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Saggi named interim dean of College of Arts and Science

Jan. 8, 2018—Kamal Saggi has been appointed interim dean of the College of Arts and Science. His term began Jan. 1 and will continue through June 30, 2018, while the search for the next dean is underway.

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Economics senior Sasha Pines creates business sisterhood

Dec. 6, 2017—Sasha Pines, a senior majoring in economics, believes combining solid business strategy with a sense of empathy can change lives.

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New LGBT Policy Lab off and running with TIPs funding

Nov. 10, 2017—The new TIPs-supported Vanderbilt LGBT Policy Lab is just five months old and has already launched an Internal Seminar Series and presented at a prestigious national conference. The lab brings together faculty from five schools and 10 departments and is focused on research to understand the causes and consequences of LGBT-targeted public policies. Read more about the lab and other internally funded projects at the VU BreakThru blog.

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Yale’s Pinelopi Goldberg presents the 2017 Steine Lecture in Economics Nov. 16

Oct. 20, 2017—Pinelopi Goldberg of Yale University will present the 2017 Steine Lecture in Economics, “Trade Policy in an Era of Growing Inequality," Nov. 16 at 4 p.m.

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University of Chicago’s Manasi Deshpande presents Emerging Scholars Lecture Nov. 6

Oct. 20, 2017—Manasi Deshpande, assistant professor of economics at the University of Chicago, will present the College of Arts and Science Emerging Scholars Lecture Nov. 6.

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New faculty: Matthew Zaragoza-Watkins, assistant professor of economics

Oct. 9, 2017—As one of the architects of California’s successful statewide carbon cap-and-trade program, Matthew Zaragoza-Watkins, a new assistant professor of economics at Vanderbilt, worked to find a way for companies in California to reduce their carbon emissions while still remaining competitive with firms in states with fewer environmental regulations.

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Class of 2017: Marc Chen studies transportation’s role in improving communities

Apr. 28, 2017—Marc Chen wants to use data to make cities work better for everyone. Chen, a math and economics major, believes there’s a wealth of untapped data out there waiting to be mined that could help public policymakers understand how their decisions affect the well-being of city residents.

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Olivier Blanchard to deliver Stein Lecture in Economics March 30

Mar. 17, 2017—Olivier Blanchard of the Peterson Institute for International Economics will deliver the David Stein Lecture in Economics, "Questioning the Natural Unemployment Rate Hypothesis," on Thursday, March 30.

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Understanding political polarization in legislatures

Feb. 8, 2017—Too many safe seats, partisan voters and "wave" elections all influence how polarized a legislature is.

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Early experience with federal health coverage suggests how future Medicaid reforms may work

Feb. 1, 2017—Proposed Medicaid reforms are similar to the capped federal financing system in place during the '50s and early '60s, when states generally reimbursed a much smaller proportion of health care for the needy.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funds study of health, economic effects of LGBT-related laws

Dec. 19, 2016—A trans-institutional team of Vanderbilt social scientists and medical professionals will look at how laws affecting LGBT individuals and families affect their health and the economy.

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‘Room for Improvement in the U.S. Economy’ topic of Steine Lecture Nov. 14

Oct. 31, 2016—Narayana Kocherlakota of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis will discuss "Room for Improvement in the U.S. Economy" from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14.

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