Category: BU

Congrats to our 570 New Graduates!

I invite you to join me in celebrating our Class of 2013  Department of Economics graduates. This past weekend, Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences Department of Economics awarded degrees to 21    PhD students 257 MA students  of all kinds (MA, MAPE, MAEP, MAGDE MA/MBA, BA/MA) 292 BA students Congratulations to all 570 degree […]

Two Great Articles in the December JEL

Journal of Economic Literature, December 2012 Two great articles. Racial Discrimination in the Labor Market: Theory and Empirics Kevin Lang and Jee-Yeon K. Lehmann We review theories of race discrimination in the labor market. Taste-based models can generate wage and unemployment duration differentials when combined with either random or directed search even when strong prejudice […]

BU ranked 17th in world, 7th in US by “Most employable students”

Graduates from Boston University were  ranked 17th most employable in the world and 7th most employable in the US by the 2012 Global Employability Survey, published by the New York Times and International Herald Tribune. It was discussed in BU Today on November 1, 2012. Here is the results in table form from the NY […]

Top 25 Economics Web sites

Top 25 Economics Web sites This list is interesting to browse, or to select a few to include on your own web site. Interesting that the BU Blog the Incidental Economist made it to #6. Here is the direct link. 6. The Incidental Economist is a blog focused on economics, U.S. health policy, politics, […]

Lisa Iezzoni’s new book on Risk Adjustment****

I just received and have scanned through Lisa Iezzoni’s fourth book (as editor and major contributor) entitled Risk Adjustment for Measuring Health Care Outcomes (Fourth Edition), Lisa I Iezzoni (ed) (2013) Even though Lisa is a physician, not an economist or statistician, this book provides an excellent overview of risk adjustment (population-based), and severity or […]

Five Questions for Health Economists

My presidential address to the American Society of Health Economists is now available to download and scheduled for publication in the International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics. Here is the link. Five questions for health economists Randall P. Ellis Online First™, 3 September 2012 Here is the direct link to the pdf file. […]

Congrats to BU faculty on prominent role at ASSA 2013!

Congratulations! BU faculty, graduate students and alumni appear prominently in the program of the Allied Social Sciences Association (ASSA) meetings (aka the AEA meetings), scheduled to be held in San Diego January 4-6, 2013. Altogether their names appear as presenters, authors, chairs or discussants at least 73 times. Seventeen different economics faculty are listed as […]

Wolfram site for Mathematica calculations and data

This is from an 2010 BUHealth post, but I am reposting it now since the alpha site is still live and useful. I thank BU alum Veronica Vargas for sending me the following link to a Wolfram alpha web site. It can be a waste of time, but it also can provide scientific, numeric, and […]

Behavioral Economics: Toward a New Paradigm by Amitai Etzioni

I happened upon an interesting article in the American Behavioral Scientist which gave me new insights. I recommend it highly to you. Behavioral Economics: Toward a New Paradigm by Amitai Etzioni (George Washington University) American Behavioral Scientist 55(8) 1099–1119 Abstract This article discusses the challenges behavioral economics poses for neoclassical economics and the ways […]

17-Month Extension of OPT for Econometrics etc.

UPDATE: On May 11, 2012, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security added several fields of study to the list of CIP codes that now qualify for the 17-month extension of initial 12 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT). The new list of  majors – and their corresponding CIP codes – that qualify for the extension […]

Congrats to BU’s 500+ Graduating Economists!

At the graduating ceremony this past weekend there were 15 PhD students, 245 MA/MAEP/MADE/MAPE degree candidates and 257 Bachelor of Arts degree recipients, a substantial increase over past years. In 1995 there were 15 PhD , 37 MA and 172 BA students! Well done!

Austin Frakt:

My colleague Austin Frakt, who also uses WordPress, has a terrific blog with a significant focus on health economics. Visit it at: _____________________________ Austin Frakt, PhD Boston University School of Public Health Health Economist Blog: Twitter: @afrakt

Kotikoff is running for president!

Our own BU Economics professor Larry Kolikoff is running for president. Here is his announcement. He is proposing to run in the American’s Elect party. Good luck Larry!