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Department of Economics Open House

November 20, 2013

Open House video


Announcing an exciting presentation on "Obamacare":

"What will ‘Obamacare’ mean? What will and won't change?"

Friday, October 11, 2013, 3-4:30p.m.

1721 SW Broadway 

Portland, OR 97201

Cramer Hall Rm. 53

Presented by Professor Rajiv L. Sharma, Portland State University,

Department of Economics

Obamacare is considered the biggest legislative change to the American health care system in nearly 50 years.  As the country prepares for major provisions of the law to come into practice on January 1, 2014, please join us to learn about insurance exchanges, Medicaid expansion, the individual mandate, how they will affect you and much more.


Professor Sharma, an expert in health economics, has been researching and teaching about the economics of health and health care for nearly 20 years.

He will cover:

  • Overview of health insurance concepts.
  • Overview of the American system for financing health care.
  • What changes has  Obamacare already brought?
  • Who will be affected by forthcoming changes and how?
  • Why is the law controversial?
  • Q & A session will be held after presentation.


PSU Students/Faculty (w/ID): Free

Others: $45

The Second Annual Northwest Development Workshop (NWDW)

April 20, 2013, Urban Center  


8.30 a.m. - 4.15 p.m.  

All are welcome to come to as few or as many sessions as interest you

Session 1: 9-10.45 a.m.

  • John Luke Gallup (Economics, Portland State U.); Consistent Estimation of Income Inequality in Vietnam
  • Alfredo Burlando (Economics, U. Oregon); Power Outages, Power Externalities, and Baby Booms
  • Alicia Menendez (Harris School of Public Policy, U. Chicago); The Economic Consequences of Death in South Africa

Session 2: 11 a.m.-1.15 p.m.

  • Shamma Adeeb Alam (Economics, U. Washington); Parental Health and Child Education
  • Ben Fitch-Fleischmann (Economics, U. Oregon); Team Incentives and Health Worker Productivity: Evidence from Mozambique
  • Rachel Heath (Economics, U. Washington); Why are so many educated youth  in Sub-Saharan Africa  unemployed? Some new facts from a recent urban household panel survey in Ghana

Session 3: 2.15-4.30 p.m.

  • Santosh Kumar (Global Health, U. Washington School of Public Health); Preference for Boys, Family Size and Human Capital in India
  • Benjamin Crost (U. Colorado, Denver): Election Fraud and Insurgent Activity
  • Logan Lee (Economics, U. Oregon); Pirates at Sea: Estimating the Trade and Welfare Consequences of Maritime Insecurity

For more information, please go to

Comedy, Economics and Climate Change featuring Dr. Yoram Bauman

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Market Center Building, Room 123

1600 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97201

3-4p.m., followed by carbon tax Q & A


Presented by Portland State’s ESUR IGERT program, Institute for Sustainable Solutions and Department of Economics

Please join us in welcoming Yoram Bauman, “the world’s first and only stand-up economist”, in his first visit to Portland State University.  Dr. Bauman will lead a discussion on “Comedy, Economics and Climate Change”.

Dr. Bauman has shared the stage with everyone from Robin Williams to Paul Krugman, has appeared in TIME Magazine and on PBS and NPR, and is the co-author of the two-volume Cartoon Introduction to Economics, which is now available in several foreign languages.


Harold Vatter Memorial Lecture
“The Civil Rights Revolution in the South: Who Won, Who Lost?”

April 26, 2011


Gavin Wright
, William Robertson Coe Professor of American Economic History at Stanford University will be the speaker at the 2012 
Harold Vatter Memorial Lecture presenting his talk: “The Civil Rights Revolution in the South: Who Won, Who Lost?”

The talk will be followed by a question-and-answer period and reception. 

This event is sponsored by the Department of Economics at PSU and is FREE and open to the public. Additional Sponsors at PSU include Black Studies, History, Sociology, Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, the Portland Center for Public Humanities and the PSU Library.

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Thursday, May 10th 
4:30–6:30 pm 


Gavin Wright will also lead an economic seminar where he will present  “Desegregating Southern Labor Markets”

Friday, May 11th at 3:00 pm
Cramer Hall :: RM 150
1721 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201 


Native American Student and Community Center  
:: Gathering Room ::                                            
710 SW Jackson Street
Portland, OR 97201





Social Sustainability Month:
Discussion, "Social Costs: Who Pays for the Stuff You Just Bought?"

