Congratulations to Sarah Gertler '17 awarded 2019 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Please join us in congratulating Dartmouth Economics alumna Sarah Gertler '17 who was awarded 2019 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship !!!

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, or the GRFP is the country’s oldest graduate fellowship program that directly supports graduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, fields. NSF Graduate Research Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $34,000, along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees (paid to the institution,) opportunities for international research and professional development and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate education they choose. 

We are proud seeing our alumni getting this exceptionally prestigious and competitive award. We wish Sarah best on her future research sucess at MIT. 

DERS Class of 2021 Research Scholars Announced

The spring term is off to a great start for the DERS program, a record-high applications from current sophmores were received and we are proud to announce the class of 2012 research scholars below. 


   Andrew Ahn
   Emily Bjorkman
   Meriem Fouad
   Catalina Garcia Valenzuela
   Carl Harris
   Yujing (Amy) Hu
   Paul Jeon
   Jonathan Liu
   Benjamin Matejka
   Michael McGovern
   Michael Nachman
   Revant Ranjan
   Elise Rust
   Elwyn Zhang

As part of DERS tradition, a spring kick-off dinner was held at Jesse's Steakhouse a few weeks ago and all DERS scholars on campus and faculty gathered together to welcome our new cohort of scholars this year. 

DERS applications are solicited and considered in January of each calendar year. Interested juniors and seniors should contact DERS Director, Professor Cascio.


Economics Class of 2019 Senior Thesis

6 seniors from the class of 2019 share why they picked their thesis topics.

Muhammad Adil Ahsan  : "Violence, Age of Exposure, and the Nepalese Civil War:  Understanding the Effects of Violence Exposure on the Educational Outcomes of Children." (Advisor : Prof. Edmonds)

While there is extensive research on the effects of exposure to violence in utero on later-life outcomes, relatively little has been done to investigate the differential effects of exposure to violence based on age at the time of exposure. Moreover, almost no work has been done to investigate the effect that violence along a road network has on disrupting trade and economic activity. Thus, my thesis seeks to fill these gaps in the literature by examining the case of the Nepalese Civil War. 

Interested in Joining Dartmouth 2019 Fed Challenge Team?

Dartmouth participates in an academic competition called the College Fed Challenge, and has sent teams to the Boston Fed Challenge Regional Competition since 2008. The College Fed Challenge is “intended to help students become more knowledgeable about the Fed and the decision-making process of the Federal Open Market Committee, the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy-setting group.” 

2019 Fed Challenge Info Session: Friday 4:00pm. April 26, Silsby 310. 

For details please see Dartmouth Fed Challenge.

Professor Jonathan Zinman Appointed to Endowed Professorship

Jonathan Zinman, a professor of Economics at Dartmouth College, has been appointed the R. Stephen Cheheyl Professor of Economics. Jon is an Academic Lead for the Global Financial Inclusion Initiative of Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), and a co-founder of IPA’s U.S. Finance Initiative. He is also a research affiliate/associate of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), and ideas42.

“This appointment as a named chair acknowledges Jon’s outstanding research contributions in behavioral economics,” says Professor Nina Pavcnik, chair of the department of Economics. 

Doug Irwin named in FP's 100 Global thinkers for 2019

Douglas Irwin, Economist and the John French Professor of Dartmouth Economics Department, has been named a 2019 Global Thinker by Foreigh Policy magazine. The magazine named him under the 10 thinkers in its ECONOMICS & BUSINESS section.

Here is what Foreign Policy magazine wrote about Doug Irwin :

"At a time when trade tussles seem to be breaking out all over the world, Douglas Irwin has emerged as one of the clearest interpreters of White House trade policy. According to the Dartmouth economist, U.S. President Donald Trump’s approach to what he calls “easy to win” trade wars resembles the ill-fated Smoot-Hawley tariffs of the 1930s—and the consequences could be equally disastrous."

Check out the complete list of Foreign Policy magazine's 100 Global thinkers for 2019 

Not Working : Where Have All the Good Jobs Gone?


Prof. BlanchFlower’s new book “Not Working : Where Have All the Good Jobs Gone?” published by Princeton University Press is forthcoming in June, 2019.

In this revelatory and outspoken book, David Blanchflower draws on his acclaimed work in the economics of labor and wellbeing to explain why today’s postrecession economy is vastly different from what came before. He calls out our leaders and policymakers for failing to see the Great Recession coming, and for their continued failure to address one of the most unacknowledged social catastrophes of our time. Blanchflower shows how many workers are underemployed or have simply given up trying to find a well-paying job, how wage growth has not returned to prerecession levels despite rosy employment indicators, and how general prosperity has not returned since the crash of 2008.

Healthcare fragmentation linked to coordination challenges and higher costs

Policies aiming to improve healthcare productivity often focus on reducing care fragmentation. Care fragmentation occurs when services are spread across many providers, potentially making coordination difficult. Using Medicare claims data, we analyze the effect of moving to a region with more fragmented care delivery. We find that 60% of regional variation in care fragmentation is independent of patients' individual demand for care and moving to a region with 1 SD higher fragmentation increases care utilization by 10%. When patients move to more fragmented regions, they increase their use of specialists and have fewer encounters with primary care physicians. More fragmented regions have more intensive care provision on many margins, including services sometimes associated with overutilization (hospitalizations, emergency department visits, repeat imaging studies) as well as services associated with high value care (vaccines, guideline concordant for diabetics).

ECON Students Get Firsthand View of the Economies of Chile, Argentina

Dartmouth Economics students applied what they learned from Econ 70 class: “Immersion Experience in Applied Economics and Policy : Macroeconomic Policy in Latin America” by traveling to Santiago, Chile, and Buenos Aires, Argentina this winter.

During the visit, the students continued their research by meeting with policy makers, business leaders, and civil society representatives and learn from their experiences then share their conclusions.

The course and trip are led by Professor Doug Irwin and Professor Marjorie Rose.

Read more on the Dartmouth News.