MIT's Josh Angrist receives Nobel Prize
MIT's Josh Angrist receives Nobel Prize
Ford Professor of Economics Joshua Angrist, whose influential work has enhanced rigorous empirical research in economics, received the 2021 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences at a ceremony held at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC on December 6. Watch Angrist's prize lecture, "Empirical strategies in economics: Illuminating the path from cause to effect," at the link below.
Amy Finkelstein's career and data-driven research highlighted for IMF News
Amy Finkelstein's career and data-driven research highlighted for IMF News
In a recent profile for the IMF's Finance & Development magazine, Chris Wellisz talks with Amy Finkelstein about her career, groundbreaking studies in health economics, and extensive use of large data sets to test how economic models work in the real world.
The long afterlife of the "China Shock"
The long afterlife of the "China Shock"
New research by David Autor and colleagues David Dorn and Gordon Hanson shows that U.S. regions devastated by inexpensive manufacturing imports from China are still suffering economically.
Esther Duflo and David Autor honored by MIT for exceptional mentorship
Esther Duflo and David Autor honored by MIT for exceptional mentorship
David Autor and Esther Duflo are among 15 faculty members recognized for 2021-2023 by MIT's Committed to Caring program, which honors and celebrates faculty mentors who have gone above and beyond to support the success and well-being of their graduate students.
Parag Pathak: From fair schools to vaccine distribution
Parag Pathak: From fair schools to vaccine distribution
Parag Pathak catches up with Science News about his efforts to make public education more equitable and his recent research on fair distribution of vaccines and other medical resources. Pathak was featured on the SN 10: Scientists to Watch list in 2019.
David Autor elected Vice President of the American Economic Association
David Autor elected Vice President of the American Economic Association
Ford Professor of Economics David Autor has been elected Vice President of the AEA, along with Stanford's Caroline M. Hoxby (PhD '94). Autor previously served on the AEA Executive Committee and as Editor in Chief of the AEA's Journal of Economic Perspectives.
Arnaud Costinot named 2021 Fellow of the Econometric Society
Arnaud Costinot named 2021 Fellow of the Econometric Society
Arnaud Costinot has been elected a Fellow of the Econometric Society in recognition of his highly regarded contributions to the field. The Econometric Society is an international society for the advancement of economic theory in its relation to statistics and mathematics. New Fellows are elected annually by the Society's active Fellows.
MIT News: As a population gets older, automation accelerates
MIT News: As a population gets older, automation accelerates
A recent study coauthored by Daron Acemoglu shows that aging populations lead to greater implementation of robots in workplace settings.
MIT News: Comparing seniors who relocate long-distance shows where you live affects your longevity
MIT News: Comparing seniors who relocate long-distance shows where you live affects your longevity
Research co-authored by Amy Finkelstein, the John & Jennie S. MacDonald Professor of Economics, shows that some U.S. locations enhance longevity for senior citizens more than others. The study, which quantifies the effect of location by analyzing the impact of long-distance moves on individual health, delivers important new information about large-scale drivers of U.S. health outcomes.
MIT News: A sleep study's eye-opening findings
MIT News: A sleep study's eye-opening findings
In a new study of working poor in Chennai, India, Gary Loveman Career Development Associate Professor Frank Schilbach, recent PhD graduate Pedro Bessone, and co-authors find no measurable benefits for workers who sleep more at night, but increased productivity, psychological well-being, and cognition for those who take short afternoon naps at the workplace. The results could be due to the myriad adverse nighttime sleeping conditions faced by working poor in Chennai, and suggest that improving quality of sleep may matter more than increasing quantity.
Victor Chernozhukov delivers fall UEA lecture
Victor Chernozhukov delivers fall UEA lecture
The fall 2021 Undergraduate Economics Association lecture was delivered by Victor Chernozhukov on "AI for Economics? An Application to Inflation Measurement." Chernozhukov is the Ford International Professor at MIT's Department of Economics and Center for Statistics and Data Science, and former Senior Principal Scientist for Amazon's Core Artificial Intelligence Group.
Daron Acemoglu: The AI we should fear is already here
Daron Acemoglu: The AI we should fear is already here
Alarm over the rise of artificial intelligence often focuses on the notion of super-intelligent machines run amok at some point in the distant future. Writing in The Washington Post, Institute Professor Daron Acemoglu highlights the ominous effects of today's AI, which is already displacing workers, reproducing biases and inequities in the criminal justice system, and hampering the functioning of modern democracies by enabling governments and corporations to monitor and manipulate the behaviors of millions of people.
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