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"Sunk Costs, Depreciation, and Industry Dynamics"

Val Lambson

Dr. Val Lambson's and Dr. Adelina Gschwandtner's article "Sunk Costs, Depreciation, and Industry Dynamics" was recently published i n The Review of Economics and Statistics [more]


​"Is Openness Inflationary? Policy Commitment and Perfect Competition"

Rick Evans

Dr. Richard Evans' article... was published in the December 2012 Journal of Macroeconomics... [more]

"Girls Perform As Well As Boys in Math Competitions"

Joseph Price

Professor Joseph Price has been featured on the BYU website's homepage for his recent study involving math competitions with elementary school children... [more]


"Aggregating Information by Voting: The Wisdom of the Experts versus the Wisdom of the Masses"

Joseph McMurray

Dr. McMurray's article... was published in the January edition of Economic Studies... [more]


​Emeritus Dr. Carlton Infanger Passed Away April 6, 2013


Department of Economics Emeritus faculty member Dr. Carl Infanger passed away on April 6, 2013.  Dr. Infanger began teaching Agricultural Economics at BYU in 1964 and there is currently a department scholarship established in his name.  The Economics Department offers our condolences to his family and appreciate the contributions he made to the field of agricultural economics... [more]


​​​LinkedIn Group Created for Alumni and Students


The BYU Economics Department is pleased to announce the creation of a new LinkedIn group for alumni and students. This group seeks to provide a social and professional network for all graduates and current students of the BYU Economics program. [more]

​Dr. Evans Receives the Kuznets Prize


Dr. Richard Evans recently traveled to Denmark to accept the Kuznets Prize jointly with his colleagues Yingyao Hu (Johns Hopkins University) and Zhong Zhao (School of Labor and Human Resources) for their article in the Journal of Population Economics.  Their article "The fertility effect of catastrophe: US hurricane births" was nominated as the best article published in this journal between the years of 2010-2012. [more]

​Dr. Phillips's Paper Selected as Best Paper of the Year


Dr. Kerk Phillip's article "A Dynamic General Equilibrium Analysis of Korean Immigration Policy" in the Journal of Korea and the World Economy was selected as this year's best paper.  [more]

​Economics Faculty Receive Promotions


Congratulations to Lars Lefgren, Brennan Platt, Jaren Pope, and Joseph Price, who were recently promoted to full and associate professors. Click above for more information. [more]

​Economics Faculty Receive Awards


Congratulations to Dr. Lars Lefgren, who received the Camilla Eyring Kimball Professorship from the College of Family, Home and Social Sciences, and to Dr. Joe Price, who received the Wells & Myrtle Cloward Teaching and Learning Fellowship. [more]

​"The Role of Risk Preferences in Pay-to-Bid Auctions" 

Dr. Brennan C. Platt and Dr. Joseph Price

Platt and Price's article was published in the Management Science journal. This article is a fascinating study of a new auction format in which bidders pay a fee each time they increase the auction price. [more]

​"Rushing to Overpay: Modeling and Measuring the REIT Premium"

Val E. Lambson and Dr. Brennan C. Platt 

Lambson and Platt recently published their article in The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics. This article explores the questions of why Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT) pay more for real estate than non-REIT buyers and by how much. [more]

​"Flexible spending accounts and the use-it-or-lose-it provision" 

James Cardon and Mark Showalter 

Cardon and Showalter published their paper "Flexible Spending Accounts and the Use-It-or-Lose-It Provision" in the journal Applied Economics. [more]

​Professor's new study: kids will eat veggies if you pay them

Joe Price

Cornell's David Just and Brigham Young's Joseph Price ran a series of experiments in which they offered different groups of school children different types of incentives. They found that children were significantly more likely to eat fruits and veggies if they were given a clear incentive. The study was featured in several news sites. [more]
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