The U.S. Census Bureau's Center for Economic Studies has announced that Andrew H. McCallum has been admitted to its Dissertation Mentorship Program. McCallum is a PhD candidate in Economics at the University of Michigan where his advisor is Economics Professor Andrei Levchenko.

U-M has the highest number of participants in the CES program including Economics PhD candidate Matthew Backus who will be speaking Thursday, Oct. 6 on his research topic “Why Does Competition Make Firms More Efficient? as part of the CES Seminar Series. The seminar series is held in the U.S. Census Bureau headquarters in Suitland, MD. Matthew’s CES mentor is Randy Becker. His U-M advisor is Economics Professor Daniel Ackerberg.

The CES Dissertation Mentorship Program was established in 2008. In addition to the University of Michigan, other program participants have come from: Columbia University, Cornell University, George Washington University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Virginia.

Through the dissertation mentorship program, CES seeks to assist doctoral candidates who are actively engaged in dissertation research in economics or a related field using U.S. Census Bureau microdata at a Research Data Center.