Parag Pathak receives the John Bates Clark Medal at the 2019 AEA Meetings
Parag Pathak receives the John Bates Clark Medal at the 2019 AEA Meetings
Parag Pathak received the John Bates Clark Medal at the American Economic Association (AEA) meeting in Atlanta in early January. This honors the American economist under the age of 40 who has made the most significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge. The award was presented by AEA President Ben Bernanke (PhD '79).
20th Anniversary of the Euro: The Past and the Future - Panel on January 17th
20th Anniversary of the Euro: The Past and the Future - Panel on January 17th
Daron Acemoglu of MIT, George Alogoskoufis of Tufts, Olivier Blanchard of Peterson Institute and MIT, and Jeffrey Frankel of Harvard to serve on an MIT Economics Panel during IAP 2019. Hear them speak on Thursday, January 17 from 11:30 - 1:00pm in room E51-345.
David Autor presenting the Richard T. Ely lecture
David Autor presenting the Richard T. Ely lecture
David Autor presented the annual Richard T. Ely lecture at the 2019 American Economic Association meetings, held in Atlanta in early January. His talk, "Work of the Past, Work of the Future," analyzed how the decline of both manufacturing production and office administrative work in urban areas has limited the opportunities for non-college workers, eroded the robust wage premium that they formerly earned in urban labor markets, and heightened the economic challenges for U.S. workers who do not hold a college degree. See link for lecture: https://www.aeaweb.org/webcasts/2019/aea-ely-lecture-work-of-the-past-work-of-the-future
Dr. Hal Varian '69, Google Chief Economist delivers UEA lecture
Dr. Hal Varian '69, Google Chief Economist delivers UEA lecture
Hal Varian '69, one of the pioneers in the field of information economics, delivered the Fall 2018 Undergraduate Economics (UEA) Lecture on December 5. He spoke on "Economics and Data Science," explaining how economic analysis was an increasingly important source of conceptual frameworks that guide data analysis in both digital and traditional businesses, and how data science was making it possible for economists to study exciting new questions. He also met informally with a number of UEA members.
Alex Wolitzky publishes new paper re-evaluating the notion that data-sharing helps cartels
Alex Wolitzky publishes new paper re-evaluating the notion that data-sharing helps cartels
A newly published paper co-authored by MIT Associate Professor Alex Wolitzky and Associate Professor Takuo Sugaya of Stanford - "Maintaining Privacy in Cartels" - appears in the December issue of the Journal of Political Economy. The paper suggests that not only can firms collude without sharing information extensively, but less data-sharing can actually lead to more collusion. Link to another MIT News article featuring Alex Wolitzky: http://news.mit.edu/2018/game-theory-politics-alexander-wolitzky-1204
The Economist names Parag Pathak and Heidi Williams among "the decade's eight best young economists"
The Economist names Parag Pathak and Heidi Williams among "the decade's eight best young economists"
The magazine applauds Pathak for his "question-driven, issues-first approach" to improved school choice algorithms and school effectiveness. Williams is lauded for her pursuit of a "more rigorous understanding of technological progress in medicine and health care." Five of the eight economists mentioned hold MIT PhDs.
MIT Economics faculty convene summit to explore school effectiveness
MIT Economics faculty convene summit to explore school effectiveness
Education leaders and scholars from across the country attended the MIT School Access and Quality Summit on November 13, 2018, sponsored by the School Effectiveness and Inequality Initiative (SEII) and the MIT Integrated Learning Initiative (MITili). The conference convened researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to explore school enrollment strategies that increase access and generate data to measure, plan, and improve school effectiveness.
Dr. Gabriel Kreindler awarded the 2018 Dan and Eva Roos Thesis Prize for Transportation
Dr. Gabriel Kreindler awarded the 2018 Dan and Eva Roos Thesis Prize for Transportation
A 2018 graduate of the Economics Department, Dr. Gabriel Kreindler, has been awarded the 2018 Dan and Eva Roos Thesis Prize for Transportation for his outstanding dissertation titled "Essays on the Economics of Urban Transportation." The awards ceremony hosted by the MIT Transportation Students Group and a talk by Dr. Kreindler will take place on Monday, November 26 from 12-1 PM in E40-356/366.
6-14 major Divya Goel discusses her SuperUROP project
6-14 major Divya Goel discusses her SuperUROP project
Video shot and produced by Lillie Paquette highlights a senior named Divya Goel who is studying Computer Science, Economics and Data Science (Course 6-14). Divya speaks about her experience in the SuperUROP program, working with Professor Kim of Political Science and IDSS, on a database called LobbyView that showcases the links between firm-level lobbying and campaign contributions in the American political system.
Anna Mikusheva elected Fellow of the Econometric Society
Anna Mikusheva elected Fellow of the Econometric Society
Associate Professor of Economics, Anna Mikusheva, was elected Fellow of the Econometric society in November 2018.
Stephen Morris, newly elected Econometric Society President, to join MIT Economics
Stephen Morris, newly elected Econometric Society President, to join MIT Economics
The Department congratulates incoming MIT faculty member Stephen Morris on his election as President of the Econometric Society. Morris, an outstanding economic theorist who has made transformative contributions to global games, mechanism design, and the foundations of game theory, will join the MIT Economics Department in the fall of 2019.
MIT alumnus William Nordhaus wins Nobel Prize in economic sciences
MIT alumnus William Nordhaus wins Nobel Prize in economic sciences
William D. Nordhaus, a professor of economics at Yale University, won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Economics, along with Paul M. Romer of New York University's Stern School of Business. Nordhaus received his PhD from MIT in 1967 under the supervision of Robert M. Solow. He is known for his work on the long-term interaction of climate change and the economy.
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