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April, 2020

Seeking to understand investing trend, State Dept enlists help from Pitt

Students and faculty at Pitt are helping the US Department of State understand one of the biggest trends in finance: socially responsible investing. Socially responsible investing (SRI) is investment which reflects goals that go beyond purely financial returns. This can mean investing in companies or funds that draw high marks on issues...

New Housing (data) Construction

If you’re like most people, you pay some attention to the housing prices in your neighborhood and how they’re changing. The internet makes this easy, with sites like Zillow keeping track of listings. But what do you do if you want to see how expensive your neighborhood was decades ago, in the pre-internet era? Right now, any historical...

February, 2020

Everyday Economics: Looking to Neighbors for Climate Change Opinions

Pitt economists show how installing solar panels may impact your neighbors' perceptions of climate change. Read on the Pittwire. 

April 3 - Economics Alumni Panel

SAVE THE DATE The Department of Economics & the MQE Program present a Distinguished Alumni Panel & Reception Friday, April 3, 2020 3 – 5 p.m. 1501 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, 1st Floor Ari Isaacman Bevacqua - The New York Times Justin Meservie - Monitor Deloitte Maia Woluchem - Ford Foundation  

Three Stellar Alumni Return

Last February, Pitt hosted a panel featuring three distinguished economics alumni. The panel featured three students with stellar academic achievements, as well as an active involvement and voice in their respective fields.   Joseph Kannarkat, BS-Economics 2018 The most recent graduate on the panel, Joseph Kannarkat, was awarded the...

Fantastic Faculty: Associate Professor to Minister of Economics, Just like that!

Tymofiy Mylovanov, an associate professor of economics at the University of Pittsburgh, has temporarily taken off his teaching hat in exchange for a political one. In August Mylovanov was appointed the Minister of Development, Trade and Agriculture for Ukraine. As Minster, Mylovanov is the chief administrator in the Ukrainian government’s...

Nobel Laureate Brings “Controversy” to Posvar

  On November 15, former Pitt Econ professor (and Nobel Laureate) Alvin Roth returned to the Department of Economics. During his visit, Roth gave a seminar talk, while also meeting with students and faculty. Roth’s talk was on, “Controversial Markets”, which can be thought of as markets where transactions are potentially “repugnant”....

Monetary Policy for Emerging Economies

If you’ve taken macro, you probably learned that central banks should cut interest rates during recessions: The lower interest rates spur investment, which helps the economy out of recession. But central bankers in emerging economies – economies which aren’t quite all the way developed – rarely follow this advice. Instead, central bankers...

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...

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