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Adam Smith Week 2019

Posted by: blackwellc | August 28, 2019 | No Comment |

Every spring semester, in conjunction with the Department of Economics, the Center for Public Choice and Market Process puts on Adam Smith Week. Through a variety of events, the week is a way to engage students, faculty, alumni and the community in a conversation on the ideas of Adam Smith and economics in general.

This year’s speakers included Bob Chitester, Peter Leeson, and Steven Landsburg. Many of this year’s talks were provocative, including Professor Leeson’s “Beneficent Bullshit: Some Economics of Superstition” and Professor Landsburg’s talks: “Is the World Overpopulated and How Would We Know?” and “What Do the Rich Owe to the Poor?” Over 450 students participated in the eight events of this year’s Adam Smith Week.

Steven Landsburg, Devoe Moore Professor of Economics at the University of Rochester


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Condon Award Winner 2019: Mackenzie Schaich

Posted by: blackwellc | August 28, 2019 | No Comment |

Each year the Fanchon Morrow Condon Memorial Outstanding Economics Student Award is presented by department faculty to the most outstanding student majoring in economics. This year, the department has chosen to recognize Mackenzie Schaich.

Ms. Schaich is an Aiken Fellow graduating from the Honors College with a dual degree in Economics and Data Science and a minor in Mathematics. For her Bachelor’s Essay, Mackenzie worked with the Office of Admissions to improve student retention rates at the College by creating a model that identifies students at risk of failing to meet scholarship renewal requirements.  She also volunteers at Mitchell Elementary School and mentors 3rd-5th graders in computer science foundations.  Mackenzie is currently an intern at Cox Automotive in Atlanta and has accepted a position with the same company once she graduates.  Her goal for the future is to leverage her skills in analytics and economics to become a corporate economist.

Mackenzie Schaich, 2019 Condon Award Winner

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Economics Student and … Writing Consultant!

Posted by: blackwellc | March 4, 2019 | No Comment |

Amelia Janaskie (’20) is not just an economics student. She is also an English minor, and works for the College’s Writing Lab helping students polish their prose. On February 22, Amelia, along with fellow consultants Cassy Frierson and Chase Myers, and Writing Lab Director Bonnie Devet, participated in the Southeastern Writing Center Association Conference in Myrtle Beach. The four representatives from the College discussed “Has a Writing Client Ever … Reflection Cycle for Training.” We’re very proud of Amelia!

Pictured from left to right: Dr. Bonnie Devet, Cassy Frierson, Chase Myers and Amelia Janaskie

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CofC Econ Alumni and Faculty Reconnect over Alumni Weekend

Posted by: blackwellc | November 30, 2018 | No Comment |

Several Economics Alums and Faculty attended the Business over Bourbon event on November 16. Good food, great bourbon and great friends made for a wonderful event.

Alum Ben Carew and Professor Peter Calcagno at Business over Bourbon

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A recent Wall Street Journal article highlights Assistant Professor Chris Mothorpe’s research estimating the economic damages due to power lines. Mothorpe and his colleague David Wyman published an academic article in which they calculated that properties located adjacent to transmission lines sell at a 45% discount.

The link to the Wall Street Journal article is:


The link to their original paper is:


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Professors Peter Calcagno and Douglas Walker recently published a paper on the effectiveness of business-intervention style reality TV shows. For more information:

Economics Professors Binge-Watch Reality TV for Research

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This past year the Center for Public Choice and Market Process celebrated its 10th anniversary. The Center’s director, Peter Calcagno, has done a wonderful job building the Center into an intellectual leader on the College campus. He has raised over $1 million over the last 10 years, and put that money to excellent use.

Every year the Center sponsors Adam Smith Week, a celebration of economics. During this event, the Center has hosted numerous prominent economists, including Nobel prize winner Vernon Smith. The Center organizes other talks throughout the academic year, including those given by superstar academics like Deidre McCloskey and Richard Epstein. Unsurprisingly these talks are popular – this past year over 1000 students attended talks hosted by the Center!

A major part of the Center’s mission is to support undergraduate education and research. From the beginning, the Center has sponsored a Book Colloquium, in which students meet in a small group with select faculty to discuss current writing in economics. In addition, the Center now provides scholarships to its Market Process Scholars, who are expected to work with faculty on research.

The Center has also provided direct support to faculty in Economics, Political Science, Philosophy and Religious Studies. Fourteen papers and two books have been published with support from the Center.

The Center has been a terrific resource for the students and faculty in the Economics program for the last ten years. We look forward to more success in the future.


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Dr. Beatriz Maldonado is an Associate Professor of Economics and International Studies. She is originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico and later moved to Oklahoma. She earned her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Oklahoma. Her research in economic development and political economics has appeared in the European Journal of Political Economy, Oxford Development Studies, Applied Economics Letters, and Social Science Quarterly. She has worked with students on research topics in political economy and development. Recently, one of those research projects with Alumni Schylar Brock was published in Economics and Business Letters. Dr. Maldonado teaches Macroeconomics, Economics of Globalization, and Economic Development.

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ODE Induction 2018

Posted by: blackwellc | June 7, 2018 | No Comment |

On May 4, 2018, Professor Doug Walker welcomed the newest members of Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODE), the Economics Honor Society. The following students were inducted:

  • Caroline Carmichael
  • Francesca Howard
  • Meg Montgomery
  • Trevor Padoll
  • Mark Rohrbacher

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Adam Smith Week 2018

Posted by: blackwellc | June 7, 2018 | No Comment |

Every spring semester, in conjunction with the Department of Economics, the Center for Public Choice and Market Process puts on Adam Smith Week. Through a variety of events, the week is a way to engage students, faculty, alumni and the community in a conversation on the ideas of Adam Smith and economics in general.

The theme of this year’s Adam Smith Week was Mainline Economics. Six prominent economists visited the College and gave lectures on six Nobel Laureates. The speakers (and the respective Nobelists) were:

  • Randy Holcombe (Nobelist: James Buchanan)
  • Bruce Caldwell (Nobelist:Friedrich Hayek)
  • Lynne Kiesling  (Nobelist: Ronald Coase)
  • Bart Wilson (Nobelist: Vernon Smith)
  • Bobbi Herzberg (Nobelist: Elinor Ostrom)
  • Kevin Grier (Nobelist: Douglas North)

For more information on Adam Smith Week, visit http://sb.cofc.edu/centers/publicchoice/programs-and-events/adam-smith-week/index.php.

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