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Barbara Bergmann

Barbara BergmannThe Department mourns the passing of Distinguished Professor Emerita Barbara Bergmann. Read about Professor Bergmann's many accomplishments here.



Boris GershmanBoris Gershman, "Witchcraft Beliefs and the Erosion of Social Capital: Evidence from Sub-Saharan African and Beyond," Journal of Development Economics, forthcoming May 2016.

Mary HansenMary Hansen, "Sources of Credit and the Extent of the Credit Market: A View from Bankruptcy Records, Mississippi 1929-1936," in Enterprising America, William Collins and Robert Margo, eds., 2015

Kara ReynoldsKara M. Reynolds (with Chad P. Bown), "Trade Flows and Trade Disputes," Review of International Organizations, June 2015

Xuguang ShengXuguang (Simon) Sheng, "Evaluating the Economic Forecasts of FOMC Members," International Journal of Forecasting, January-March 2015.

Robert Blecker Robert Blecker (with Carlos Ibarra), "Structural Change, the Real Exchange Rate and the Balance of Payments in Mexico, 1960-2012," Cambridge Journal of Economics, published March 2016.

Daniel Kuehn (PhD Student), "Home Production, House Values, and the Great Recession," Journal of Family and Economic Issues, March 2016.



Boris Gershman in 
AEHN (4/21/16), "Witchcraft Beliefs and the Erosion of Social Capital"
Live Science (5/12/16), "Why Belief in Witchcraft Can Do Harm"
International Business Times (5/10/16), "Witchcraft Belief Creates Antisocial Cultures That Are Bad For Business"
The Independent (5/10/16), "Believing in Witchcraft Can Slow Economic Progress, Researcher Discovers"

Jon Wisman in the Huffington Post (11/10/15), "What to Make of Bernie Sanders' Democratic Socialism?"

Boris Gershman in Quartz (9/3/15), "The Hidden Economic Lessons of the Evil Eye"

Robert Lerman in the New York Times (7/13/15), "Starbucks and Other Corporations to Announce Plan to Curb Unemployment of Young People"

Boris Gershman in Correio Braziliense (6/14/15), "E assim nasceu o mau-olhado" (in Portuguese)

Mary Hansen's research on "The Value of Adoption" is featured on the Ways and Means Committee of the House of Representatives' website, and contributed to the passage of the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act by the House and Senate.


Gabe Mathy's research on Huey Long was cited in JP Morgan Asset Management's "Eye on the Market" newsletter from March 16, 2016.

Martha Starr's paper "Do 'Reverse-Payment' Settlements Constitute an Anticompetitive Pay-for-Delay?" was awarded the 2015 Best Paper Award by the International Journal of the Economics of Business.

PhD student Britni Wilcher was the runner-up for the W. Donald Bowles Award, awarded annually to students researching income, productivity, or poverty in the United States by the American University Library. This award will support Britni's research on the impact of the Earned Income Tax Credit on socioeconomic mobility.

Gabriel Mathy won a $33,490 award from the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) for his project "Secular Stagnation and Persistent Unemployment in the Great Depression: Evidence from Monthly Labor Market Data."

In June 2015, Bernhard Gunter gave a presentation on "Revisiting Debt Sustainability in Africa" at the 61st Executive Session of the Trade and Development Board, the governing body of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva, Switzerland.

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