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January 6, 2017

Search Efforts

To meet the curricular needs of our increasing number of majors and minors, and to support our graduate program and faculty research efforts, the Economics Department is very fortunate this year to have funding for three new assistant professors, with even a possible fourth position associated to the president’s directive for sustainability research.  Hiring 3-4 new faculty is an enormous task, and our search process has been underway since August.  We have received 880 applicants from the world’s top universities, and our teams will interview approximately 75 of them at the annual January meetings, this year held in Chicago.  The top 10 (or so) candidates will then be invited for campus visits, where they will meet with students, faculty, and administrators, and give research seminars.  While taxing, the search and hiring process is so very exciting: it gives faculty and students alike the chance to meet and interact with the next generation of thinkers — young economists, trained under the direction of top scholars, whose youthful creative capacity will drive the next needed intellectual breakthroughs in economic thought.  And with any luck, three or four of these young thinkers will join our ranks come March.

September 14, 2016

Economic forum in Portland to look at aftermath of fall election

No matter who wins the upcoming presidential election, the outcome is likely to have far-reaching and significant impact on the global, national and local economies. The 13th annual Oregon Economic Forum comes together just a week after the election and will explore the aftermath and what it means for the economy.

This year’s forum, “What’s Next After the Election?” happens Nov. 16 at the Portland Art Museum. The event will feature special guest Stan Collender, one of the most quoted pundits on all aspects of the federal budget. The executive vice president for Qorvis MSLGROUP will discuss Washington’s response to economic and fiscal challenges and explore what the outcome of the election will mean for the ability of Congress and the president to keep the economy moving.

“This will have been a particularly brutal election cycle with far-reaching consequences for the US economy,” said Tim Duy, director of the Oregon Economic Forum and professor of practice at the University of Oregon. “It has the potential for reframing the role of government in the economy and the role of America across the globe. We want to bring insight into what we might expect as a result.”

Duy will kick off the event with Bruce McCain, chief investment strategist for Key Private Bank. They will provide an economic and financial review and preview.

In addition to the election outcome, the forum is exploring another fast-moving trend with immediate consequences for local firms — the changing demographics of the workforce. Shawn Busse, CEO of Kinesis, Russ Gaylor, manufacturing consultant, and Sheila Martin, director of the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies at Portland State University, will talk about “Millennials and What They Mean for Business.”

Also, UO President Michael Schill will present a state of the university address.

The event starts at 7 a.m. at the Portland Art Museum and includes breakfast. Tickets are $65 per person or $460 for a table of eight. Prices increase after Oct. 5.

The presenting sponsor is KeyBank. Additional sponsors are the UO College of Arts and Sciences, Portland Business Journal, Port of Portland and Portland Business Alliance.

For more information and to register, visit

By Heidi Hiaasen, University Communications

April 27, 2016

Spring Commencement 2016

The Economics faculty and staff invite graduates and their guests to attend the department’s graduation ceremony and reception on Monday, June 13, 2016 at 3:00pm in the Memorial Quad. If graduates or guests need special accommodations, please notify the department at (541) 346-8845.

Be sure to complete the department’s undergraduate commencement registration form if you plan to walk in the ceremony (register by May 25th), in addition to applying for your degree on DuckWeb.  Please review your Graduation Checklist.  All Doctoral and Masters graduates should contact the main office.

This ceremony is for both economics undergraduate and graduate. Graduating students will be individually recognized. The ceremony will be approximately one and a half hours long, and a reception with refreshments will follow.

Ceremony Location: Memorial Quad.

Our department event is an outdoor ceremony where shade or covering may not be readily available; please plan accordingly. The ceremony will be held rain or shine. Tickets are not required or available. More information about our location can be found on the UO Commencement website.

Parking on campus is very limited.  The University will provide free shuttle buses from Autzen Stadium to the main campus. It is strongly suggested that commencement guests park at Autzen Stadium and ride the shuttle bus. Parking and shuttle information is available on the UO commencement website.

What to Expect as a Graduate During the Ceremony:

  1. Graduates must arrive at least 30 minutes before the ceremony starts.  Pick up your name card and then start forming two lines in the courtyard of PLC.  To ensure you are sitting with your walking buddy, they must be in front of behind you in that line as our graduates make their entrance into the ceremony in two lines.  
  2. Ushers will direct each row of graduates when to rise and proceed to the stage. When you get on to the stage, hand your name card to the faculty member at the podium to be read. Walk across the stage to the department head (Professor Kolpin) who will present your diploma cover to you. Take the cover with your left hand and shake hands with your right hand. A photographer will take your picture a few feet away from the base of the stairs once you get off the stage. Please proceed through this area in an orderly manner.
  3. After departing the stage and the photo area, please return to your seat and follow the ushers as they will be guiding you back to your row. At the closing of the ceremony, you will be instructed to “flip the tassel” to the left side of your cap.
  4. There will be light refreshments provided after the ceremony.  Be sure to get some photographs taken with your friends or with influential faculty members before you leave!

University Graduation Celebration

We encourage graduates and their guests to also attend the University Graduation Celebration beginning with an academic parade to the Matthew Knight Arena at 9:00 a.m. Details regarding this celebration are available from the Office of Student Life.

Regalia, Pictures and Announcements

Regalia (cap, gown, and tassel) is required and can be ordered from the University of Oregon Duck Store beginning in early April. The Duck Store will be hosting a Grad Fair to assist students with regalia selection. Graduation announcements can be ordered from CB Graduation Announcements.  Grad Images will photograph all graduates at the ceremony and in various locations across campus.

Before you go….

Be sure to complete our Exit and Employment Survey to let us know what you have planned after commencement!

Congratulations, Economics Grads!

January 4, 2016

Career Fair

The Careers in Finance, Wealth Management, Corporate Accounting, and Banking career fair first started nine years ago. This event introduces business and economics students to a range of options in professional finance, from banks to government agencies to corporations and financial services firms. The first half of the event features conference-style breakout sessions on different career paths, with the remaining half devoted to open networking in the Lillis atrium.

Please mark your calendars for this year’s event: Wednesday, February 10th from 6-8:30pm.

If you have any questions, please contact the department’s Director of Career & Academic Services, Bill Sherman.

June 1, 2015

Commencement Ceremony, Monday June 15th at 6 PM

The Economics faculty and staff invite graduates and their guests to attend the department’s graduation ceremony and reception on Monday, June 15, 2015, 6PM in the Memorial Quad.

Please visit the main UO commencement website for main ceremony and general information.

If you have any questions, please email or call the main office (541-346-8845).

Congratulations Class of 2015!

May 8, 2015

Public Lecture by Dr. Joel Slemrod, Mon. 5/18

The University of Oregon Tax Policy Research Group
invites you to a lecture by Joel Slemrod.


Monday May 18th,
Knight Law Building, Room 184,
5:00 PM

Dr. Slemrod will be giving a public lecture, titled “Taxing Beards
and Breasts, Wigs, and Windows: Weird Taxes of the Past and
their Lessons for  Tax Policy Today.” The talk will examine weird
taxes of the past, such as the English tax on windows, the Russian
tax on beards, and the Indian tax on breasts, and draw out their
lessons for current tax policy.

February 18, 2015

Econ Club to visit Seattle Fed, Boeing

The Econ Club is making plans now for its trip to the Seattle Federal Reserve in early March. The group also plans to make a site visit to the Boeing Everett facility.

To learn more about the Seattle trip, as well as other Econ Club events planned, visit the group’s Facebook page:



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