone interested in reviving the Journal Club should reach out to us; we feel it ended too soon.

Co-hosts: Undergraduate Economics Society