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December 2013 Newsletter


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 Winter 2013


I am pleased to have this opportunity to update you on recent developments in the Department of Economics. This has been a busy year and I have much to report.

In October of 2012 the department established an Advisory Board consisting of successful alumni with diverse backgrounds with the hope that they would offer fresh new perspectives that would enable us to better serve our students, the university and our profession. The Board has been a tremendous success. I will highlight two important developments...

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

New "Econ Scholars" Program Provides Opportunities for Top Economics Majors


Katherine Beck, Katerina Powers, and Ruth Awor representing the Econ Scholars in Chicago

This year the Department of Economics launched the "Econ Scholars" program, designed to recognize the achievements and potential of our top students. The inaugural class of Econ Scholars consists of 14 economics majors chosen on the basis of their academic records and an application essay. Much has already been accomplished.

Click here to read more.

MSU Economics Launches Innovative Summer Program in Advanced Econometrics


ESTIMATE Instructors Tim Vogelsang and Jeff Wooldridge

This summer, a large group of academic social scientists, graduate students, and researchers and analysts from industry and government gathered in East Lansing. They came to participate in ÊSTIMATE (Early Summer Tutorial In Modern Applied Tools of Econometrics), an intensive weekend workshop taught by two of MSU's world class econometricians.

For the full story, click here.

Alumna Profile: Kathleen Beegle

Kathleen Beegle, who received her Ph.D. in Economics in 1997, is now a senior research economist with the World Bank. At our request, Kathleen provided this account of her time at MSU, and her career since graduation.


I arrived at MSU in 1991 after finishing undergraduate studies at the University of Delaware. Unbeknownst to me then, with my arrival in East Lansing, I was on the road to a fulfilling career in development economics. 

Read more here

Four New Members Join Departmental Advisory Board

The Department of Economics formed its Advisory Board in October of 2012, and we welcome our four newest members, Dr. Shashikant (Shashi) Gupta, Dr. William (Bill) Raduchel, Mark Simon and Pam Steckroat Treadway.

Read more about them here.    

Undergraduate Award Winners


Award winners (first row) Andy Chou, Brianna Acker, Lauren Bretz, Brendan Prost, 
(second row) Benjamin Schneedeker, Kelly King, and Kyle Safran

About 400 economics majors graduate from Michigan State each year, and each year the department honors a small number of the most outstanding members of that group, publicly acknowledging their accomplishments in a reception held at the close of the spring semester.

Read more about them 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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In This Issue

New "Econ Scholars" Program

Innovative Econometrics Program Launched

Alumna Profile

New Advisory Board Members

Undergrad Award Winners

Alumni Notes

Faculty Notes

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