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December 2012 Newsletter


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 Winter 2012


It is my pleasure to write again and update you on the activities at the MSU Economics Department.  The department is thriving, so this is an enjoyable task.  Students continue to flock to economics.  For the first time the number of Economics majors exceeds 1000, making us the second largest major in the College of Social Science.  

Click here for the full letter from Department Chair Carl Davidson.


The Economics Help Room

For decades, taking a "principles" class in economics has been a rite of passage for most MSU students.
Econ Help Desk 
In recent years the Economics department has introduced a new way of helping students master the principles of economics: The Economics Help Room. 

Click here to read more.


Department Honors Outstanding Undergraduates

Econ undergrad winners 2012Each spring, the Department of Economics invites the very best of its graduating seniors and their families to an Undergraduate Awards reception. On April 11, 2012, these students were honored and presented with awards that have been established by alumni and friends of the Economics department. At the reception, faculty and staff of the department gathered to recognize nine students for their achievements. 

For the full story, click here.


Economics Department Establishes Advisory Board

The newly constituted Advisory Board for the Department of Economics met for the first time this fall. The Board is made up seven graduates of the department and two former faculty members, all of whom have compiled impressive lists of accomplishments in business, academe, and/or public service. The department appreciates the willingness of these individuals to lend their time, knowledge, and expertise to our ongoing efforts to improve the MSU Department of Economics. 

Read about our new advisory board members here.


Alumni Notes

Olena NizalovaClick here to read about alumni from the department, including Olena Nizalova (right) who is doing research on obesity and labor market outcomes.

We welcome news about your current professional pursuits and updates that we may share with other alumni of the department.  Send us an email and share your story at lynchma@msu.edu, with subject line "Alumni News".


Faculty News

Carl Liedholm was elected to a second term as a director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis.

Jeff Biddle is currently serving a one-year term as the Vice President of the History of Economics Society. 

Steven Haider was recently named co-editor of Labour Economics, the official journal of the European Association of Labour Economists. 

For more faculty news, click here.


Giving to MSU Economics

We encourage alumni to recall and renew their Michigan State University ties by donating to the Department of Economics. These gifts not only contribute to our ability to positively impact the lives of students but also assist in the preservation of high quality education for future Spartans.

Show your support for Michigan State University by making your contribution with our safe and secure online gift processing system. MSU's online gift processing system is an easy, fast, safe and cost-effective way to make an impact on the MSU Department of Economics. If you have questions or would like additional information, contact Nick McLaren at mclarenn@msu.edu, 517-884-2189, or toll free at 1-866-761-4199.

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New Faculty

Three new faculty members have joined the department, including Scott Imberman (above), an expert in the economics of education, Aeimit Lakdawala and Leah Nelson.  

Read their full profiles here.



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