Entries by Simon Board

The Cost of Bad Parents

Almost three million children in the U.S. have a parent in prison. Do these missing parents harm child development or, conversely, remove a negative influence?

Imprisoning a parent may have many effects on a child. On the negative side, parental …

Ben Klein on Harold Demsetz

Harold Demsetz, UCLA Professor of Economics since 1971, died on January 4, 2019 at the age of 88.  A grandchild of immigrants from eastern Europe, Harold grew up in a poor neighborhood on the west side of Chicago, where he …

In Memory of Harold Demsetz

Harold Demsetz was a Professor of Economics at UCLA from 1971 until his retirement (if he ever really retired). He was the Arthur Andersen Chair in Business Economics and chaired the UCLA Department of Economics from 1978-1980. He was also …

John Riley On Harold Demsetz

Professor Harold Demsetz will be greatly missed by all who were either his friends, his students, his colleagues, or, in my case, all three!

Harold grew up on the West Side of Chicago. He received his B.A. (1953) and MBA …

Sahil Punamia

Like many of UCLA’s students, Sahil hails from northern California growing up in the quaint suburbs of the Bay Area. Growing up in high school, he was actively involved with his marching band, playing the alto saxophone and piano. Interestingly …

Identifying Beliefs from Choice Data

How can we untangle beliefs from tastes in everyday decision-making? A hiring manager may reject a minority job applicant because he believes the candidate is unqualified or because of a personal bias against working with minorities. An admissions officer may …

April Franco

Entrepreneurship and academic research are two words that are rarely used in the same context. However, Dr. April Franco’s illustrious career as a research economist seamlessly blends these two worlds together, producing some of the most innovative research in the …

Social Enterprise Academy Venture Showcase

The UCLA Department of Economics, along with UCLA Alumni Career Programs and The Academies for Social Entrepreneurship hosted the eighth annual UCLA Social Enterprise Academy Venture Showcase & Symposium.

This event featured three teams of students representing local community organizations …