UConn Well Represented at Southern Economic Association Meetings

The UConn Economics Department was well represented by faculty and graduate students attending the annual Conference of the Southern Economics Association held in New Orleans at the beginning of the Thanksgiving break. Those in attendance included Jorge Agüero, Ken Couch, David Simon, William Alpert, Matt Ross, Tao Song, Ling Huang, and Oskar Harmon.

JPAM, Edited by Kenneth Couch at UConn, Ranked in Economics Top 40 and Top 3 of Public Administration

Based on Journal Citation Report data released this week, the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM) is ranked 31st within economics based on the two-year impact factor (2.58) and 37th based on the five-year impact factor (3.03) among 333 listed journals.

JPAM is also ranked second among 46 listed journals in the field of Public Administration using either the two or five-year impact factor. University of Connecticut Professor, Ken Couch, serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the journal.

Ken Couch of UConn visits RAND and USC

couchKenneth Couch from UConn visited the Pardee Graduate School at RAND in Santa Monica, California in September where he made a research presentation.

While in Los Angeles, he also visited with one of his research collaborators, Julie Zissimopoulos, and a Co-Editor of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Elizabeth Graddy, at USC. Professor Graddy serves as Vice Provost of Academic and Faculty Affairs for USC.

Couch Serves on APPAM Strategic Planning Committee

couchProfessor Kenneth Couch is participating in a Strategic Planning Committee of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM).

APPAM is a scholarly association representing roughly 90 member institutions and 2000 individual members. The committee is charged with developing a five-year strategic plan for APPAM and is chaired by a Harvard Professor and the Chief Economist of the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Other members of the committee include representatives of Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, Howard University, Mathematica, MDRC, Pepperdine and the University of Minnesota.

Prof. Couch Appoints New Members of JPAM Editorial Team


Since becoming Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM) in 2014, Professor Ken Couch has invited a number of prominent researchers to join its editorial team. Scholars from American University, Berkeley, Cornell, Duke, Indiana, George Washington, Michigan, Oxford, NYU, Penn, RAND, UConn, USC, the Urban Institute, Stanford, Vanderbilt, and Wisconsin are among this group. JPAM is a leading outlet for applied research on innovations in policy and management.

Couch organizes Conference at AARP


Couch organizes Conference at AARP

Professor Couch along with his collaborators, Julie Zissimopoulos (USC) and Mary Daly (Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco), organized a one-day conference on Social Insurance and Lifecycle Events Among Older Americans held at the national headquarters of AARP in Washington, D.C. on December 5th.  Researchers from major universities, federal agencies, consulting firms, and think tanks made presentations.  About 80 people attended the event including representatives of two Congressional committees, multiple federal agencies, several philanthropic organizations, the NIA, and numerous universities and think tanks.  The papers presented will be considered for inclusion in a special issue of Research on Aging.  The event was supported by a grant from AARP to the University of Connecticut.

Couch chosen as Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Policy Analysis and Management

couch (1)The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) has chosen Ken Couch, a Professor in the Department of Economics at UConn, as the next Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM).  JPAM is the Association’s flagship journal and is ranked as a ‘top 3’ outlet in the field of Public Administration.  In the field of economics, the journal is ranked similar to prestigious outlets such as the Journal of Public Economics and the Journal of Health Economics.  Professor Couch will serve a five-year term as Editor-in-Chief beginning July 1st of 2014.  The announcement from APPAM is located here:

2013 Spring Awards Banquet

On April 19, the department convened for an awards banquet to recognize the best among undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. This year’s award recipients are:

Omicron Delta Epsilon inductees:
Andrew Feisher
Allyson Rose
David Greenberg
Nicholas Hynd
Matthew LeBel
Kellyn Maher
Emily Seyle
Alison Zielinski

Undergraduate Awards
Louis D. Traurig Scholarship
Diana Cooke
Natalie Cooke
Michael DiMaio
Sritheja Gulukota
Stephen Jablonowski
Lydia Kowinko
Yuriy Loukachev
Benjamin Simmons-Telep

Paul N. Taylor Memorial Prize
Stephen Jablonowski

Rockwood Q. P. Chin Scholarship
Joel Sinofsky
Yuqi Xing

Ross Mayer Scholarship
Michele Carroll
Yuriy Loukachev

Economics Department General Scholarship
Antonio Russo

Julia & Harold Fenton and Yolanda & Augustine Sineti Scholarship
Diana Cooke

Kathryn A. Cassidy Economics Scholarship
Benjamin Simmons-Telep

Graduate Awards
W. Harrison Carter Award
Jesse Kalinowski

Albert E. Waugh Scholarship
Paul Tomolonis

Abraham Ribicoff Graduate Fellowship

Bryce Casavant

Economics Department General Scholarship (for 2013: Recognition for Excellence as a Teaching Assistant)

Rebecca Germino
Eric Gibbons
Matthew Joseph Histen
Tao Song

Timothy A. and Beverly C. Holt Economics Fellowship
Bryce Casavant
Elizabeth Kaletski
Zheng Xu
Peijingran Yu
Rong Zhou
Yishu Zhou

Faculty Awards
Grillo Family Research Award
Kenneth Couch

Grillo Family Teaching Award
Susan Randolph

Congratulations to everyone!

Oxford University Press publishes book edited by Professor Couch

Oxford University Press has published a book entitled, Counting the Poor:  New Thinking about European Poverty Measures and Lessons for the United States, co-edited by Professor Douglas Besharov at the University of Maryland and Professor Kenneth Couch at the University of Connecticut.  The book is a collection of papers by leading scholars on current European measures of poverty, their conceptual underpinnings, and how they contrast with poverty measurement in the United States.  The papers were originally presented at a conference held at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris co-organized by Besharov and Couch.

Professor Couch Presents Research at Yale and University of Michigan

Professor Ken Couch recently made presentations at the Yale School of Public Health and the University of Michigan’s Retirement Research Consortium meeting.  Both presentations discussed the impacts of common life occurrences on economic well-being and long-run health outcomes.  This line of research has been supported by research funding from the Social Security Administration and is the topic of a book currently under submission by Couch and his collaborators to Stanford University Press.