The Department of Economics invites applications for three positions, including the Richard F. Aster Jr. Chair in Economics, the Wilcox Family Chair in Entrepreneurial Economics, and a position open at the Assistant or Associate Professor level.

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The Laboratory for Aggregate Economics and Finance (LAEF) at the University of California, Santa Barbara is pleased to announce the third LAEF OTC Markets and Securities Conference. The meeting will take place at The Upham Hotel in Santa Barbara, Friday, October 12, and Saturday, October 13, 2018. The workshop fosters discussion and research on OTC financial markets. We invite theoretical and empirical papers on the following topics (but not limited to): the design of markets and securities, networks and relationships, information design and disclosure, the industrial organization of financial intermediaries, search theory, financial contracting, and the intersection of these topics with macroeconomics, asset pricing, and corporate finance. The academic organizer is Batchimeg Sambalaibat, Assistant Professor of Finance at Indiana University.

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Data Hack 2018

On Saturday, October 6th, 20 undergraduates competed in the first ever Economics Data Hack competition.

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The Department of Economics awarded seven quarters of fellowships via a research competition for academic year 2018-2019.

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  • Nov 08

    Fifth Annual Philip Babcock Memorial Undergraduate Lecture

    The Philip Babcock Memorial Undergraduate Lecture was established at the University of California, Santa Barbara to honor the vibrant legacy of UCSB Professor Philip Babcock. The lecture seeks to expose our students and the community at large to the most intriguing applications of economics. Our speakers have been chosen to convey some of the joy Professor Babcock found in applying economics to the world.

    Professor Babcock lived an extraordinary life. He joined our faculty in 2006 after obtaining his Ph.D. in Economics from UC San Diego in 2005. His areas of expertise included labor economics, time use, human capital, social dynamics, and networks. His recent scholarly publications have been cited and debated in The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN - Anderson Cooper 360, The Economist, The Boston Globe, Mother Jones, Voice of America, and other media outlets. His interests and talents were wide-ranging; in addition to his important contributions as an economist, he also founded an engineering software company, worked as a freelance writer of film and episodic television, and in 2011 published a novel, Eyes of God, which was hailed as "both a tale of suspense that chronicles the fall of a dictatorship, and an exploration of suffering, loss, love, and raw human resilience." Professor Babcock’s exuberance for life, incredible courage in the face of illness and unwavering dedication to our campus and our students was an inspiration to all who knew him.

    For our f​ifth annual lecture, Professor ​Lucas Davis from UC Berkeley will be the keynote speaker and will present “Contribution of air conditioning adoption to future energy use under global warming.” Lucas Davis specializes in Energy and Environmental Economics and is a faculty director of the Energy Institute at the Haas School of Business.

    This event is open to the public and free of charge. Reception immediately following. 

    The Loma Pelona Center is a multipurpose facility located on the west side of the main campus near Manzanita Village.
    3:30 PM Loma Pelona Center


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