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Economics in Action

Recent articles, publications, and news items featuring Econ Department faculty, students, alumni, and staff.

School kids high-fivingCalifornia Team to Uncover Pandemic Impact on PreK-12 Students
UC San Diego economist Julian Betts is co-PI on a study of pandemic recovery and equitable outcomes across 1,000 school districts in the state. The effort is in collaboration with the Public Policy Institute of California, UC Berkeley School of Education and California Department of Education.

Math to Make a Difference
A myth-busting Q&A with Economics Department Chair Julie Cullen about the field and its future. 

Econ alum Rhett ButlerEcon Alum Wins Heinz Award
Economics alumnus Rhett Ayers Butler ’99, founder and CEO of the environmental nonprofit news platform Mongabay, has won the 2022 Heinz Award for the Environment.

Kroner Center to Strengthen and Protect Retiree Investments
Economics alumnus Kenneth Kroner and his wife, Jennifer, have pledged $5 million to establish the Kroner Center for Financial Research. Co-directed by Graham Elliott of Economics, the center is the only research center of its kind – linking major asset owners around the world with the academic economics and finance community.

Welcome, Aram Grigoryan

Welcome, Nir Jaimovich

Portrait of Karthik MuralidharanOne of ‘100 Most Influential Academics in Government’
Apolitical’s list includes Karthik Muralidharan of Economics who is celebrated for research to enhance the efficacy of government expenditure in the social sector.

Inflation Inequality
Economics graduate student Jacob Orchard writes in The Conversation about how the poorest Americans are hit hardest by soaring prices on necessities.

Remote Work Drove Over 60% of House-Price Surge, Fed Study Finds
Bloomberg News reports on research co-authored by Johannes Wieland of Economics and a colleague from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. The research also caught the attention of New York Times’ columnist Paul Krugman.

Portrait of Valerie RameyThe 8 Economists Who Decide If the U.S. Is in a Recession
Hint: Our own Valerie Ramey is among them, the Washington Post reports.

Why Billionaires Are Donating Millions to This Nonprofit That Gives Cash to the Poor
Forbes presents an extensive story on the nonprofit GiveDirectly, co-founded by Paul Niehaus of Economics. 

Did the Federal Reserve Make the Right Call Increasing Interest Rates?
James Hamilton weighs in as a member of the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Econometer panel.

Couple in front of their rebuilt homeCalifornia’s Wildfire Building Codes Make Newer Homes Less Likely to Burn
Marketplace features the research of economist Judson Boomhower on the protective effects of wildfire building codes on new homes. Remarkably, Boomhower’s research also shows that the codes also protect older neighboring homes.

The Resilience of State and Local Government Budgets in the Pandemic
Jeffrey Clemens recently published an Econofact memo describing his research on the unexpected stability of state and local governments’ budgets.

What If TV Isn’t Bad for Us?
Gordon Dahl of Economics is featured in a “Freakonomics, M.D.” podcast where he speaks about his research from 2009 on the surprising correlation between consuming violent media and a decrease (not increase) in acts of violent crime.

News Archive

Welcome, Juan Herreno, December 2021

Welcome, Steve Wu, December 2021

Graham Elliott elected Fellow of the Econometric Society, September 2021

Graham Elliott named the Sir Clive W. J. Granger Endowed Chair in Econometrics, July 2021

Welcome, Emanuel Vespa, November 2020

Read a collection of Tributes to Distinguished Professor, Emeritus, Mark Machina, November 2020

Welcome, Fabian Trottner, October 2020

Welcome, Denis Shishkin, September 2020

Welcome, Sara Lowes, August 2020

Welcome, Fabian Eckert, August 2020

Welcome, David Arnold, August 2020

Message from the Chair, June 2020

Valerie Ramey awarded 2020 R.K. Cho Economics Prize, May 2020

Valerie Ramey named one of Worth Magazine's 16 Powerhouse Female Economists, May 2019

Team UCSD wins the the CFA Institute Local Research Challenge for the 3rd year in a row, Mar 2019

Songzi Du, Econometrica, May 2021

Sara Lowes, American Economic Review, April 2021

Isabel Trevino, Econometrica, Jan 2020

Karthik Muralidharan, American Economic Review, Apr 2019

Johannes Wieland, American Economic Review, Feb 2019

Judson Boomhower, American Economic Review, Feb 2019

Julian Betts, Public Policy Institute of California, Jan 2019

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