Author Archive

Call for Papers/Sessions for Three Different Conferences

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

The Society of Government Economists announces a call for papers and sessions for three conferences:

  • SGE’s Own Conference, May 21, 2015 in Washington, DC
    Extended Application Deadline: May 10th
  • Southern Economic Association November 21-23, 2015 in New Orleans
    Application Deadline: April 10th
  • American Economic Association, January 3-5, 2016 in San Francisco
    Application Deadline: May 15th

For information on how to apply to any of these conferences, please click here SGE_Call-for-Papers-2015-16_final-5.

For the Annual SGE Conference, please click here Annual_SGE_Conf_Call for Papers 2015-AC_2.

To submit a paper, or to propose a session, or to volunteer as a session chair or paper discussant, please go to SGE’s Paper/Session/Volunteer Application page.

To register for the SGE Conference, please visit the Conference Registration page.

Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis 7th Annual Conference

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis (SBCA) is an international group of practitioners, academics and others who are working to improve the theory and application of the tools of benefit-cost analysis. (more…)

5/15 Lunch: SGE Luncheon with Norton Francis

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Governing Without Money: Long Term Trends in State Finances

Norton Francis is a Senior Research Associate with the Urban Institute State and Local Finance Initiative and is an expert in state and local tax policy. He was the Director of Revenue Estimation for the Office of the Chief Financial Officer in the District of Columbia from 2009 to 2012 and the Chief Economist for the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee from 2005 to 2009. He has written about and presented on revenue estimation and tax policy.

A disconnect exists between the long term trends of revenue and expenditures that is causing fiscal crises for states. Revenue growth for both sales and income taxes, the two major state sources of revenue, has been decelerating for over a decade. Expenditures, particularly for health care and pensions, have been accelerating. Mr. Francis will discuss how these trends, which existed before the recession, may be exacerbated by responses from state lawmakers to the recession’s devastating effect on state finances.

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1/23 Lunch: Roger Betancourt of the University of Maryland

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Unbundling Democracy: Tilly Trumps Schumpeter

Roger R. Betancourt is a Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Maryland. He received a B.A. in Economics from Georgetown University (Washington DC) and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin (Madison). He has broad interests within economics. While originally trained as an applied econometrician, his research interests currently lie in the area of applied microeconomics and economic development. His main consultancies include international organizations as well as business firms.

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Event Invitation: Amelie Constant, IZA

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

SGE members are invited to a roundtable discussion for the launch of the International Handbook on the Economics of Migration, the first handbook on the economics of migration, edited by Amelie F. Constant and Klaus F. Zimmermann and published by Edward Elgar. This roundtable will take place on Wednesday, November 20 from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Brookings Institution (1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW) in the Somers room. A reception will follow.

RSVP to Christina Golubski at cgolubski@brookings.edu or 202-797-6247.
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11/21 Lunch: Kate Coventry of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

How Do Federal Changes to SNAP and TANF Affect the District?

Kate Coventry is a Policy Analyst at the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, focusing on a range of issues affecting low-income residents of DC, particularly TANF, Interim Disability Assistance (IDA), and homelessness. Her professional background is rooted in working with community-based organizations in the Washington area. She received a BA in sociology from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and a Master of Public Policy degree from George Washington University.

Kate will discuss how recent federal changes to the SNAP program (commonly known as food stamps) have affected DC residents, in addition to legislative proposals currently being considered by Congress. She will also examine how federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) policies intersect with the District’s recent TANF redesign effort.

The lunch is 12:00 noon to 1:30pm at Chinatown Garden, 618 H St NW Washington, DC. Metro stop: Gallery Place. The cost is $16 for members and affiliates, and $25 for non-members. This luncheon is a joint event with the National Economists Club.

To register for the lunch, please go to the National Economists Club.

Press: Please email info@national-economists.org with your attendance status and the date of attendance. It will be assumed that lunch is NOT requested. If lunch is requested, please contact in advance, prior to the date of the event, for registration and payment instructions at the member rate.

We hope to see you at lunch!

