Richard B. Johnson Center for Economic Studies

Upcoming Events

April 11, 2014


CORE Colloquia: Analyzing Survey Item Data

The presentation will include a review of appropriate methods for summarizing categorical data, the use of the Chi-Square test of association, an example of a factor analysis of several items developed to comprising a single measure, and an example employing the Rasch model as a way to create a quantitative continuous scale from categorical items. Learn more...


April 16, 2014


Addressing Financial Crises over the 100 Years of the Federal Reserve System: Lessons from the Great Depression to the Great Recession

What went wrong with the financial system that the Great Recession—and nearly a depression—occurred? Why has the Fed engaged in unusual policy? These and other questions will be addressed by Dr. John Duca of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Learn more...

April 25, 2014


CORE Workshop: Rapid Survey Development - Traditional Focus

In a step-by-step fashion, participants consider how to translate abstractions (e.g., intended intervention outcomes or respondent attitudes and beliefs) into grounded, clearly defined measurable constructs. The format of the workshop is interactive and includes a combination of presentation content, small group discussions, and hands-on learning opportunities. Learn more...

Recent Events

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    January 6-10, 2014


    Monterrey Tech Workshop on Predictive Analytics

    Dr. Thomas B. Fomby, Director of the Richard B. Johnson Center for Economic Studies, conducted a five-day workshop on predictive analytics in Monterrey, Mexico, at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (Monterrey Tech), between January 6-10. The workshop was attended by professors and students from Monterrey Tech and its satellite campuses. Learn more...

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    November 8, 2013


    DABE/RBJ Center Luncheon with Professor Li Gan

    Dr. Gan, in his talk entitled, "Income Inequality and an Economy in Transition," will discuss the worsening economic inequality within China, and how it relates to the high degree of household saving in China. In order to move toward a consumption-based economy, Dr. Gan believes that the next generation of Chinese leadership should change its spending priority toward a massive increase in social welfare programs in the short run. Learn more...

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    November 1-3, 2013


    The 14th Advances in Econometrics Conference

    The 14th Advances in Econometrics Conference is devoted to the theory and practice of econometrics that is related to, or inspired by the work of Peter Phillips. Topics include nonstationary time series and panel models, partial identification and weak instruments, Bayesian model evaluation and prediction, and financial econometrics. Learn more...

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    The 14th Advances in Econometrics Conference, 2013

    After dinner Saturday evening at the 14th Advances in Econometrics Conference, held in honor of Peter C.B. Phillips, Phillips addresses his friends and colleagues, and Thomas B. Fomby presents Phillips with a lifetime achievement award for his contributions to the econometrics discipline. Learn More...

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    China Household Finance Survey - CHFS on the Road, 2013

    Professor Li Gan and his team of surveyors travel through China obtaining data for the China Household Finance Survey. Professor Gan spoke about the survey at the Richard B. Johnson Center / DFW Association for Business Economics gathering held at SMU on November 8, 2013. Learn More...

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Upcoming Seminars

(Upcoming economics talks open to the general public. Unless otherwise noted, all seminars will be held from 2:00-3:30 in Umphrey Lee, Rm 303)

Speaker: Aditya Geonka (NUS)
Description: Infectious Diseases, Human Capital and Economic Growth
Speaker: Eren Arbatli (National Research University, Higher School of Economics Moskow)
Description: Manipulation of Voters in Competitive Election Campaigns
Speaker: Heski Bar-Isaac (U of Toronto, Business School)
Speaker: Scott Baier (Clemson)
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Recent Commentary


Thomas B. Fomby, Ph.D.

When We Say Predictive Analytics, What Do We Mean? PowerPoint slides from a presentation given to the Dallas TechExecs Network at the IBM Innovation Center in Coppell, Texas.

Li Gan, Ph.D.

Income Inequality and Economic Transition in China. PowerPoint slides from a presentation given to the DFW Association for Business Economics in the Meadows Museum at SMU.