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 coordinator.

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 Database"

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 Approach"

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 ksconway@cisunix.unh.edu. Advance copies of Goldberg’s paper are available from Sinthy Kounlasa at 862-3457 or sinthy.kounlasa@unh.edu.