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Prof. Oskar Harmon presented the paper  “Interactive Online Exercises: An Evaluation of Their Effectiveness in a Large Size Principles of Economics Class at a Public University” co-authored with Prof. William Alpert, at the AEA’s 2nd Annual National Conference on Teaching Economics, Boston, MA, May 30 to June 1, 2012.

Their paper reported empirical estimates of the effect of various online exercises on learning outcomes.


International Growth Centre
Professor Nishith Prakash was recently invited to join a newly formed online economics and policy portal for India, funded by the International Growth Centre (IGC). The portal will potentially become the go-to source for ideas and evidence on policy issues in India.  The portal’s goal is to be an ideologically neutral portal for researchers to discuss policies and ideas with a wide audience, and to encourage debate and analysis based on rigorous evidence.

Professor Prakash’s expertise and research in the Indian economy made him a sought after addition to the group. His “Cycling to School” project, which focuses on school attendance in rural India, is also funded by the IGC.

The volume entitled, The State of Economic and Social Human Rights: A Global Overview, edited by Lanse Minkler, has been accepted for publication by Cambridge University Press and will be available in December 2012.  It offers original scholarship on economic and social human rights from leading and new cutting-edge scholars in the fields of economics (including Susan Randolph from our department), law, political science, sociology and anthropology. It analyzes the core economic and social rights, the crucial topic of non-discrimination, and includes an innovative section on “meta” rights. The main chapters answer important questions about economic and social rights performance around the world by emphasizing the obstacles that prevent governments from fulfilling their obligations.  Novel topics include: discrimination of the stateless, Article 28 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and new data on the widespread legalization of social security and environmental rights. The book¹s introductory and concluding chapters address conceptual issues, and correct mistakes often made by critics of economic and social rights.

Xiaofang Dong, who visited our department for a year and a half to work with Professor Stephen Ross on agglomeration economies, recently accepted a faculty position at Xiamen University in China.  Xiamen University was ranked 6th this year among research institutions in China.  Xiaofang recently completed her dissertation on Entreprenuership, Firm life cycle and Agglomeration Economics at the Southwest University of Finance and Economics, China.