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Grossman On Economic Turning Points, Stress Tests

Richard Grossman, chair and professor of economics, was quoted in an article titled “The Turning Point” about the Lehman failure at Thedeal.com (carried by Reuters).

In addition, Grossman gave interviews on banking system “stress tests” and the prospects for government ownership on WOOD (Grand Rapids, Mich.), WJNO (West Palm Beach, Fla.), WHAS (Louisville, Ky.), WFLA (Tampa, Fla.), XM Satellite Radio, KOGO (San Diego, Calif.), WILM (Wilmington, De.), WSYR (Syracuse, N.Y.), KVI (Seattle, Wash.), and WGST (Atlanta, Ga.).

Yohe Elected to Governor’s Climate Committee

Gary Yohe, the Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics.

Gary Yohe, the Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics.

Gary Yohe, the Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics, has been appointed to the Adaptation Subcommittee of the Connecticut Governor’s Steering Committee on Climate Change, 2008-2010.

He also has been selected to be a member of the National Research Council Committee on America’s Climate Choices: Panel on Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change, 2008-2011. The panel will host a Climate Summit in DC at the end of March and provide Congress and the Administration a review of the panel’s “Choices” by the end of the year. A synthetic blueprint will then be created by an umbrella panel.

Yohe also helped organize an Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research and Medicine in Washington, DC. It focused on climate change to inform the research agenda of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. In addition, Yohe moderated a session and gave a talk on “Economic Analysis of a Basic and Applied Research Agenda: Strategies for Prioritization” on Jan. 16.

Imai Authors Article on Postal Saving System

Masami Imai, assistant professor of economics, assistant professor of East Asian studies.

Masami Imai, assistant professor of economics, assistant professor of East Asian studies.

Masami Imai, assistant professor of economics, East Asian studies, is the author of “Ideologies, vested interest groups, and postal saving privatization in Japan,” published in Public Choice August 2008.

The privatization of Japan’s postal saving system has been a politically charged issue since it first started being debated in the late 1980s, and yet it provides a useful setting in which political economy of economic policy-making can be investigated empirically. Analyzing the pre-election survey of the House of Representatives candidates in 2003 and also the voting patterns of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) members on a set of postal privatization bills in 2005, this paper asks why some politicians fiercely opposed (or supported) privatization.

Alden, Imai, Starr Awarded Tenure

The Wesleyan University Board of Trustees affirmed the promotion with tenure, effective July 1, 2009, of the following members of the faculty:

Jane Alden.

Jane Alden.

Jane Alden, associate professor of music, was appointed assistant professor of music at Wesleyan in 2001. Prior, she was an acting assistant professor at Stanford University, and an instructor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Alden was awarded a Wesleyan Center for the Humanities Fellowship and was a visiting research associate at Harvard University. She has been the recipient of a Mellon Center Mini-Grant, a Wesleyan University seed grant, and Wesleyan University Snowdon funding for a symposium.

Her research and teaching interest include manuscript production and music books in the 15th century; historiography of chanson in the late 19th and 20th centuries; The “New York School” of American experimental

Rodriguez Writes Lead Article in Economics Journal

Francisco Rodriguez, assistant professor of economics, is the co-author of the article “Freed from Illiteracy? A Closer Look at Venezuela’s Misión Robinson Literacy Campaign,” which was published as the lead article in Economic Development and Cultural Change 57(1):1-30, October 2008.

Imai Presents Papers to FDIC, Security Prices Forum

Masami Imai, assistant professor of economics, assistant professor of East Asian studies.

Masami Imai, assistant professor of economics, assistant professor of East Asian studies.

Masami Imai, assistant professor of economics, assistant professor of East Asian studies, presented his paper “Crowding-Out Effects of a Government-Owned Depository Institution” at Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in Washington, DC on Oct. 24 and at the Center for Research in Security Prices Forum in Chicago, Ill. on Nov. 3.