Impact Evaluation Network (IEN) Meeting
October 8-9, 2010
The Economics Department, with support from the School of Business Administration, the World Bank and the Interamerican Development Bank, is organizing a meeting of the Impact Evaluation Network (IEN) of the Latin American and the Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA).
The meeting will take place on Friday, October 8 and Saturday, October 9 at the University of Miami. It will consist of two mornings of four lectures, two each day, by Guido Imbens, professor at Harvard University, on recent methodological developments in program evaluation. Imbens is one of the foremost experts in the world in this area, and in econometrics in general. In the two afternoons we will have the presentation of eight papers in the area of econometrics of program evaluation and policy interventions in developing countries.
The deadline for registration is Sept. 1. Registration is free for the School’s faculty and students.
Further information on the meeting, including the program, can be found here.
June 2008: Economics professor Oscar Mitnik and co-author's paper "Dealing with Limited Overlap in Estimation of Average Treatment Effects" was accepted at the prestigious statistics journal Biometrika.
June 2008: Economics professor Shirley Liu's research on family structure and child health and labor market outcomes was featured in the Spring 2008 edition of the University of Miami publication BusinessMiami.
May 2008: Congratulations to Alex Correa, who was unanimously selected by the economics faculty as the top graduating economics major of 2008. Alex has a 3.99 GPA while double majoring in Economics and Spanish. Alex is a member of the award winning University of Miami Model United Nations debate team and gave the student commencement speech at graduation. Alex has been accepted to Princeton's prestigious Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy, where he will pursue a Masters in Public Affairs, Economics, and Public Policy. In an interview, Alex revealed that he liked economics because it gives quantitative answers on development and public policy questions that interest him.
May 2008: Congratulations to economics major Ryan Kairalla, who received the Dean's Award in Memory of Beatrice Gitlow. The prize is awarded annually to the top all around business student. Ryan has a 4.0 GPA with a double major in economics and politics. He has been accepted to UC-Berkeley School of Law but plans to first participate in the Teach For America program. In an interview, Ryan revealed that he switched his major to economics because it was more challenging than his previous major.
April 2008: Congratulations to economics major Ryan Kairalla, whose honors thesis, “Competitive Argument and Moral Growth,” won second place at the 2008 University of Miami Research and Creativity Forum competition.
April 2008: Congratulations to economics major Raul Izquierdo, whose honors thesis, "How Competitive is the Retail Gasoline Market? An Analysis of the Determinants of Retail Gasoline," won third place at the 2008 University of Miami Research and Creativity Forum competition.
November 2007: "Work Experience as a Source of Specification Error in Earnings Models: Implications for Gender Wage Decompositions" by assistant professor Tracy Regan was accepted for publication at the Journal of Population Economics.
October 23, 2007: Assistant Professor Shirley Liu's paper "Is My Parents' Divorce to Blame for My Failure in Life? A Joint Model of Child Educational Attainment and Parental Divorce" was profiled in the New Economist and Tim Harford's blog in the Financial Times.
October 2007: "Intergenerational Risk Shifting Through Social Security and Bailout Politics" by assistant professor Luca Bossi was accepted for publication at the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control.
August 22, 2007: Associate Professor David L. Kelly comments in a feature on Discovery Channel News (page 3) on how population growth and the building boom in South Florida have increased exposure to hurricanes, which are expected to increase in severity from climate change.
August 2007: "Generic Entry, Price Competition, and Market Segmentation in the Prescription Drug Market" by assistant professor Tracy Regan was accepted for publication in the economics journal International Journal of Industrial Organization.
July 2007: "Non-Parametric Tests for Treatment Effect Heterogeneity" by assistant professor Oscar Mitnik was accepted for publication by the economics journal Review of Economics and Statistics.
July 5, 2007: The Spring 2007 issue of the SBA graduate programs newsletter "Grad Buzz" contains a story about research by UM economics professors Pedro Gomis-Porqueras and Adrian Peralta-Alva on the economics of obesity. Their research shows that 80% of the increase in obseity in the last few decades can be explained by economic factors: tax changes and reductions in the gender wage gap increased the incentive for both members of a married couple to work. Thus, couples now spend less time cooking at home and more time eating out. Since eating out is more calorie intensive, weight gain is the result. Download their paper from our working paper archive.
June 7, 2007: "Economic Growth and the Environment: Theory and Facts," by associate professor David L. Kelly and Ph.D. program alumni Sherry Bartz was accepted for publication in the economics journal Resource and Energy Economics.
May 18, 2007: Congradulations to Ph. D. student Zheng Feng who received the Florence Bayuk award for best third year research paper. Feng's paper involves computation of equilibria in models with distortions and heterogeneous agents. Feng was admitted to the Institute for Computational Economics Summer Program at the University of Chicago, where he will further his studies.
May 10, 2007: Congratulations to Ph. D. students Jiangze Bien, Sherry Bartz, and Duan Peng, who defended this semester. Sherry and Duan received their hoods at the graduation ceremony for graduate students on May 10.
March 28, 2007: Congratulations to Patricia Mazzei, winner of the 2007 award for best graduating senior economics major Patricia, who was independently nominated by three economics faculty, has a 3.99 GPA while majoring in economics, political science, and journalism. Patricia will give the student commencement address at graduation on May 11. A former editor-in-chief of the University of Miami Hurricane newspaper, Patricia has accepted internships at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in the summer and at the Miami Herald in the fall.