Month: November 2015

Registration is open NOW: ELL’s Reading eWriting

*FREE* high quality English language instruction with the ELL Program will start again in Winter 2016!

The Communication Cafe offers drop-in discussions, presentations, and debates, along with learning about Canadian culture (starting January 11, 2016-no registration necessary). Sessions are facilitated by writing centre instructors.

Registration is open NOW for Reading eWriting, online writing practice with a writing centre instructor (starting January 15, 2016).

Both programs are designed for multilingual students and are open to all Arts & Science undergraduates. For more information visit:

Contact us at: <>
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ESA November Newsletter

ESA November Newsletter #2 Read below for all upcoming ESA and Economics Department events and initiatives.

Meet and Greet with Chris Ragan

Have you ever wanted to meet your “other” Economics Professor? Chris Ragan, author of Economics, the textbook used for ECO100 at U of T, is joining us for a meet and greet on Wednesday November 25th 4PM-6PM.

Chris is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at McGill University and also teaches in McGill’s Executive MBA program and in EDHEC’s MBA program in Nice, France. He frequently writes economic columns for newspapers, including the National Post, the Montreal Gazette, and the National Post Magazine, and during the mid 1990s he was the Editor-in-Chief of World Economic Affairs. His book, Economics, is heading into its 15th edition, and is still the most widely used introductory economics textbook in Canada. It is in use in 4 of the 5 Intro Econ sections at St. George. For those students who are taking ECO100 this year, this is a great opportunity for students to connect with the author whose work they are studying! Interested in attending?

Register here!

Pub Night

Burnt out from midterms? Stressed out from school? Dreading finals? We’ve got something for you to look forward to! The Contemporary Asian Studies Student Union, Economics Student Association, European Studies Student Association, and the International Relations Society are hosting a Pub Night at Shoeless Joe’s on Friday November 27th.

The event is completely FREE. If you are 19+ please bring an ID as we will be having a wristband policy. Doors open at 8:30PM.

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Invitation to Western MFE Open House

Please see attached poster for Western University’s Master of Financial Economics’ (MFE) Open House Event . Are interested in building a successful financial career? We would like to invite intellectually curious undergraduate students with strong numeracy skills to our Open House on Friday, November 27th from 4:00 – 6:00 at the Ivey Tangerine Leadership Centre in Toronto.

The MFE is a professional, course based graduate program that includes a summer internship. We have placed 100% of our students in relevant internship positions. pdf icon Western-MFE-Open-House-Poster.pdf

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Distinguished Speaker by Professor Kory Kroft, PhD – Nov. 25th

The University of Toronto Operations Research Group (UTORG), CORS/INFORMS student chapter, will be hosting its first Distinguished Speaker Talk by Professor Kory Kroft, PhD Wednesday November 25, 2015 from 1PM – 2PM at MB101.

His talk is entitled: “Peer Effects in the Workplace: Evidence from Random Groupings in Professional Golf Tournaments” This event is open to all University of Toronto students, faculty and researchers with an interest in Operations Research. Bring all of your friends! Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Abstract: This paper uses random assignment in professional golf tournaments to test for peer effects in the workplace. We find no evidence that playing partners’ ability affects performance, contrary to recent evidence on peer effects in the workplace from laboratory experiments, grocery scanners, and soft fruit pickers. In our preferred specification, we can rule out peer effects larger than 0.043 strokes for a one stroke increase in playing partners’ ability. Our results complement existing studies on workplace peer effects and are useful in explaining how social effects vary across labor markets, across individuals, and with the form of incentives faced. Bio: Kory Kroft is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics and the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto. He is also a Faculty Research Fellow in Public Economics at the National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, Massachusetts. His current research interests include the optimal design of taxation and social insurance policies, the causes and consequences of unemployment, and behavioral welfare economics. His work has been published in journals including the American Economic Review, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Journal of Public Economics, and Quarterly Journal of Economics.

Professor Kroft received his B.A. from the University of Western Ontario, his M.A. from Queens University and Ph.D. degree from University of California at Berkeley. What: Distinguished Speaker Talk by Professor Kory Kroft When: Wednesday November 25, 2015 from 1PM – 2PM Where: MB101

Hope to see you there!

Christopher Sun UTORG VP, 2015-2016

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The Saturday Program 2015-2016 is recruiting Tutors

The Saturday Program (St.George) Time Commitment: Jan. 23, 2016 – Apr. 23, 2016 (incl only 10 Saturdays) from 9AM – 12PM with free breakfast and hot lunch

Location: MSB Stone Lobby

If you are looking to find a meaningful volunteer opportunity and wish to pass on your wisdom to younger peers, this is a great program for you! The Saturday Program 2015-2016 is a non-profit tutoring/mentorship program initiated by medical students from the Faculty of Medicine at University of Toronto, which is now in its 20th year. Through a span of 10 weeks, we bring together undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from multidisciplinary fields at UofT and pair them with high school students for one-on-one tutoring/mentoring sessions, and intellectually engaging workshops. We believe that in order to inspire students to become motivated, we need to help them become more successful in their academic endeavors, gain self-confidence, establish connections, and learn more about future career options.

If you would like more information or would love to be a part of our program, please click on the links below To fill out an online application:

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15th Annual Carroll Round Economics Conference

I am the Recruitment Chair for the 15th Annual Carroll Round Economics Research Conference at Georgetown University. The Carroll Round is the world’s premier economics research conference for undergraduates. Each Spring thirty of the brightest undergraduate economics students join us on the historic Georgetown University campus to engage in a weekend of economics related presentations and discussion.

We draw hundreds of applicants from the world’s leading economics programs, including the University of Chicago, Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, Oxford, and the London School of Economics, among many others. We hope that students from University of Toronto will strive to be a part of this tradition in 2016. We’re delighted to announce that the application for this year’s conference is now available on our website. This year’s conference will take place from Thursday, April 21, 2016 to Sunday, April 24, 2016. Our application deadline is Monday, February 8, 2016 and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Since acceptance to the conference is extremely competitive, it is to the applicant’s advantage to submit the application materials as soon as possible, even if it is prior to the deadline.

All decisions will be announced on a rolling basis. The Steering Committee would appreciate it if you could forward this application announcement to students writing senior theses or performing other original research projects. We recommend that students apply as early as possible, but applicants need not have finished their research projects when they apply. Works in progress and detailed abstracts are certainly acceptable, and the Steering Committee will contact applicants if further information is needed before a decision can be made. The Conference itself provides a fantastic opportunity for students to engage with some of the top minds in contemporary economics. Throughout the weekend formal presentations are supplemented by intimate social events where participants, steering committee members, professors serving as discussion chairs and invited speakers can interact with each other.

For more information about the Carroll Round, visit our website. The FAQs and application pages should be particularly useful. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. In order to ensure that we are reaching students at your University, we would appreciate if you could confirm receipt of this e-mail. We look forward to receiving applications from University of Toronto in the coming months!


Harry Rosner

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Invitation to Western’s Financial Modelling Open House

Western University is pleased to announce an open house for its Financial Modelling graduate program . Are you interested in building a successful financial career? If you are a student with strong numeracy and/or computational skills we would like to welcome you to our Financial Modelling Open House on Friday, November 27th from 4:00 – 6:00 at the Ivey Tangerine Leadership Centre in Toronto.

Financial Modelling is a course-based graduate program. Over the past 15 years, we have established a strong record of training graduate students, including arranging internship opportunities, and in placing our graduates in the financial industry. We look forward to hosting undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of disciplines to our Financial Modelling Open House. Students are asked to register for the event here .

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b2B Industry Night – Careers in Business

Dear Economics Students,

Thinking about a career in business? Curious as to how to plan your path forward and connect your current studies with a job after graduation? Join us on Thursday November 26, 2015, when alumni and students will mix and mingle at The Faculty Club for a very special Backpack to Briefcase event.

Careers in business span every sector or industry and offer a variety of career options after graduation. The skills you gain from your Arts & Science degree can be transferred into many opportunities in the business field. This networking reception will be a great opportunity to make these connections and speak with multiple alumni including
Steven Hobé, Marketing Strategist & CEO of HOBÉ+HOSOKAWA INC. and
Sudharshan Sathiyamoorthy, Vice President, Alignvest Investment Management,
who have gone on to pursue a career in business.

DATE Thursday November 26, 2015

TIME 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

LOCATION The Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks Street

No cost to attend / Complimentary snacks and beverages will be provided

Please register online to attend.

* If you require an accommodation due to a disability please contact <> at least one week prior to the event and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangement

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International Experience Opportunity for Economics Students

Dear Economics students,

Students for International Development (SID) is seeking passionate and committed individuals who want an intensive field-based introduction to international development to lead our initiatives in agriculture, commerce, child welfare, healthcare and education in Kenya, Tanzania, Peru during the summer of 2016. SID is a volunteer-run nonprofit that offers the most affordable international volunteer program in Canada, including a comprehensive training program in overseas community project management. The application deadline is 11:59pm, Monday, November 30th, 2015.

We are also holding two information sessions about our program and applications, which will be held on Thursday, November 19th and Friday, November 20th, 2015. Both sessions will be held from 4-6pm in the OISE building, room 2198, 252 Bloor Street W, University of Toronto. Application instructions can be found on our website:

For more information, please contact <> All the best, Kate McCullough Co-Director of Training and Human Resources

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Employment and internship opportunities at IMF

A presentation by an IMF team about employment and internship opportunities at IMF today at 11:10am Today in GE 106. For more information, please contact Prof. Kuruscu:

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