Economics News, 2011
MAs in Research
Started in Spring 2010, the RA-Mentor Program gives MA students the opportunity to serve as research assistants to junior faculty members or PhD candidates, under the overall supervision of their faculty advisers. Applicants are selected on the strength of their academic record, knowledge in statistics and econometrics, and software skill. The typical workload is 10 hours per week during the Spring semester, and a total of 160 hours over two months of the summer. The RAs receive a modest stipend for their work, but even more valuable is the research experience and credential that is so highly desirable in the job market. From its inception, the program was a resounding success. Both mentors and MA students were enthusiastic about the productive working relationships they formed. Currently, 12 MA students are participating in the program as research assistants, with 3 junior faculty members and 11 PhD students acting as mentors.
Sayon Deb (MA 2011) was awarded first prize in the ICPSR’s international competition for the best social science research paper. His paper, “The Long Term Effects of Colonial Land Tenancy: Micro Evidence from India,” was written last Fall for the MA elective course EC565: Economic Institutions in Historical Perspective, taught by Professor Robert Margo. The ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research) at the University of Michigan judges entries from undergraduate and master’s students on originality, statement of purpose, thesis development, quality of analysis, and supporting evidence. The first prize award is $1000 along with publication in the ICPSR Bulletin and ICPSR Web site. Each winner is given a plaque and certificate in recognition of the award. Letters of achievement are written to the student, faculty, departments, and dean of student’s institution. More information at http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/ICPSR/prize/.
Gumilang Sahadewo (MA 2011) and his co-authors from the University Gadjah Mada in Indonesia conducted some behavioral experiment about a year ago. Their article, “Evidence of Homo Economicus? Findings from Experiment on Evolutionary Prisoners’ Dilemma Game” was presented in the Global Accounting, Finance and Economics Conference at Monash University (February 14-15, 2011) and it was awarded best paper in the economics track. Details at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1765923.
International Summit for Careers in Economics
The Master’s Program sponsors career development activities in conjunction with the economics master’s programs at Columbia, Duke, Johns Hopkins, and NYU. On February 24,2011, we hosted the second annual International Summit for Careers in Economics at Duke University. Close to twenty BU students traveled to Durham, N.C. for this career fair. Liberty Mutual Group, the CIA, RTI International, and American Express were among the employers represented. If you are interested inhaving your company represented at this event, please contact Courtney Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org.