Work by UCSB econ alumna Valerie Bostwick was discussed in InsideHigherEd finding evidence of a peer-effect in which a higher fraction of women in a PhD program in STEM fields led to increased graduation rates.

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The AEA interviews Kelly Bedard about how gender-neutral tenure clock stopping policies can actually widen the gender gap in the profession.

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Dick Startz wrote about the recent National Academy of Sciences report on sexual harassment in universities for the Brookings Institution

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On Thursday, September 13 of 2018, upperclass Economics graduate students welcomed and celebrated with the incoming first year PhD students, who just finished three weeks of Math Camp. It has become a tradition that each year before the start of the fall quarter the incoming and current graduate students watch the sunset together.

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Professor Rod Garratt gave the keynote lecture to kick off the 16th Payment and Settlement System Simulation Seminar at the Bank of Finland in Helsinki on August 30, 2018.

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In the tradition that began in 2014, The Laboratory for Aggregate Economics and Finance is pleased to sponsor the Fifth Annual Macroeconomics and Business CYCLE Conference August 8 -11, 2018 at the Upham Hotel Garden Room at 1404 De La Vina Street in Santa Barbara.

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The Laboratory for Aggregate Economics and Finance is pleased to sponsor the second Lab Coat Workshop August 3-4, 2018 at the Upham Hotel Garden Room at 1404 De La Vina Street in Santa Barbara.

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Dick Startz and Kate Walsh, President of the National Council on Teacher Quality, wrote about a recently suggested plan for offering tax credits to teachers in high poverty schools at the Brookings Institution Chalkboard.

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On July 18, Professor Rod Garratt gave testimony to a subcommittee of the U. S. House of Representatives at a hearing entitled, “The Future of Money: Digital Currency." Professor Garratt's testimony focused on the merits of any uses by central banks of cryptocurrencies.

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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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