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November, 2019

Why It’s Hard to Identify a Cancer Cluster

Why It’s Hard to Identify a Cancer Cluster and How It’s Similar to Problems in Econ Last week, the Pitt News had a nice article on an October 7 meeting between the Pennsylvania Department of Health and residents of Washington County. If you’re local to Western PA, you’ve probably heard about the recent increase in childhood cancer in...

How to Pay for Innovation

At its peak, the Manhattan Project employed over six thousand scientists and engineers. Engineers working on the Barcode were unsure if its development was possible. Taco Bell’s Doritos Locos Tacos required thirty stages of development.   Look at many of history’s greatest – and tastiest – innovations and you’ll see three features...

Learn about our Undergrad Econ Orgs

Pitt has four undergraduate economics clubs. If you’re interested in learning more about any of these groups – many love to connect with alumni! – or would just like to be on their email list, contact info is provided at the end of each description.   Undergraduate Economic Society The Undergraduate Economic Society is a student-led...

October, 2019

Welcome from the Chair

Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Students, On behalf of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Economics, I am excited to welcome you to the inaugural (INSERT NAME) Newsletter. Our goal is to highlight the exciting work in our department and by our alumni; these monthly letters will feature our current faculty’s research, and the...

Scientists are using Wikipedia too

Wikipedia: A Professional Resource? When non-scientists need to understand science, they turn to Wikipedia. When scientists need to understand science they turn to Wikipedia. Wait, really? Yes, really. That’s one of the takeaways from a new study by Doug Hanley, an Assistant Professor in the Pitt Department of Economics. In the study...

Dept Alumna Named Rhodes Scholar

  Lia Petrose, a University of Pittsburgh and Economics Department alumna, (BS 2017), recently won the prestigious, Rhodes Scholarship: one of the oldest and most competitve international study awards. As a winner, Petrose is awarded two to three years of study at Oxford University. The traits considered when reviewing applicants...

Everyday Econ: Health Insurance Mandates

Health Insurance markets sometimes include mandates: requirements that everyone obtain health insurance. For example, the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) included health insurance mandates for individuals and for large employers. Many health insurance policy proposals involve some sort of mandate. This video explains some of the...