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PhD Alumni Conference

Starting in 2024, the Economics Department has welcomed PhD alumni back to present at a conference held on campus each year. Our PhD alumni are invited to share their research in 30-minute presentations or attend the conference as participants. The conference has been a way for our alumni to re-connect with current and emeritus faculty, as well as for current PhD students to meet and network with our wonderful alumni.

The 2025 PhD Alumni Conference will be held April 11-12, 2025. 

2024 PhD Alumni Conference 

Friday, April 12, 2024

12:30 – 2pm   Lunch 

2 – 2:30pm   “Response of Demand Management Policy to the Covid 19 shock: India and USA,”  Dr. Kishore Kulkarni, PhD Class of 1982 

2:30 – 3pm   “Labor Market Consequences of Pay Equity Laws,”  Dr. Steven Lehrer, PhD Class of 2001

3 – 3:30pm   “Not Quite Universal Childcare: Evidence from Canada,” Dr. Weili Ding, PhD class of 2002

3:30 – 4pm   Coffee Break 

4 – 4:30pm   “Unveiling Dynamics in Climate Disaster Information Connectivity Across Regions: A Variance Decomposition Network Approach,” Dr. Yilan Xu, PhD Class of 2012 

4:30 – 5pm   “On-the-Job Experience Reduces, but Does Not Eliminate, Base-Rate Neglect,” Dr. Felipe A. Araujo, PhD Class of 2020

5 – 5:30pm   “Identifying Demand and Supply in Index Option Markets,” Dr. Kris Jacobs, PhD Class of 1995 

5:30 – 6:30pm   Reception 

Saturday, April 13, 2024

8 – 9am   Breakfast 

9 – 9:30am   “Renewable Natural Resources with Tipping Points,” Dr. Ted To, PhD Class of 1992

9:30 – 10am   “Does Physicians’ Female Socialization Influence Female Patients’ Health?” Dr. Tianyi Wang, PhD Class of 2020

10 – 10:30am   “Natural Disasters, Social Media, and Climate Activism,” Dr. Michael Coury, PhD Class of 2022 

10:30 – 11am   Coffee Break 

11 – 11:30am   “Forget Reserves, Just Target Inflation: Debt Inflows During Crises in Developing Countries,” Dr. Cesar M. Rodriguez, PhD Class of 2009 

11:30 – 12pm   “Divorce and Financial Well-being: the Role of Education,” Dr. Natalia Khorunzhina, PhD Class of 2011

12 – 1pm   Lunch