Center for Social Research

Social Sciences Lunch Seminar Series Spring 2012

The Social Sciences Lunch Seminar Series resumes for the spring semester 2012, highlighting four faculty speakers who will present and discuss their research.

Friday February 17: Jennifer Jewett VanAntwerp, Associate Professor of Engineering: "Examining Calling as a Motivator in Career Decisions: A Comparison of Engineering Graduates from Secular and Christian Undergraduate Institutions"

Friday March 9: Mikael Pelz, Assistant Professor of Political Science: "Presidential Campaign Rhetoric and Partisan Change: The Case of Evangelical Protestants"

Friday April 13: Neil Carlson, Director, Center for Social Research: "Social Science on the Front Lines: Collecting, analyzing and visualizing survey and casework data from the Believe 2 Become Initiatives's Neighborhood Engagement efforts"

Friday April 27: Adel Abadeer, Professor of Economics: "How Informal Norms Marginalize Women in Collective Societies in Less Developed Countries"

All of the 2011-12 seminars take place at Calvin College, in the Alumni Association Board Room, 12:30 p.m. with lunch tickets free and available starting at 12:15 p.m.

Please join us for lunch, research, and discussion.

Sponsored by the Center for Social Research, the Dean for Social Sciences and Contextual Studies, and the Gary and Henrietta Byker Chair in Christian Perspectives on Political, Social and Economic Thought.

Posted by Kathryn A. Bardolph on Friday, January 06, 2012 at 03:58 PM
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Calvin Economics blog

Don’t miss the Calvin Economics blog from our colleagues in the Department of Economics.

Posted by Neil Carlson on Tuesday, November 09, 2010 at 10:55 AM
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“Clergy: Pay and Performance”

How does the interaction of faith and economic activity affect religious organizations? Becky Haney, Assistant Professor of Economics at Calvin College will present the results of her research in this area. Her specific research interests include an examination of the theological and economic implications for the clergy labor market as well as comparaing and contrasting the free market with the mission of Christian denominations.

CSR invites you to take part in the discussion:

  Thursday October 22, 2009
3:30 p.m., Meeter Center Lecture Hall
Calvin College
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President of the Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment Visits Calvin

The Byker Chair and the Department of Geology, Geography, and Environmental Studies invite you to hear Dr. John Baden’s presentation: “Revelations and Institutions: The theology and political economy of Hutterite and Mormon experiments with intentional communities.”  Political economy offers insights into why one communal order ended in absolute failure and another has survived for almost 500 years. 

Tuesday Sept. 30, 3:30 p.m.                                                                                                   
North Hall B78

The same evening, Dr. Baden speaks on “The Political Economy of Endangered Species.”  Baden discusses the Endangered Species Act passed by Congress in 1973 and outlines the struggle between enacting law while dealing with the necessity of environmental trade-offs and the declining support of policies as costs escalate.

Tuesday Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m.
Commons Lecture Hall

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Business development mentoring in Haiti, Kenya and Nicaragua

In summer and fall 2007, CSR assisted Roland Hoksbergen, professor of economics and international development, and student Jeremy Veenema in their evaluation of the Partners Worldwide “Million Mentors Initiative.”

In addition to other information sources, Hoksbergen and Veenema conducted a survey of the target population for the initiative, entrepreneurs and employees in small businesses in Haiti, Kenya and Nicaragua. Local field interviewers in each country conducted interviews with business owners and employees in the field, then returned to their home bases (often colleges and universities) and entered their data into web forms created by CSR (you can view preview versions of the forms for owners and employees). Hoksbergen and Veenema also received statistical analysis consulting support from CSR.

Their final report is posted here. They found strong evidence for the program’s effectiveness, with a total of 84 business associations, 6,419 individual members and 4,516 businesses across the three countries.

Posted by Neil Carlson on Thursday, May 01, 2008 at 09:47 AM
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