The department of Economics is delighted to announce that Jeffrey Smith, BA ’85, has been chosen as the 2019 Distinguished Alumnus. Smith joins an impressive group of alumni whose professional achievements and cumulative contributions have brought personal distinction, enhanced the profession, improved the welfare of the general public, and brought honor to the department and the UW.
Smith is currently the Paul T. Heyne Distinguished Chair in Economics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.... Read more
Last year, the Department of Economics lost one of its most dedicated alumni, Walt Zabriskie. Walt was an active member of the Visiting Committee and was the driving force in the creation of the Mentorship program. Because of his years of dedication, a group of alumni decided to start the Walter J. Zabriskie Endowment in Economics for Mentorship and Career Development, as a way to honor his memory, and to ensure financial support for the program he helped create.
Walt was happiest when he was... Read more
UW Economics 2017 Distinguished Alumna Gita Gopinath has been appointed as the Economics Counsellor and Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) by Managing Director, Christine Lagarde. “Gita is one of the world’s outstanding economists, with impeccable academic credentials, a proven track record of intellectual leadership, and extensive international experience,” Ms. Lagarde said. “All this makes her exceptionally well-placed to lead our Research Department at this important juncture... Read more
The Department of Economics is delighted to announce that Yanqin Fan, Castor Professor of Economics, has been awarded the 2018 Arnold Zellner for the best paper in theoretical econometrics published by the Journal of Econometrics in 2016 or 2017, along with her co-author and PhD alumnus, Ruixuan Liu, who graduated in 2015. Ruixuan is currently an Assistant Professor of Economics at Emory University, where he has taught since graduating.
The paper, entitled “A direct approach to inference in... Read more
On Friday, May 18th, over 1,200 students gathered to participate in the 2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium. This annual symposium gives students a chance to present their research to a larger audience, and provides a forum for students and faculty to discuss cutting edge research.
Fourteen Economics undergraduate students participated. Each student or student group gave an oral presentation, or a poster presentation of their research project. Students were guided by a faculty mentor, either... Read more
The Department of Economics was shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the death of Fiscal Specialist Chris Fendrich on June 18. Chris was doing one of the things he enjoyed the most - running - when he was hit by a car and died from his injuries.
Chris began working in the Department of Economics in 2005. He brought a calm demeanor to his work: patiently explaining complicated issues to students and faculty alike, while always taking the time to help anyone who needed assistance. Those who... Read more