Graduation marks a major turning point in students' lives, and to celebrate and honor their achievements, over 900 students, faculty, alumni, family members, friends, staff, and Visiting Committee members packed into the HUB Ballroom on June 6. Distinguished alumna Gita Gopinath (MA '96), currently the John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and of Economics at Harvard University, gave the keynote address.
In early May, the Department of Economics was delighted to host Nobel Laureate Alvin Roth for The Milliman Endowed Lecture. His talk, entitled, “Markets and Marketplaces: The New and Not So New Economics of Market Design,” was attended by over 150 faculty members, alumni, and economics and business students alike. Students in particular responded to his talk, stating that it was a great example of the use of economics models in every field of work.
The Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC), or Quebec Research Fund, exists to promote and support research and the dissemination of knowledge in the social sciences and many other fields. In many ways, the Fund's prestigious doctoral research scholarship is the Canadian equivalent of the US's NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.
In this year's Nobel Prize in Economics lecture, Professors Fahad Khalil and Jacques Lawarree considered the work of 2016 Nobel Prize in Economics Laureates Oliver Hart (Harvard) and Bengt Holmstrom (MIT), who were awarded "for their contributions to contract theory" and whose research sheds light on how contracts help people deal with conflicting interests. About the Laureates
The Department of Economics congratulates Yurim Lee and Xuetao Shi on being awarded the 2017-18 Henry T. Buechel Memorial Scholarship and Keita Abe for receiving the 2017-18 Conley Fellowship. Both awards are highly competitive and reward students at the earlier stages of their dissertation research who have demonstrated excellence in academic performance and teaching.