Conference Information

Date:
April 26–27, 2024

Location:
Terry College of Business
Moore-Rooker Hall, A220 (Stelling Study)
Athens, GA

The inaugural Godfrey conference will foster intellectual exchange and collaboration while highlighting the achievements of our recent alumni. Through presentations of cutting-edge research by former students and insightful commentary from our discussants, the conference will advance knowledge in the field of economics. More broadly, we aim to strengthen connections within the Godfrey Department of Economics family and celebrate our latest successes.

Agenda

Friday, April 26, 2024

TimeEvent
12:30–1:30 p.m.Lunch and Welcome
1:30–3 p.m.Session 1
Rhet Smith (P) and Vincent Pohl (D)
Jordan Peeples (P) and Julio Garin (D)
3–3:30 p.m.Break/Coffee
3:30–5 p.m.Session 2
Cameron Ellis (P) and Len Goff (D)
Bailey Palmer (P) and Meredith Paker (D)
5:15–6 p.m.Keynote Address
Scott Cunningham
6:30–8 p.m.Dinner
Location TBD
Presenters (P) have 30 min and Discussants (D) have 10 min followed by a 5 min discussion.

Saturday, April 27, 2024

TimeEvent
8–9 a.m.Breakfast
9–10:30 a.m.Session 3
Meghan Esson (P) and Tina Marsh Dalton (D)
Sam Hempel (P) and Andrew Kane (D)
10:30–10:45 a.m.Break/Coffee
10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.Session 4
Fan Liang (P) and Berrak Bahadir (D)
Zach Weingarten (P) and Mike Kofoed (D)
12:15 p.m.Box Lunches and Conference Closing
Presenters (P) have 30 min and Discussants (D) have 10 min followed by a 5 min discussion.

Conference Participants

Berrak Bahadir
  • Associate Professor of Economics, Florida International University

Berrak’s research interests include macroeconomics and international finance. She is an Associate Editor at the Journal of Macroeconomics and Co-Editor of Economic Analysis and Policy. Berrak earned her economics PhD at Emory in 2008 and was an Assistant Professor of Economics at UGA from 2010–2014.

Scott Cunningham
  • Ben H. Williams Professor of Economics, Baylor University

Scott’s research interests include mental healthcare, sex work, abortion and drug policy. He is widely known for his book, Causal Inference: The Mixtape and the associated workshops and podcasts. Scott earned his economics PhD at UGA in 2007.

Christina Marsh Dalton
  • Associate Professor of Economics, Wake Forest University

Christina’s research interests include health economics and industrial organization. She is the founder and chair of the North Carolina Health Economics Colloquium. Christina earned her economics PhD at the University of Minnesota in 2010 and was an Assistant Professor of Economics at UGA from 2010–2014.

Cameron Ellis
  • Hentges Fellow in Finance and Assistant Professor of Finance, Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa

Cameron’s research interests include insurance economics and household finance. Cameron earned his economics PhD at UGA in 2017.

Meghan Esson
  • Assistant Professor of Finance, Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa

Meghan’s research interests include health and insurance economics. Meghan earned her economics PhD at UGA in 2019.

Julio Garin
  • Peter K. Barker Associate Professor of Economics and a George R. Fellow, Robert Day School of Economics and Finance at Claremont McKenna

Julio’s research interests include macroeconomics and monetary policy. He earned his economics PhD from Notre Dame in 2012 and was an Assistant Professor of Economics at UGA from 2012–2017.

Leonard Goff
  • Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Calgary

Len’s research interests include econometrics and labor economics. He earned his economics PhD from Columbia University in 2021 and was an Assistant Professor of Economics at UGA from 2021–2023.

Sam Hempel
  • Senior Economist, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve

Sam’s research interests are in short-term funding markets and asset management. He earned his finance PhD at Cornell University in 2020 after graduating from UGA in 2016 with Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in economics and a Bachelor’s degree in statistics.

Andrew Kane
  • PhD candidate in financial economics, Fuqua School of Business at Duke University

Andrew’s research interests include asset pricing, nominal rigidities, corporate debt, and macro-finance. He earned Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in economics and Bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and statistics from UGA in 2016.

Mike Kofoed
  • Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Tennessee

Mike also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Economics and the Boyd Center for Business and Economics Research in the Haslam College of Business. He previously served as an Associate Professor of Economics at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. His research interests include economics of education and defense economics, and he is an Associate Editor at the Southern Economic Journal. Mike earned his economics PhD at UGA in 2014.

Fan Liang
  • Assistant Professor of Economics, Loyola Marymount University

Fan’s research interests include asset markets with search and information frictions. She earned her economics PhD at UGA in 2022.

Meredith Paker
  • Assistant Professor of Economics, Grinnell College

Meredith’s research interests include economic history and labor economics. She earned her PhD in economic history at Oxford University in 2021 after completing her Bachelor’s degree in economics at UGA in 2016.

Bailey Palmer
  • PhD candidate in economics, University of California, Berkeley

Bailey’s research interests include labor and development economics. She earned Bachelor’s degrees in economics and Arabic from UGA in 2018.

Jordan Peeples
Jordan Peeples
  • PhD candidate in economics, University of Pennsylvania

Jordan’s research interests include macroeconomics and education. She earned Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in economics from UGA in 2019.

Vincent Pohl
  • Senior Researcher, Mathematica

Vincent’s research interests include health and labor economics. He earned his economics PhD from Yale University in 2012 and was an Assistant Professor of Economics at UGA from 2015–2019.

Rhet Smith
  • Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Texas at El Paso

Rhet’s research interests include health economics, crime, and labor economics. He earned his economics PhD at UGA in 2018.

Zach Weingarten
  • PhD candidate in economics, University of Pennsylvania

Zach’s research interests include labor economics, economics of education, and empirical industrial organization. He earned Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in economics from UGA in 2020.