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
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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Spring 2024 Seminars | Guest Speakers
Eric Lewis PhD, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Texas A&M University Friday, February 9, 2024 3:30 pm BU 123 Eric Lewis is an assistant professor of Public Policy at the Bush School of Government
and Public Service at Texas A&M University. His research interests include upstream
oil and gas production, methane pollution, and the economic impact of natural disasters.
His research has been published in the RAND Journal of Economics and American Economic Journal: Economic Policy. Prior to his work at Texas A&M, he was a staff economist in the Antitrust Division
of the US Department of Justice.
Greg Howard PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, East Carolina University Tuesday, February 27, 2024 2:00 - 3:30 pm BU 123 Greg Howard is an associate professor at East Carolina University. Dr. Gregory Howard's
primary research areas are environmental economics and behavioral economics. He received
his PhD in Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics from Ohio State University
Eli Fenichel PhD, Knobloch Family Professor of Natural Resource Economics, School of the Environment
Yale University Tuesday, March 5, 2024 2:00 - 3:30 pm BU 123 Eli Fenichel, the Knobloch Family Professor of Natural Resource Economics, is distinguished
for his innovative approach to natural resource management, framing it as a portfolio
management challenge. His research focuses on the sustainable allocation of natural
resources, the valuation of natural capital, and the dynamics of human responses to
risk, particularly in relation to infectious diseases. Fenichel's work, which spans
benefit-cost analysis to national accounting, aims to develop scalable and replicable
measures for managing ecological-economic systems. Holding a Ph.D. in Fisheries and
Wildlife with a specialization in Resource and Environmental Economics from Michigan
State University, Fenichel's academic and professional journey underscores a deep
commitment to integrating economic insights with natural resource conservation, contributing
significantly to sustainable development practices.
Jared Rubin PhD, Professor/Co-Director, Institute for the Study of Religion, Economics and Society,
Chapman University Friday, April 12, 2024 3:00 pm BU 123 Jared Rubin is an economic historian interested in the political and religious economies
of the Middle East and Western Europe. His research focuses on historical relationships
between political and religious institutions and their role in economic development.
His book, Rulers, Religion, and Riches: Why the West Got Rich and the Middle East Did Not (Cambridge University Press, 2017) explores the role that Islam and Christianity played
in the long-run “reversal of fortunes” between the economies of the Middle East and
Western Europe. It was awarded the Douglass North Best Book Award for the best research
in institutional and organizational economics published during the previous two years,
awarded by the Society of Institutional and Organizational Economics . He is the Co-Director
of Chapman University's Institute for the Study of Religion, Economics and Society
(IRES) and the President of the Association for the Study of Religion, Economics,
and Culture (ASREC). He graduated with a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University
in 2007 and a B.A. from the University of Virginia in 2002.
Previous Seminar Events
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