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 (except Nov. 11 will be held in Knauss 3502)

  • Sept. 23: "The U.S. and the China Challenge" presented by Dr. Murray Scot Tanner, Senior Research Scientist, China Studies Division CNS Corporation. 
  • Oct. 7: "An Assessment of Napoleon's Prediction that an Awakened China Would Shake the World" presented by Professor Wing Thye Woo, Department of Economics, University of California at Davis.
  • Nov. 11: "Is there a Xi Jinping Model of Economic Reform?" presented by Professor Barry J. Naughton, Sokwanlok Chair ofChinese International Affairs Graduate School of International Relations Pacific Studies, University of California, San Diego.
  • Feb. 24, 2016 “China’s Evolving State Enterprises” presented by Professor Mary E. Lovely, Melvin A. Eggers Economics Faculty Scholar and Professor of Economics, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University.
  • Mar. 30, 2016 “Why is the Exit Right the Key to The Birth of China’s Land Market?” presented by Professor James G. Wen Department of Economics, Trinity College.
  • Apr. 13, 2016: “Trade, Migration and Growth: Evidence from China” presented by Professor Xiaodong Zhu Department of Economics, University of Toronto.

2015-16 Sichel Series printable schedule.

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. Carson Reeling, Assistant Professor of Economics and Environmental and Sustainability Studies

  • Sept. 11: "Was Sandmo Right? Experimental Evidence on Attitudes to Price Uncertainty" presented by Marc Bellemare,’ Applied Economics, University of Minnesota. View paper
  • Sept. 18: "A Theory on Borrowing Capacity and Foreign Direct Investment" presented by Todd Sarnstrom, Department of’ Economics, WMU.
  • Oct. 2: "Formal (Official) and Informal (Bribes and Gifts) Payments in the Medical Care Sector in Russia" presented by Alexandra Polovinka, Department of’ Economics, WMU.
  • Oct. 9: "Does Diet Intervention Lower Students’ Anemia Rate in Rural China? Evidence from a Random Control Trial in Shaanxi Province" presented by Rong Shi, Department of Economics, WMU.
  • Nov. 6: "Sustainable Intensification and Farmer Preferences for Crop System Attributes: Evidence from Malawi’s Central and Southern Regions" presented by David L. Ortega, Department of’ Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics, Michigan State University.
  • Nov. 20 "Searching for Hidden Costs: A Technology-Based Approach to the Energy Efficiency Gap in Light-Duty Vehicles" presented by Gloria Helfand, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Printable schedule

Public lecture

“The Age of the Pill” by Dr. Martha Bailey, University of Michigan.  Thursday, Oct. 8,  12:15 to 1:30 p.m., Lee Honors College Lounge.