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A Message from Linda Kamas, Economics Department Chair
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The faculty and staff of the Economics Department send you warm holiday greetings. We have had a great year here at SCU.  We launched the new concentration in data analysis and it is off to an excellent start (see here for information about it).  We continue to seek ways to improve our connections with our alumni and are working with some of them to plan events and to create an alumni association and eventually an advisory board.  We began with an event held at the faculty club at the Adobe Lodge and followed up with a happy hour for alumni in San Francisco.  If you are interested in participating in alumni events, please respond to this email or contact Professor Kris Mitchener (  We are also trying to increase linkages between current students and alumni to help our graduates find meaningful jobs, so we are holding events with visiting alumni talking about their careers.  In concert with this we are collecting bios from alumni to be posted on our website. We would love to add more, so please take just a few minutes to submit your bio here (or reply with this email with your job title, employer, bio, and optional contact information).  You can also email us a photo.  And we'd like to invite you to join us on our LinkedIn group, SCU Economics Network.   

Our Economics Department faculty have been very productive over the last year; I’m attaching a list of their numerous accomplishments below.

We hope you all have wonderful holidays and a happy new year!

Linda Kamas

Economics Department Chair

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Faculty activities over the last year:

Recent & Forthcoming Publications:

Alex Field wrote a review of “The Contradictions of Capital in the Twenty First Century” for the Business History Review.

Christian Helmers had his article “Litigation of Standard-Essential Patents in Europe: A Comparative Analysis” (joint with Jorge Contreras, Fabian Gaessler, and Brian Love) accepted by the Berkeley Technology Law Journal.

Christian Helmers's article, “Do Board Interlocks Increase Innovation? Evidence from a Corporate Governance Reform in India” (with Manasa Patnam and Raghavendra Rau), was accepted by the Journal of Banking and Finance.

John Ifcher's paper, “Local Neighbors as Positives, Regional Neighbors as Negatives: Competing Channels in the Relationship between Others' Income, Health, and Happiness” (with Homa Zarghamee and Carol Graham), was accepted for publication in the Journal of Health Economics.

Linda Kamas's paper, “Can Empathy Explain Gender Differences in Economic Policy Views in the US?” (with Anne Preston), was accepted for publication by Feminist Economics.

Michael Kevane's article, “Reading Fiction and Economic Preferences of Rural Youth in Burkina Faso,” was accepted for publication in the University of Chicago journal Economic Development and Cultural Change in November 2017.

Serguei Maliar’s paper, “How to Solve Dynamic Stochastic Models Computing Expectations Just Once”, (with Kenneth L. Judd, Lilia Maliar, and Inna Tsener), was accepted by Quantitative Economics.

Serguei Maliar’s paper, “Lower Bounds on Approximation Errors to Numerical Solutions of Dynamic Economic Models” with (Kenneth L. Judd, and Lilia Maliar) was accepted by Econometrica.

Serguei Maliar’s paper, “Envelope Condition Method with an Application to Default Risk Models” (with Cristina Arellano, Lilia Maliar, and Viktor Tsyrennikov), was published in the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control.

Kris Mitchener’s paper “Pulling up the Tarnished Anchor: the End of Silver as a Global Unit of Account.” (with Ricardo Fernholz and Marc Weidenmier) was published in the Journal of International Money and Finance.

Lan Nguyen’s paper, “Understanding the cross country effects of U.S. technology shock” was published in the Journal of International Economics.

Lan Nguyen’s paper, “Government spending multiplier in the zero lower bound: evidence from Japan” was accepted by the American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics.

Gonçalo Pina and Kris Mitchener published an article on Voxeu on the effect of real shocks on currency risk (

Gonçalo Pina’s paper, “Macro and Micro Financial Liberalizations, Savings and Growth,” was accepted by the Journal of Financial Economic Policy.

Helen Popper’s paper, “Return Comovement” (with David Parsley), was accepted for publication in the Journal of Banking and Finance.

Dongsoo Shin's paper, “Optimal Loyalty-Based Management,” has been accepted for publication in Journal of Economics and Management Strategy.

Bill Sundstrom's paper, “Vulnerability to Cumulative Hazards: Coping with the Coffee Rust Outbreak, Drought, and Food Insecurity in Nicaragua” (with Chris Bacon (ENVS) et al), was accepted by World Development.

Conferences, Workshops, Presentations:

Shireen AlAzzawi presented her paper “Female Labor Supply and Wealth Inequality in MENA: What is the Connection?” (joint work with Vladimir Hlasny) at the Middle East Economic Association 37th Annual Meeting on January 5th, 2017 in Chicago.

Shireen AlAzzawi presented her paper “How do Muslims Understand Democracy?” (joint work with Moamen Gouda) at the Allied Social Sciences Association (ASSA) Annual Meeting in Chicago on January 8th, 2017.