November 2, 2011


The Economic Sustainability Taskforce, which is part of the Sustainability Leadership Center's volunteer program, is putting on an event for Social Sustainability Month.

WHAT: "Social Costs: Who Pays for the Stuff You Just Bought?"

WHEN: Monday, November 7th from 2:00-3:30pm

WHERE: Women's Resource Center at PSU: 1802 SW 10th and Montgomery, in the basement of Montgomery Hall (behind the Simon Benson House, across from the Subway).

Featured speakers:

  • Professor of Economics Dr. David Ervin 
  • Ecological economist and Institute for Sustainable Solutions fellow Dr. Carol Franco

What you buy often has a cost to society that is greater than its price tag. Environmental, social, and economic externalities have huge implications for social justice and efficiency alike. Learn a thing or two that may surprise you about seemingly innocuous market transactions from students and faculty and come to share your knowledge!

Sponsored by the PSU Sustainability Leadership Center's Economic Sustainability Taskforce

For more information on this event, please contact Amanda Phillips at 503-725-8228 or

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“Whither Our Economy?” A Panel Discussion on the Economic Crisis, 2011
September 23, 2011


Thursday, October 13th, 2011 4-6pm
Gathering Area (room 110) 
The Native American Student and Community Center (NASCC)

FREE FORUM - Open to the public

Flyer Available ]

Tom Potiowsky, Professor of Economics at Portland State University and former Oregon State Economist will discuss how the national economy impacts the Oregon economy and prospects for recovery.

Mary King, Professor of Economics at Portland State University, will speak about the social impact of the economic crisis as well as alternative policy strategies

Hiro Ito, Associate Professor of Economics at Portland State University, will address the state of the world economy and its implications on the U.S.


Margie Port



Summer Academy to Inspire Learning at Portland State University

August 25, 2011

The Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) at Portland State University (PSU) successfully concluded its 2011 inaugural program held August 15 - 19, 2011. This week-long summer camp was free to students and led by volunteer faculty from Portland State Department of Economics, Rossitza B. Wooster, Sarah Tinkler and James Woods as well as Joshua Winicki, one of the program organizers and Economics Ph.D. from the University of Oregon.

During the spring term, we recruited 8th grade middle school students who were invited to complete the SAIL camp during the summer prior to entering 9th grade. The SAIL camp curriculum combines academic sessions with outdoor activities aimed at providing students with a feel for the college experience and familiarizing them with the University system with the goal of increasing the number of low-income students enrolling and succeeding in college.  The program also includes sessions that explain the college admissions process as well as guidelines on how to compete for and secure financial aid and scholarships. 

The week ended with a visit from President Wim Wiewel who reiterated to campers the importance of a college experience and the beauty of diversity in learning at PSU. An award ceremony was held for students who completed the camp where they received certificates and gift cards. All were invited to attend next year's SAIL@PSU as "sophomores" when they will have the opportunity to continue the learning process by experiencing other academic disciplines.

You can read more about the SAIL@PSU program and its history at:



Tour the World at Home
2011 Lecture Series

July 26, 2011

IVP Lecture: Growth, Structural Change, and Institutions: Economic Development in Brazil and Latin America

Dr. Joanilio Teixeira, Brazil, University of Brasilia

July 27 (Wed) | Noon to 1:00pm 
Smith Memorial Student Union, Rm 323

The award-winning lecture series showcases selected Portland State University international visiting professors participating in the International Visiting Professor (IVP) program. The international lecture series is held on the campus of PSUThe lecture series is free and open to the public. The “Tour the World at Home” lecture series is sponsored by the Office of International Affairs and Summer Session.



Portland State and Shandong University Collaboration
July 20, 2011

Yanqiang Ding & Ming YiuShandong University Associate Professor of Economics Yanqiang Ding spent four weeks during Summer 2011 teaching and conducting research as a PSU International Visiting Professor

Shandong University is located in Jinan, which is in the Shandong Province on the People's Republic of China (PRC). During his time at Portland State University, Professor Ding taught courses on Chinese Economic Development and Environment and Economy of China.

The visit by Professor Ding is part of a broader collaboration between the School of Economics at Shandong University and both the Department of Economics and School of Business at Portland State University, which includes student exchanges, a joint degree program and faculty exchanges.

Professor Ding is an environmental and resource economist and the coordinator of the collaboration.

He and his daughter Ming Yiu are shown proudly sporting PSU Viking baseball hats.