December 2018

Ngan Dinh ’02 with majors in economics and Asian studies,  who graduated magna cum laude,  was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and won the Ralph J. Chances Prize as the outstanding economics major while here at Bates is now  a key figure in the creation of Fulbright University Vietnam, the first university to bring the liberal arts experience to Vietnamese students.


November 2018

Lynne Lewis, Elmer W. Campbell Professor of Economics, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE). AERE currently has more than 1,000 members from over thirty countries – academic insitutions, the public sector and private industry. AERE also host the top two journals in the field. More information can be found at HERE.


April 27, 2019
7th Maine Economics Conference

The 2019 Maine Economics Conference will be held at Bates.  Charlie Kolstad ’69, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Economic Policy Research & Precourt Institute for Energy, and Professor of Economics at Stanford University, will be the keynote speaker for this event.  He will talk on:  “Estimating the Economic Impacts of Climate Change Using Weather Observations.” More information to follow.


The economics department of Bates College and the Conference Organizing Committee are pleased to announce the call for papers for the 7th Maine Economics Conference to be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at Bates College. We hope to renew connections with academic economists in Maine and to meet new members of our society.

Submitting a Paper for Presentation:

If you are interested in presenting a paper please submit the abstract at by Friday, March 8, 2019. Research from all fields of specialization within economics will be considered. In constructing a program, we are looking to feature work from various fields as well as work by scholars from different institutions. Those who submit a paper or abstract will hear back about the tentative program and whether their paper was accepted by Tuesday, April 2. Presenters will need to provide their full papers to the conference organizers at least two weeks prior to the conference.

Poster Session Registration:

The conference also includes a poster session showcasing student work. Students are encouraged to submit poster titles and abstracts at by Friday, March 8, 2019. Students who submit a title and abstract will hear back about the tentative program and whether their poster was accepted by Tuesday, April 2. As at previous conferences, cash awards will again be given to top students, as determined by the vote of attending faculty who will learn about the work during the poster session.

RSVP for Attending Conference:

If you are interested in attending the conference (but not in the capacity of a presenter), please RSVP at by Monday, April 2, 2019.  Lunch and dinner will be provided and there is no conference registration fee.  Please indicate, if possible, whether you will be staying for dinner. Please direct all inquiries and correspondence to

We hope to see you at the conference!

The Organizing Committee:

Matthew Botsch, Bowdoin College
Luke Chicoine, Bates College
Leshui He, Bates College
Robert Lester, Colby College
Jim McConnon, University of Maine
Stephen Morris, Bowdoin College
Paul Shea, Bates College
Mario Teisl, University of Maine