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Call for Master’s Research Program: Policy Research Laboratory Spring 2022

Call for Master’s Research Program: Policy Research Laboratory Spring 2022 The Master’s Research Program (MRP) within the Policy Research Laboratory is designed to help graduate students engage in coauthor level policy research. As a member of the MRP you will work with professors to learn many of the skills to help you succeed in academia […]

Policy Research Laboratory Current Students

Jacob Rhymes; Masters Major: MSBA Current Projects: Do Political Orthodoxies Influence Academic Publications? John Walkington; Masters Major: MA Economics Current Projects: The Forecasting Ability and Policy Implications of COVID-19 SIR models Jacob Roth; Senior Major: Finance Current Projects: Should you Rent or Buy Your Home? How Tax Policy Influences this Big Decision Daniela Serrano; Junior […]

Policy Research Laboratory Alumni and Placements

2020-2021 Patrick Opitz MA Economics Projects Worked On: Covid-19 Data Analysis, Effects of Contested Elections on Financial Markets, Urban Economics Approach to Covid-19 Policy Responses, Filtering Cryptocurrency Data: Comparing Signal Processing Andrew Kendrick Finance (Minor: MIS) Projects Worked On: Covid-19 Data Analysis, Measuring Measurement Error, Effects of Contested Elections on Financial Markets, Does Monopolistic Pricing […]

Industry Level Baseline Risk of COVID-19 Infection

Abstract We present an industry classification–level model of economic activities in terms of (1) risk of the novel coronavirus spread and (2) economic contribution for the Austin, Texas, metropolitan area. Our measure combines various categories of activities that seem to lead to viral spread. We think these measures will provide useful information about how to […]