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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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Several Economics Ph.D. students attended the Graduate Student Summit for Diversity in Economics, hosted by the Women of Economics at Berkeley.

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Fall 2018 Transfer Student Welcome Reception

On Tuesday, September 25th, UCSB Economics hosted the annual Transfer Student Welcome Reception. ​Faculty, staff, and upperclassmen spoke with new students, answering questions about the department and what to expect in the fall quarter.

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On Monday, September 24th, the UCSB Economics Career Connection program took ten students to Los Angeles to do Finance Industry site visits. Students visited Houlihan Lokey, Barclays, and Wells Fargo, gaining sage advice on interviewing tactics, industry expectations, and tips on how to succeed. Thank you to all of the companies who hosted UCSB Economics!

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The Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University and the Laboratory for Aggregate Economics and Finance at the University of California Santa Barbara will hold the 9th conference on Advances in Macro-Finance, designed to bring together leading scholars in the field. This year, the conference will be held at the Upham Hotel in Santa Barbara on Friday September 28 and Saturday September 29, 2018. The conference will consist of selected papers with a formal discussant for each paper.

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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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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 collegefactual.com, 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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