Department News

Faculty Retirements

Richard Steckel

Professor Emeritus Richard Steckel, a distinguished economic historian, retired effective June 30, 2014.  He joined the Ohio State faculty in 1974 and completed his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1977.  His research focused on questions of living standards, inequality and demographic issues of health, mortality, migration and fertility.  The centerpiece of his work is in the science of auxology, a study of human growth and the recognition of average stature as a general measure of human welfare.  In 2009 he was named a Distinguished University Professor, which is awarded to no more than three exceptional faculty per year, in recognition of his accomplishments in research, teaching and service.   

Paul Evans

On September 1, 2014, Paul Evans retired from the department of Economics.  He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1976 and joined Ohio State in 1987 as an Associate Professor.  Evans has published extensively in scholarly journals on a wide range of macroeconomic  topics. During his tenure at Ohio State he advised and mentored numerous graduate students.  He served as the co-editor of the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking (JMCB), and on the board of editors of Studies in Economics and Finance and of the Journal of Financial Stability.  His service as editor of the JMCB has contributed to the profile of the journal and the reputation of the department.  

Faculty Grants

Jason Blevins and Don Haurin, Aging in Place:  Managing the Use of Reverse Mortgages to Enable Housing Stability, Department of Housing and Urban Development, $555,004

PJ Healy, Eliciting the Type Space in Extensive-Form Game Forms, National Science Foundation, $202,960

Aubhik Khan and Julia Thomas, Debt, Default and Business Cycles with Heterogeneous Firms, National Science Foundation, $430,750

Randy Olsen and Lung-fei Lee, BCC Ohio Longitudinal Data Archive, National Science Foundation, $499,615

Bruce Weinberg, Building an Implementation Roadmap for an Institute for Research on Innovation and Sciences, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, $216,491

Faculty Other Activities

Aubhik Khan was on the Program Committee of the Econometric Society Summer Meetings for Summer 2013. 

Julia Thomas was on the Program Committee of the Econometric Society Summer Meetings for Summer 2014.  

ASSA 2015 Meetings

Boston, MA from January 3-5, 2015.  The headquarters hotel will be the Sheraton Boston.

The department will hold its annual ASSA reception on Saturday, January 3, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in Sheraton Boston—Beacon D Room.  We hope that alumni and friends attending the meetings will stop by.