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Boston College Economics Department Year in Review

After facing several years of unprecedented demand for the undergraduate major and minor, the economics department was allowed to hire seven new faculty for the 2015–2016 academic year to strengthen its offerings.  Learn more about them and the achievements of our exceptional faculty and students in the 38th Boston College Economics Department Newsletter.

Fed President's Move from Academia to Government Drove a Shift in Economic Perspective

Murray and Monti Professor Peter Ireland was quoted in the Wall Street Journal regarding Narayana Kocherlakota's shift in policy views during his tenure as president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.



Current and Future Consumer Confidence

The current national comfort level with the economy could fuel a banner holiday spending period--but it may yet prove to be shaky in the new year, as consumers look out on an uncertain geopolitical situation. Associate Professor of Economics Robert Murphy was interviewed on the subject by the Boston Herald.

Recent Selected Publications

Kevin E. Cahill, Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College, Michael D. Giandrea, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Joseph F. Quinn, "The Impact of Hours Flexibility on Career Employment, Bridge Jobs, and the Timing of Retirement" (02/2014; PDF)

Michael D. Grubb
, "Behavioral Consumers in Industrial Organization" (05/2015; PDF)

Christopher F Baum
, Hans Lööf (Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm), Pardis Nabavi (Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm), and Andreas Stephan (Jönkoping International Business School), "A New Approach to Estimation of the R&D-Innovation-Productivity Relationship" (05/2015; PDF)

Scott Fulford
, Ivan Petkov and Fabio Schiantarelli, "Does It Matter Where You Came From? Ancestry Composition and Economic Performance of U.S. Counties, 1850-2010" (05/2015; PDF)

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