Economics News Archive

  • Are Some People Born to be Entrepreneurs?

    Scott Shane, PhD, comments on the findings of his study looking at whether entrepreneurs are born or bred.
  • Depopulation to Reconcentration

    Robin Dubin, PhD, chair and professor of economics, offers a way to save our older cities.
  • Paid Summer Fellowships for Current Juniors

    Students currently in their junior year of college (from any major) are eligible to apply to two distinct summer fellowships hosted by CMU’s Heinz College: · Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute · IT Lab: Summer Security Intensive (SSI) Each program is a 7-week in-residence experience and feature: · Specialized courses taught by CMU faculty: Fellows earn CMU academic credit for coursework (eligible for transfer to home institution) ·$1,000 stipend + the costs of housing, meals, books, supplies, social functions, and travel expenses to and from Pittsburgh · A scholarship of at least 50% of graduate school tuition, if admitted to and enroll in a master’s program at Heinz College. To learn more, please visit our websites (above) or click on the links below (PDF’s): PPIA IT Lab: SSI Any questions? Please contact David Eber ( or 412-268-3347).
  • Has Rob Portman flip-flopped on trade?

    Susan Helper, the Frank Tracy Carlton Professor of Economics, weighed in on Sen. Rob Portman’s views on trade deals overseas and how they’ve changed over the past decade.
  • Bay Area tech startup moves to East Sacramento

    Sacramento leadership gave a technology startup a $100,000 subsidy to relocate to the city. Scott Shane, the A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, likened city subsidies to risky bets, stating, “Nine out of 10 of these things fail.”
  • Candidates want to raise the economic tide to lift opportunity, but how?

    Much of the anger and anxiety in the 2016 election is fueled by the sense that economic opportunity is slipping away for many Americans. This week, as part of NPR's collaborative project with member stations, A Nation Engaged, Susan Helper, PhD, Frank Tracy Carlton Professor of Economics, among others, addresses the question: What can be done to create economic opportunity for more Americans?
  • Research Fellows at Stanford Law School

    RESEARCH FELLOW, STANFORD LAW SCHOOL (Fixed term) *multi-job posting Commitment: Full-time, starting Spring/Summer 2017. Fellowships last for one year, with an option to renew for a second year by mutual agreement of the professor and the fellow. Description: Assist with the research of Professors John J. Donohue, Jacob Goldin, Daniel Ho, Daniel Kessler, and Alison Morantz at Stanford Law School. Designed for graduating seniors or recent college graduates, fellowships provide a unique opportunity for those considering graduate school, law school, and/or business school in the future. Prior Research Fellows have matriculated to Ph.D. programs at Harvard, Stanford, Yale, and MIT, and law school at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Columbia. They have been drawn from a variety of undergraduate disciplines, including economics, political science, applied math, public policy, statistics, and computer science. Successful applicants will be matched with a specific professor based on background and interests. As full-time Stanford University employees, fellows will receive a competitive salary and benefits package, including full medical and dental insurance, access to campus athletic and academic facilities, paid vacation time, professional development funds, and the capacity to audit Stanford courses and attend on-campus lectures and seminars free of charge. Job responsibilities will vary by position, but involve all aspects of the research process including: · Conceptualization of suitable empirical methodologies and models · Collecting, managing, and structuring quantitative datasets · Statistical analyses of complex datasets and interpretation of results · Communication with government officials, industry stakeholders, and research collaborators · Report writing and manuscript preparation Job qualifications: · Bachelor’s degree, preferably in the social sciences, mathematics, or another relevant field · Outstanding academic credentials and intellectual creativity · Eagerness to take initiative and solve intricate problems · Excellent time-management skills and ability to work effectively with minimal supervision · Experience in a quantitative discipline such as economics, political science, statistics, applied math or engineering · Exceptional research and analytical writing skills · Programming experience in Stata, SAS, R, Python or other languages is preferred, but not required · Prior research experience in the social sciences is preferred, but not required How to apply: There will be two rounds of application review. The deadline for the first round is 7:00AM PST on Monday, November 28, 2016. The deadline for the second round is 7:00AM PST on Monday, February 6, 2017. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis and preference will be given to first-round applicants. The position is visa sponsorship eligible (H1B) and applicants with OPT are also eligible for this position. Apply online at
  • Research Associate - Federal Reserve Bank-St.Louis

    The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis is seeking research associates to start during spring/summer 2017. I would appreciate it if you could forward the attached flyer to any economics majors who may be interested this job opportunity. We will start interviews in early October and continue to accept applications on a rolling basis until all positions are filled (typically around early January). Interested students can find the job opening here:
  • Research Assistants at Federal Reserve Board

    The Federal Reserve Board is hiring Research Assistants during the Fall recruiting season, October-November, and the Spring recruiting season, February-March for positions that begin in the summer. We appreciate your referral of interested and qualified students. Each year, the Board hires approximately 70 recent graduates in economics, math, or related fields as RAs. These positions are highly competitive and very quantitative in nature. While at the Board, RAs work closely with economists and analysts on a broad range of topics covering real-world policy issues and academic-type research. After their time at the Board, many of our RAs move on to top graduate school programs. To be considered for these positions, candidates must submit application materials by September 30 for the Fall recruiting season and by January 31 for the Spring recruiting season. Complete application instructions are available at A limited number of summer internships are also available each year. Application procedures and deadline information for this program can be found at