Events at the Richard B. Johnson Center

Calendar of Events


Logo_SMU_RBJ_Center_for_Economic_Studies-01Please use the interactive calendar to the left to help you sort through all of the events scheduled for the RBJ Center. The listing below contains the major events taking place throughout the year.

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Past Events


February 20-21, 2015

2015 Texas Camp Econometrics

The Texas Camp Econometrics is an annual gathering of econometricians from five universities: SMU, Rice, University of Houston, Texas A&M University, and the University of Texas.  The goals of the camp are to discuss issues in econometrics, and to help students develop their technical presentation skills by encouraging students to participate in the meetings. Learn more...

November 7-8, 2014

The Stata TX Empirical Microeconomics Conference

The Stata Texas Empirical Microeconomics Conference is an annual gathering of empirical microeconomists from the (great) state of Texas. The primary goal of the conference is to bring together empirical economists of the host institutions to discuss current research in all areas of empirical microeconomics. Learn more...

October 17, 2014

2theXtreme: MathAlive! Exhibition At The Perot Museum

Dr. Thomas Fomby, Director of the Richard B. Johnson Center for Economic Studies, contributed to the 2theXtreme MathAlive! Exhibition at the Perot Museum, where he gave a discussion of how mathematics was used in his research to analyze outbreaks of the West Nile Virus, as well as in analyzing swings in the Texas economy. Learn more...

July 8-11, 2014

IBM/RBJ Center Summer Innovation Camp with Analytics

Co-sponsored by the Richard B. Johnson Center and the IBM Innovation Center in Coppell, Texas, 20 students from the Talented and Gifted Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center met at SMU during the summer for the second-annual Predictive Analytics Camp.  Learn more...

Spring, 2014

Survey Research and Design Colloquia & Workshops

In partnership with SMU's Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development and Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Community Development Department, CORE offers a colloquium and workshop series that focuses on survey research. 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...

February 22-23, 2014

2014 Texas Camp Econometrics

The Texas Camp Econometrics is an annual gathering of econometricians from five universities: SMU, Rice, University of Houston, Texas A&M University, and the University of Texas.  The goals of the camp are to discuss issues in econometrics, and to help students develop their technical presentation skills by encouraging students to participate in the meetings. Learn more...

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...

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...

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...

October 9, 2013

Alexander J. Field: Visiting Phi Beta Kappa Scholar

Alexander Field is the Michel and Mary Orradre Professor of Economics at Santa Clara University. Executive director of the Economic History Association from 2004 to 2012, he has served as associate editor of the Journal of Economic Literature and editor of Research in Economic History. He taught previously at Stanford University. Learn more...

October 3-4, 2013

The 2013 Causes and Macroeconomic Consequences of Uncertainty Conference

Top economists and central bankers from across the U.S. and Europe investigate the conjecture that variations in uncertainty help explain the weakness of the recovery and are an important feature of business cycles generally. Learn more...

July 22-25, 2013

2013 IBM Summer Innovation Camp with Analytics

The 2013 Summer Innovation Camp with Analytics brings real-world business/technology skills to high school students in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The event will introduce the concepts of predictive modeling using IBM SPSS Modeler to build and create predictive models to solve business problems. Learn more...

May 30, 2013

IBM SMART Project with the Exterran Corporation

SMU graduate students Levi Bagwell and William Ruez, in conjunction with IBM and the Exterran Corporation, develop evaluation programs to analyze work order histories and efficient labor force deployment. Learn more...

May 23, 2013

Measuring Impact 2013: Recent Advances in Program Evaluation

Researchers from the Richard B. Johnson Center for Economic Studies at Southern Methodist University provided an intuitive introduction to an audience at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas of the statistical issues associated with evaluating the causal effects of policies or public programs. Learn more...

March 21, 2013

The 2013 Spring IMPACT Symposium: On the Limits and Promise of Prediction

A program of the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute, IMPACT symposia focus on thematic discussions or provocative topics that promote rethinking in unusual ways or in an outside the box format. They bring individuals from a broad range of disciplines into conversations with one another. Learn more...

November 1-3, 2012

The 2012 Advances in Econometrics Conference

The Richard B. Johnson Center for Economic Studies in the Department of Economics and the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas co-sponsored the 12th Advances in Econometrics conference at SMU, November 2-4, 2012. Learn more...

November 3, 2012

Chris Sims Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Thomas Fomby presents presents Nobel Prize winner Chris Sims with a lifetime achievement award for his contributions to the econometrics discipline through his work on vector autoregression analyses. Read transcript...

October 2, 2012

IBM SMART Project with Andrews Distribution

SMU graduate students collaborate with IBM and Andrews Distribution through the IBM SMART Program to apply analytics knowledge learned in the classroom to the real world. Read more...


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)


Seminar schedule to start again in the spring. Check back for seminar dates/times.

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Recent Commentary


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Thomas B. Fomby, Ph.D.


Big Data and Patient Care: Health Care Economics The economics of health care is changing as Big Data methodologies are contributing to innovation, increased efficiency and cost-effectiveness within the health-care sector.




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.