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The Fed's Pessimism About Productivity Growth May Prove Self-fulfilling

The Economist referenced Professor Susanto Basu's "seminal" 2006 paper published in the American Economic Review "Are Technology Improvements Contractionary?", in their piece on the Fed's pessimism about American productivity.

The Average Mid-Forties Male College Graduate Earns 55% More Than His Female Counterparts

The wage gap between college-educated men and women starts small, but it snowballs significantly over time, economists Erling Barth, Claudia Goldin, Sari Pekkala Kerr, and Claudia Olivetti write in an article in the Harvard Business Review. New York Times, Wall Street Journal

Commencement 2017


The Economics Department was well represented at BC's 141st Commencement held on Monday, May 22 with 10 Ph.D., 16 M.A., and 312 B.A. degrees awarded to our economics graduate and undergraduate students.

Our congratulations and best wishes to them and all the Class of 2017!


Selected Publications

"Overconfident Consumers in the Marketplace," Michael D. Grubb, Journal of Economic Perspectives, (Fall 2015; PDF)

"In the Name of the Son (and the Daughter): Intergenerational Mobility in the United States, 1850-1940," Claudia Olivetti and M. Daniele Paserman, American Economic Review, (08/2015, PDF)

"Sufficient Statistics for Tariff Reform when Revenue Matters," James E. Anderson, and J. Peter Neary. Journal of international Economics, (2016, PDf)

"Information in Tender Offers with a Large Shareholder," Mehmet Ekmekci and Nenad Kos, Econometrica, (01/2016, PDF)

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