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Department of Economics

College of Business Department 3985

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-2175

Fax: 307-766-4028


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Department Seminar Series

The Department of Economics hosts four seminar series. 

  • The Bugas Lectures. The Bugas Lectures hosted by the Department of Economics at the University of Wyoming are an opportunity for Economics students to interact with and watch presentations by some of today's top Economists. 2-3 speakers per semester spend three days hosting seminars and meeting with students.

  • Guest Speaker Seminars. The department's main seminar series, usually held on Fridays from 3:30-5:00 p.m., features guest speakers from other universities. All interested individuals are welcome to attend these seminars.

  • Brown-Bag Workshops. On Fridays during the semester when there is no guest-speaker seminar, the department hosts a 12:00-1:00 p.m. "brown-bag" (bring your own lunch) workshop, at which both faculty and students present work in progress. All interested individuals are welcome to attend.

  • Graduate Student Seminars. The graduate student seminar series, organized by the graduate students themselves and  provides students the opportunity to share research ideas and practice presenting papers before attending conferences or going on the job market. 

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Friday, September 24 | Paul Turner, SVP Business Development, Hecate Energy

3:30 PM | COB 121

Title: Kári Energy: Wind Energy from Iceland for the UK.

Dr. Paul Turner is a the Vice President for Business Development at Hecate Energy LLC. Turner earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1986, his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University in 1991 and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wyoming in 1996. An independent power professional for over 25 years who brings a unique and deep understanding of energy market trends, power project development and opportunities across the energy technologies including wind, solar, thermal and energy storage. 

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Friday, October 8 | Jacqueline Doremus, California Polytechnic State University

12:00 PM | Location BU 123

Dr. Jacqueline Doremus is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Cal Poly. She is interested in better understanding how firms in developing countries impact environment and development outcomes as well as evaluating environmental policy effectiveness. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2015 with a PhD in Economics and has worked at the US Agency for International Development and the World Bank in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.  She returned to the Republic of Congo on a Fulbright fellowship, collecting data in the north for her paper on the unintended impacts of Forest Certification on households’ nutrition outcomes.

Visit Dr. Doremus' website here

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Friday, October 22 | Charles Sims, University of Tennessee

12:00 PM | Presented via Zoom

Charles Sims is the Director of the Energy and Environment Program at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville.  His research interests center on environmental and natural resource economics with a specific emphasis on the role of risk and uncertainty in natural resource, environmental, and energy policy.  His past research has investigated issues related to invasive and endangered species, forest management, infectious diseases, green energy, and climate change adaptation.  Sims’s work has been published in refereed journals including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, and Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. 

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Friday, November 5 | Thorsten Janus, University of Wyoming 

3:00 PM | COB 121

Dr. Janus is an Associate Professor in the Economics Department at the University of Wyoming and the 2021 receipeint of the Tom and Judy Crocker Junior Faculty Research Award. The Crocker-Powell award was created from a generous donation by Tom Crocker and Judy Powell and recognizes research excellence by junior faculty members in the Department of Economics.

Thorsten will present his winning paper: "Where do Commodity Earnings Go?"

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Friday, November 19 | Jo Albers, University of Wyoming

12:00 PM | BU 209

Time to Think: Using Sabbatical to Step Back, Develop Insights, and Trust My Process

Having returned from a Covid-restricted sabbatical last spring, Jo Albers will describe how she used that time to think and develop insights on both new and long-standing research interests. With examples from papers on seasonal migratory species and protected areas, Jo will discuss her process for weaving together her real-world observations, the academic and policy literatures, and her research results to find her own perspective on the big picture and priorities for next steps. She will also spend a few minutes talking about the development of a potential short course, “Using Markets and Property Rights for Conservation in Costa Rica,” and about specific papers and projects she has been pushing through the research pipeline. 

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Friday, December 3 | Amy Ando, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 

12:00 PM | on Zoom

Dr. Ando helps conservation agencies and groups maximize the benefits people glean from investments to protect nature. She helps conservation agents decide where conservation should be, how long conservation contracts should last, and how we can reduce the risk of future conservation failure. She quantifies the benefits people gain from the environment and studies how those benefits are distributed among different groups of people.

Email for the link to join the seminar. 


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Friday, April 30 | Janet Currie

12:00 PM | Zoom

Dr. Janet Currie is the Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University and the Co-director of Princeton's Center for Health and Wellbeing. She also co-directs the Program on Families and Children at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She is the President of the American Society of Health Economics, has served as the Vice President of the American Economics Association, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, and of the American Academy of Art and Sciences. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, the Society of Labor Economists, and of the Econometric Society, and has honorary degrees from the University of Lyon and the University of Zurich. She was named a Nomis Distinguished Scientist in 2018.  

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Friday, March 12 | Anna Dreber

9:00 AM | Zoom

Dr. Dreber is the Johan Björkman professor of economics at the Stockholm School of Economics mainly doing meta-science and behavioral and experimental economics. She is also a Wallenberg Scholar, a member of the Young Academy of Sweden and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA). Dr. Dreber is also affiliated with the Department of Economics at the University of Innsbruck and the Credence Goods, Incentives and Behavior group. Currently she is mainly interested in replications and predicting replication outcomes as well as new hypothesis tests. 

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Friday, February 12 | Marta Serra-Garcia

12:00 PM | Zoom

Dr. Serra-Garcia's research focuses on how individuals acquire and transmit information and how this in turn affects their preferences and behavior. Among others, her research studies how the desire to preserve a positive self-image shapes individuals’ ethical decision-making, such as lying and charitable giving. Serra-Garcia has been published in numerous journals including Management Science, Psychological Science, the Journal of the European Economic Association, and Games and Economic Behavior. She has also been recognized as the 2020 Best 40 under 40 MBA Professors.
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Friday, January 29 | Dorothea Hilhorst

9:00 AM | Zoom

Dr. Hilhorst is Professor of Humanitarian Studies at the International Institute for Social Studies at Erasmus University in The Hague. Her focus is on aid-society relations: studying how aid is embedded in the context, impacts on governments and society, and is shaped by the manifold actions of actors in and around programmes for protection, service delivery and capacity development. She has a special interest in the intersections of humanitarianism with development, peacebuilding and gender-relations. Her research has taken place in settings affected by disaster, conflict and fragility, including Afghanistan, Angola, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, the Philippines, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Sri Lanka. Her current research includes disaster governance in high-conflict, low-conflict and post-conflict societies.

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Department of Economics

College of Business Department 3985

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-2175

Fax: 307-766-4028


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