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Department of Economics

College of Business Department 3985

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-2175

Fax: 307-766-4028


Department Seminar Series

The Department of Economics hosts four seminar series. 

  • The Bugas Lectures. We’ll be bringing in a total of 6 experts in various frontier areas of economics (experimental, risk, econometrics, resource, development ...) over the course of the year to give special lectures. Click here for more information.

  • 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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Wednesday, February 5 | Mark Agerton

12:00 PM | BU 123

"Learning Where to Drill: Drilling Decisions and Geological Quality in the Haynesville Shale"

Abstract: We often attribute the increasing productivity of U.S. shale oil and gas wells to firms learning how to drill better. Firms may instead be changing where they drill based on the interaction of their beliefs about geology with other economic variables. To identify what firms believe and learn about geology, and how this affects affects average output over time, I estimate an internally consistent model of royalty-rates, drilling decisions, and production outcomes in Louisiana’s Haynesville shale. I find that some but not all of the increase in average output per well is explained by the structure of mineral leases and firms learning about where to drill.

Mark Agerton is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Davis. He works on issues in energy and resource economics, with a special focus on dynamic investment problems. His current research examines several aspects of the U.S. shale boom, including how firms learn where to drill, the economics of mineral leasing, constraints in midstream infrastructure, and market structure in oilfield services. Agerton earned a Ph.D. in Economics from Rice University, an M.A. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a B.A. in Spanish from Davidson College.

For more information on Mark Agerton, please visit



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Monday, February 10 | Bill Barron

3:30 PM | BU 21

"Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act"

Bill Barron, Regional Coordinator for Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL), will discuss the ‘Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act” (HR 763), a market based solution employing a carbon fee and dividend with the goal of reduce carbon pollution emissions. 

He will also discuss how working with members of Congress across the political spectrum  finds common ground on climate change solutions. Bill has been a Regional Coordinator for CCL since 2013 covering MT, WY, UT, CO,
NM, AZ and NV.

As regional coordinator for the Mountain West for Citizens' Climate Lobby, Bill Barron is committed to the idea that building relationships is the key to our success and he is focused on supporting volunteers, encouraging creativity and engagement, and building CCL community throughout the Mountain West’s seven states. Barron founded CCL’s 12th chapter, Salt Lake City in 2010, has been the Mountain West Regional Coordinator since 2013 and leads the Ski and Outdoor Industry Action Team. Barron has been a three-time unaffiliated federal climate candidate and adheres strictly to what his daughter wrote him at age 7 when beginning with CCL: “Dream big for what you want to happen.”

For more information on Bill Barron, please visit



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Tuesday, February 18 | István Székely

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM | BU 123

"Global Economic Resiliency or Another Great Recession?”

István P. Székely has been Director of Economic Studies and Research in the European Commission's Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs since 2007. 

Before joining the Commission, he worked as mission chief at the International Monetary Fund (1999-2007). From 1996 to 1999 he served as general manager and advisor to the governor of the National Bank of Hungary. Mr. Székely holds a PhD degree in economics from the University of Cambridge and is honorary professor at the Corvinus University of Budapest. His research focuses on financial market and macroeconomic policy issues, and on Central and Eastern European economies. He has published various books and articles in these areas. 

For more information on István Székely, please visit



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Cancelled - Tuesday, March 24 | Siri Isaksson

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM | BU TBA

Siri Isaksson is a Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Behavioral Economics at the FAIR group at the Norwegian School of Economics. She recently got her PhD in Economics at the Stockholm School of Economics. Her primary research areas are experimental and behavioral economics. Specifically, she is interested in understanding how gender difference in everyday decision-making translate into unequal outcomes for men and women.

In her most recent paper “It Takes Two: Gender Difference in Group Work”, Siri demonstrates that women consistently under-credit their contributions to shared work – and that this effect is strongest among women who contribute the most, and work on complex solutions. Together with co-authors, Siri has studied gender differences in retaliation, and advice seeking. She also collaborated on several replication studies.

