News and Views from the Economics Department at Rice
Our heartiest congratulations to the roughly one hundred students who will be graduating in May with ECON and MTEC degrees – and to all of our departmental award winners who will be honored at our annual Rice Initiative for the Study of Economics or RISE Day celebration , which will be held via Zoom on Saturday April 24 ( award winners will be named soon !). We are looking forward to a celebratory ending to a year that was incredibly difficult but through which students and professors alike have adapted skillfully , persevered tenaciously , and ultimately succeeded under the most trying circumstances .
We are having another one of our RISE “ Conversations with Our Faculty ” event on Wednesday , April 7 at 4:00 p . m . which will feature long-time faculty members Vivian Ho and Robin Sickles . Details are provided below – we hope you can join us ! And if you are thinking of going on to graduate school in Economics but wondering about the advantages and disadvantages of a “ pre-doc ” research assistant position , see the perspective of Rice grad Meghana Gaur ’ 19 in our “ Beyond the Hedges ” feature .
Hoping the rest of your spring semester goes well ,
George Zodrow Chair , Department of Economics
Spring 2021 Advising Office Hours
Monday 12:30 – 1:30 p . m . Mahmoud El-Gamal , Zoom Link
Tuesday 2:00 – 3:00 p . m . Peter Hartley , Zoom Link
Wednesday 4:00 – 5:00 p . m James Brown , Zoom Link
Thursday 12:00 – 1:00 p . m . Maria Bejan , Zoom Link
Friday 10:00 – 11:00 a . m . James DeNicco , Zoom Link
RISE Event : Conversations with Our Faculty
We hope you can join us for our upcoming RISE event , a webinar entitled “ Conversations with Our Faculty ,” which will be held on Wednesday , April 7th at 4:00 pm . The webinar will feature two of our most prominent scholars , Vivian Ho and Robin Sickles , who will be discussing their ongoing research projects .
Vivian ’ s talk “ COVID-19 and U . S . Health Care ” will examine how COVID-19 was not just a shock to population health , but also a shock to the health care system . Just as the burden of the pandemic on patients was unequal , so was the burden on health care providers . She will discuss uneven stresses on different types of providers and the resulting pattern of financial gains and losses . She will also discuss the impacts of the pandemic on COVID and non-COVID patients and what problems to watch for in the near future .
Robin ’ s talk “ Productivity Growth , Economics Well-Being and Inequality ” will examine several questions about how to define productivity and why it is so important . Why might productivity be measured incorrectly due to an overly simplistic number ( GDP / person ) used to measure economic well-being ? How is it trending and how do these trends affect between-country and withincountry inequality ? He will address each of these questions and others , drawing on a series of papers and books written over a career spanning 50 years of research and teaching .