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December 2014 Newsletter


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 Winter 2014


Welcome to our 2014 Newsletter. As Chair, I am delighted to have this opportunity to bring you up to date on recent developments in the Department of Economics.

The value of our major has received considerable attention over the past few years, with economics showing up among lists of the fastest growing and most marketable majors in study after study. Consistent with this national trend, the Economics major has grown at MSU as well, with the number of majors doubling over the past 7 years, topping 1400 for the first time this past year. To keep up with the demand for our services, our faculty continues to expand.

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

Undergraduate Award Winners

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, publically acknowledging their accomplishments in a reception held at the close of the spring semester. Read more about the students who were recognized for their academic achievement during this year's undergraduate awards reception.

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Winners of the Department of Economics undergraduate awards for 2013-2014. From left to right: Katrina Suchoski, Jacob Vogler, Allison Bratzel, Derek Tisler, and Michelle Orlando.

New Faculty Profiles

The Department of Economics welcomes its newest members of the faculty. Read their profiles here.

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Jon X. Eguia

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Kyoo Il Kim

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Joe Herriges

Byron Brown, Max Kreinin, and Owen Irvine to be honored at Spring Retirement Dinner

This coming May, faculty and friends of the MSU Department of Economics will gather to mark the retirements of three long serving members of the faculty of economics at MSU: Byron Brown, Owen Irvine, and Max KreininYou can read more about the careers of the honorees and their contributions to the economics profession and to Michigan State University here.

Three New Members Join Departmental Advisory Board

The Department of Economics formed its Advisory Board in October of 2012, and we welcome our three newest members.
Read more about them here. 

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John Miller

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Matt Nelson

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Stewart Zimmerman


"Econ Scholars" Program Enters its Second Year with the Selection of a New Class of Scholars

With an inaugural cohort leading the way last year, an outstanding group of new scholars this year, and the involvement of donors, alumni, and faculty, the Economics Scholars Program is creating new opportunities for MSU's best economics students. Read more about the program here.

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The newest class of Econ Scholars.

Hoover family helps Econ interns

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Student Kathryn Beck interned in Washington, DC thanks in part to an estate gift given to the Economics department.

Summer internships are hard to come by and even more difficult to pay for, but they play a critical role in the career development of students. Fortunately for four students in the Economics Scholars program, unrestricted funds from an alumnus allowed them to accept summer internships in Washington D.C., Beijing, China, and Montevideo, Uruguay. 

Read the full article 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.

Click Here to Give to the MSU Department of Economics Online 

In This Issue

Undergrad Award Winners

New Faculty

Retiring Faculty to be Honored

New Advisory Board Members

New "Econ Scholars" Program Enters Second Year

Hoover Family Funds Interns

Alumni Notes

Faculty Notes

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Alumni Notes

Click here to read about fellow Econ alumni 
Otavio Camargo-Bartalotti,
Terry-Ann L. Craigie and others.

Faculty Notes

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Catch up with Economics faculty
Ken Boyer (above),
Scott Imberman and others.  
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