Category: Economics

How to Use Google Search More Effectively

Use goggle search more effectively

Undergraduate students (but also relatively computer-illiterate graduates, like me) may enjoy this list of commands which will help you to conduct the internet search for your work more effectively.


Speak, present, and write without being boring!

Personally, I find that most of the people do the same errors, and finally I came up with three sources that might help you (and me) to consistently improve our communication skills. I think these links might be useful also to people out of the academic field.

Are You Boring Someone? Watch for These 7 Signs

How to Prepare Your Presentations

How to write consistently boring scientific literature

Science Daily: Racial Issues News

On-line newspaper that treats many different subjects….since during my PhD I am working mostly on racial issues, here you find the link to that specific page.

ScienceDaily: Racial Issues News

“The School provides for young researchers the possibility of keeping in touch with some of the most recent developments in econometrics, and with other researchers with different cultural and working background, within a stimulating scientific environment. The planning and the teaching settings rely on the professional heritage and highly qualified experience of Italian and foreign teachers.”

Summer course in Chicago

  • Pierre-Andre Chiappori, Columbia University, Families and Inequality(Part I | Part II)
  • P. Dean Corbae, University of Wisconsin, Market Incompleteness and Inequality (Part I | Part II)
  • Steven Durlauf, University of Wisconsin, Social Interactions (Part I | Part II), (Overview of Inequality, Part II)
  • James Foster, George Washington University, Measuring Inequality (Part I | Part II)
  • James Heckman, University of Chicago, Early Childhood Development(Part I and Part II)(Overview of Inequality, Part I)
  • Scott Kominers, University of Chicago, Market Design Approaches to Inequality (Part I | Part II)
  • Rachel Kranton, Duke University, Identity and Inequality (Parts I and II)
  • Lance Lochner, University of Western Ontario, Education and Inequality(Part I | Part II)
  • Burton Singer, University of Florida, Abduction: Modes of Inference, Examples, and Evolving Bases of Causal Attribution (Part I | Part II)
  • Lones Smith, University of Wisconsin, The Economics of Matching (Part IPart II) “

Have I to add something?

Since its inception, the Consortium has offered the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research as a complement to its data services. The Summer Program provides a comprehensive, integrated program of studies in research design, statistics, data analysis, and social science methodology. Its instructional environment stresses integration of methods of quantitative analysis within a broader context of substantive social research. Instruction is grounded in interactive, participatory data-analysis utilizing high-end, networked microcomputers. Because of the range of methodological instruction, the opportunity for intensive study, and the quality of instruction and supporting facilities, the Summer Program has become internationally recognized as a preeminent forum for basic and advanced training in the methodologies and technologies of social science research and instruction.

The Summer Training Program schedule is partitioned into two four-week sessions, with instruction organized in lecture, seminar, and workshop formats. In addition, the curriculum includes special workshops that provide participants with opportunities to examine the impact of various methodologies on specific substantive issues. Research scholars who have made important contributions to the development of social methodology present informal lectures focusing on their most recent research interests. Finally, workshops that address the practical objectives of providing technical support for computing specialists and data librarians are also offered.”


List of scholarships are provided in the web page.

However, you can find an additional one here, if you are studying in Sweden.

“This network provides a focal point for methodological innovation and advancement and focuses on five areas of critical importance in quantitative methods:

It brings together leading European experts across a wide range of methods and discipline areas. Through annual seminars and summer schools, it promotes cutting-edge methods that will be disseminated to the new generation of European researchers. The seminars provide a focal point where specialists from different disciplines and different countries share their experience. The seminars also provide both the vision and the framework for planning the summer schools designed to train young European researchers in specific methods.

The programme represents a continuation of Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences, led by Chris Skinner at the University of Southampton.”


Be aware: also publication scam exists!!

Today I have received this email:

“””” Dear   A. B. C.  ,

This is XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (ISSN xxxx-xxxx), a professional journal published by XXXXXXXXXXXX. We have learned your  paperXXXXXXin  XXXXXXX . We  are very interested in publishing yourpaper in XXXXXXXX. If you have the idea of making ourjournal avehicle for your research interests, please send the electronic version of your papers or books to us through email attachment in MS word format. All of your original papers which have not been published are welcome. Hope to keep in touch by email and publish some papers or books from you and your friends in USA. As an American academic publishing group, we wish to become your friends if necessary. we also want to invite some people to be our reviewers or become our editoral board members. If you are interested in our journal, you can send your CV to us. Expect to get your reply soon.

Best regards,



TEL: Fax:  “”””

I have immediately thought it was a scam since the email looked very like a standard email, where just the name of paper, conference, etc… are changed, the tone is also very funny “we wish to become your friends if necessary”??!! and there are frequent typing mistakes (I know, everybody does them, but in formal situations you read over and over again what you have written, right? so to me it looks like a clue)

After a short research I have found the following:

Apparently quite a bit of people receive this email, and it has been going on for a few years. It is neither a new phenomenon nor so rare, so there already is public awareness (like you see in the above linked page).

Be cautious, they might ask you something like 50 dollars per page to proceed with it. They have web-site and you can even find a few papers online which are published by them.

Here there is another interesting post blogged by someone who had bitten the bait.

If you read through these couple of links I posted, you see other people received the same email from different journals….this should make ring the bell, so to speak.

Italian bad-habit

“Official corruption siphons 60 billion euros out of government finances every year, according to a new report by the Italian audit court. That’s about $78.8 billion”

From the Washington Post

“Human responses to unfairness with primary rewards and their biological limits”,

a step forward also in the game theory  field.