The University of Minnesota was proud to present Professor Anne Krueger, former chief economist at the World Bank, with an honorary degree for her invaluable contribution to economics. Her mentorship has inspired many students.
From the beginning of his academic career, economics senior Kazimier Smith has been able to dig in to research. “I think a lot of times research ideas come from places you wouldn’t think they come from,” he says.
Joaquin Garcia-Cabo came to the US with a prestigious master’s degree and an interest in macro and labor economics. As he completes his PhD program, his job market paper introduces a new model to understand the effects of firing costs on human capital accumulation, job cyclicality, and the persistence of job loss for Spanish workers. His research can be used to analyze the costs and benefits of future policies.
When Mons Chan started out as an undergraduate economics major, he didn’t want to just learn, he wanted to learn how to get things done. Economics, he came to realize, would give him the tools to contribute to positive change in the world. Now, as he wraps up the final year of his PhD program, Mons’ research on trade patterns is producing detailed information that policymakers will be able to use to ensure more people are better off.
Diana Vega Vega recently graduated with a B.S. in econ, but she isn’t stopping there. As a student in the Humphrey School's master of public policy program, she is learning how economics interacts with racial and social equity. Ultimately, she plans to pursue a PhD in economics and use her skills to work for policy changes that promote issues close to her heart.
It’s not every day that we have a Nobel Prize winner on campus to advise undergraduates, present a public lecture, receive an honorary degree, and cheer on the home team. Learn about Professor Daniel McFadden’s recent trip to the University of Minnesota.
By pairing economics with a major in global studies and extracurriculars, senior Riley Runnoe graduated this May with the knowledge, skills, and experience to pursue his passion for development economics.
More than twenty years after the establishment of NAFTA, the Trump Administration is threatening to scrap or, at a minimum, renegotiate the agreement. Professor Tim Kehoe moderated a panel featuring three of NAFTA’s lead architects from Canada, Mexico, and the U.S.
Undergraduate economics major Aravind Boddupalli arrived at the University of Minnesota with a passion for economic equality and empowerment. After four years of immersing himself in academic and extracurricular activities, he feels he has the knowledge, skills and experiences to launch a career tackling issues of inequality.
Not many people in town are willing to take on the Minnesota Vikings or 77,000 members of the teachers union, but Art Rolnick (PhD ’73) isn’t one to back down when the research is on his side by using economic research to improve public outcomes.
The Global Burden of Disease study (Lancet 2015) estimates that 7.8 million people died in 2013 due to ambient and household air pollution, lack of access to safe water and sanitation and exposure to lead. Over 90% of these deaths occurred in low and middle income countries. Can economic analysis help reduce this burden in a cost effective way?
After working in the mortgage industry for several years, Corissa Marson’s interest in economics and research inspired her to enroll in the University of Minnesota. Majoring in economics and political science, Corissa sought out research experiences that taught her how to analyze data and apply it to real world challenges.
In the early 1990s, China experienced a surge in its inflow of foreign direct investment. However, upon closer examination, Professor Ellen McGrattan found that only a small percentage of the money was coming from the US, Western European countries or Japan. If it wasn’t flowing in from advanced countries as theory would suggest, then where was it coming from?
“Climate change is an important question of our time, and for economists that means working to understand how climate change will affect the economy,” PhD student Ethan Singer says. “And not just how it will affect the worldwide economy in general, but how it will affect different regions and populations.”
Tyler Gieseke is an undergraduate student with drive. A double major in economics and journalism, Tyler has taken advantage of research opportunities in economics and is editor in chief and co-publisher at the Minnesota Daily. He enjoys social sciences and writing and wants to be a business journalist after graduation.
Donors Doug and Jane Gorence often find themselves thinking about the future, asking questions such as “How can I continue to give?” and “How can we help prepare students to make lasting change in society?” Read on to find out why Doug and Jane Gorence choose to go above and beyond and donate to the University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts.
Amy Ko recently completed her academic journey with the University of Minnesota and embarked on her professional journey with them, too. Thanks to her impressive education, passion for data science, and determination for success, Ko is able to bring valuable experience and enthusiasm for analytics to her new career.