Whittemore School Continues
Tradition of Economics Seminar This Fall
Contact: Denise Hart
UNH Media Relations
Sept. 3, 2003
DURHAM, N.H.– Hosting public discussions about the latest
research in economics is a long-standing tradition at the University
of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business and Economics.
Each year, the school offers the Economics Seminars where UNH professors,
visiting academics and graduate students present their research
about a wide-ranging variety of topics in economics on Friday afternoons
beginning Sept. 12.
The seminars are held Fridays from 2:10-3:30 p.m. in Room 318 McConnell
Hall. The series is free and open to the public. Visitor parking
at UNH is located just off Route 155A Mast Road and a free shuttle
bus service is available to campus locations.
Offered by the school’s graduate program in economics, the
series has been taking place for at least 10 years, according to
Karen Conway, associate professor of economics and graduate studies
The seminars provide an opportunity for the public to learn from
leading researchers in their field and participate in the lively
question and answer period that follows. The presentations also
provide an opportunity for faculty and graduate students to be exposed
to new ideas and test out their own research before an audience.
A unique part of the seminars is that all economics graduate students
are required to attend during their first two years, and must write
critiques and summaries for their advisors as part of the program.
This provides students with an early opportunity to learn about
how research is conducted. In their third year, the graduate students
are required to present research and participate in the weekly discussions.
“It’s a chance each week to learn about something completely
new and to think in new ways,” says Conway. “The students
like it because it gives them an idea of the kind of research they
may someday be doing and makes it seem more attainable. It’s
also a wonderful opportunity for the presenter to get feedback and
learn from all of the people attending.”
The first seminar features the Whittemore School’s Michael
Goldberg, associate professor of economics, Friday, Sept. 12, 2003.
He will discuss“Imperfect Knowledge and Asset Price Dynamics:
Modeling the Forecasting of Rational Agents, Dynamic Prospect Theory
and Uncertainty Premia on Foreign Exchange.”
Upcoming visiting speakers scheduled include:
September 19 John Gibson, Williams College and Waikato University,
"Firm Size Wages and Unmeasured Skills: Evidence from International
October 10 Jan Brueckner, University of Illinois, "Transport
Subsidies, System Choice and Urban Sprawl"
October 17 Herbert Gintis, University of Massachusetts, "The
Evolution of Strong Reciprocity"
October 31 Gilbert Metcalf, Tufts, TBA
November 7 Roisin O’Sullivan, Smith College, "Assessing
the Impact of Financial Innovation on Monetary Policy: An Empirical
December 5 Jon Skinner (with Doug Staiger), Dartmouth, "The
Diffusion of Health Care Technology"
For more information about the seminars, contact Karen Conway at
862-3386 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advance copies of Goldberg’s paper are available from Sinthy
Kounlasa at 862-3457 or email@example.com.