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On April 2014, Dr Ehrlich spoke to the Higher School of Economics in Russia in a Meet the Editors session. He also gave a Keynote speech on “Why Nations Succeed? – A Case Study in Endogenous Growth Theory” at that conference.

Professor Honored For Teaching Excellence – Peter Morgan was awarded the Milton Plesur Excellence in Teaching Award. This award is given out annually to professors who create a helpful learning environment and continue their impact outside of the classroom. The award is named after late UB history professor, Milton Plesur. Plesur crossed the boundaries of the typical student/teacher relationship by establishing friendships with students. The winners of this award have Plesur’s attributes and are nominated by students. More information available on the UB Spectrum. By JOE KONZE JR, On April 23, 2012

David Benjamin wins Major Award for Economists: Kenneth J. Arrow Junior Prize, for his article, “Total Factor Productivity and Labor Reallocation: The Case of the Korean 1997 Crisis,” which was published in The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics.

Berkeley Electronic Press (bepress) is pleased to announce that David Benjamin (SUNY – Buffalo) is the winner of this year’s Kenneth J. Arrow Junior Prize for his article, “Total Factor Productivity and Labor Reallocation: The Case of the Korean 1997 Crisis,” which published in The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics (BEJM). Dr. Benjamin’s work was voted the very best paper published in a bepress Economics journal in 2009 by a Junior scholar, by economics experts from around the world.

“More than ever, voting between the nominees for this year’s award has been extremely close,” said bepress Chair and Founder Aaron Edlin. “Ultimately this paper was most highly regarded by the economic community that decides the outcome of these awards.” Named for renowned economist and Nobel laureate Kenneth J. Arrow, the prize is awarded annually for the paper by a junior and senior economist that represents the very best of bepress economics publishing.

To learn more about the Award, as well as this year’s Junior and Senior winners, please visit thebepress.

The 2009 Inaugural Newsletter produced jointly by the Economics Department and the Center for Human Capital is now available online. Learn about the most recent developments including center projects, newest journal issues, and faculty appointments June 2009

Isaac Ehrlich was selected to serve as key note speaker at the Asian Law and Economics AssociationMeeting at Kyung Hee University, Seoul, South Korea,

May 2009

Isaac Ehrlich was invited to serve as Research Fellow at the Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research.

November 11, 2008

Start of Recession in New York State Signaled by UB Researchers

Although no official determination has been made about whether New York State or the U.S. is in the midst of a recession, researchers from the University at Buffalo’s Center of Human Capital believe New York entered a recession beginning in the second quarter (April-June) of 2008. Their conclusion results from an innovative recession-dating method they developed to forecast the start of recessions at the state level. The method uses an approach similar to the one used by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) to date the start and end of business cycles at the national level, using national data. For more information click here.

Article in UB Reporter

July 20, 2008

Ehrlich Named to Governor’s Economic Advisory Council

Renowned University at Buffalo economist Isaac Ehrlich has been named to Governor David A. Paterson’s newly convened Council of Economic Advisors. The 18-member council also includes Robert Rubin, former United States Secretary of the Treasury and current chairman of the Executive Committee of Citigroup, Roger Altman, former United States Deputy Treasury Secretary and current chairman and CEO of Evercore Partners, and Joseph Stiglitz, 2001 Nobel Prize winner. For more information click here.

April 15, 2008

UB Economists Provide Revenue Forecasts to State Comptroller

Tax revenue forecasts by University at Buffalo team including Isaac Ehrlich, Ph.D., Yong Yin, Ph.D., Alejandro Rodriguez, Ph.D., and Xuezheng (Michael), Ph.D. candidate at UB’s Center of Excellence on Human Capital, Technology Transfer, and Economic Growth and Development are having a significant impact on budget negotiations in determining how much the state has to spend.

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November 13, 2007

Julio Elias writes about the “Market for Organs”in The Wall Street Journal online.

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April 12, 2007

Isaac Ehrlich was invited to deliver a public lecture in the “Provost Lecture Series” at the State University of New York at Stony Brook at the invitation of SUNY Stony Brook’s Provost Robert McGrath on “Why the US Became the Economic Superpower in the 20th Century” For more information on the Provost Lecutre Series

December 2006

Isaac Ehrlich was named Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Human Capital, a publication of the University of Chicago Press, by the Board of University of Chicago Publications

September 1, 2006

The UB Reporter interviewed Dr. Isaac Ehrlich about the new Center of Excellence, the Journal of Human Capital, and the Economics Department. You can read the article on the UB Reporter.

June 11, 2006

The Kauffman Foundation, CRES (Center for Research of Economic Strategy) at Washington University and the Academy of Entrepreneurial Leadership, are jointly sponsoring a Conference “The Evolution of Ideas in Innovation and Entrepreneurship to Honor Michael Gort’s Contributions” on June 11-12 to be held at the Olin School of Business – Washington University in St. Louis. Michael Gort is the guest of honor and is going to give a lunch talk on June 12. Visit the conference website.

Dr. Serguey Braguinsky will be presenting the paper “Competitive Innovation and Information Flows in a Growing Industry” at this conference.

May 8, 2006

Dr. Alex Anas, been selected for appointment as a Fellow of the Regional Science Association International. The award of this “high honour by the Association” is “in recognition of distinguished scholarship in, and contribution to Regional Science.” Please see Dr. Anas’ Website.

March 17, 2006

Dr. Isaac Ehrlich, UB Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Economics in the University at Buffalo’s College of Arts and Sciences, and Melvin H. Baker Professor of American Enterprise in the UB School of Management, has been named a SUNY Distinguished Professor for having achieved national or international prominence and an established reputation in his or her field of expertise. Ehrlich’s appointment was made by the State University of New York Board of Trustees at its meeting on March 13.

The rank of distinguished professor, the highest faculty rank in the SUNY system, is an order above full professorship and has three co-equal designations: distinguished professor, distinguished service professor and distinguished teaching professor. You can read the entire article at the University at Buffalo’s website. Isaac Ehrlich was also named NYSTAR Distinguished Professor of 2005, by NYSTAR”s Faculty Development program, in an award ceremony held March 6, 2006 at UB.

February 22, 2006

Dr. Serguey Braguinsky and Dr. Michael Gort received a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The title of the project is “Entrepreneurial Activity and Economic Change”. Its purpose is to examine the sources of entrepreneurship and attributes of entrepreneurs, especially among scientists and engineers. You can read more about Dr. Braguinksy.

February 15, 2006

Dr. Hwagyun Kim was invited to present a paper on “Stochastic Velocity, Term Structure and Optimal Monetary policy in the US and Korean Economy” at the conference on “New Frontiers of Optimal Monetary Policy”, which was sponsored by the Institute of Monetary and Economic Research at the Bank of Korea .

January 10, 2006

Dr. Jose Plehn-Dujowich presented a paper entitled “Survival of the Fittest: Natural Selection Revisited” at the Conference on Exit organized by the Max Planck Institute in Jena, Germany in January 2006. The paper is a theoretical examination of how firms enter and exit industries.

January 10, 2006

Dr. Michael Gort was invited to be the keynote speaker at a conference in Jena, Germany on “Firm Exit and Serial Entrepreneurship”. The conference is sponsored by three major European research centers in economics, namely, the Max Planck Institute of Economics in Jena, Germany, the Centre for European Economic Research in Mannheim, Germany, and the EIM Business and Policy Research in Zoetemeer, Netherlands.

Additionally, the Review of Economic Dynamics recently dedicated an issue to Dr. Gort. The introduction to the issue consists of an article that describes his contributions.

April 7, 2005

Dr. Isaac Ehrlich, was awarded a NYSTAR (New York agency for Science Technology and Academic research) “Faculty Development Grant” of $750,000 for 3 years, with matching funds from UB. NYSTAR states: “The grants are designed to assist universities in recruiting and retaining world-class research faculty in science and technology fields, as well as to provide for significant expansion of economically important research and development opportunities.” November 2005. See UB Press Release.