Economics Department

Sabbatical Seminars: Fitzgerald on How Welfare Affects Children

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This week’s faculty seminar series featured John Fitzgerald, Bowdoin’s William D. Shipman Professor of Economics, who gave a presentation titled “Does Public Assistance Improve Long-Run Outcomes for Children? Avoiding Spurious Correlations.”

Bowdoin Dedicates New Classroom to Ambassador Pickering ’53, H’84

This summer, with a gift from the Class of 1953 and a grant from the George I. Alden Trust, Bowdoin renovated the former reading room in Hubbard Hall to make it suitable for 21st pedagogy.

Bowdoin’s Lichter Garners Sewall Foundation Grant for Fisheries Research

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Bowdoin received a major grant from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation to support the Maine fisheries research of John Lichter, Director of the College’s Environmental Studies Program.

Bowdoin Economist: New Football Playoff Lacks Suspense (Boston Globe)

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A Boston Globe columnist included Assistant Professor of Economics Dan Stone in a recent round-up of “surprising results from the social sciences.”

Brock Cassidy ’15 Wins Startup Competition in Portland

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Brock Cassidy ’15 wants to show newcomers the wonders of Maine like only a local can.

Bowdoin Maps Students’ Summertime Jobs

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For the second year in a row, a Bowdoin student is collecting information from her peers about their summertime jobs, internships, fellowships and volunteer placements around the world.

Hubbard Classroom Renovation Honors Ambassador Pickering ’53

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Thanks to a generous gift from the Class of 1953 and a grant from the Alden Trust, the Hubbard West classroom will be renovated this summer and renamed in honor of Ambassador Thomas Pickering ’53.

Bowdoin Economist Says the ‘Hot Hand’ is Real, and Important (Pacific Standard)

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Assistant Professor of Economics Dan Stone argues that researchers are overlooking a real pattern in behavior when they dismiss the possibility that athletes, indeed anyone, can achieve exceptional streaks of success.

Families Fill in Gaps Left By Health Insurance

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Americans deal with health risks not just through formal insurance but through working longer and harder, drawing down assets, and other reasons, explains Dan LaFave, assistant professor of economics at Colby College,.

Temin Dissects the Economic Crisis in Santagata Lecture

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Examining the parallels between our current economy and that of the 1930s, MIT Professor Emeritus of Economics Peter Temin spoke to an attentive audience spanning a wide range of ages during Bowdoin’s biannual Santagata Lecture in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, on Oct. 17.

Symposium: Revisiting 19th-Century American Political Economy

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Scholars from institutions across the U.S. and abroad came to Bowdoin to discuss 19th-century political economists, and the relevance of their ideas to modern times, in a symposium on Oct. 19-20 titled “American Political Economy from the Age of Jackson to the Civil War,” organized by Stephen Meardon.

Bowdoin’s Connelly on Child Care in Tech Companies (Fortune)

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Fortune sought out Professor of Economics Rachel Connelly for an Oct. 14 article on which tech company offers the best child care.

Fall Symposia Bring International Scholars to Bowdoin

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Fall 2013 SymposiaBowdoin was a nexus for international scholarship last weekend, hosting a pair of two-day symposia that brought together participants from around the country and the world to discuss topics in pharmaceutical medicine and Chinese women’s art.

From Kenya to Maine, in Sneakers

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Joan Yego ’16 and Faith BIegon ’14 are Bowdoin’s first to come from a unique program in Kenya that prepares bright students for admission to elite U.S. Colleges.

Faith Biegon ’14 Gains Skills to Become a ‘Changemaker’

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When Faith Biegon ’14 began looking for a summer internship in the finance field, she wasn’t imaging she’d end up in an office where employees talk about turning everyone into changemakers and departments are called Change, Empathy and Venture.

Students Get Up Close to Poverty at Portland Pro Bono Agency

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This summer two Bowdoin students are interacting with the subjects they study in some of their economics, government and education classes — those who are living in poverty and facing crises that can come with financial vulnerability.

At the Statehouse, In the Woods, Students Champion the Environment

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Even though they are just interns, Emma Chow ’15 and Dan Lipkowitz ’14 have already seen their contributions making an impact on Maine’s environment.

David Bruce ’13 Wins Watson to Study Climate Change in Threatened Cities

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David Bruce ’13 is one of 40 students around the country who has won a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, which gives graduating seniors $25,000 and the dictate to pursue a subject or issue that fascinates them. They must not return to the United States for 12 months.

Paper by Economist Stone Among Featured ‘Ideas’ in Boston Globe

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Assistant Professor of Economics Daniel Stone’s paper “Media and Gridlock,” published in the Journal of Public Economics, is referenced in the Boston Globe‘s “Ideas” section.

Bowdoin Faculty Treated to Community-Immersion Field Trip

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A diverse group of Bowdoin faculty spent two days over spring break getting to know an often invisible side of the community.
Eleven professors met with representatives of a number of Brunswick- and Portland-based nonprofit and civic organizations that work on behalf of immigrants, refugees, children, the poor or the homeless.