Esther Duflo to speak at 2020 Investiture of Doctoral Hoods and Degree Conferral Ceremony
Esther Duflo to speak at 2020 Investiture of Doctoral Hoods and Degree Conferral Ceremony
Esther Duflo PhD '99, the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at MIT, will be the guest speaker at the 2020 Investiture of Doctoral Hoods and Degree Conferral Ceremony on Thursday, May 28. She is the second woman and the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Prize in economic sciences.
MIT News: The complex effects of colonial rule in Indonesia
MIT News: The complex effects of colonial rule in Indonesia
Professor Benjamin Olken co-authors a paper studying the economics effects of colonialism. His research shows that the areas of Indonesia where the Dutch built sugar-processing factories in the 1800s are more economically productive today than other parts of the country.
MIT News: MIT launches a master's in data, economics, and development policy, led by Nobel laureates
MIT News: MIT launches a master's in data, economics, and development policy, led by Nobel laureates
The first cohort's 22 students from 14 countries share a common ambition: harnessing data to help others.
MIT News: Hospital rankings hold up
MIT News: Hospital rankings hold up
New research by Jon Gruber indicates that hospital rankings metrics provide some real insight on underlying hospital quality. The study, co-authored with Joe Doyle of MIT Sloan and John Graves at Vanderbilt, validates the information content in hospitals' 30-day readmission and mortality statistics, despite variation in patient selection.
MIT News: In health care, does "hotspotting" make patients better?
MIT News: In health care, does "hotspotting" make patients better?
A study led by Amy Finkelstein finds that the health care practice of "hotspotting," or the attempt to reduce medical spending while improving care for select high-cost patients, has no significant impact on patient outcomes.
MIT Tech Review: The productive career of Robert Solow
MIT Tech Review: The productive career of Robert Solow
An in depth look at Nobel laureate Robert Solow's career, his legacy as a mentor, and his impact on MIT's Department of Economics.
Michael Stepner wins the 2020 John Heinz Dissertation Award
Michael Stepner wins the 2020 John Heinz Dissertation Award
Stepner's dissertation, "Essays on Health and Social Insurance," was selected by the National Academy of Social Insurance. Ezra Golberstein, Chair of the 2020 Heinz Dissertation Award Committee, said of this honor, "His work advances the theory of optimal design of social insurance benefits, and his quantitative analyses deliver convincing and policy-relevant evidence of the effects of both public and private insurance benefits for health and disability." Congratulations, Michael!
Financial Times: Esther Duflo is a game changer
Financial Times: Esther Duflo is a game changer
The Financial Times profiles Esther Duflo as one of their Women in 2019: Game Changers, citing her work transforming development economics and the economics profession.
3 Questions: Jonathan Gruber on academics engaging with policymakers
3 Questions: Jonathan Gruber on academics engaging with policymakers
Jonathan Gruber, Ford Professor of Economics, discusses the MIT Policy Lab's successes in translating research findings for general public and policymaker audiences. The Policy Lab also helps foster the connections between MIT faculty and government policymakers.
Nikhil Agarwal's work to improve kidney transplant exchanges is in the spotlight!
Nikhil Agarwal's work to improve kidney transplant exchanges is in the spotlight!
MIT faculty member Nikhil Agarwal is advancing economic science and medical policy with his empirical research on programs to match kidney transplant patients with available organs. His work suggests that changes in the operation of live donor organ exchanges could increase the number of matches by as much as 30 to 60 percent.
MIT economists Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee win Nobel Prize
MIT economists Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee win Nobel Prize
Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee, MIT economists whose work has helped transform antipoverty research and relief efforts, have been named co-winners of the 2019 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, along with another co-winner, Harvard University economist Michael Kremer.
Science News names Parag Pathak to the SN10 top young scientists
Science News names Parag Pathak to the SN10 top young scientists
Parag Pathak, the Jane Berkowitz Carlton and Dennis William Carlton Professor of Microeconomics at MIT, has been named by Science News as one of 10 early- and mid-career scientists with great potential to shape the future of their field. Each scientist included in the "SN10" is under 40 and was nominated by a Nobel laureate, a recently elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, or a scientist previously named to the "SN10" list.
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