Professor Rod Garratt answers the question "Will cryptocurrencies disintermediate banks?" at the recent G20 Global Financial Stability Conference in Seoul, Korea.

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At the end of each academic year two faculty members are selected by graduate students to be rewarded for their exceptional mentorship and excellent instruction. For the 2017-2018 academic year, Assistant Professor Clement de Chaisemartin received the Outstanding Graduate Instructor Award and Assistant Professor Emanuel Vespa received the Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor Award. Their names will be added to these plaques and displayed in the Economics Department to forever be remembered for their commitment to their students.

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UC Santa Barbara's undergraduate economics program has ranked 12 according to, placing UCSB above all other UC's (UCLA - 24, UCB - 30) and most other public schools. Go Gauchos!

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Clément de Chaisemartin co-organizes a conference taking place in the French parliament on June 28th. Academics will present research papers evaluating the effects of various French policies, to promote evidence-based policy making.

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The Laboratory for Aggregate Economics and Finance (LAEF) is hosting a conference entitled "Women in Macroeconomics" on May 17th and 18th, 2018.

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Professor Dick Startz was interviewed on KUER radio in Utah on the importance of higher teacher pay.

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Professor Garratt to speak on cryptocurrencies and global monetary policy at MIT Media Lab event "Business of Blockchain."

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Professor Dick Startz was quoted in various news media on the question of limiting visas for Chinese students.

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The Department of Economics invites applications for qualified temporary lecturers to teach courses in economics and accounting.

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The UCSB Economics Department is very happy to be joined by three new faculty in July: Youssef Benzarti, Erik Eyster and Alisa Tazhitdinova.

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This week, Oxford University Press published the first edition of Peter Kuhn's textbook, Personnel Economics. Based on an advanced undergraduate course Kuhn developed at UCSB, personnel economics applies economic theory and empirical analysis to employers' human resource decisions.

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The Department of Economics invites applications for four or more positions, including the Richard F. Aster Jr. Endowed Chair. The positions are open to all fields with priorities in environmental, macroeconomics, and public economics.

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The 12th edition of Professor Dick Startz' textbook "Macroeconomics" has recently been published in Chinese.

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Professor Dick Startz, assisted by Gretler Fellow Isabel Steffens, discussed “The Education Melting Pot?’ on the Brookings Institution Chalkboard. Bottom line, there’s not been much change in the mixing of students from different racial and ethnic backgrounds at either K-12 or at the college level.

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Professor Olivier Deschenes' recent work entitled "Defensive Investments and the Demand for Air Quality: Evidence from the NOx Budget Program" is published in the American Economic Review

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Ron Dye, the Leonard Spacek Professor of Accounting Information and Management at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, will be giving a public lecture on Wednesday, November 8th, at 5:​30pm in the IHC McCune room.

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Professor Dick Startz was quoted in Newsweek as saying “Higher teacher salaries will eventually get us better teachers”.

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For our fifth annual Babcock Memorial Undergraduate Lecture, Professor Stefano DellaVigna from University of California, Berkeley will present “Predicting Experimental Results: Who Knows What”. The lecture is Thursday, October 19th, from 3:30-5:00pm at the Loma Pelona Center.

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The Laboratory for Aggregate Economics and Finance (LAEF) at the University of California, Santa Barbara is pleased to announce the second LAEF OTC Markets and Securities Conference. The meeting will take place at The Upham Hotel in Santa Barbara, Friday, October 13, and Saturday, October 14, 2017.

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The Laboratory of Aggregate Economics and Finance (LAEF) hosts "Why the Government Does Whatever it is that the Government Does". The conference is this Friday and Saturday, October 6-7th.

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