Highlighting new scholarly work, awards, grants and other news in the Oxy Economics department.
- Senior Jordan Walker '21 receives prestigious Luce Scholarship. Jordan Walker is Occidental College’s 18th Luce Scholar since the program was initiated in 1974. Through the award, he will be placed in a major Asian city, connected to important institutions and people in his areas of interest, and given a year of financial and administrative support to cultivate his career.
- In a new article, "Perceptions and acceptability of electricity theft: Towards better public service provision", Economics Prof. Jason Wong and co-authors study perceptions and acceptability of electricity theft using a large-scale survey experiment in Uttar Pradesh, India. They showed that there exists a sense of social reprimand for stealing power, however, desired punishment is nuanced and context-dependent.
- Emeritus Professors Jim Whitney and Robby Moore and former Oxy administrator and UEP Prof. Hanna Song, publish "Do Students Discriminate? Exploring Differentials by Race and Sex in Class Enrollments and Student Ratings of Instructors," in the Eastern Economic Journal.
- Jason Wong, an environmental and urban economist, joins the economics department.
- Andrew Jalil publishes "Eating to save the planet: Evidence from a randomized controlled trial using individual-level food purchase data" in Food Policy.
- Kayla Hreczuck '21, Eva Ma '22, Luca Van der Meer '22, and Zhichao Yu '21 present their summer research at Oxy's Annual Undergraduate Research Conference.
- The Economics Department has created working groups that will identify and initiate departmental practices that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- The Economics Department has issued a statement of support and solidarity in the fight against anti-Blackness.
- A new study by Lesley Chiou and Catherine E. Tucker (MIT) has found that regions with low-income populations and low Internet penetration are less likely to follow safe-at-home orders and are thus more vulnerable to the COVID-19 coronavirus.
- Linnea Dewees ’14, an economics major from Tampa, Fla., who is teaching in Thailand is an Occidental 2019-20 Fulbright winner.
- Diana Ngo is a co-PI on a NSF $493,000 major research instrumentation award to purchase a high-performance computer cluster to support faculty research and teaching across the scientific disciplines.
- Kevin Williams publishes "Academic Achievement Across the Day: Evidence from Randomized Class Schedules" in the Economics of Education Review.
- Jorgen Harris, a labor economist, joins the economics department.
- Wafa Abedin '21, Reese Ingraham '20, Jordan Walker '21, and Mary Zhang '21 present their summer research at Oxy's 20th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference.
- Bevin Ashenmiller is interviewed by reporter Sarah Gonzalez for an episode of NPR’s podcast “Planet Money” on the economics of recycling.
- Robby Moore retires after 41 years at Oxy.
- Economics majors from Oxy's Blyth Fund team take second place in Stanford Finance’s Stock Pitch Championship, which attracts teams from across the country.
- Lesley Chiou is invited by the Federal Communications Commission to present her research on the effects of Internet diffusion on pricing and competition in offline markets.
- Diana Ngo publishes “Commuting to educational opportunity? School choice effects of mass transit expansion in Mexico City” (joint with Andrew Dustan) in the Economics of Education Review.
- The Federal Trade Commission invites Lesley Chiou as a panelist for its Public Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century.
- Brandon Lehr is awarded the Linda and Tod White Teaching Prize.
- Kevin M. Williams, an education economist, joins the economics department.
- Nelson Rayl '19 and Andrew McCall '19 present their summer research at Oxy's 19th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference.
- The Economics Department is profiled in "Economies of Scale" from the Summer 2018 Oxy Magazine.
- Diana Ngo publishes "A theory-based living standards index for measuring poverty in developing countries" in the Journal of Development Economics.
- Jesse Mora publishes “Firms in International Trade” (joint with Alan Spearot and Federico Diez) in the Handbook of International Trade and Transportation.
- Mary Lopez publishes her new book (joint with Dolores Trevizo), Neighborhood Poverty and Segregation in the (Re-)Production of Disadvantage: Mexican Immigrant Entrepreneurs in Los Angeles.
- Kirsten Wandschneider is appointed as a Research Fellow in the Economic History Program at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR).