News and Announcements

In memoriam: William Spriggs, ’77, Professor of Economics at Howard University and Chief Economist of the AFL-CIO. We send our condolences to the family and friends of Professor Spriggs, who passed away on June 7, 2023. Read tributes to Professor Spriggs from President Biden, and from Jared Bernstein, the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers.

Professor Jacobson wins the 2023 Impactful Mentor Award at the 2023 AEA Summer Mentoring Pipeline Conference. The Impactful Mentor Awards recognize the impact of mentors on diversity, access, and inclusion in the economics profession and nominators spoke to Dr. Jacobson’s years of service mentoring students and new PhDs in this regard.

Professor Jacobson wins the Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association award for the Promotion of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The awards committee notes “Dr. Jacobson has made a significant commitment to and contribution towards enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion at Williams College, in NAREA, and within the economics profession.”

Weiran Jiang ’26, Diliara Sadykova ’26, and Caprice Turchiano ’25 selected to participate in the 2023 Expanding Diversity in Economics Summer Institute, hosted by the Becker Friedman Institute a the University of Chicago.

Ahna Pearson ’20 and Coly Elhai ’19 win NSF Graduate Research Fellowships in Economics!

Professors Casey and Gibson win IZA’s “Innovative Research in the Economics of Climate Change” award
Williams economics professors Greg Casey and Matthew Gibson won the award from IZA (The Institute of Labor Economics) for their paper, co-authored with Stephanie Fried, “Understanding Climate Damages: Consumption versus Investment.”

Professor Jacobson Awarded NSF Grant
Professor Sarah Jacobson has been awarded a research grant from the National Science Foundation to study “In-Kind Giving: Motives, Beliefs, and Behaviors”. The grant, which will run for two years, is shared with Angela C. M. de Oliveira at U Mass Amherst and Elizabeth Searing at UT Dallas. The project will provide funding for three undergraduate students to assist in the research.