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Fred Westfield, emeritus professor of economics, has died

May. 6, 2019—Fred Westfield, a Vanderbilt graduate who went on to become a professor of economics at the university and teach microeconomic theory to a generation of Ph.D. students, died April 24 in Nashville. He was 92. A memorial service is planned for Tuesday, May 21, at 1:30 p.m. at The Temple Congregation Ohabai Sholom, 5015 Harding Road in Nashville.

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Vanderbilt senior named to 2020 class of Yenching Scholars

Apr. 18, 2019—Steven Yue Heng Yang, a philosophy and economics double major who is on track to graduate from Vanderbilt this May after completing all of his course requirements in just three years, has been named to the 2019-20 class of Yenching Scholars. This highly competitive award provides a fully funded master’s degree in one of six core areas of study at the Yenching Academy at Peking University.

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McGee Public Policy Lecture to feature Northwestern’s Joel Mokyr April 23

Apr. 14, 2019—Northwestern University professor Joel Mokyr will discuss “Secular Stagnation: Is Economic Growth a Matter of the Past?” on Tuesday, April 23, in Wilson Hall, Room 126.

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Happy Helping Others: Robby Perry, BE’19

Apr. 11, 2019—From an Alternative Spring Break trip to renovate houses with Habitat for Humanity, to a Home Depot–sponsored web-coding hackathon, to a semester of study abroad that took him to cities such as Madrid, Marrakesh and Istanbul—Robby Perry’s time at Vanderbilt exemplifies just how much you can pack into four years.

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Great App for Great Apes: Ben Scheer, BS’19

Apr. 11, 2019—Ben Scheer jumps imagination-first into big projects, and he’s not afraid of a lot of trial and error. The human and organizational development and economics double major has worked on dozens of entrepreneurial endeavors that focus on solving problems through technology.

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All tickets to April 4 Janet Yellen talk now claimed

Mar. 25, 2019—Janet Yellen, former chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve and a Distinguished Fellow in Residence at the Brookings Institution, will speak at Vanderbilt on Thursday, April 4, as part of the Department of Economics' Steine Lecture Series. Tickets for the event are free but required to attend.

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Hinshaw, emeritus economics professor and Thomas Jefferson Award winner, has died

Mar. 5, 2019—C. Elton Hinshaw, an emeritus professor of economics at Vanderbilt who is remembered for his distinguished service to the university, died Feb. 24 in Nashville. He was 82.

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Find Your Impact: Student creates app for orangutans

Feb. 22, 2019—A coding hobby led Vanderbilt HOD and economics double major Ben Scheer on a wild immersion, building an app for orangutans at Zoo Atlanta.

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Stanford’s Athey to give Steine Lecture Dec. 5

Nov. 30, 2018—Susan Athey, The Economics of Technology Professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business, will discuss “The Impact of Digital Intermediaries on Product Quality and Industry Structure: Evidence from News and Ridesharing” on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

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Carpenter named director, to boost Public Policy Studies

Oct. 25, 2018—Kitt Carpenter, recently named director of the College of Arts and Science's Public Policy Studies, is working to boost the program's appeal to an even wider set of Vanderbilt students.

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New model of polarization sheds light on today’s politics

Oct. 2, 2018—No politics is local anymore and it’s driving us apart, according to a new mathematical model of political competitiveness developed by political economist Mattias Polborn.

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Legalizing same-sex marriage increased health care access for gay men: Vanderbilt study

Jul. 11, 2018—One of the first studies to examine the health impacts of legal marriage for LGBT individuals has found gay men were more likely to receive routine medical care following marriage legalization.

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