Department of Economics
News and Events


2012


Research Highlights
  • Pinka Chatterji's paper entitled "Effects of early maternal employment on maternal health and wellbeing" (joint with Sara Markowitz from Emory University and Jeanne Brooks-Gunn from National Center for Children and Families) has been accepted for publication in Journal of Population Economics. This research was supported by a grant from NICHD.
  • Pinka Chatterji's paper entitled "Family leave after childbirth and the health of new mothers" (joint with Sara Markowitz from Emory University) has been accepted for publication in Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics. This research was supported by a grant from NICHD.
  • Pinka Chatterji and Kajal Lahiri along with a former Ph.D. student Heesoo Joo (currently Steven Teutsch Prevention Effectiveness Post-doctoral Fellow at Center For Disease Control) published their article entitled "Beware of being unaware: racial/ethnic disparities in chronic illness in the USA" in September, 2012 issue of Health Economics.
  • Betty C. Daniel's paper entitled "Private sector financial crises in emerging markets" was published in June, 2012 issue of Economic Journal.
  • Betty C. Daniel's paper entitled "Fiscal risk in a monetary union" (joint with Christos Shiamptanis from Ryerson University) was published in August, 2012 issue of European Economic Review.
  • Michael Sattinger's paper entitled "Safety first consumption" has been accepted for publication in Journal of Economic Theory.
  • Fang Yang's paper entitled "Social security reform with impure intergenerational altruism" has been accepted for publication in Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control.
  • Barış K. Yörük's paper entitled "Fundraising and optimal policy rules" (joint with Murat Mungan from Florida State University) was published in August, 2012 issue of Journal of Public Economic Theory.
  • Barış K. Yörük's paper entitled "The impact of charitable subsidies on religious giving and attendance: evidence from panel data" has been accepted for publication in Review of Economics and Statistics.
  • Rui Zhao's paper entitled "Renegotiation and conflict resolution in relational contracting" was published in July, 2012 issue of Games and Economic Behavior.

 
B.S. Elizabeth Akers is a fellow in the Brookings Institute
Elizabeth Akers (B.S., 2005), an expert on the economics of education, with a particular focus on higher education finance policy, is now a fellow in Brookings Institute's Brown Center on Education Policy. Before joining to Brookings, she was a staff economist at White House Council of Economic Advisers.

 
Reuters article mentions Professor Jones' work
An article published by the Reuters News Service on August 14, 2012 mentions John Jones' research. The article can be accessed here.

 
Laurence Kranich visits Fondation Maison des Sciences de I'Homme
Laurence Kranich spent the month of June in Paris as a Visiting Professor at the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme and the Collège d'Etudes Mondiales through a grant from the Programme Directeurs d'Etudes Associés. During that time, he presented papers in a conference on "Intergenerational Equity and Climate Change" and in the Paris Seminar on Economics and Philosophy, sponsored by the Franco-Swedish Program in Philosophy and Economics.

 
Barış K. Yörük receives a two-year NIH grant
Professor Barış K. Yörük received $147,757 from National Institutes of Health (NIH) to investigate the effect of Sunday alcohol laws on alcohol consumption and alcohol consumption related outcomes. He and Ph.D. student Jungtaek Lee will be working on this project until July, 2014.

 
Sifan Zhou goes to Harvard
The Harvard Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School has awarded a dissertation fellowship to UAlbany Economics Ph.D. student Sifan Zhou for the academic year 2012-2013. Ms. Zhou will use this fellowship to conduct research relating to how scientists and engineers, in R&D and in other work areas, impact economic productivity and the returns to investments in science and engineering. Professor Gerald Marschke in the Economics Department is supervising her dissertation research as well as collaborating with her on related research projects.

 
Michael Sattinger keeps publishing
Professor Michael Sattinger's paper "Safety First Consumption" has been accepted for publication in Journal of Economic Theory. He also had a recent paper in Journal of Mathematical Economics. Professor Sattinger ascribes his continued success to daily oatmeal he consumes.

