Department Highlights

  • Professor Steve Cicala's recent paper ("The Incidence of Extreme Economic Stress: Evidence from Electricity Cutoffs", NBER Working Paper 28422) on the unequal impact of the pandemic-induced recession has received wide press coverage including an April 15, 2021 extended article in The Washington Post. The paper uses Illinois data that records monthly numbers of households and firms whose electricity accounts are in arrears; those paying late fees; and those disconnected by Zip code. He finds that in the final months of 2020, disconnection notices were served to 2.5% of commercial and industrial accounts, and 3.4% of residential accounts. About 20% of all accounts were charged late fees. Customers in majority Black and Hispanic Zip codes were about four times more likely to suffer each of these penalties.

  • Professor Jeffrey Zabel discussed his research with Virginia Public Media in a March 10, 2021 feature about declining homeownership: Short Supply, High Prices Push Away Homeownership Dreams

  • On December 11, 2020, Professor Laura Gee was featured on NPR's Under The Radar: The Season Of Giving: How COVID-19 Has Changed Charity

  • Congratulations to Professor Cynthia Kinnan who will now hold the James L. Paddock Junior Professorship in International Economics. She will join Professor Elizabeth Setren (Gunnar Myrdal) as one of two Assistant Professor endowed chairs.

  • We welcome Professor Steve Cicala, formerly of the University of Chicago, who joined our faculty on July 1, 2020. Professor Cicala’s research addresses important issues in energy and electricity markets typically characterized by imperfect competition and some government regulation. The index of electricity usage that Steve has developed to track the state of the macro economy was featured in a recent article in The New York Times: Another Way to See the Recession: Power Usage Is Way Down

  • Professor William Masters is one of five newly selected Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) fellows for 2020.

  • The scholarly achievements of three members of the Economics Department have been recognized with the awarding of three endowed chairs.

    • Professor Gilbert Metcalf has received an appointment as senior endowed chair, as John DiBiaggio Chair in Citizenship and Public Service.
    • Professor Enrico Spolaore has received an appointment as senior endowed chair, as the Seth Merrin Professorship.
    • Assistant Professor Kyle Emerick has been named to the James L. Paddock Junior Professorship in International Economics. This chair, previously held by our own Professor Kelsey Jack, is reserved for outstanding junior faculty.
  • Congratulations to Kyle Emerick, who was promoted on July 1, 2020 to the rank of Associate Professor without limit of time–commonly known as having tenure. Kyle is an outstanding scholar-teacher, and has been at Tufts since 2014.

  • Congratulations to Professor Margaret McMillan who has been named as the inaugural holder of the new JRN Family Professor of International Relations endowed professorship. She joins Professors Ioannides, Metcalf, and Spolaore as tenured Economics professors holding endowed chair appointments, and Professor Christopher Manos who is appointed the B.L.R. Professor of the Practice Chair.