Latest Economics News

Highlighting new scholarly work, awards, grants and other news in the Oxy Economics department.


  • Project management techniques are important for the successful completion of large projects. Associate Professor of Economics Daryl Ono’s new article in the Journal of Cost Analysis & Parametrics shows that microeconomic tools can be implemented to improve the probability of success of a project. “A Continuance of Marginal Cost Methodology in Project Change Management” uses statistical analysis to illustrate the effectiveness of this methodology.
  • Associate Professor of Economics Andrew Jalil appeared on California’s KCRW to discuss rising inflation in the United States. Professor Jalil explained that the Federal Reserve is striving for a “Goldilocks moment,” where they raise interest rates enough to slow inflation but not so much as to provoke a recession.
  • The Economics Department's work in the 2021-2022 academic year to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion is summarized in the year-end report.
  • Assistant Professor of Economics Jorgen Harris published "Male judges are more likely to hire women as clerks after working with female judges" in The Conversation describing his research on gender and employment in the judiciary. The article highlights a paper by Harris and his coauthors, published in the Journal of Labor Economics.
  • Woody Studenmund, Laurence de Rycke Professor of Economics, retires after 52 years at Oxy.
  • Professor of Economics Lesley Chiou was awarded the 2022 Antitrust Writing Awards by Concurrences Review for her article with co-author Avigail Kifer, "Free Can Make Cents: How to Think About 'Free' in Competitive Markets." The article examines when firms may offer products priced for free and how do firms compete in markets where prices are set to zero?
  • Associate Professor of Economics Andrew Jalil was interviewed by Marketplace about the Federal Reserve's recent interest rate hikes and the likelihood of recession.
  • Assistant Professor of Economics Jorgen Harris has a new article in Labour Economics! In “Do Wages Fall when Women Enter an Occupation?”, Professor Harris finds that increases in women's work and education in the second half of the 20th century led to big changes in women’s representation in many high-education occupations. 
  • Using a randomized control trial in India, Assistant Professor of Economics Jason Wong and co-authors find that vouchers of equal value increase household willingness to pay for solar lanterns more than cash transfers and microfinance schemes. “Increasing microsolar technology adoption: Efficacy of vouchers, cash transfers, and microfinance,” published in Energy Economics, demonstrates that affordability is a prime obstacle and supports the use of voucher-like incentive programs to encourage transitional technologies.
  • Assistant Professor of Economics Jesse Mora’s new article in Empirical Economics takes a new approach to defining how country-level exports grow. “Export Growth Drivers and Economic Development” shows that country-level export growth will depend on five growth drivers (comparative advantage changes, product demand growth, country-level growth, global growth, and growth in destinations reached).
  • Catlin Hedeman '21 publishes her honors thesis "The Effects of Increased Access to Mail-In and Absentee Voting Due to COVID-19 on Voter Turnout in the 2020 Presidential Election" in the Undergraduate Economic Review.