News and Views from the Economics Department at Rice
We hope you had a wonderful spring break – and have returned invigorated and ready to put the finishing touches on a great semester.
A couple of items to keep in mind when you register for your Fall 2017 classes (registration begins April 12):
• Our MTEC capstone course (ECON
496, Research in Economic Theory)
will be offered in the Fall 2017
semester, in conjunction with ECON
470, Market Design. It will be taught
by Professor Mallesh Pai, who joined
the Rice faculty last year and is rapidly
developing a well-deserved reputation
as an outstanding instructor.
• We have added labs to several of
our core courses to help insure that
students fully master the material
introduced in these essential courses.
The new labs will be offered in ECON
200 (Microeconomics), ECON 308
(Mathematical Economics), and
ECON 310 (Econometrics). Students
taking these core courses will receive
four credit hours for each course.
Calvi wins the UWIN
Best Paper Award
Professor Rossella Calvi recently won
the 2016 UWIN Best Paper award for her
paper “Why Are Older Women Missing in
India? The Age Profile of Bargaining Power
and Poverty.” Sponsored by UniCredit &
Universities, Foundation, in cooperation
with the UniCredit Women’s International
Network (UWIN), the award highlights the work of young economists working in the
field of gender economics. Professor Calvi received her award and presented her paper at
a conference sponsored by UniCredit in Milan, Italy in June 2016. Professor Calvi, whose
research focuses on issues related to gender inequality, poverty, health, and education in
developing countries, joined the Economics Department last Fall after earning her Ph.D. at
Boston College. To read more about the award see here .
• Our course in Economic Modeling
and Public Policy (ECON 479) will
be taught by Dr. Jorge Barro who is a
recently appointed research fellow at
the new Center for Public Finance in
the Baker Institute. Jorge is an expert
on computable general equilibrium
economic models and comes to Rice
from the Wharton School at the
University of Pennsylvania.
We hope the rest of the spring semester
goes well for all of you – and to all
of our graduating seniors, we wish
you the best of luck as you re-enter
life beyond the hedges. Live long
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Advising Office Hours
George Zodrow, BKH 260
Maria Bejan, BKH 251
James Brown, BKH 250
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Mahmoud El-Gamal, BKH 240
Rossella Calvi (third from right) pictured with representatives from UniCredit and fellow award winners, including
co-winner of the Best Paper award, Felix Weinhardt (fourth from right).
Peter Hartley, BKH 262