Adina Ardelean presented the paper titled “Firm-level Heterogeneity in International Transport Cost: Evidence from Chile” at the Western Economic Association Meetings in San Diego in June. She also served as discussant for two papers at this conference.

Christian Helmers presented his paper “The Impact of International Patent Systems: Evidence from Accession to the European Patent Convention” at the 5th Annual Searle Center Research Roundtable on Patents and Technology Standards at Northwestern University.

Christian Helmers presented his paper “The Effect of Fee Shifting on Litigation: Evidence from a Court Reform in the UK” at PatCon7 at Northwestern University.

Christian Helmers was a discussant at the NSF workshop “Patent Data: What is it Still Good For?”

Serguei Maliar presented the paper “Long-Term Implications of Aging Population in the Macroeconomy” (joint with Seung Lee and Lilia Maliar) at the American Economic Association meeting in Chicago.

Serguei Maliar discussed the paper “An Aggregate Model for Policy Analysis with Demographic Change” by Ellen R. McGrattan and Edward C. Prescott at the American Economic Association meeting in Chicago.

Serguei Maliar was invited to present a three-day mini-course on numerical methods at the Federal Reserve Board, Washington, USA, 2017 and one-day pre-conference workshop on solving state-dependent and time-dependent models on the Society of Computational Economics, New York, USA. 

Kris Mitchener presented his research on how finance can be used to sustain political reformations at Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA- Anderson School of Business, and University of British Columbia.

Lan Nguyen's paper “Government Spending Multiplier at the Zero Lower Bound: Evidence from Japan” was accepted for presentation at the NBER Japan Project Meeting in July 2017.

Lan Nguyen presented her paper titled “International Linkages and the Changing Nature of Business Cycles” at the Federal Reserve Bank Saint Louis and the University of Texas at Austin.  In the summer, she presented her papers at the Computing for Economic Finance conference in Fordham University, New York and at the European Econometric Society Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal.

Gonçalo Pina presented at Debt Con (Interdisciplinary Sovereign Debt Research and Management Conference in Geneva, October 2017), at the Economic History Association Annual Meeting (in San Jose, September 2017), and at the European Summer Meeting of the Econometric Society (in Lisbon, Portugal, August 2017).

Dongsoo Shin presented his paper “Delegation and the Value of Shirking” in the department seminar at UC-Irvine and at the Midwest Economic Theory Meeting in Dallas. 


Grants and Awards:

John Ifcher and Linda Kamas received a $3,000 grant from the Society for the Advancement of Behavioral Economics (SABE) to fund the seventh annual Bay Area Behavior and Experimental Economics Workshop (BABEEW).  The 7th annual BABEEW was held at the Leavey School of Business on Saturday, May 13th, 2017.

Michael Kevane and William Sundstrom received the University's prestigious Brutocao Family Foundation Award for Curriculum Innovation in September 2017.


John Ifcher, as the Western Regional Representative for the Society for the Advancement of Behavioral Economics (SABE), organized 17 SABE-sponsored sessions at the Western Economics Association International (WEAI) annual conference in San Diego in June 2017.  This is twice the number of sessions that John organized for the 2016 WEAI annual conference.

John Ifcher and Linda Kamas organized the Bay Area Behavior and Experimental Economics Workshop (BABEEW), which was held at Santa Clara University in May 2017.  Twenty-six scholars participated in the workshop and 18 presented their research.

Serguei Maliar served as an economic adviser to the "Income Club", which is an online investment company based in Palo Alto that provides professional advice to its members while building a diversified fixed-income portfolio with bonds from a variety of countries and sectors. He continues to serve as an associate editor of the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control.

Kris Mitchener kicked off the inaugural meeting of the SCU economics’ department alumni advisory board by hosting an event at the faculty club on September 28. If interested in participating in future events, please contact him or Maria Farley, chair of the board at  He continues to serve as editor of Explorations in Economic History, the leading journal in the field of economic history.

Helen Popper organized the 5th Annual West Coast Workshop in International Finance which was held at Santa Clara University on November 3. See agenda and details here.

In Fall, Dongsoo Shin visited University of Mannheim and Humboldt University of Berlin in Germany to work on his research projects "Distorted Input Ratios in Vertical Relationships" and "Organization Design and Manipulable Aggregate Information."

In June 2017, Bill Sundstrom joined three other SCU faculty colleagues and two undergraduate research assistants on a two-week trip to northern Nicaragua to conduct field research on food and water security among smallholder coffee farmers. The visit included meetings with representatives of coffee cooperatives and local universities, direct observation of diversified coffee farms, and training of community members in conducting an extensive survey of farmers.

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