Department News

Economics Earns Stellar Rankings
U.S. News & World Report 2018 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools, ranked Ohio State’s Economics Graduate program as 29th in the country. The department is ranked 10th overall among public universities by U.S. News & World Report.

Ian KrajbichKrajbich Receives NSF CAREER Award
Ian Krajbich, assistant professor, psychology and economics, received a five-year NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program Award of $722,305. Krajbich is developing models to apply and test across different types of human decisions. He will generate mathematical models of underlying choice processes that can be tested using various data: eye movements during evaluation of options, hand movements during execution of choice and the overall time taken to make a decision. Krajbich is a member of Translational Data Analytics@Ohio State and serves on the board of the Society for Neuroeconomics.

Bruce WeinbergWeinberg Discusses What Makes for Transformative Science with the AEA
Bruce Weinberg, professor of economics and public administration, sat down with the American Economic Association (AEA) to talk about his work on identifying truly transformative science advances — and how age is related to the production of innovation. Weinberg's research spans three areas: how creativity and innovation varies over the life cycle; family and neighborhood determinants of youth outcomes and behavior; and technological change, industrial shifts and the wage structure.
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Trevon LoganLogan’s Work Profiled in Chronicle of Higher Ed and the AEA
Trevon Logan, professor and chair, was featured in the cover story of the Dec. 8 Chronicle of Higher Education. The story, “Shackles and Dollars,” analyzes the controversy surrounding how historians and economists view the connection between slavery and capitalism and highlights the public debate that took place at Dartmouth College, Oct. 20, “Was Slavery Essential to American Capitalism?” pitting historians Sven Beckert (Harvard) and Caitlin Rosenthal (UC-Berkley) against Trevon Logan and fellow economist Alan Olmstead (UC-Davis).

Logan was also profiled by the American Economic Association (AEA) on Nov. 7, 2016. The article, “Trevon Logan – An Economist Who Profits From the Past,” was based on an interview with Logan about his varied academic pursuits- segregation, sports betting and sex markets. Logan, an economic historian, is a research associate for the National Bureau of Economic Research and served as the youngest president of the National Economic Association (NEA) in 2014.

Javier DonnaDonna’s Work in Regulatory Economics Chosen for Prize
Javier Donna, assistant professor, was selected for Best Paper in Regulatory Economics by the Public Utility Research Center at the University of Florida, at the International Industrial Organization Conference in April 2016. Donna’s paper, “The Illiquidity of Water Markets: Efficient Institutions for Water Allocation in Southeastern Spain,” was selected by a committee of experts from the relevant papers that were accepted for presentation at the conference. The prize includes an honorarium of $2,500.

Richard SteckelSteckel is Co-Author of Study on Cardiovascular Disease
Richard Steckel, professor emeritus, is co-author of a new study on the historical origins of cardiovascular disease in the American South. In the working paper, “Historical Origins of a Major Killer: Cardiovascular Disease in the American South,” (National Bureau of Economics Research Working Paper Series, December 2015) Steckel suggests that the current health disparities in the South developed as Southerners encountered a more prosperous lifestyle than their bodies were prepared for, including more food and less manual labor.

Kagel’s is Co-Editor, The Handbook of Experimental Economics, Volume 2
John Kagel, professor of applied economics and director of the Economics Laboratory, is co-editor, along with Alvin Roth, the Craig and Susan McCaw Professor of Economics at Stanford University and the George Gund Professor of Economics and Business Administration Emeritus at Harvard University, of The Handbook of Experimental Economics, Volume 2 (Princeton Press, 2016). This second volume of the Handbook covers some of the most exciting new growth areas in experimental economics, presents the latest results and experimental methods and identifies promising new directions for future research.

Tracy HansonDepartment Hires First Career Services Coordinator
The department has hired its first career services coordinator, with the support of the new Economics Advisory Board. Tracy Hanson is a dedicated resource for career and internship information and employer contacts for the undergraduates. Tracy brings more than five years of experience as a career advisor for DeVry University and Keller Graduate School of Management students and alumni. In addition, she has 10 years of experience in University Archives and Records Management (seven years with Marquette University and three years with the University of Cincinnati).

Graduate Student Awarded NSF Dissertation Grant
Lu Yao Zhang, graduate student, is the recipient of a $15,000 National Science Foundation dissertation grant for her solo third project of her dissertation. Professor Dan Levin is Zhang’s faculty PI.