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December 2018 Newsletter

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Undergraduate Awards

Undergraduate Awards

Each year, over 400 men and women graduate MSU with degrees in economics, and each year the Department of Economics honors the best and brightest of these economics students during an awards reception held at the close of the spring semester. All of the students recognized at this year’s reception compiled excellent academic records in their economics courses, and most participated in the department’s Econ Scholars program, designed to enrich the experience of our best undergraduate students.


Tim Vogelsang

Message from Tim Vogelsang, Chair of the Department of Economics

While the past year has been a challenging and transitional year at MSU, I am pleased to report that the Economics Department at MSU continues its mission to meet the educational needs of students and to carry out world class research.


Alumni Notes

Alumni Notes

Alan Barrett (Ph.D. 1994) is pictured on the right with Ireland’s Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar, and Finance Minister, Paschal Donohoe. The event was the National Economic Dialogue which Alan has chaired each year since 2015.


Economics Benefits from Alumni Involvement, Giving

Like Michigan State University as a whole, the Department of Economics continues to benefit in numerous ways from the generosity of its alumni. Last Spring, several econ alums participated in what we hope will be a new tradition, serving as guest lecturers in a number of economics classes as part of “Social Science Week”. Read More

MSU's Economics Ph.D. Students Prepare for, Achieve Success in the Job Market

In last year’s Newsletter, we reported on recent changes to our graduate program designed to make the program more effective in achieving its main purpose: training future economists, the people who can do original economic research and teach economics at a high level. Read More

Beloved Economics Professor Carl Liedholm Retires

In April 2018, Professor Carl Liedholm taught his last class as a member of the MSU faculty of economics, and later that afternoon, a reception was held to mark his retirement after 53 years of service to Michigan State. Read More

Research Profile: MSU Economics Professors Explore the Factors that Lead Students to be Diagnosed with Learning Disabilities

It is by now well known that the rate at which school children are diagnosed with learning disabilities has been increasing markedly over the past 20 years. For example, according to the Centers for Disease Control, since 1997 the share of school age children diagnosed with Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has roughly doubled... Read More

Alumni Profile: Robert Klein (BA 1976, Ph.D. 1986)

Robert (Bob) Klein came to MSU in 1972, and was awarded a BA in economics in 1976. He returned to MSU in 1979 to enter the Ph.D. program in economics, and received that degree in 1986. During his many years as an MSU economics student, Bob was taught by some of the legends of MSU economics, including Walter Adams, Al Mandelstamm, Robert Solo, and Ron Fisher. Read More

Faculty News

Learn about other important news and events related to our faculty members. Read More

Mordechai Kreinin

In Memorium: Mordechai (Max) Kreinin,

Long-time MSU economics Professor Mordechai (Max) Kreinin died in February of this year. Max taught economics at MSU for 57 years, teaching over 10,000 MSU students during that time. He was a memorable and effective teacher, and his research earned him worldwide respect among his fellow economists. Read More




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