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Professor Michael Ransom was interviewed on the “Colorado Public Radio” to discuss his research on the effects and analysis of railway expansion. Ransom’s recent paper, “The Effect of Light Rail on Highway Traffic in Denver: A Critical Reappraisal,” finds that such railway expansion does not pass the cost – benefit analysis and proves to actually be an impractical, expensive option. Click to listen to this interview.
2016 BYU Economics Magazine
Check out the latest version of the Economics Magazine! Articles include stories of successful female alumni, a Q&A with entrepreneur and BYU Econ alum David Blake, and a tribute to our three retiring faculty: Rulon Pope, Richard Butler and James McDonald.
Prof. Jeff Denning
Professor Jeff Denning was featured in The Washington Post article "How many students will sign up for Obama's free community college plan? The evidence". Professor Denning studied what happened when high school students got a discount on community college throughout different communities in Texas and his results are worth reading about. [more]
Prof. Brennan Platt
Professor Brennan Platt’s recent publication, “Accounting for Age in Marital Search Decisions,” has been published in the European Economic Review, highlighting the quality of spouse in relation to the age in which an individual marries. Click the link to learn more about the factors involved and the roles they play in explaining marriage market outcomes. [more]
Prof. Eric Eide & Mark Showalter
Professors Eric Eide and Mark Showalter with colleague, Michael Hilmer of San Diego State University, wrote “Do Elite Colleges Lead to Higher Salaries? Only for Some Professions,” which was the featured article in the wealth management section of the Wall Street Journal. The article, which is based on their latest research, explains that salary income is more affected by selected major than selected college.
BYU Economics alumni Tyler White and Luiz Maykot, along with their Adobe Digital Index team, have come up with a new way to measure inflation in the U.S, receiving attention from the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the U.K. Office for National Statistics, and companies on Wall Street. Click the link for more information on their project. [more]