2010-15

Fall 2015 Hall of Fame:

  • Microeconomics I (PIA 2025) Wednesday, 9-12 in Room 3610
      Best case studies:
      1. Kathleen (KC) Euler, Yichuan (Arthur) Chen, Kevin Pollock: Peak load pricing for rush hour buses
      2. Sarah Boal, Meaghan Beck, and Crystal Folmar: Logging in Alaskan national forests
      3. Andrew O’Malley, Brian Sisco, and Christopher Pope: Availability of Naloxone in Pennsylvania

  • Intermediate Quantitative Methods (PIA 2023 / 3000) Monday, 9-12 in Room 3431.
    QuantII FA15

      Top posters :
      1. Thi Hong Nhung Nguyen, Impact of mothers’ smoking and drinking on infant’s birthweight
      2. Sae Mi Chang: How is “social capital” correlated to an individual’s risk perception?
      3. Meg (Lijuan) Yu: Does economic prosperity increase people’s sense of happiness in China?
      4. Shuning Tong: Does the role of women in society today have its root in traditional agricultural practices?

  • Game Theory and Behavioral Economics (PIA 2202) Tuesday, 9-12 in Room 3800
      Best case studies:
      1. Nick Caskey and Andrew Kuhl: Game Theoretic Analysis of Pashtun Violence in Pakistan
      2. Cara Lwin: Motivating a Healthier Lifestyle: Free Stuff and Contracts to Exercise
      3. Casar Cedeno: Counterinsurgency (COIN) and the Military

Fall 2014 :

  • Microeconomics I (PIA 2025)
    Wednesday, 9-12 in Room 3610

      Best case studies:
      1. Linda Alexis Vargas: Cost Minimization in Nonprofit Organizations: Harmony of the Andes
      2. Darren Hedlund: Information Free-riding in Internet Security
      3. Katherine Moore: Analyzing Restaurant Behavior: Comparing Labor Costs

  • Intermediate Quantitative Methods (PIA 2023 / 3000)
    Monday, 9-12 in Room 3431. Poster session

      Top 3 posters :
      1. Jingyi Zhang: Which Do You Prefer, Boy or Girl?
      2. Erin Carbone: Death Happens: The Impact of Education on Attitudes Towards Hospice Care
      3. Fan Yu: Trade Openness and Economic Growth

  • Game Theory and Behavioral Economics (PIA 2202)
    Tuesday, 9-12 in Room 3800

      Best case studies:
      1. Kelly Wadsworth and Steven Worman: North Korea Missile Proliferation Game
      2. Erin Carbone: Musical Scoore!: Coordination With Two Leaders
      3. Hao Wu: The Scotland Referendum

Fall 2013:

  • Microeconomics I (PIA 2025)
    Wednesday, 9-12 in Room 3610

      Best case studies:
      1. Maria Calvino, Odilia Coffta, Kelsey Ida, and Yumna Rathore, “Made in Venezuela: Dry Powdered Milk and the Basic Goods Shortage”
      2. Kiandra Foster, Will Lee, and Julia Rosewicz ,“Cost Benefit Analysis for Jitney Versus Taxi Services in Pittsburgh”
      3. Phoebe Campbell, Nicole Englert, and David Street, “Cost Benefit Analysis of Bus Rapid Transit in Pittsburgh”

      Top bloggers and a sampling of their post titles:
      Julia Rosewicz (Terrorism and Corner Solutions), Odilia Coffta (The Negative Externalities of the Quinoa Fad), Aaron Szafran (Risky Reality TV: Storage Wars)
  • Game Theory and Behavioral Economics (PIA 2202)
    Tuesday, 9-12 in Room 3800

      Best case studies:
      1. Rao Fu, Craig Robinson, and Yao Zhang, “The Story of The Beef Noodle Shop: How to Incentivize a Chef”
      2. Patrick Cornell, Nan Li, and Xi Zhao, “Sino-Russian Grey Customs Clearance”
      3. Mingxuan Jiang, Junwei Shen, and Siyuan Yu, “Pirate Game and Dictatorship”

      Top bloggers and TA’s comments:
      Yuan Zhang (“excellent analysis, every time”), Matt Clarke (“sophisticated. relates spot on to security studies”), Lei Liu (“on-going saga of Bob and Ann. extraordinarily creative and as humorous as game theory can get.”)

