News and Events

Start of the Year!

Orientation: We will hold an orientation session for all new students during the first week of classes in the Kendrick seminar room (room 321 Monroe Hall).  You should attend this session so that you can learn important information about the program, hear presentations from the admissions and career services officers, and meet your fellow students.

The Economics Department will host a “welcome back” gathering right after the orientation session from 5:30 to 6:30 in the same room.  All new and returning Applied Economics students are invited.  We will provide pizza and soft drinks for everyone.  Please plan to attend so you can meet your new classmates and re-connect with your old classmates.  In addition to welcoming everyone to new semester, I will discuss some general issues about the program that apply to everyone.

Library resources: A Gelman librarian will hold an information session explaining the various resources available for your economics research. Details to come.

Stata workshop:  We will hold a Stata workshop early in the semester.  Details to come.

Oral and Written Communications workshop: We will hold a communications workshop on 8 Saturday mornings (2 hour sessions) during the semester.  Details to come.

Economics Department Facebook Page, Email list, and Newsletter

You can keep up with many of the academic and social events involving the Economics department through its Facebook page.  You will automatically be on the list of graduate students and receive regular emails with important departmental information. Send an email to [email protected] if you are not receiving any emails from the department. The department puts out a newsletter from time to time. Let me know if you have any news for the newsletter.

If you’re not sure who to reach out to with a question, you can email me or the department at [email protected] if you have any questions about the program and you will be directed to someone who can help you.


Attending seminars is one of the best ways to learn how to present your own research, and you can learn how to present your research by regularly attending the Economics Department’s seminars.  Seminars are held in the broad areas of Applied Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and International Finance, International Trade and Development, and Forecasting. Seminars are usually held from 12:30 to 2:00 in the John W. Kendrick Seminar Room, Monroe Hall 321, unless otherwise noted. The Seminar schedule can be found on the Economics Department homepage at the News and Events tab here.

You also should attend seminars offered by other departments.  For example, the Business School’s Financial Literacy Seminar Series (FLSS) welcomed distinguished speaker, Prof. George A. Akerlof of Georgetown University and Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences to talk about his book "Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation and Deception.” The FLSS is a joint initiative of the Federal Reserve Board (FRB) and the Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center (GFLEC) at the George Washington School of Business (GWSB). Additional information about the seminar series is provided here. Please contact [email protected] if you have questions about the FLSS.

The best way to learn about upcoming seminars and research events is to sign up to receive an email when a new seminar is announced. Go to the program that interests you and you’ll find all you need to know.

Student Association for Graduate Economics (SAGE)

The Student Association for Graduate Economics (SAGE) holds lots of academic and non-academic events throughout the year.  These events include student research seminars, technical seminars, other helpful organizational seminars, as well as social events, such as the always fun Halloween party, where graduate students dress up as “economic indicators.” For a full list of SAGE events, please look at the schedule. Read more about SAGE here.