 

Photos of the Department's Spring 2012 Commencement

To download photos of the Department of Economics Spring 2012 Commencement, please visit the web albums.


 
Heesoo Joo receives Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award
The Department of Economics would like to congratulate to Heesoo Joo on receiving the University at Albany's 2012 Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award. This prize is awarded to the best dissertation in any field in the College. Her dissertation, Health Disparities among the U.S. Elderly was nominated by Professors Pinka Chatterji and Kajal Lahiri and succeeded brilliantly through the College's competition this year.

Recent Student Accomplishments
  • Heesoo Joo has been awarded the Steven Teutsch Prevention Effectiveness Post-doctoral Fellowship at the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. She also recently co-authored a paper with Profs. Kajal Lahiri and Pinka Chatterji on racial/ethnic disparities in diabetes control, which was published in Diabetes Care.
  • Jingya Song recently co-authored a paper entitled "The dynamics of income related health inequality among US children" with Profs. Kajal Lahiri and Pinka Chatterji which was published in Health Economics.
  • Joseph Bocanegra has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Social Security Administration Disability Determination Process Small Grant program. His proposal was selected from a national pool from diverse disciplines. His research seeks to improve upon the forecasting models for disability enrollment to allow for the efficient allocation of staff and resources available to the Social Security Administration. Joseph Bocanegra's faculty mentor for this research project is Dr. Kajal Lahiri.
  • Dohyung Kim will investigate the effect of restaurant smoking bans on household dining-out expenditures as a part of the grant awarded by the Center for Social and Demographic Analysis (CSDA) with Prof. Barış K. Yörük .

 
James Jozefowicz has been named to the Princeton Review's Best 300 Professors
1999 Ph.D. James Jozefowicz has been named to the Princeton Review's Best 300 Professors, a new guide recognizing top professors in the nation according to ratings on RateMyProfessors.com. To view more information, click here.

2011


 
Yongchen Zhao wins Pong S. Lee Endowment Award
Yongchen Zhao is the first recipient of the Pong S. Lee Endowment Award for Outstanding Reasearch. The Award is given to 4th year Ph.D. student with outstanding research records. Yongchen received $500 with the award.

 
Laiwu Zhang wins International Alumni Excellence Award
1995 Ph.D. Laiwu Zhang is the 2011 winner of UAlbany's International Alumni Excellence Award. Dr. Zhang is a major figure in the central administration of economic policy in the People's Republic of China. Since 2008, he has been China's Vice Minister of Science and Technology. In this position, he is one of the country's chief planners for government investments in renewable energy, transportation and communication innovations, and production processes. His previous appointments include senior positions, including Vice Chairman, in China's Ningxia Province.

Vacancy Announcement: Assistant Professor

The Department of Economics invites applications for a tenure track assistant professor position in applied econometrics beginning in fall 2012. Candidates should have strong interest in both methodological and empirical research, potential for research funding, and the ability to teach econometrics at the advanced Ph.D. level. Applicants should expect to have a Ph.D. by September 2012. The normal teaching load is two courses per semester. Applicants must address in their applications their ability to work with and instruct a culturally diverse population. Degrees must be from a university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education or an internationally recognized accrediting organization. Applications should be received by December 9, 2011 to be considered for an interview in Chicago. The University at Albany is an equal opportunity-affirmative action, Immigration Reform and Control Act, and Americans with Disabilities Act employer. For more information, email econ@albany.edu or phone (518)442-4735.

Application instructions
Candidates should submit a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, a sample of recent research online through Interview Exchange: http://albany.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=27438
and at least three letters of reference should be sent to Econometrics Search, Department of Economics, Business Administration 110, University at Albany – SUNY, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12222


 

Photos of the Department's Spring 2011 Commencement

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B.S. Michael Luca becomes an assistant professor at Harvard
2002 B.S. Michael Luca accepted a four-year appointment as an assistant professor at Harvard Business School.