10/17 Lunch: Richard Fry of the Pew Research Center

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Net Worth Impacts of the Great Recession

Richard Fry and Paul Taylor examined the impact of the Great Recession on household net worth and discovered a recovery period characterized by uneven impacts. Using the Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation and net worth data from the Federal Reserve, the research suggests that the net worth for the wealthiest Americans has grown substantially, while the rest of the country experienced notable declines in the 2009-2011 period. Dr. Fry will address the impact of the recession on household wealth. The basis for this talk is a report he authored in April of this year: http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2013/04/23/a-rise-in-wealth-for-the-wealthydeclines-for-the-lower-93/

Richard Fry is a senior economist at the Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends Project. He is an expert on school and college enrollment in the United States, as well as the returns to education in the labor market, marriage market, and its connection to household economic well-being such as net worth. Fry’s analyses are largely empirical, as he has extensive expertise analyzing U.S. Census Bureau and other federal data collections. Before joining the Pew Research Center in 2002, he was a senior economist at the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Fry received his doctorate in economics from The University of Michigan. Fry regularly documents U.S. educational and enrollment milestones, analyzes the role of student debt in financing college education, and examines the changing relationship between education and marriage and cohabitation. He has also contributed to the Pew Research Center’s analyses of the economic well-being of the nation’s young adults.

The lunch is 12:00 noon to 1:30pm at Chinatown Garden, 618 H St NW Washington, DC. Metro stop: Gallery Place. The cost is $16 for members and affiliates, and $25 for non-members. This luncheon is a joint event with the National Economists Club.

To register for the lunch, please go to the National Economists Club.

Press: Please email info@national-economists.org with your attendance status and the date of attendance. It will be assumed that lunch is NOT requested. If lunch is requested, please contact in advance, prior to the date of the event, for registration and payment instructions at the member rate.

We hope to see you at lunch!

7/18 Lunch: Jonathan Rothwell of the Brookings Institution

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

The Hidden STEM Economy: Redefining High-Skilled Work

Jonathan Rothwell is a senior research associate and associate fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings. His research covers a variety of topics on the sources of regional and national economic growth and prosperity with a focus on human capital and innovation. He has written Brookings reports on the labor market for education and skills, the economic consequences of patents and science and technical knowledge, the cleantech industry, and how land regulations create income segregation and unequal access to high-performing public schools. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State, a master’s degree in economics from the New School, and a doctorate in policy from Princeton University. (more…)

3/21 Lunch: Jerry Taylor, Cato Institute: “Economic Implications of Energy Policy”

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

Jerry Taylor is among the most widely cited and influential critics of federal energy and environmental policy in the nation. Taylor is a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal and National Review and appears regularly on CNBC, NPR, Bloomberg Radio, the BBC, and Fox News. His op-eds on public policy have appeared in the pages of The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and most other major dailies. His extended essays on energy policy have appeared in The Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy, The Columbia Journal of International Affairs, Limes: The Italian Journal of Geopolitics, The Milken Institute Review, and Regulation magazine. Taylor has served on several congressional advisory bodies and has testified frequently on Capitol Hill regarding various energy and environmental policy matters. He is the author or coauthor of numerous Cato policy studies addressing energy taxes, the oil market, electricity regulation, energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable development, and trade and the environment. He has also contributed to several anthologies, including The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics (2007), Energy & American Society undefined 13 Myths (2007), The Republican Revolution 10 Years Later (2005), Earth Report 2000 (2000), China as a Global Economic Power (1997), and Market Liberalism (1993). Taylor is a member of the International Association for Energy Economics and has refereed articles for their publication, The Energy Journal. (more…)

SGE Evening Seminar: How Political Donations Influence Economic Decisions

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Panel:
Bob Edgar, President and CEO, Common Cause
Paul S. Herrnson, Director, Center for American Politics and Citizenship, University of Maryland at College Park

Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. (Refreshments 5:45 p.m.)
Conference Room, Common Cause, Room 900, 9th Floor
1133 19th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20036
Metro: Farragut North (red line) or Farragut West (Blue or Orange line) (more…)