Events

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

Werner Sichel Lecture Series

3 to 4:30 p.m. in 2028 Brown Hall

The 2014-15 Sichel Series schedule.

  • October 15, 2014: Laurence Ball, Johns Hopkins University.  "Can We Reverse the Damage from the Great Recession?"
  • November 12, 2014: Gary Burtless, The Brookings Institution.  "Lessons of the Great Recession for Economic Policymaking."
  • February 18, 2015: Donald Kohn, The Brookings Institution.  "Central Banking in the Great Recession."
  • March 4, 2015: Kathryn Dominguez, University of Michigan.  "International Dimensions of the Great Recession and the Weak Recovery."
  • March 25, 2015: Barry Eichengreen, University of California, Berkeley.  "Hall of Mirrors: The Great Depression, the Great Recession, and the Uses—and Misuses—of History." 
  • April 8, 2015: Till von Wachter, University of California at Los Angeles.  "Cleansing Effects from the Great Recession."

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: Dr. Sisay Asefa, professor of economics 

Printable schedule

Fall 

  • September 12: Dr. Kevin Callison, assistant professor of economics at Grand Valley State University 
  • October 17: Dr. Leah Lakdawala, assistant professor of economics at Michigan State University 
  • October 24:  Dr. Matthew Ross, assistant professor of finance in the WMU Haworth College of Business
  • October 31: Kofi Acheampong, Ph.D. student in applied economics in the WMU Department of Economics
  • November 7: Dr. Eliza Forsythe, post doctoral scholar at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, Kalamazoo
  • November 14:  Dr. Mywish Maredia, professor of international development in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics at Michigan State University 
  • MON.* November 17:  Wan Wei, PhD Student in Applied Economics, Western Michigan University.  “The Effects of Unconventional and Conventional US Monetary Policy and Exchange Rate Volatility.”  (Moore Hall Room 0111)
  • November 21: Dr. Jing Cai, assistant professor of economics at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 
  • December 5: Dr. Menelik Geremew, assistant of professor of economics at Kalamazoo College

Spring 2015 

  • January 16: Dr. Ahmed Hussen, Edward and Virginia Van Dalson Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies at Kalamazoo College 
  • January 23: Dr. Cynthia Donovan, associate professor of international development in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics at Michigan State University
  • January 30: Dr. Olugbenga Ajilore, associate professor of economics at the University of Toledo 
  • February 6: Dr. Leslie A. Muller, assistant professor of economics at Grand Valley State University 
  • February 13: Daniel Abraham, Ph.D. student in applied economics in the WMU Department of Economics
  • February 20: Dr. Maria Porter, assistant professor of international development in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics at Michigan State University 
  • February 27: Dr. Marcus Dillenger, economist at W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research 
  • March 20: Dr. Soren Anderson, assistant professor of economics in The Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics at Michigan State University 
  • March 27: Alex Houser, Ph.D. student in applied economics in the WMU Department of Economics
  • Monday, March 30 (Note day change): Bezawit T. Agiro, PhD Student in Applied Economics, Western Michigan University.  “The Effect of Maternal Employment on Child Obesity” (Moore Hall. Room 0111)
  • April 3 James A. Squires: Ph.D. student in applied economics, Western Michigan University.  “Types of Financial Development and Poverty Alleviation”
  • Monday, April 6 (Note day change): Nardos M. Beyene, PhD Student in Applied Economics, Western Michigan University.  “The Stabilization Potency of Financial Policy Instruments in Ethiopia” (Moore Hall Room 0111)
  • April 10: Dr. Richard Akresh, associate professor economics at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne
  • April 17: Dr. Teshome Abebe, professor of economics, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL. “The Ambiguity of Economic Development and Growth: Observing Space and Recording the Facts.”