 
Professors describe minority health awareness gap
In a recent University news release, Professors Kajal Lahiri and Pinka Chatterji, along with Ph.D. student Heesoo Joo, describe patient awareness of two chronic medical conditions. They find that African-Americans are less likely to be aware that they have hypertension, and that African-Americans and Latinos are less likely to be aware that they have diabetes. The study was funded through a $1.1 million NIH grant (described below), as part of a Center grant for UAlbany's Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities.

2010


People in the News

 
Pong S. Lee Award
The Department is seeking donations to establish the Pong S. Lee Award for outstanding research by Ph.D. students. The award is named for the late Professor Pong Lee, a long-time faculty member instrumental in building the Department and the Ph.D. program. If established with a minimum amount of $25,000, the fund will generate income to make an annual award in Pong's name for perpetuity. Individuals wishing to support this award should make a donation to the Pong Lee Memorial Fund through the University at Albany Foundation.

 
Economics Department places in top 10 percent
In the November 2010 RePEc rankings of all U.S. economics institutions (academic and non-academic), UAlbany placed in the top 10%.

 
Edward F. Renshaw: 1933 - 2010
Professor Emeritus Edward F. Renshaw, who taught in the Economics Department for over 30 years, died on January 14, 2010. A remembrance can be found on the university website. To view an online memorial or send a message of condolence, click here.

2009


People in the News

 
Kajal Lahiri and Pinka Chatterji receive $1.1 million as part of successful NIH Center Grant
UAlbany's Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities (CEMHD) has received a $6.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. As part of the grant, Professors Kajal Lahiri (project PI) and Pinka Chatterji, along with UAlbany Ph.D. Zulkarnain Pulungan, will examine whether health differences among racial and ethnic groups in small cities and towns are similar to those in major cities, and whether these differences have changed over time. This project, which will receive $1.1 million over the next five years, will support two students and many other research activities.

 
John Jones awarded MRRC Grant
Professor John Bailey Jones was recently awarded a grant from the Michigan Retirement Research Center (MRRC). The project, which is funded by the Social Security Administration, will analyze how out-of-pocket medical expenses and bequest motives affect the saving of elderly singles, and use AHEAD data to disentangle the two saving motivations. The project will utilize the detailed model of saving behavior that Professor Jones and his co-authors developed in earlier work.

 
Pinka Chatterji awarded NICHD Grant
Professor Pinka Chatterji was recently awarded a grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to study the effectiveness of Bicycle Helmet Laws. Professor Chatterj will use annual, hospital-level data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System to assess whether mandatory helmet laws implemented between 1991 and 2007 were effective in reducing injuries among youth. Professor Kajal Lahiri is collaborating and providing econometric expertise on the project.

 
Professor Joop Hartog visits the Department
Professor Joop Hartog, a labor economist from the University of Amsterdam, visited the Department during September and October. Professor Hartog is an internationally recognized scholar with hundreds of publications. He is co-founder of the journal Labour Economics, and is a former member of the Dutch Council of Economic Advisors.

 
Professor John Geanakoplos visits the Department
John Geanakoplos of Yale University visited the Department on September 11, participating in a panel discussion on the financial crisis (along with Professors Daniel and Dieffenbach), and giving a research seminar on "The Leverage Cycle". Geanakoplos, the James Tobin Professor of Economics, has published widely on the theory of general equilibrium under uncertainty and on financial securitization. He is also co-founder and partner of a large hedge fund.

 
Kajal Lahiri made a Fellow of the International Institute of Forecasters
Professor Kajal Lahiri was made a Fellow of the International Institute of Forecasters at the 29th Annual International Symposium on Forecasting, June 2009, Hong Kong. 

 
Gultekin Isiklar and Kajal Lahiri win IJF Best Paper Prize
The paper "How Far Ahead Can we Forecast?" (IJF Vol. 23, 2007,
pp. 167-87), co-authored by Professor Kajal Lahiri and Gultekin Isiklar, Albany Ph.D. 2005, won a $1000 prize and the Best Paper Award for 2006 and 2007 from the International Journal of Forecasting.  There were over 140 papers in the competition, including papers by leaders of the field.