Daron Acemoglu named Institute Professor -- MIT's highest faculty honor
Daron Acemoglu named Institute Professor -- MIT's highest faculty honor
MIT has announced the appointment of Economics faculty member Daron Acemoglu to the rank of Institute Professor, a rank restricted to just a dozen faculty members across the Institute. The title, which has not been given out since 2015, recognizes exceptional leadership, accomplishment, and service to the Institute and public. At MIT, Acemoglu has spent more than 25 years researching topics in labor economics and studying the relationship between politics and economics. He has authored or co-authored over 120 peer-reviewed papers and advised over 60 PhD students. His awards include the highest accolades Economics has to offer, among them the John Bates Clark Medal, Nemmers Prize in Economics, and the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award. As MIT President L. Rafael Reif concludes: "Daron Acemoglu embodies the essence of MIT: boldness, rigor and real-world impact. From the John Bates Clark Medal to his decades of pioneering contributions to the literature, Daron has built an exceptional record of academic accomplishment. And because he has focused his creativity on broad, deep questions around the practical fate of nations, communities and workers, his work will be essential to making a better world in our time." Daron Acemoglu joins an exceptional group of Economics faculty who have preceded him as Institute Professors: Peter Diamond, Bob Solow, Franco Modigliani, and Paul Samuelson.
Daron Acemoglu wins the 2019 Global Economy Prize
Daron Acemoglu wins the 2019 Global Economy Prize
The Global Economy Prize honors those who have proposed creative, pathbreaking initiatives to deal with globalization. The 2019 award recipients include Professor Acemoglu for his work in poverty research and "unparalleled combination of originality, thoroughness, and high productivity."
Doctoral student Pierre-Luc Vautrey applies behavioral economics to analyze decision-making
Doctoral student Pierre-Luc Vautrey applies behavioral economics to analyze decision-making
Pierre-Luc Vautrey's collaborations with Professor Frank Schilbach and other MIT doctoral students combine economic models with insights from psychology and field-based research to shed light on important determinants of economic decisions.
MIT Economics congratulates Jetson Leder-Luis on his Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
MIT Economics congratulates Jetson Leder-Luis on his Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
These fellowships, awarded by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, seek to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
Jim Poterba receives the Frank E. Perkins Award for Excellence in Graduate Advising
Jim Poterba receives the Frank E. Perkins Award for Excellence in Graduate Advising
Provost Martin Schmidt and Jim Poterba at the MIT 2019 Awards Convocation. This recognition is awarded by the Graduate Student Council to one faculty member from each school who has served with compassion, excellence, and dedication for their students. Over the course of his MIT career, Jim has served as primary adviser for nearly seventy doctoral students, and the secondary advisory for twenty more.
Franklin M. Fisher, Professor Emeritus, passed away on April 29
Franklin M. Fisher, Professor Emeritus, passed away on April 29
Frank Fisher, the Jane Berkowitz Carlton and Dennis William Carlton Professor of Microeconomics, emeritus, joined the MIT Economics Department in 1960. He taught generations of students econometrics and antitrust,and advised numerous theses, until his retirement from the department in 2004. He was a prolific scholar, authoring more than a dozen books and over 200 articles. His numerous accolades as a professional economist began with a Junior Fellowship in Harvard's Society of Fellows, and included award of the John Bates Clark Medal in 1973, election as a fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Econometric Society, and presidency of the Econometric Society. Frank also had a distinguished career as an antitrust expert, including lead positions on both the IBM and Microsoft antitrust cases. He devoted much of his later career to the economics and politics of water in the Middle East, advancing progress on both water resource allocation and conflict resolution. Frank will be greatly missed.
Glenn Ellison receives the Distinguished Fellow Award from the Industrial Organization Society
Glenn Ellison receives the Distinguished Fellow Award from the Industrial Organization Society
Ellison was recognized for his "fundamental contributions in several subfields of economics" at the 2019 International Industrial Organization Conference in Boston, MA.
David Autor is a 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellows Recipient
David Autor is a 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellows Recipient
David Autor, Ford Professor of Economics, won an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship for project titled: 'Depopulism:' How the Inversion of the Rural-Urban Age Gradient Shapes the Diverging Economic and Political Geography of the U.S. and other Industrialized Countries.
Jump-Starting America: How Breakthrough Science Can Revive Economic Growth and the American Dream
Jump-Starting America: How Breakthrough Science Can Revive Economic Growth and the American Dream
"In this new book, MIT economists Jonathan Gruber and Simon Johnson recommend private/public partnerships that invest heavily in science funding, which can spur spin-off industries and job growth that reach all regions of the country, reduce the country's growing economic inequality, and sustain American leadership."
Lord Nicholas Stern calls the next 20 years of climate action "absolutely defining" for society
Lord Nicholas Stern calls the next 20 years of climate action "absolutely defining" for society
Shown here with students following his April 9 Undergraduate Economics Association lecture, Stern called the drive to net zero carbon dioxide emissions "absolutely fundamental." Visit the link to view the MIT News write-up of the talk.
Indira Puri named a 2019 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow
Indira Puri named a 2019 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow
Rising second-year Economics PhD student Indira Puri has been awarded a 2019 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. She will be back at MIT after completing her Masters degree in Computer Science at Stanford this year, where she also served as chair of the Stanford Women in Computer Science.
MIT News: Daron Acemoglu studies democracy's influence on economic growth
MIT News: Daron Acemoglu studies democracy's influence on economic growth
Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics Daron Acemoglu shows in his paper, "Democracy Does Cause Growth," that democracy significantly increases development.
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