AEA Continuing Education Program

Webcasts from the 2014 Continuing Education Sessions are available.

Continuing Education Program 2014

The AEA’s Continuing Education Program is held immediately after the Annual Meeting in January. The program aims to help mid-career economists and others maintain the value of their human capital. It is tailored primarily to faculty at liberal arts colleges and teaching-oriented state universities that may have fewer research opportunities than colleagues at universities with PhD programs. The lecturers are leading scholars who also are excellent expositors. The focus is on content to help improve teaching and research.

The three topics for January 2014 in Philadelphia are Cross-Section Econometrics (Alberto Abadie, Harvard, and Joshua Angrist, MIT), Education and the Economy (Susan Dynarski, University of Michigan, and Brian Jacob, University of Michigan), and Economic Growth (Oded Galor, Brown, and David Weil, Brown).

The program will be held at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown on January 5-7, 2014. Each Program will be videotaped and available to AEA members on the web. Video and other information from the 2009-2013 Continuing Education programs are available on the Association’s website. Click here for access. All sessions begin at 3pm.

Program participation is limited to 300. Registration will be $95 for AEA members, $295 for non-members. Participants pay for their own hotel rooms.

2014 Continuing Education Program Lecturers

Cross-Section Econometrics

Alberto Abadie, HarvardAlberto Abadie is Professor of Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. His research in econometrics develops methods to evaluate the effects of public interventions. His applied work has focused on a range of issues, such as the causes and consequences of terrorism, the effect of default policies on organ donation, the effectiveness of tobacco control legislation, and the impact of tax-deferred savings programs. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from MIT.

Joshua Angrist, MITJoshua Angrist is Professor of Economics at MIT. Angrist is a labor economist and econometrician. His research develops and applies methods for the estimation of causal effects in economics. He is co-author of Mostly Harmless Econometrics: An Empiricist’s Companion (2009), a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the Econometric Society, and has won MIT’s Undergraduate and Graduate Teaching Awards. Angrist regularly teaches an Empirical Strategies short course at institutions around the world. He earned his Ph.D. at Princeton.

Course Description | Syllabus
Econometrics, Harmless and Otherwise: We discuss econometric techniques for program and policy evaluation, covering new developments and old favorites. Methods are illustrated with applications. The focus is on conceptual and research design issues rather than programming. Topics include randomized trials, matching, instrumental variables, differences-in-differences, synthetic controls, and regression discontinuity designs. The course will consist of eight 90 minutes sessions, two on the first day, four on the second, two on the third.

Education and the Economy

Susan Dynarski, University of MichiganSusan Dynarski is a Professor at the University of Michigan in the Ford School of Public Policy, School of Education, Department of Economics and Institute for Social Research. She has been editor of The Journal of Labor Economics. Dynarski’s research focuses on charter schools, demand for private schooling, historical trends in inequality in educational attainment, the optimal design of financial aid, the impact of grants and loans on educational attainment and the distributional consequences of tax incentives for college saving. She earned her Ph.D. in economics at MIT.
Brian Jacob, University of MichiganBrian Jacob is the Annenberg Professor of Education Policy at the University of Michigan in the Ford School of Public Policy, the Department of Economics, and the School of Education. He is a former director of the Center for Local, State and Urban Policy. Jacob has been a policy analyst in the NYC Mayor's Office and taught middle school in East Harlem. His research focuses on teacher labor markets, school accountability programs, virtual schooling and the impact of non-education public transfer programs on child outcomes. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Course Description
This course will explore recent advances in the economics of education. We will examine trends in educational attainment and achievement and how they vary by income, race, gender and country. We then turn to economic analyses and evaluations of programs and policies intended to improve educational outcomes. Topics within K-12 education include school choice (e.g., vouchers, charters), school accountability (e.g., No Child Left Behind), teacher evaluation and teacher incentives. Topics relating to postsecondary education include causes and consequences of high college-dropout rates, rising tuition prices, and increasing student debt. Discussion will focus on for-profit and community colleges as well as traditional four-year institutions. We close with a discussion of future directions within the economics of education, focusing on the role of technology and the potential of virtual schooling in particular.

Economic Growth

Oded Galor, BrownOded Galor is Herbert H. Goldberger Professor of Economics at Brown. He is the co-director of the NBER research group on Income Distribution and Macroeconomics, a Research Fellow of CEPR and IZA, and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Economic Growth. He is a founder of unified growth theory, which captures the growth process over the entire history of the human species and he has contributed to the study of income distribution and growth, diversity and development, and human evolution and the growth process. He earned his Ph.D. at Columbia.

David Weil, BrownDavid Weil is Professor of Economics at Brown. He is co-editor of the Journal of Development Economics and has authored an undergraduate text on economic growth. He has written about the empirical determinants of income differences among countries, the accumulation of physical capital, international technology transfer, population growth and aging, Social Security, the gender wage gap, retirement, the relation between demographics and house prices, and how differences in health contribute to income gaps among countries. He earned his Ph.D. at Harvard.

Course Description | Syllabus
This lecture series will explore the origins of economic growth over the course of human history and the relationship between the historical growth process and the remarkable degree of inequality in income per capita among countries that we observe today. It will develop the foundations of Unified Growth Theory as a lens through which to understand the remarkable transition from stagnation to growth as well as contemporary growth processes in both rich and poor countries. It will also examine the persistence of economic outcomes over time and the extent to which this persistence can be related to variations in initial conditions. Among the issues explored will be the roles of geographical, institutional, cultural, and genetic factors, as well as inequality, human capital, diversity, health, colonialism, and globalization.

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Enhance your core skills and stay abreast of key developments in research and teaching from leading scholars at the 2014 Continuing Education Program in Philadelphia.

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