UC Santa Barbara Economics



2010-2011 Faculty Recruitment — Feb 26, 2010
The Department of Economics is accepting applications for two Assistant/Associate professor openings. Please see our Faculty Recruitment page for more information regarding the application process.

UCSB Ranked Third in Nation for Environmental Economics and Sixth in Experimental Economics — Feb 26, 2010
In a report released in January 2010, two programs in economics at UC Santa Barbara are ranked in the top ten among those at all universities in the United States. Our program in Environmental Economics ranks third in the nation, while our program in Experimental Economics is ranked number six in the nation. In addition to those in the top ten, our Behavioral Economics program ranks number twelve. The report is a joint product of the University of Connecticut and Research Papers in Economics is a volunteer-driven initiative to create a public-access database that promotes scholarly communication in economics and related disciplines. To determine the order, RePEc computed 31 different rankings according to 31 different criteria. They then remove the best and the worst and aggregate the results using a harmonic mean of the rank orders. Experimental Econ ranking of US universities: 1. Chicago 2. UCSD 3. Chapman University 4. Harvard 5. NYU 6. UCSB Environmental Econ ranking of US universities: 1. MIT 2. Harvard 3. UCSB Cognitive and Behavioral Economics 1. Chicago 2. Chapman University 3. UCB 4. UCSD 5. George Mason 6. NYU 7. Wharton 8. Brown 9. Columbia 10. Harvard 11. CMU 12. UCSB

Charles Kolstad inducted as AERE fellow — Jan 13, 2010
Congratulations are in order for Charles Kolstad, who was recently inducted as a fellow of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE). AERE is the main association for this field and Charles is among only a handful of economists world-wide who have received this honor. For more information regarding the AERE and to see the list of previously inducted fellows please visit the
AERE website.

The Stimulus Is Definitely Working?! — Oct 06, 2009
Professors Peter Rupert (UCSB) and Tom Cooley (NYU) share their opinions on the US economic stimulus program in Forbes magazine.

Olivier Deschenes Wins the Albert Rees Prize — May 12, 2009
UCSB Economics is delighted to announce that Olivier Deschenes has been awarded the Albert Rees Prize, jointly with Assistant Professor Erica Field of Harvard University. The prize is awarded every two years for the Princeton Ph.D. dissertation, completed within the last six years, judged to have made the greatest contribution to labor economics. The prize commemorates Al Rees's great contributions to labor economics at Princeton as a scholar, teacher, mentor, colleague, and friend. More information can be found at http://www.irs.princeton.edu/students/ReesPrize.php or at Olivier Deschenes' homepage http://econ.ucsb.edu/~olivier/

AEA Summer Program with Minority Scholarships to be Hosted Here — Sep 21, 2007
The department is proud to announce its recent selection by the American Economic Association as the next host institution for its Summer Program and Minority Scholarship Program. The American Economic Association Summer Program is a research- and mathematics- intensive, 8-week course of study that prepares highly motivated undergraduate students from all over the United States for successful PhD study in economics. Attached to the program is a scholarship program that supports the participation of students from historically disadvantaged minorities who have demonstrated financial need. The current host institution is Duke University; UCSB is scheduled to take over as host for the summers of 2008-2010. Funding for the program comes from a number of sources, including the American Economic Association, National Science Foundation, and UCSB's Division of Social Sciences. Information about the program is available at: http://www.econ.ucsb.edu/aeastp/