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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!


ACA Breastfeeding Provision's Effect

The 2010 Affordable Care Act may have helped more women in the U.S. breastfeed as a result of its coverage of breast pumps, suggests a new study led by BC School of Social Work Assistant Professor Summer Hawkins, conducted with BC colleagues Alice Noble of BC Law School and Professor of Economics and Social Work Christopher Baum. The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, is featured by Reuters.

Thesis Student Award Winners

At commencement, the Economics Department awarded prizes to three outstanding economics undergraduates.  The Bourneuf Award for the top economics major went to Christopher Dalla Riva.  Giffuni Prizes for outstanding thesis work in economics were awarded to James LeDoux and Carolyn Ruh.

Congratulations to all the award recipients!

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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