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2009

  • Professor Chris Green cited in the New York Times
    AMONG CLIMATE SCIENTISTS, A DISPUTE OVER 'TIPPING POINTS'
    Last month, a leading climate scientist warned that Earth's rising temperatures were poised to set off irreversible disasters if steps were not taken quickly to stop global warming. Chris Green gets the last word in a New York Times article: "It would be far better to spend less time musing over tipping points," said Christopher Green, an economist who studies energy and climate at McGill University. "Whether the probability is high, medium, or low, I think the response is the same: climate cannot be stabilized without an energy technology revolution," he said. "One way or the other, we just need to get busy." New York Times, March 28, 2009
  • Professor Jennifer Hunt cited in Business Week
    Professor Jennifer Hunt’s research on U.S. immigration has been cited in the February 10 issue of Business Week. Read the article here.

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  • Professor Chris Ragan takes over as Clifford Clark Visitor at Finance
    Professor Christopher Ragan has begun an 18-month term as Clifford Clark Visiting Economist at the Department of Finance in Ottawa. The Department press release is online. More on Clifford Clark is available here. The first section of a C. D. Howe Institute book presenting the views of several post Clark Visitors is here.
  • New course on Economic Crises ECON 319 starts September 1st and runs MWF from 10:35 to 11:25 in Burnside Hall, Room 1B23. The course begins by looking at economic crises in history and then moves to a discussion of the worldwide recession that began in 2007. What caused it? Is it truly out of the ordinary? What's the best way to end it? What are its possible consequences?Pre-requisites are ECON 208 and 209 (Intro micro and macro) or equivalent. ECON 319 will be team-taught by more than a half-dozen McGill professors and coordinated by Professor William Watson. Evaluation is by a mid-term quiz and a formal final exam during the exam period, with weights of 30 and 70 percent, respectively.The course was featured in the McGill Reporter, available online.
  • ECON 480: Research Group on the Great Depression Economics 480 usually involves one professor supervising one student who writes a substantial research paper on a subject they have agreed on. That option remains open. This term only, however, Prof. Tom Velk and Mr. Dov Zigler (M.A., Johns Hopkins) will also be leading a group of students in a research project on the Great Depression. Students who join the research group will review texts on the Great Depression, including works by Milton Friedman, John Maynard Keynes, Irving Fisher and Ben Bernanke, as part of their research. Following completion of preliminary reading, students will each write a substantial research paper (i.e., 25-40 pages) focusing on an aspect of the Great Depression. The group will meet regularly to report on progress, compare notes, and discuss their results. Grades for the course will be based on the research paper. Enrolment will be limited. Meetings will take place in Leacock 520 every other Tuesday from 4:30pm to 7:30pm.