Fall 2012:

  • Experiments in Public Policy and Development (PIA 2206)
    Thursday, 12-3pm, Room 3610
    Syllabus
    Basic intro to the design of policy experiments and evaluation of empirical evidence of policy effectiveness from experiments.
    Prerequisite: Econ for Public Affairs and Stats I.
  • Microeconomics I (PIA 2025, formerly PIA 2004)
    Wednesday 9-12 in Room 3610
    Syllabus
    Best case studies:
    1. Anthony Asciolla, Melissa Goodfriend, Elizabeth Kozub, Ryan Hoffman, Cost Benefit Analysis of the Hill District Grocery Store
    2. Georgina Akutu-Happi, Lizette Ponce, Galata Tona, Katherine (Nami Yoon), Improving Credit Access in Ecuador
    3. Mengye Zhu, Nicholas Saylor, Bryan Gray, Katherine Hart, An Economic Analysis of Water Shortage in CA
  • Game Theory and Behavioral Economics (PIA 2202)
    Monday 3-6 in Room 3800
    Syllabus
    Best case studies:
    1. James McCready, Counter-Terrorism
    2. Natalia Mitsui, Ni Zheng, North Korea-China Trade
    3. Jiapei Guo, Huini Chen, Jiexin Yu, Japan-China Island Dispute

Spring 2012: Full time research. No classes offered.

Fall 2011:

  • Microeconomics (PIA 2004)
    Wednesday 6-9 in Room 1500
    Syllabus
    Best case studies:
    1. Brouwer, Deshotel, Ramsden, and Schlemmer, Obtaining Malaria Vaccines: A Decision Making Model
    2. Camp, Mullins, and Progovac, Comparing the Effectiveness of Cash and Food Subsidies in Reducing Child Labor
    3. Altamaimi, Caballero-Benitez, Hammersmith, Munari, and Penmetsa, Optimal Spectrum Sharing Policy
  • Game Theory and Behavioral Economics in International Affairs (PIA 2201)
    Monday 12-3 in Room 3800
    Syllabus
    Best case studies:
    1. Germain and Morris, Cooperation and Enforcement: An Analysis of Two Maine Fishing Communities
    2. Pronin and Scherer, Moral Hazard and Adverse Selection in DHS Contracting
  • Game Theory and Behavioral Economics in Public Affairs (PIA 2202)
    Monday 3-6 in Room 3800
    Syllabus
    Best case studies:
    1. Loustau-Williams and Noda, Littering: A Collective Action Problem
    2. Ford and O’Brien, Joint Purchasing Agreements Between Municipal Managers: Dormont and Mt. Lebanon
    3. Cui and KD Park, Marcellus Shale: Strategic Interactions in the Regulation of Unknown Environmental Hazards

Spring 2011:

  • Incentives and Behavior / Applications of Game Theory (PIA 2162)
    Syllabus
    Best case studies:
    1. Chu, Hutchinson, Rickabaugh, Zong, Shanghai Property Tax: Screening Speculators
    2. Maciuleviciute, Markham, Phillips, Powell, Should Spain Involve the EU in Immigration Cases?
    3. Ackerman, Aguilera, Liu, Paterra, Brinksmanship: the Case of Columbian Kidnappings
  • Quantitative Methods II / Analysis of Policy Experiments (PIA 2007/3000)
    Syllabus
    Best case studies:
    1. Harrah, Contracting and Performance: How Does the NHL Pay Hockey Players?
    2. Hammersmith and Szumski, Characteristics of Labor Supply in an Online Job Database
    3. O’Brien, Germain, and Piper, Does Border Spending Reduce Illegal Immigration?
    Special mention to Henderson, Price, and Savane, Teenage Pregnancy in Malawi

Fall 2010:

  • Microeconomics (PIA 2004)
    Syllabus
    Best case studies: (note all rankings are derived from audience votes)
    1. Kish and Alfieri, The Hungarian Sludge Disaster
    2. Beckett, Long, and Tanner, Arms Trading in Africa
    3. Aguilera, Clements, DeChicchis, Gradoville, and Moss, Policies Against Drug Trafficking in Latin America

    PIA 2007 Spring 2011 class in happy delirium after 256 hours of R programming!