Siri holds a M.Sc from Stockholm School of Economics and a B.Sc. from Humboldt university of Berlin.

For more information on Siri Isaksson, please visit


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Cancelled - Wednesday – Friday, April 8-10 | Kathleen Segerson

4:10 PM – 5:40 PM | BU TBA

Dr. Kathleen Segerson is a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor and UConn Alumni Association Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of Connecticut. She previously held the Philip E. Austin Endowed Chair and served as department head in the Department of Economics. She received a BA in mathematics from Dartmouth College and a PhD in agricultural and resource economics from Cornell University. She is a Fellow of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE) and of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA). Dr. Segerson’s research focuses on the incentive effects of alternative environmental policy instruments, with particular emphasis on the application of legal rules and principles to environmental problems. Specific research areas include: the impact of legal liability for environmental damages in a variety of contexts, including groundwater contamination, hazardous waste management, and workplace accidents; land use regulation and the takings clause; voluntary approaches to environmental protection; the impacts of climate change on U.S. agriculture; and incentives to control nonpoint pollution from agriculture.

Dr. Segerson is currently a member of the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, and served from 2005-2011 as a member of the Chartered Board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board (SAB). She is also past-president of AERE, and has served as Vice-President and a member of the AERE Board of Directors. She is currently a co-editor of the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists and has previously served as a co-editor and an associate editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics and an associate editor of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.

For more information on Dr. Kathleen Segerson, please visit


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Cancelled - Tuesday – Thursday, April 28-30 | Matthew Harding

4:10 PM – 5:40 PM | BU TBA

Matthew Harding is an Econometrician and Data Scientist who develops techniques at the intersection of machine learning and econometrics to answer Big Data questions related to individual consumption and investment decisions in areas such as healthenergy, and consumer finance. He often focuses on the analysis of “Deep Data”, large and information-rich data sets derived from many seemingly unrelated sources but linked across individuals to provide novel behavioral insights. He is particularly interested in the role of technology and automation to induce behavior change and help individuals live happier and healthier lives. At the same time his research emphasizes solutions for achieving triple-win strategies. These are solutions that not only benefit individual consumers, but are profitable for firms, and have a large positive impact on society at large.

As an Econometrician he is currently exploring the potential of machine learning methods in Economics. He is interested in the estimation of high-dimensional models and the use of deep learning methods to produce interpretable economic insights. He also designs and evaluates large scale field experiments in collaboration with industry leaders to measure the individual and social consequences of individual choices and the extent to which Big Data can be used to improve choices and lead to more accurate and targeted programs and products. His research relies on terabyte sized data sets of individual choices and consumption profiles, to build a comprehensive framework for understanding economic behavior and develop new strategies for achieving triple-win solutions.

He received his BA in Economics and Philosophy from the University College London, his M.Phil. in Economics from the University of Oxford, and his Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He comes to UCI following previous faculty positions at Duke University and Stanford University.

For more information on Matthew Harding, please visit


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Monday, May 18 | Elke Weber

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM | BU TBA

Elke Weber believes that psychological theory needs to interface with social problems in a two-way dialogue, proving itself with constructive solutions in real-world settings and being enriched and constrained by those settings. Her publications pair basic research papers on the questions addressed by her research (“How do finite-capacity information processors judge, decide, act, and live in a world that is only partially predictable and offers feedback and rewards on sometimes immediate but other times very long time scales?”) in basic lab settings with one or two papers that then take those insights into applied settings, mostly in the environmental domain but also for financial (investment or pension savings) decisions. While much of her work draws distinctions between homo economicus and homo sapiens, Weber also examines individual, group, and cultural differences in discounting or risk taking and how best to assess and model them.  

Every research method has strengths and weaknesses, so Weber approaches her questions with a mosaic of answers that draw on lab and field experiments that collect process data, behavioral outcomes, associated brain activation, and more.  She then puts all of these insights to use by helping individuals or social planners design decision environments that capitalize on the full range of human capabilities and goals to make wise decisions.

For more information on Elke Weber, please visit


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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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