The Department of Economics at Western Michigan University hosts speakers and other events during the fall and winter semesters.

Werner Sichel Lecture Series

noon to 1:15 p.m. in 2028 Brown Hall 

  • Sept. 21: "Socioeconomic Integration of U.S. Immigrant Groups Over the Long Term: The Second Generation and Beyond" presented by Professor Steve Trejo, Department of Economics, University of Texas at Austin. 
  • Sept. 28:  "Tradable Refugee-Admission Quotas and Matching: Combining Physical and Financial Solidarity in Asylum Policy" presented by Professor Hillel Rapoport, Professor of Economics, Paris School of Economics.
  • Oct. 19: "Understanding Migration Policy With International Trade Theoretical Tools" presented by Dr. Daniel Chiquiar, General Director of Economic Research, Banco de México.
  • Nov. 30: “The Economic and Fiscal Impacts of Immigration: Implications for Policy” presented by Dr. Pia M. Orrenius, Vice President and Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
  • Apr. 5, 2017: “On the Implications of a Piecemeal Approach to Immigration Policy and Enforcement” presented by Professor Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes, Professor and Chair, Economics Department, San Diego State University.
  • Apr. 19, 2017: “The great economic potential of immigration to the U.S.” Professor Giovanni Peri Professor of Economics and Chair, Economics Department, University of California, Davis.

Printable flier for Sichel Series 2016-17.

See the series history for past speakers and topics.

Research seminar

Fridays at 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. in 2212 Dunbar Hall
Seminar Coordinator: Eskander Alvi       email:

Sept. 16: "Shedding Light on Shadow Rates" Patrick Vail, Fourth-Year Grad Student, Economics Department, Western Michigan University.

Oct. 7: "The Global Recession and International Transmission of Shocks" Daniel Mengistu, Fourth-year Grad Student, Economics Department, Western Michigan University.

Oct. 14: "Why do Women Delay in Seeking Prenatal Care? A Discrete-time Analysis" Ama Abrokwah, Fourth-Year Grad Student, Economics Department, Western Michigan University.

Nov. 4: "Effect of Cyclical Factors on the U.S. Labor Market: Evidence from the Great Recession" Riyadh Arooq, Fourth-Year Grad Student, Economics Department, Western Michigan University.

Nov. 11: "Food, Security and Infrastructure" Pimam Pidalatan, Fourth-Year Grad Student, Economics Department, Western Michigan University.

Nov. 18: TBA Pablo Ottonello, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

 Printable Friday Seminar Schedule

Defense announcements

Candidate: Justin Kingsley Hanig

Title: Examining Internation Stock Market Integration: Effects on Portfolio Statistical Moments, Changes to Systematic Risk Significance, and Investor Purchasing of Foreign Equities

When: Wednesday, October 5, 2016 from 10 a.m. to noon

Where: 5302 Friedmann Hall

Flier for Justin Hanig's Defense