John Bonin, the Chester D. Hubbard Professor of Economics and Social Science, participated in the annual American Economic Association meetings in San Diego, Calif. from Jan. 3-6. He chaired two panel sessions and was a discussant for papers in two different sessions. Three generations of Wesleyan economists were present in the first morning session of the meetings: Bonin was the chair and Assistant Professor of Economics Melanie Khamis presented a joint paper with her student Romaine Campbell ’13 on informal employment in Jamaican firms. Campbell has completed his course work and is finishing his honors thesis to fulfill the requirements for his B.A. in economics.
Also in January, Bonin participated in the Mid-Year Fellows Workshop at Rutgers University. Bonin is a faculty mentor in the J. Robert Beyster Fellowship Program administered by the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations. At the workshop, Bonin discussed a paper by a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Wisconsin on authority structures and innovation with lessons drawn from the Mondragon cooperatives in Spain. Bonin is returning to an area of research to which he made contributions for a decade and a half spanning the 1980s.