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Highlighting Brown’s distinction in economics

With an increased focus on unearthing novel data sources for analysis, Brown’s economics scholars are bringing new insights to complex problems and teaching the next generation of researchers and policymakers to do the same.
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News From Economics

BrownConnect: Women in Finance

On Thursday, November 8th from 4:00-5:00 PM in the CareerLab 1st Floor, (167 Angell St, Providence), BrownConnect and the Advisory Council on Economics are pleased to host a distinguished group of alumnae to share their perspective on working in the finance services industry.
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News From Economics

Fain Lecture

Please join us on Wednesday, October 10 at 4pm for the Bernard I. Fain Lecture titled “How Inequality Harms the Wealthy”, delivered by Robert H. Frank, the Henrietta Johnson Louis Professor of Management and Professor of Economics at Cornell University.
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In an article titled "Why driverless cars may mean traffic jams tomorrow", The Economist (January 20, 2018) cites research by Brown's Matthew Turner and co-author Gilles Duranton of the University of Pennsylvania as identifying a "fundamental law of road congestion," to wit: building more highways attracts more driving and drivers, thus failing to alleviate congestion. "The technology of driverless cars may make us safer and more productive, but not necessarily less traffic-bound", states The Economist.
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The Providence Journal

A Dismal View of the Providence Streetcar

In an op-ed piece in the Providence Journal, professors Neil Mehrotra and Matthew Turner argue that the proposed line will require large subsidies and is unlikely to stimulate much economic activity. Better to spend the money on snow removal, pothole repair, and subsidizing conventional buses.
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Harvard’s Drew Fudenberg and University of Zurich’s Ernst Fehr will be featured speakers at a conference hosted by Brown’s Economics Department on May 15 – 16 of this year.
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