Upcoming Events

Dr. Eytan Sheshinski
October 12, 2017, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Eccles Conference Center
Utah State University

We are honored to welcome Dr. Eytan Sheshinski to speak at the inaugural "Excellence in Innovation" event at the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University.

Eytan Sheshinski is the Sir Isaac Wolfson Professor of Public Finance Emeritus at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He received a Ph.D. in economics from MIT and has held academic positions at Princeton, Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Berkeley, MIT, and Brown. His scholarly research focuses mainly on public economics, with particular emphasis on insurance markets, social security and pension systems and natural resources.

About the topic: Pension Design

All government pension systems — like Social Security in the United States — face ever-evolving demographic, economic and social circumstances. The central question that Dr. Sheshinski's research has addressed is how risks should be shared amongst participants in any such system.

Despite headlines like: "Is Social Security doomed?" or "Should you worry about your retirement?" Dr. Sheshinski offers practical and innovative solutions that would allow for stability across a wide range of public pension systems that would allow for sustainable success.

Experimental Economics Workshop
November 2-4, 2017
Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University

We are pleased to announce a workshop to be held in Logan Utah. This workshop will be co-hosted by the Center for Growth and Opportunity and the new experimental lab at Utah State University.

In this workshop 10 to 12 participants will each have one hour to present and discuss their paper. This format is intended to provide in-depth peer feedback, while allowing participants extensive interaction with the other workshop participants and guests.

The focus of this workshop is experimental research with policy relevance. Any paper that reports the results of a lab or field experiment that has policy implications is welcome

Papers presented at the workshop are also eligible for submission to a special issue of Public Finance Review dedicated to experimental research. This journal has recently appointed a new editor (Scott Findley) who has expressed a desire to encourage the submission of papers utilizing experimental methods.

For consideration, please send an abstract or manuscript to Lucas Rentschler (Utah State University) at lucas.rentschler@usu.edu. The submission deadline is September 15, 2017. Notification of acceptance decisions will be made by September 20, 2017.


We are pleased to announce that our two keynote speakers are Vernon Smith (Chapman University) and Dan Houser (George Mason University).


Participants are responsible for their own expenses regarding travel and accommodations. See the link Travel & Accommodations for more information on booking accommodations and traveling to and from Logan, Utah. All meals are provided for participants for the entire duration of the workshop, compliments of the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University.


No registration fees are required.


Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, Utah State University, in Logan, Utah. Visitors enjoy world-class scenery just minutes from campus. Easy access to hiking, biking, fishing, camping, boating and other sight-seeing opportunities in the mountains. Logan is truly an outdoor paradise for those who are enthusiastic about the mountains, providing everything from gentle nature trails along rivers and lakes to extreme challenges on some of the steepest slopes in the Rockies.