Upcoming MSPE Events

The MSPE Program offers unique enrichment activities that will enhance a student’s educational experience.

Activities such as orientation, field trips, seminars, and social events are organized to give students an opportunity to interact with their peers, program staff, and faculty, while at the same time learning something about American businesses/organizations.

2020-2021 MSPE Events

Spring 2021

Marty Perry, University of Illinois (seminar)
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
8 - 9 pm (U.S. Central Time), via Zoom
Title: Zoom Privacy Settlement
Professor Perry will will talk about the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) case against Zoom

Maria Gerveni, University of Illinois (seminar)
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
8 - 9 pm (U.S. Central Time), via Zoom
Title: Learning Greek Alphabet Isn’t as “Greek” as You May Think
Maria is a Ph.D. student in Agricultural & Applied Economics

Gary Biglaiser, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (seminar)
Wednesday, March 17, 2021

8 - 9 pm (U.S. Central Time), via Zoom
Title: Incumbency Advantage and Its Value
Professor Biglaiser will review recently known sources of the advantage and potential mitigating factors and point to a number of open issues.

Jorge Lemus, University of Illinois (seminar)
Wednesday, March 24, 2021

8 - 9 pm (U.S. Central Time) via Zoom
Title: The Direction of Innovation
Professor Lemus will focus on understanding how competition impacts the allocation of innovative effort across inventions of different value and difficulty.

Rebecca Thornton, University of Illinois (seminar)
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
8 - 9 pm (U.S. Central Time) via Zoom
Title: COVID-19 and Its Effect on Domestic Violence
Professor Thornton will discuss the way people are estimating the effects of COVID are miss-specified. 

Craig Gundersen, University of Illinois (seminar)
 Wednesday, April 21, 2021

8 -9 pm (U.S. Central Time) via Zoom
Title: A Proposal to Reconstruct the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) into a Universal Basic Income Program for Food
Professor Gundersen 
will talk about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) which is the largest federal nutrition assistance program.

Anil Bera, University of Illinois (seminar)
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
8 - 9 pm (U.S. Central Time) via Zoom
Title: Bera's 20,000-mile Journey from Paschimchak Primary to UIUC, and Finding Jingle Bell (JB) on the Way
Professor Bera
 will talk about his life journey.

Fall 2020

Orientation (mandatory for incoming fall 2020 students)
August 17 - 22, 2020
Due to COVID-19 pandemic, orientation was conducted online 

Adam Osman, University of Illinois (seminar)
Monday, October 5, 2020
8 - 9 pm (U.S. Central Time), via Zoom
Title: Meet the Faculty Series: Adam Osman, Assistant Professor
Professor Osman will talk about his research and the MSPE course "Development & Growth Policy"

Neil Gandal, Tel Aviv University (seminar)
Wednesday, October 14, 2020

8 - 9 am (U.S. Central Time),  via Zoom
Title: Long-Term Care Facilities as a Risk Factor for Death Due to COVID-19: Evidence from European Countries and U.S. States
Professor Gandal will present his recent research paper on the COVID-19 pandemic

J. Fred Giertz, University of Illinois (seminar)
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
8 - 9 pm (U.S. Central Time), via Zoom
Meet the Faculty Series: J. Fred Giertz, Professor Emeritus
Title: Long-Run Fiscal Stability: When and How Can It Be Attained?

Marty Perry, University of Illinois (seminar)
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
8 - 9 pm (U.S. Central Time), via Zoom
Meet the Faculty Series: Marty Perry, Professor & Director of MSPE Program
Title: Google Antitrust Suit

Alex Bartik, University of Illinois (seminar)
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
8 - 9 pm (U.S. Central Time), via Zoom
Meet the Faculty Series: Alex Bartik, Assistant Professor
Title: Five Myths and Five Facts About the U.S. Labor Market

Thomas Prusa, Rutgers University (seminar)
Wednesday, November 18, 2020

8 - 9 pm (U.S. Central Time),  via Zoom
Title: Preferential Trade Agreements (PTAs) on the Duration of Antidumping Duties

Ricardo Bebczuk, National University of La Plata (Argentina) (seminar)
Wednesday, December 2, 2020

6 - 7 pm (U.S. Central Time),  via Zoom
Title: Argentina: Long-term Decadence and Current Crisis


2019-2020 MSPE Events

Orientation (mandatory for incoming fall 2019 students)
August 19 - 24, 2019
Fall 2019 MSPE Orientation Schedule
Various University of Illinois campus locations
Opportunity to get to know the other students in the program, learn more about specifics about their course of study and campus.

Picnic (social event)
Saturday, September 7, 2019
Elk’s Lake Pavilion, Lake of the Woods, Mahomet, IL
An opportunity for incoming and continuing MSPE students, program staff, and Economics faculty to interact.

Cummins (field trip)
September 19 - 21, 2019

Indianapolis, IN

Library Resources Presentation (seminar)
Monday, October 7, 2019
12:30 - 1:20 pm, 317 DKH
Presented by Professor Yoo-Seong Song School of Information Sciences
Focus: How best to utilize the University Library's immense resources in the most efficient and reliable way for your research projects.

Bruce Sacerdote, Dartmouth College (seminar)
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
1:30 - 2:00 pm, 317 DKH
Title: The Effects of the Post September 11, 2001 GI Bill on Higher Education and Earnings

David Neumark, University of California-Irvine (seminar)
Monday, October 28, 2019
1:20 - 1:50 pm, 317 DKH
Title: Here's Why David Neumark Thinks What He Thinks About the Minimum Wage, in 30 Minutes or Less

Monsanto/Bayer (field trip)
October 24 - 26, 2019

St. Louis, MO

Eric Verhoogen, Columbia University (seminar)
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
1:15 - 1:45 pm, 317 DKH
Title: Organizational Barriers to Technology Adoption: Evidence from Soccer-Ball Producers in Pakistan

MSPE Career & Professionalism Boot Camp (workshop)
Saturday, November 16, 2019
9:00 am - 4:30 pm, 1st floor DKH
A one-day career “boot camp” to help hone career seeking skills

Thanksgiving Luncheon (social event)
Friday, November 22, 2019
11:30 am - 1 pm
Illini Room B, Illini Union

Holiday Party (social event)
Friday, December 20, 2019
5:30 - 8:30 pm
Illinois Ballroom, I Hotel Conference Center

Graduation Dinner (social event)
Saturday, December 21, 2019
6 - 9 pm
Dinner honoring our fall 2019 graduating students
Chancellor Ballroom, I Hotel Conference Center

Exelon (field trip)
March 3 - 5 2020

Chicago, IL

New York City, NY (spring break field trip)
March 15 – 20, 2020
Students will participate in four presentations at organizations such as the United Nations, Council on Foreign Relations, Moody's, and TIAA.